Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Book Survey

Hey everyone!

I did this survey last year and thought I'd do it again this year! I found the survey through Ginger (last year) but originally posted here. :)

Number Of Books You Read: 62
Number of Re-Reads: 16
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy YA, I think


1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Somehow not as hard this year? I still read a lot this year, but I think most were just OK. I think two of my favorites were Moloka'i by Alan Brennert and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. I only kept reading because I loved her mom.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?
Maybe Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. I read two memoirs by brothers right in a row - Burroughs' brother's first -- Look Me in the Eyes by John Elder Robinson. Robinson has Asperger's syndrome. When I read Burroughs' book second, I was amazed to hear about his childhood and how much his brother didn't notice or didn't include in his own book. It was interesting.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?
I strongly suggested Pat and Anna read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I know Pat did, I don't know if Anna did.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
THIS IS SO MUCH AT ONCE. I only started a couple of series in 2015 that I chose to continue reading, so I guess I'd say Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. It has a lot of weird religious stuff in it, but not specifically a certain religion. I thought it was a good "chosen one" type of hero story. I'm going to skip sequel and say the best series ender was probably Bitterblue, finishing the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore. I also like Winter by Marissa Meyer but at the same time thought everything wrapped up too neatly.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
I was going to say Jojo Moyes but that was technically in the end of 2014. I guess there's no one I really discovered this year whose work I'll seek more of. I really did like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but it looks like her only other published work is a series of ten-sentence short stories and I'm not sure I'm into that.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
My True Love Gave to Me is a book of short stories, which I haven't really read since my classes in creative writing. They're all YA contemporary or fantasy, though, which is my normal. Cloud Atlas is out of my normal wheelhouse, I guess.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Winter by Marissa Meyer

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read in 2016?
Harry Potter. Always. ;)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Rachel from Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert (I really liked this one!)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Moloka'i was really on my list forever because none of my libraries had it! I also had Life of Pi forever before I read it.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
Nothing sticks out -- I don't think I'm really a note taker.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
According to Goodreads, and not counting rereads, longest was Winter by Marissa Meyer at 824 pages. Shortest was Delirium Stories, a collection of short stories from characters in Lauren Oliver's Delirium series, 208 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Didn't we already do most surprising?

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar = favorite couple pair)
Simon and Baz, I guess? From Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I also really liked lots of the couples in My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I'm not sure I have one for this? Maybe Penny and Simon and Baz, also from Carry On. That's the only friendship that's sticking out.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I don't think she actually recommended it, but I remember Kate reacted strongly to Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, so I checked that one out

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
I don't think I have one? Maybe a boy from My True Love Gave to Me. North or Russel, maybe?

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I don't even know which books I read are debuts. I'm not book-bloggy enough.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
My True Love Gave to Me 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Moloka'i, most certain.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Not sure what this question means?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Made You Up by by Francesca Zappia  and, obviously, Moloka'i

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton



I'm going to go ahead and skip this section since I'm not a strictly "book" blog and I was a ish blogger this year. Weeeeeeeeeee!


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I need to freaking finish two books I started this year and didn't push through - Stephen King's On Writing and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. Actually, I want to give up on that one, but I've read so much of it already...

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I don't really know about debuts before they happen

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Raven Boys series

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I am not that privileged. 

If you're a big reader -- tell me your answers for a couple of these!

1 comment:

Kate said...

Ah yes, Girls Like Us. Every kid I've handed that book to has loved it! I think it's an easy sell to a lot of my teenagers because it's so short. They've all loved it though.

Also, I LOVED North and Russell in My True Love Gave to me.

I didn't love The Night Circus, but EVERYONE ELSE has. It makes me feel like I missed something. Or maybe I was just too distracted when I read it. I'm not sure. Maybe I'll go back and reread it at some point. I didn't dislike it or anything, but I was just boooored.

And now I'm going to have to find Moloka'i so I can read it. I'm intrigued.


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