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!
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- Favorite New-to-me Author: I have really been enjoying Anna Godbersen’s historical fictions!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Favorite Cover: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
- 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!
- Most Beautifully Written Book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for sure!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- Favorite Non Romantic Relationship: All of the friends in Paper Towns by John Green. They had such a great and realistic chemistry!
- 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!
- 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.
- Newest Fictional Crush: Can I just have Archer from Hex Hall?
- Best 2015 Debut: I think Maggie Hall killed it with The Conspiracy of Us and I cannot wait for more from her!
- Best Worldbuilding: The world of Beautiful Creatures is really well done and very intricate. I loved the tone they used for it.
- 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.
- Book that Made me Cry: There were LOTS of tears with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Best Moment: There were so many – but I think being more active on Twitter and meeting lots of people because of that is one!
- 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.
- Most Popular Post: My blogger interview for the BFF Blog Hop with Stefani @ Caught Read Handed.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2016 Debut I Am Most Anticipating: Very excited for Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw! It looks like my perfect book.
- Series Ending I am Most Anticipating: Only one really and that is The Crown by Kiera Cass, the last book in the Selection series.
- 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!
- A 2016 Release I already Love: I haven’t read any yet!
And that’s it! What a year!