My Reading in 2015: Analyzed

For the entirety of this reading year, I have been keeping track of some reading statistics. This goes beyond just the typical Goodreads categories, so I have also been updating a separate Excel document saved for all of this information. Now, I have decided to make some lovely graphs with all of it to show you some more details into this 2015 in books:

By Gender:

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I read overwhelming mostly books by females. I didn’t really try to read diversely for this category and it just kind of worked out that way. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of contemporary and there are mostly females writing in that genre? I don’t know??

By Publication Year:

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Honestly, this is really surprising to me.  I read mostly new release books according to my graphs, but I always thought I mostly read from backlist books. Anyway, maybe that is another impact of book blogging on my reading habits!

Number of Pages:

37,702! No graph for this one, but still an impressive number. That equals out to about 328 pages per book.

By Genre:

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Just in case you wanted any confirmation that I was indeed a HUGE contemporary lover.

By Format I Read:

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I was also really surprised by this one too! It has been a while since I have been to the library, but earlier in the year, it must have been a huge hit!

By Author’s Nationality:

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Mostly American…I think that this is the one that I will be working hardest on to improve in the next year to get a wider range of perspectives from authors around the world!

Books Featuring a Character of Color:

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To be honest, I thought I was doing a lot better with this than the graph shows. So I really want to improve this as well!

Books Featuring an LGBT Character:

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And this one is pretty bad too…oh, well. More reading goals for 2016! I hope to get this and the previous two graphs to be about 50%.

By Rating:

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I am actually really happy with this one! I give a lot of 5 stars, but I really tried to cut back this year and save that for only some of my favorites. Also, all the one stars are DNFs, so that’s why the numbers don’t add up to those in other graphs that do not include DNFs.

Obviously, there are so many other ways that I could have sorted this books as well! These were just a few categories that I wanted to analyze through the year and it was super easy to keep up with. I will be continuing with this as well in 2016. Any ideas for some new categories?

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What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass: Blog Tour

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What's Broken Between Us

What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

To be published HarperCollins December 29

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: I received an eARC copy of this book from Edelweiss and Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for review consideration. All the content of this review and opinions are my own.

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Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive.

Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be?

Tragedy struck Amanda Tart’s town a year and a half ago when a sophomore girl was killed in a car accident on graduation night.

Amanda’s brother, Jonathan, was behind the wheel and too drunk to drive. He’s spent the past year in prison and has cut off all ties. But now Jonathan is coming home. Just as Amanda’s trying to figure out what that means for her family and herself, she’s paired up for a school project with Henry Crane—a former crush, and brother of Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend, who survived the crash with horrible injuries.

Everyone is still incredibly damaged by the events of that night. Can Amanda and Henry finally begin to heal what’s broken and find some peace?

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Don’t we all just love a book with complex characters and a unique plot? That is exactly what What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass has to offer.

I have never read her first book, but I knew she was a contemporary author from popping up on other people’s blogs as her debut came out. This synopsis reminds me a lot of books by Katie Cutogno, who I really love, for their complicated plots and sometimes uneasy characters. Are they in the right? Or are they wrong? Probably, they are somewhere in the middle like most people really are. This situation provides a great example for that – Jonathan was driving drunk and killed his girlfriend and his best friend. For that, he was sent to jail and has just been released. Instead of focusing on Jonathan, instead we focus on his sister, Amanda. I really liked having a slightly different point of view of a family member. Often in young adult, there are not too many family perspectives or how tragedy really expands outward to affect lots of different people in the family. This book was able to focus on that with a unique perspective from Amanda. She pairs up with Henry for a project, who is also a huge part of the family relationships that are featured within this book. Henry’s sister died in the car crash that Jonathan caused and this is yet another aspect of the family relationships.

Both Amanda and Jonathan are complete messes, and understandably so, but I did find it a little hard to connect with them. The characters are really the most important part of the YA contemporary, but I was left unattached from them as the book and the situation continued to develop. I also wasn’t a giant fan of the romance amongst everything else that was happening. It felt a little distracting from the other parts that I was more interested in, like the family relationships and the relationship between Amanda and Jonathan. However, the writing was really beautiful and you can tell from the quote down below and the excerpt!

Overall, this is a really hard book to tackle and discuss. There are lots of different aspects to this book and I would really suggest it if you are a fan of morally complex YA contemporaries.

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2015 End of the Year Book Survey

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Another year is almost over! That means it is time for one of my favorite bookish traditions – the end of the year book survey. This is hosted by the lovely Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner. This is for all the books I read this year, regardless of publication year. Let’s get started! I love doing this and seeing everyone else’s, so leave me yours in the comments and I’ll stop by too!

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Number of books read: As of right now, 112, but I will probably get some more books in before the end of the year!

Number of re-reads: None!

Genre I Read the Most From: Contemporary again! I read a lot more than I usually do, mostly because I discovered so much from last year.

(an additional question from me) Total Number of Pages Read: 36338 pages!

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  1. Best Book I Read: I’m going to give this a tie. It was so hard for me to pick between the two! But I LOVED Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and 99 Days by Katie Cutogno!
  2. A Book I was Excited About and Thought I Was Going to Love More But Didn’t: So many! This year was not that great for my anticipated books…I think Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge probably comes out as the most disappointing though. But so many people love it, so still give it a try!
  3. Most surprising book: Probably 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen. I had no idea anything about this book and there weren’t too many reviews about it either. But it was SOOOO good!
  4. Book I Pushed the Most People to Read: I love convincing people to try Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins! I think it has something that everyone would love.
  5. Best series I started, best Sequel, and best Series Ender: My favorite new series is The Program by Suzanne Young, my favorite sequel was Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins, and my favorite series ender was Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins!
  6. Favorite New-to-me Author: I have really been enjoying Anna Godbersen’s historical fictions!
  7. Best Book that was outside of my Comfort Zone: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is an adult contemporary book that I loved.
  8. Most thrilling/action packed book: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle! I read this while traveling and it kept the time passing by. There were so many crazy twists!
  9. Book I am Most Likely to Reread Next Year: I am not a huge re-reader, but I might reread Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
  10. Favorite Cover: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  11. Most Memorable Character: I think I am going with Harper Price from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. She has a really fun spirit and is quirky but still has some southern charm about her!
  12. Most Beautifully Written Book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for sure!
  13. Most Thought Provoking Book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews had a very interesting perspective on life that I really enjoyed reading.
  14. Book I Can’t Believe I Waited until 2015 to read: Although it is still a pretty recent release, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord is one that lots of contemporary lovers (like me) have enjoyed but I only read this year.
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote: I did a whole Top Ten Tuesday post about this, but my favorite from that post was: “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” – Paper Towns, John Green
  16. Shortest and Longest Book: The shortest novel was The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (201 pages) and the longest was Winter by Marissa Meyer (824 pages).
  17. Book that Shocked Me the Most: I would say Vendetta again, but another one would be Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins, the second book in the Hex Hall trilogy!
  18. OTP of this year: I really liked the relationship between Caymen and Xander in The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, but there were so many good ones.
  19. Favorite Non Romantic Relationship: All of the friends in Paper Towns by John Green. They had such a great and realistic chemistry!
  20. Favorite Book From an Author I’ve Read Previously: I’ve read most of Gayle Forman’s other work, but Where She Went is my favorite of all!
  21. Best Book I Read Solely on Recommendation: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel was surprisingly really good! It had a very addictive quality to it.
  22. Newest Fictional Crush: Can I just have Archer from Hex Hall?
  23. Best 2015 Debut: I think Maggie Hall killed it with The Conspiracy of Us and I cannot wait for more from her!
  24. Best Worldbuilding: The world of Beautiful Creatures is really well done and very intricate. I loved the tone they used for it.
  25. Book that was the Most Fun to Read: I had a lot of fun with The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz and seeing how all the Disney characters’ children were like.
  26. Book that Made me Cry: There were LOTS of tears with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
  27. Hidden Gem: I think that the Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke duology by Anne Blankman is a great historical fiction, but offers a little something for everyone!
  28. Book that Crushed my Soul: We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han was really sad because I finished the whole series for this summer and it was a pretty interesting end to this love triangle.
  29. Most Unique Book: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky is interesting because it is the memoir from a man who works as hotel staff. It’s a pretty average person story, but that made it unique.
  30. Book that Made me the most Mad: Probably Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout because it didn’t live up to what I wanted it to and focused on the wrong things.

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  1. Favorite New Book Blog: I don’t know exactly how old these book blogs are – but I have recently found Ava from Bookishness and Tea and Alex from Fiery Reads!
  2. Favorite Review I Wrote: I like my review of City Love by Susane Colasanti because I feel like I really got everything I wanted out of it and broke it down really well.
  3. Best Discussion Post: I wrote a post about my perfect fantasy book as part of a series earlier this year and I liked how it encouraged me to think some more about my ratings! I’ll have to continue this series in 2016.
  4. Best Event: I personally enjoyed the Last List blog hop for those books published during the closing of Egmont Publishing. I was really happy to spread the word about one of those books in particular.
  5. Best Moment: There were so many – but I think being more active on Twitter and meeting lots of people because of that is one!
  6. Most Challenging Things about Blogging/Reading: Making time for it! I have problems trying to find a routine. And also, coming up with creative, new content.
  7. Most Popular Post: My blogger interview for the BFF Blog Hop with Stefani @ Caught Read Handed.
  8. Post I Wish got a little more Love: Maybe my top ten tuesday post about character names for my children? I had a lot of fun with that one! (And I would still totally pick all of them.)
  9. Best Bookish Discover: Does Twitter count? Or at least, the book blogging side of Twitter. It’s been a great way for me to connect with other readers.
  10. Reading Challenges Update: It’s not exactly the end of the year, but for right now: I read 112/75 books, 7/6 classics (mostly thanks to schoolwork), 68/25 new-to-me authors.

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  1. One Book I Didn’t Get to but is my Number One Priority: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! I loved the Grisha trilogy, so I think I will like this one too.
  2. Book I Am Most Anticipating: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book sounds amazing and heart-breaking and I loved what I read from her this year.
  3. 2016 Debut I Am Most Anticipating: Very excited for Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw! It looks like my perfect book.
  4. Series Ending I am Most Anticipating: Only one really and that is The Crown by Kiera Cass, the last book in the Selection series.
  5. One Thing I Hope to Accomplish: As far as books go, I really want to read more books that I love and get myself into both a blogging/reading schedule. And for personal life, I want to try new things and challenge myself to go vegetarian for a while!
  6. A 2016 Release I already Love: I haven’t read any yet!

And that’s it! What a year!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Map of Fates

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, showing upcoming books. This week, I’m showing:

Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us, #2)

Maps of Fates by Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us #2)

To be published March 8 2016

Two weeks.

That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.

Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.

But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.

 

 

I read the first book in this series earlier this year and it was one of my favorites! This is a really great action packed, mystery series with a really well done love triangle, too.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish, offering a new top ten topic each week! This week’s theme was top ten best books I read in 2015! Because I like making it hard on myself, this is top ten books flat out, no matter the year of publication or genre or any kind of specifics. Anyway, I still have some time left to read in December, so this list might change later in the month if I read something REALLY amazing. But, without further ado, here are my FAVORITE books of the year:

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The Truth About Forever

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Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)

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The Program (The Program, #1)

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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

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Paper Towns

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99 Days

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Between Shades of Gray

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Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

If you click on the covers, you can go to my gushing review for each of these books! What were your favorites this year?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Sing

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, featuring unreleased books. This week, I’m showing y’all:

Sing

Sing by Vivi Greene

To be published June 7 2016

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.

Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):

1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)

But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.

That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

I’m so excited for this! I love contemporary books and this one sounds really cute. Plus, I cannot wait to see all the musical influences that are involved with this. And Noel already seems like a new book boyfriend possibility 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s feature is top ten new-to-me authors in 2015! These are some authors that have been around for a while, but I just got into this year. And while I was picking this list, I actually ended up with twelve – so you get an extra 2 bonus!

The Program (The Program, #1)     Between Shades of Gray     Since You've Been Gone

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)     The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)     Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1)     Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)     99 Days     I'll Meet You There     17 First Kisses

  1. Suzanne Young – author of The Program 
  2. Ruta Sepetys – author of Between Shades of Gray
  3. Morgan Matson – author of Since You’ve Been Gone
  4. Rachel Hawkins – author of Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spellbound, Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem
  5. Maggie Hall – author of The Conspiracy of Us
  6. Anna Godbersen – author of Bright Young Things, Beautiful Days, The Lucky Ones
  7. Kami Garcia – author of Beautiful Creatures
  8. Margaret Stohl – author of Beautiful Creatures
  9. Catherine Doyle – author of Vendetta
  10. Katie Cutogno – author of 99 Days
  11. Heather Demetrios – author of I’ll Meet You There
  12. Rachael Allen – author of 17 First Kisses and The Revenge Playbook

Have you read any of these authors? What did you think?

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