Hi all, happy 2016! I’m a little late with the 2015 End of Year Bookish Survey because I’ve been at Disney World with my family. I’m actually still there, but every year I attempt to get Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of Year Bookish Survey done and every year I fail. Not this year! I’m doing it from FLORIDA! Read on for my stats and favourites – and let me know if yours correlate.
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 83 plus some novellas and short stories
Number of Re-Reads: 10. I’m not very good at tracking re-reads, but this is my best guess.
Genre You Read The Most From: Please…YA contemporary =)
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
New Adult/Adult: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
First & Then by Emma Mills. I expected to like it, I didn’t expect to love it – and love it more every time I thought about it.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series Started: The Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen. WOW did I love this new adult romance series!
Sequel: It’s not from 2015, but Scarlet by Marissa Meyer completely upped the game! For 2015, maybe Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray?
Series Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer. HOLY COW that was a good series ender.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Omega City by Diana Peterfreund. Middle-grade sci-fi, but I really liked it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I could barely eat, sleep, or breathe while reading.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Royal We. I can’t stop re-reading it.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
So hard! I really loved Ten Thousand Skies Above You – the colours are just as gorgeous as the first book,
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Willowdean from Dumplin by Julie Murphy. She’s perfection – every thought, every line out of her mouth.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. The writing just spoke to me.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
This one was really, really hard for me. I think it’s an even split between Dumplin, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, and The Royal We. Each of them made me think about different aspects of myself, how I want to live, and how to manage friendships and relationships.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The whole Lunar Chronicles series. What was I thinking?!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“In friendship we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.” – The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale. 90 pages with pictures.
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer. 827 pages. Ten days of really solid reading.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Illuminae. I was on the edge of my seat, stressed out the entire time. SO violent. So effective.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Seriously? How can I choose this?!?!? Either Cress and Thorne, or Cinder and Kai (or Scarlet and Wolf, or Winter and Jacin). Basically, ALL OF THE CHARACTERS in The Lunar Chronicles.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. The last two books were good, but this one was GREAT.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
It wasn’t SOLELY, but I don’t think I really would have picked up Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli if it hadn’t been for everyone fawning over it. And I’m SO glad I did!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Mosquitoland by David Arnold.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Luna from Winter. SO glad we finally got to see it and how people lived there!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
YA: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. SO CUTE.
Other: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare – so funny and bookish, but also incredibly sexy.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne – please, people, pick this one up!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Illuminae. Holy. Crap.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – I was just so damn angry at everyone who dismissed or couldn’t accept Kristin!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Ciao, Bella – I think she’s doing really good things, and she’s an incredible writer! I wish I had that talent and precociousness in high school.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
My favorite reviews tend to be the non-traditional ones. My letter to Gayle Forman about I Was Here just sort of came out of me after reading, and I’m so glad it was well-received. My not-quite review of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord took me so long to put together, but I’m very very proud of it.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
This is just best to me personally, but I really loved my longform essay “On Dawson’s Creek and Love Triangles” – it’s something I’ve been meaning to say about love triangles for a long time.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Any time I got to see or collaborate with other bloggers…2015 was definitely the year when I strengthened my blogger friendships and I’m super happy about that. As weird as it sounds, my best bookish moment was lying on my BEA hotel bed talking about ARCs we got, Being Erica, and other fun stuff with Sarah from You Should Read This on the last night of BEA.
In terms of an actual blogging moment, Gayle Forman retweeting my review of I Was Here was like…*speechless*
My giveaways are usually the most popular posts, but I was surprised and a little teary at how much love I got for my three year blogoversary and redesign.
7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Review: The Royal We – I think I pointed out a few things that I haven’t seen in other reviews, so I was sad that it didn’t get a few more reads!
Non-Review: My That One Book post was one that just came to me and I couldn’t stop myself from writing it.
8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
BookBub – getting ebook deals in my inbox everyday, gathered and curated for me, is really helpful.
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Definitely completed the YA Contemporary Challenge. I don’t know if there was a challenge that I formally set for myself with the Diversity Dive Challenge, but I read 27 books that I would consider diverse, whether in portraying non-heteronormative orientations, ethnicity, body issues, or socioeconomic conditions. I hope that trend continues.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – thank goodness I have an eARC! Look out for my early thoughts soon.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I have a couple but I think the one that has caught my eye and heart completely is The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. THE END of the Raven Cycle, holy cow.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
-A few more weeklong theme weeks: I had such an amazing time putting together The Start of Em and You week and I’m glad it was so successful!
More collaborations with other bloggers: I got to work with a lot of other bloggers this year, and I couldn’t be more pleased with this – I hope I get to do more with some of my blogging friends next year!
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I’ve only read two, but I guarantee that you guys are going to LOVE When We Collided by Emery Lord.
What were your favorite books of 2015? What surprised you? Did you get any good books for your holiday presents? If you’re a blogger or reviewer, what were your big achievements this year? Let me know in the comments – and leave me a link if you’ve done the 2015 End of Year Bookish Survey so I can stop by!