Well, 2015 is over and it’s time to take a look at my year in reading. What better way to do that than with the End of Year Book Survey, hosted by Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner and in its 6th year! Here goes…
Number Of Books You Read:
83 🙂 I totally kicked butt at my Goodreads challenge of 50 books! You can see them all here.
Number of Re-Reads:
24 rereads this year, which is waaaay more than last year! I made a conscious effort to reread this year, and it paid off 🙂
Genre You Read The Most From:
Contemporary, both YA and Adult – although the last couple of months has been all about the fantasy, so it was a close one.
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
I’m cheating a bit here but I couldn’t narrow it down between these three! Wanna know the best part? All three are series starters and I have lots more to look forward to!
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas (review) earlier this year and couldn’t put it down. Beauty and the Beast has always been a favourite of mine, and this retelling hit the mark. I also had an amazing time meeting Sarah J. Maas, and my copy of ACOTAR was the book I chose for her to personalise at the signing.
I loved The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan (review) so much that I’ve already read it twice! Funny and irreverant, this book got me hooked on Rick Riordan’s books and I ended up plowing through the Percy Jackson series and associated books in record time.
Last but definitely not least, Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was a definite highlight for the year. Science Fiction is so not my thing, but I loved every second of this. How could I possibly go past such an amazing book written by two awesome Australian authors? Also, I had an amazing time at the launch in Melbourne 🙂
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (review). Historical fiction which I usually enjoy and set in one of my favourite cities, I thought the premise sounded quite interesting. Unfortunately, I struggled with the pace and the writing style, and there were too many characters for me to keep straight.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout (review). This was surprising in an ‘I can’t believe this got published because it’s so offensive’ kind of way. It never bodes well for me when a book is marketed as the next book like another awesome book, in this case Anna and the French Kiss. The plot was unfeasible, the characters unlikeable, and the casual racism was all a bit much for me.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I didn’t really “push” any one particular book on people, so I don’t have an answer for this one. I’m always worried that people won’t like my recommendations!
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
See question 1 above for best series I started in 2015, ACOTAR, Magnus Chase and the Illuminae Files were all amazing.
Best series ender of 2015 was most definitely Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins (review), long awaited and well worth the wait!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Oh, this is definitely a tricky one. Based on sheer number of books read alone, I’m going to have to go with Rick Riordan. After reading The Sword of Summer, I embarked on a binge-read that took me through all the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, along with the various add-ons. I then bought all of these books along with The Kane Chronicles with money I was given for Christmas. What can I say, Riordan’s books are amazing!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (review). This book was out of my comfort zone largely due to it’s subject matter, depicting Alice’s deterioration after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. I literally sobbed while reading this book, but it was well worth it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Definitely The Sword of Summer, I COULD NOT put this one down. I was even sneak-reading it at work, which is a HUGE no-no! So addicting.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably ACOTAR. Its sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, comes out in May just days before I go overseas, and I’ll probably bring both of them on my trip. I always like to re-read a book when the sequel comes out, and I’m sure this will be no exception.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Again, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. This book was all consuming and I couldn’t stop thinking about it while I was reading it nor when I’d finished. I’ve always found cults to be interesting, particular the mindset of people who join cults, and this was certainly no exception.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest Book: Bridge of Snow (The Winner’s Trilogy #0.5) by Marie Rutkoski – 32 pages
Longest Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.k. Rowling – 766 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski (review). The ending of this book left my mouth hanging to the ground and I’m hanging out for what comes next! What a cliffhanger! I didn’t see it coming, and I was really dismayed to reach the end 🙂
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Feyre and Tamlin from ACOTAR, and I don’t care what Rhysand has to say about it!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series. I know, I know, I should probably come up with something more recent, but I reread this series in its entirety last year for the first time since Deathly Hallows was released and it was glorious.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I didn’t realise until writing this post just how many new-to-me authors I read last year! Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (review) was an amazing read, my favourite book of hers that I’ve read to date.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 that You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
I can’t say I was peer pressured into reading any book last year, nor did I read a book based on a recommendation from someone else alone.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
So many to choose from! I’m so in love with Tamlin, Rhysand and Lucien from ACOTAR and I also adore Max from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
So much to choose from! Probably a tie between The Winner’s Trilogy and Red Queen, I’m not sure I could possibly pick between them! Not to mention the Harry Potter series, all the Rick Riordan books I read, and anything by Sarah J. Maas. Oops, I clearly can’t contain myself!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
A lot of books made me cry, but none like Phillip Hughes: The Official Biography. For those of you who don’t know, Phillip was an Australian cricketer who died after being struck on the back of the neck by a cricket ball during a match. He was my age when he died in November 2014, and this book was almost heartbreaking to read. While this book is clearly a celebration of Phillip’s short life, a lot of it moved me to tears.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
How to be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Teenage Confusion by David Burton (review), a memoir by an Australian author that didn’t seem to get as much exposure as it deserves. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen it in a bookstore, and that is a travesty.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Illuminae, I’ve never read a book like that before in my life! The way it was written, the subject matter, unbelievable!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Hello, I Love You, and it was definitely because I didn’t like it. See number 3 above if you need your memory refreshed.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I totally fell down on this in 2015, I was horrid at going on other book blogs and I don’t think I discovered any new ones 🙁
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
My review for The Sword of Summer was a lot of fun to write! Probably because the book was so much fun to read 😉
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I started a feature called Chase the Brighter Days, where I picked a book and shared all the wonderful places I want to visit based on that book. The first book I showcased was Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, and this is definitely something I want to expand upon this year.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Definitely the Melbourne launch for Illuminae, that was amazing! Meeting the authors, getting the book signed, a photo op! What more could a girl want 🙂
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Going to so many different bookish events in 2015! I got to go to:
- Reading Matters in May, hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature, featuring an array of wonderful writers;
- Growing Pains in October, hosted by the Wheeler Centre and featuring Alice Pung, Will Kostakis and John Marsden;
- Also in October, a signing by Chris Judd of his new book, Inside: The Autobiography (and I also won a signed football!);
- Another October event, the Melbourne book launch of Illuminae – I had the most wonderful time;
- BTYCA Melbourne in November;
- Meeting Sarah J. Maas, also in November, and trying to hide the fact that I was completely losing my shit; and
- 2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature, also hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature and held last week.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Actually finding the motivation to blog. This has let me down quite a bit in 2015, but hopefully that will change this year.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My signup post for the Australian YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa 2015 had the most number of views, and my review of How to Be Happy was my most popular review.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don’t really sit around wishing more people would visit particular posts, I don’t have any particular post in mind for this question.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’ve had an amazing time dicovering all the wonderful bookstores now I’ve moved back to Melbourne. Also, if you’re living in Australia, Booko is a lifechanger! It’s a price comparison website, all you have to do is search for a book and it will show you where you can buy it and for what price. Even better, some online Australian bookstores offer free shipping when you buy the book from their site via Booko.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I blitzed my Goodreads reading challenge goal of 50, reading 83 books. I also participated in the Australian YA Bloggers and Readers 2015 Book Club Challenge on Goodreads, that was SO much fun. There were other challenges I signed up for, but I didn’t really stick to them. I’ve become a bit more organised about the challenges I’ve set for myself this year, I hope I can stick to them 🙂
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – an ARC I received from Penguin Teen Australia that I should’ve read but didn’t. Naughty Bernadette!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken – I know this has already been released this month in some parts of the world, but we Aussies have to wait a little while longer 🙁
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit – this sounds absolutely AMAZING and I really hope it lives up to the hype… Set during WWII, it’s likely to be a tough but rewarding read.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
I’ll give you five – Glass Sword (Red Queen #2), A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2), The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3), The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods oof Asgard #2) and Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2).
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Actually blog more, just get over myself and sit down to blog. That would be nice! To post regularly without putting pressure on myself to do so a certain number of times per week, I hope I can achieve that.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
I haven’t read any 2016 releases yet, do you have any to recommend to me?