The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!
I started training for my Swim22 challenge this week in which I am going to swim 22 miles between February 22nd – May 22nd for Diabetes UK. It’s going to be hard as I’m not used to doing ANY exercise, let along 1416 lengths of my pool within 90 days! But I’m up for the challenge and hoping to raise some money along the way.
This week it’s all about looking back on 2015 with The End of Year Book Survey by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. It gives all of us book nerds & bloggers the chance to show everyone our favourite bookish things from the past year and what we are looking forward to next year.
You don’t have to be a blogger to do it, just skip that section. But it is a great way to remind yourself what you’ve been reading for the past year…
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 65
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Mean question! These are my top three…
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Another Day – It just didn’t live up to the previous book, which was incredible!
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?
Because You’ll Never Meet Me – Surprising in the way of a very sudden genre swap 3/4’s of the way through the book from Contemporary to Sci-Fi.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?
Something by Tillie Cole. She has had some amazing books out this year that I have loved and I am always pushing her books on people (in a nice way of course!) So I’m going o say that it is one of the following: Sweet Hope, Sweet Soul, Reap and Souls Unfractured.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best Series Started: The Lunar Chronicles (why did I wait so long to read these?!!) AND The Winners Trilogy (I can’t chose between them!)
Best Sequel: Never Never Part 2 (Just as good if not even more amazing than the first in this series!)
Best Series Ender: Long Way Down (the finally book in the Addicted & Calloway Sisters series. Can’t believe it’s over but oh so amazing!
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015?
I’m not even going to try to pick just one!
Marie Rutkoski – I am in love with her Winners Trilogy, plus I got to meet her at YALC in June so of course she will be on my list!
Marissa Meyer – I must have kicked myself multiple times this year for not reading The Lunar Chronicles sooner because WOW were they INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait for her new releases in 2016.
Sabaa Tahir – I was desperate for her debut, An Ember In the Ashes, this year and actually paid an obscene amount to get it sent from the US because the UK release date was a month later. Once I got my hands on it I practically inhaled it and I am SO DARN excited for her next book.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Inside Game of Thrones – Get this, I read Non Fiction! Yeay, go me! This boo was absolutely gorgeous, hardback padded cover and everything. And even better, I got it for free! If all non fiction was like this then I would definitely read more of it!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Winner’s Curse – Wow did this book keep me on the edge of my seat. The pacing was perfect as the action unfolded and I don’t think my heart stopped racing the entire time. SO much love for this one! (Closely followed by The Winner’s Crime)
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Both Never Never Part 1 and Part 2, because the third one will be released in 2016.
Also, November 9 by CoHo, because this book was amazing and turned my heart to mush. I love a book which breaks my heart and then heals it all in the space of 300 pages!
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Everything Everything – There was a lot of love for this cover in 2015 and like everyone else I couldn’t help but swoon over the cover (and love the story within)
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Kestral from The Winners Trilogy. She is so so smart and it is fascinating following her trail of thoughts. She made my list this year as one of the characters I would love to meet in real life.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
WAY too hard to pick just one!
Sweet Soul, November 9, My Heart and Other Black Holes, The Summer Remains, Kaleidoscope Hearts
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga) – I have never read a book featuring a character who is considering suicide. Any books I read on the theme are usually set after a character has committed suicide and it’s all about the impact it has had on everyone else. Before reading this book I also knew nothing about Suicide Partners and after looking further into it and the shock at discovering how common a thing that this is in the world today is what makes this book my most thought provoking.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The ENTIRE Lunar Chronicles Series. WHY OH WHY did I wait so long?! This series was AMAZING!
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“I am…for you” – Reap (Tillie Cole)
If you have read this book then you will understand the emotional that comes with this quote. These four tiny little words gave my butterflies, mushed my heart and brought me to tears all in the same moment.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
No fair! I had WAY too many loves this year:
Fallon & Ben (November 9), Levi & Elsie (Sweet Soul), Scarlett and Wolf (Lunar Chronicles), Ally & Elpi (Sweet Hope), Kestrel & Arin (Winner’s Trilogy)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Cinder & Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles) – The banter between these two characters was so much fun to read. I love how their friendship developed through the series.
Basically ALL of the non-romantic relationships! (Addicted Series) – This bromance between Lo, Connor and Ryke and is by far one of my FAVOURITE non romantic relationships of all time! But then I also love the sisterly love in this series, and the friendships between in laws.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
There are a lot, mostly by Tillie Cole, but I realised that I have included her books a lot already, so I’m going to go with Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here. First book in her new series about a Motor Cycle Club an I absolutely loved it!
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Because You’ll Never Meet Me – I had seen this one around and thought ‘I’ll have to read that at some point’ but then the authors cousin is a friend of my family and knowing that I had a book blog she pushed me to read it. I wouldn’t say I regret reading it, but if I hadn’t been pushed I don’t think I would have read it as soon.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
I can’t pick just one, there are too many bookish boys that I feel in love with this year. All of these guys stole my heart because of their beauty both inside and out and their ability to make me swoon like a teenage girl at the things they said and did.
Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles
Levi from Sweet Soul
Bridger from The Year We Hid Away
Oliver from Kaleidoscope Hearts
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Ooooo this one is hard as I read some fantastic debuts this year.
My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga) – Such a powerful that absolutely broke my heart in places. Massive recommendations for this one.
Everything Everything (Nicola Yoon) – Pretty cover, massively interesting story line and one of the biggest literary twists I have ever read.
An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) – First book in what is going to be an incredible series, I loved this one and would definitely recommend it to everyone!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer gives us two worlds in this incredible series and I LOVED discovering every little bit of them.
An Ember in the Ashes – I fell in love with the world Sabaa Tahir created in the first few pages and I love how much detail she has put into it, I couldn’t get enough!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist – I can’t count the amount of times I laughed out loud with this one. A Bridget Jones style character working as a sex advice columnist whilst actually being a virgin. Makes for a very funny book.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
It would probably be easier to name the books that didn’t make me cry because I LOVE a good emotional book so the majority of the books I read in 2015 had the potential to make me cry. (Some of these are also series enders, and I suck at goodbyes and often end of crying, hence why they are on the list!)
The Summer Remains (Seth King), Sweet Hope (Tillie Cole), Souls Unfractured (Tillie Cole), Reap (Tillie Cole), November 9 (Colleen Hoover), Long Way Down (Becca & Krista Ritchie), Winter (Marissa Meyer), Sweet Soul (Tillie Cole) … ok, I should stop now!
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Summer Remains – I found out about this one whilst flicking around Goodreads and got in touch with the author immediately. The characters themselves describe it as “this is not a cancer book” but it does feature a very powerful story about a serious illness. Must read for EVERYONE!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Reap (Tillie Cole) – I thought Raze was crushing, but Reap just took it to a new level. Tillie Cole has this incredible talent of taking these big tough men and making them super vulnerable in a way that just breaks your heart. This book was amazing.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
A Little Something Different (Sandy Hall) – I have never read a book before that was told in 14 different points of view. EVen more unique, I have never read a book before in which 2 of the POVs it is told in are a bench and a squirrel! I really enjoyed this book, and still need to get
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Winner’s Curse – I loved this book, but wow did I want to bang Arin and Kestrels heads together at many points through this book! When people have feelings for each other, they need to tell each other because otherwise things go wrong and it makes me MAD!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Paper Fury – This year I fell in love with Cait @ Paper Fury and this has very quickly become my favourite blog ever! She always has such great posts and I’m always interested i reading them, even if they are about boring things like ratings because I know that I am going to be laughing through the entire post. Big love for Paper Fury, check it out!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I find writing reviews for books that I really really loved actually pretty hard to write. It’s so hard to get across all the things that make the book so amazing without giving up any spoilers. So actually finishing the review is probably one of the best feelings in the world. I don’t have one specific review, but I’d probably guess it would be for one of the Tillie Cole books I reviewed this year.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The Troubles With Being An Obsessively Organised Perfectionist Person Who Has A Blog – I really liked this discussion post because I found it quite freeing to write. I let my inner organised freaky nerd self out, and apparently everyone loved it! I still haven’t finished my ultra revamp of all my old blog posts though, it’s going to take me FOREVER!
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I got to go to YALC for the second year running which was even better this year with some amazing authors (including Cassandra Clare and Marie Rutkoski!) and some relly interesting talks. I already have my tickets for next year! I have also taken part in some pretty fantastic blog tours this year too.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
I met Cassandra Clare at YALC and we got into this conversation about our favourite character in her books. I said that I liked Simon which she found really strange and we had a bit of a chat about him whilst she signed my book. It was only after I walked away that I realised that she had signed my book ‘To Simon…’
My friend persuaded me to go back up to the front of the queue, and after a quick conversation with Cassandra’s PA I was back infron of the lady herself who resigned my book, apologised and gave me a massive hug. She also pointed out that I now have a one of a kind book, as she has never signed the same book twice!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Cover Stories: Comparing (and Judging) Harry Potter Covers
I LOVED doing this post as part of my Potty for Potter month in July. It was fascinating to see all the different covers from around the world and I guess everyone else did too because this post got a whole lot of love, both by views and comments.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I really love doing my Sunday Funday posts and I am always on the look out for new bookish crafts or things to buy etc. Sometimes it’s a little disappointing, after the work I’ve put in, that not many people have come and had a look. But then I guess it does go live on a Sunday and most people (including myself) are being too lazy to check it out!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Book Riot – I love this site as there is always so much interesting bookish stuff to read about! I often go on there for recommendations too because they are always spot on.
And TONS of bookish Etsy stores including: Red Rose Unique Designs, The Melting Library, Paper Heart, Literery Emporium
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I took part in a few challenges this year, some of which I did really well in and others I totally failed at. I had to lower my Goodreads total from 100 to 60 because there was no way I was going to reach that total. But I did complete my Debut Author Challenge of 12 books in 2015. You can check out how I did with all of them here.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I NEED to read Red Queen! I was so excited for this release in 2015 and bought the book immediately, but never actually got round to reading it!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
I’m really looking forward to The Winner’s Kiss, the final book in the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Also for A Torch Against the Night, the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
There seems to be a few Pirate YA books being released this year and I am most excited for Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. Also I am really intrigued about Timekeeper by Tara Sim, which looks like it is going to have some fantastic worldbuilding in it.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
I think I answered this one above, but it would most definitely be The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. The first two books, The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime, have been amazing, and although I’ll be sad to finish the series I am super excited to find out how it ends.
Also, Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. The first two books, Never Never Part 1 and Never Never Part 2, have been super mysterious and we still have no idea why the events that are happen are actually happening. It will be good to finally get some answers!!!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I’m hoping to complete my reading challenge this year and to go to YALC again (already got my tickets!) and meet some amazing authors! I’m also hoping to develop my blog a little more and have some ideas for some new and exciting (well, I think they are exciting) posts.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
This is Where It Ends (Marieke Nijkamp) – A tough topic to write and read about but a very powerful book. I would reconmend this one to EVERYONE!
Firsts (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn) – I just finished reading this one yesterday and although I spent a lot of time yelling at the character through my kindle and all her bad decisions, I couldn’t put it down! Review coming in a few days.