Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Annual End of Year Survey

Every year, Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner hosts the Annual End of Year Survey - she's up to the 6th year and I'm up to the... 3rd? I think? Or maybe 2nd haha. Either way, I haven't missed a year since I started blogging!

Number Of Books You Read: 76 (on my 77th and aiming for 80)

Number of Re-Reads: 0 (I don't really do re-reads but I do re-read certain chapters of books I love such as Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Genre You Read The Most From:

1. Best book you read in 2015?

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas hands down.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. Gah I was expecting some wonderful insight into genderqueer people but I got pretentious self-pitying teenagers instead.

But also Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – this was probably the most hyped up book since it was announced and it was so terrible.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – despite it being similar to a lot of YA books out there, it also held its own.

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?

Best Series Started: Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was just so different and what a wonderful experience!

Best Sequel: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas because DUHHH

Best Series Ender: End of Days by Susan Ee had such a perfect ending to the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Victoria Schwab! I devoured The Archive, Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic this year.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne – I don’t usually like NA but this was so sweet and swoony.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

QUEEN OF SHADOWSSSSSSS ahaha I could not stop turning the pages. Devoured this thing in a day and a half even with work (but Illuminae comes in at a close 2nd).

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – my goodness this book. The magic and everything SO MUCH LOVE

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
– who can compete with that cover? WHO?

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas sweet baby jesus this man. *Fans self* I CANNA WAIT FOR A COURT OF MIST AND FURY.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas omg that imagery, especially the Spring Court!

13. Most thought-provoking/ Llife-changing book of 2015?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – AIDAN the artificial intelligence system was just amazing and brings on the question of can AI develop human emotions? I still say no but AIDAN seemed to come close.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – the Studio Ghibli movie is my fav ever so I was always hesitant to read the book even though I love Diana Wynne Jones.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015?

Shortest: New Music by Paula Stokes 31 page short story

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer 824 pages

17. Book that shocked you the most

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. That plot twist WOWOWOW give me The Song Rising NOWWW.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

CINDER AND KAI from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

Wow Agnieszka and Kasia from Uprooted by Naomi Novik – this is what true friendship looks like.

20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (I want to say Sarah J. Maas but she’s a given)

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure

Vicious by Victoria Schwab… I already had this and was planning to read it at some point in the future but a friend kept saying how good it is so I bumped it up my TBR.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Rhys from ACOTAR is a given so Cary White from Sleigh Bells and Second Chances (Mistletoe and Mr. Right) by Lyla Payne!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?


24. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas like wow that imagery

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I binge read the whole Precious Stones trilogy and just loved it so much! It was so funny.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?

Casually sobbing my eyes out in Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

27. Hidden gem of the year?

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – her contemporaries are on point.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

O_O The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh my god the ending.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?

Sooooo Illuminae is a given because LOOK AT THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN.

But also Just Kids by Patti Smith because I never read non-fiction and this memoir was astounding and profound and it celebrated the friendship between Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe, and his art beautifully.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Dangerous Girls by Abilgail Haas like omg it dragged on so much more me and it wasn’t believable and teenage girls are portrayed as shallow this made me so ANGRY.

My favourite 2015 releases that may or may not have been mentioned in the survey


  1. It seems that you have an extremely amazing reading year! I can see how much you enjoyed Queen of Shadows, Illuminae, ACoTAR and The Wrath and The Dawn haha! Personally I haven't read any of your favorites, I hope I'll enjoyed it as much as you loved it! Congrats for 2015, here's for an even more amazing reading year in 2016!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  2. Oh my goshhhh all you fantasy kids making me add a million books to my TBR. I'm all alone here in Contemporary Corner. *sobs*

    But seriously, Wrath and the Dawn is high on my list. I convinced my sister to borrow it from the school library (worst part about graduating, tbh - no more library access).

  3. "Wow Agnieszka and Kasia from Uprooted by Naomi Novik – this is what true friendship looks like."

    Right??!! Can I have MORE friendships like this, please??

    Uprooted is going to be a book that I love forever.