Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 End of Year Book Survey

6th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 edition!!

Hosted by Jamie, The Perpetual Page Turner. Be sure to visit and see all the participating blogs.

One more reminder that I'm hosting the 2016 EBook Reading Challenge if you are interested.

Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: I think it's zero, and that's kind of sad
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably Fantasy, although lots of historical fiction too.

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Hands down, The Martian by Andy Weir. Absolutely incredible. 
Second would be The Girl With All the Gifts.  Two adult books and both audiobooks. Huh.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. Second book in the series and I loved the first (The Bone Season.)

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

Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton. In a good way.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

 The Martian. It wasn't that hard what with the movie being released.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Started: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Sequel: Polaris by Mindee Arnett
Series Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer
 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
 Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart)

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

 I read everything. But, I'd have to say I'm most critical of contemporaries. I really enjoyed When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

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

 Blood of My Blood, by Barry Lyga

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Well, as you can see above, I'm not a big re-reader, and if I do reread something it's a classic or something from my history. Like Charlotte's Web, which I plan to read soon. 

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

 I love The Lunar Chronicles covers.  So Winter.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

 It's really Mark Watney from The Martian. But I'm trying to spread it around, and I really loved Marie-Laure from All the Light We Cannot See.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

 Ummm....not sure there was one of those this year....

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

 The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck.  Always wanted to read it. Glad I did!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

I'm not a good "quoter."  Don't have anything this year....

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015? 

The shortest was Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber at 125 pages (even though Amazon and Barnes & Noble say it's longer, the ebook says 125!)
The longest was Winter at 824 pages.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Trust No One, by Paul Cleave
 18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Dave & Julia, Never Always Sometimes  by Adi Alsaid
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Grace & Tippi, One by Sarah Crossan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Uninvited by Cat Winter

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Girl With All the Gifts, by M. R. Carey

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

I guess I'm too old for crushes.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ten Thousand Skies Above You, by Claudia Gray

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, by Alan Bradley. Flavia ALWAYS puts a smile on my face.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

One by Sarah Crossan (this one could have answered #26 too.)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

Audacity by Melanie Crowder. A quote from my review: Clara comes from a very traditional Jewish family, so when they arrive in New York she and her mother must find work. Her father and brothers are to spend their time studying God's word.  I had a hard time not throwing the book across the room. Her mother is taking in piecework and Clara is working in a sweatshop barely making anything. And the males in the family go to the temple and study all day.  I'm all for faith, but how can one justify this in the name of any religion?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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

To read more. Always a goal. Also, I really need to update my blog design. It's been a long time!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Hmmm.  I don't think I've read any. I usually do, but I've not been reading ahead very much lately.

If you are still here -- thanks for taking the time to read. Please leave me a link to your answers so I can visit. Happy New Year!

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  1. I didn't get a chance to read The Martian this year, but it's on the top of my tbr for 2016.

  2. As much as I enjoyed The Martian as a movie, I just couldn't get into the book. I quit after a few chapters since it was putting me to sleep. So many people love the book that I think I'll have to give it another go. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood or something?


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