2015 End of Year Book Survey

Posted February 7, 2016 by Debby in Uncategorized

I know, I know. It’s FEBRUARY, Debby, why are you just now reflecting on 2015? Well, January was a mess, blogging-wise. But I love doing this annual survey, created by the lovely Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner, so I decided it was better late than never. In fact, in the coming weeks, you’ll see another couple posts reflecting on 2015, so get ready for that! In case you’re interested, you can see previous editions of this survey here on the blog: 2013 and 2014.

2015 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 109
(First: Feed by Mira Grant;
Last: The Deal by Elle Kennedy)

Number of re-reads: 9
The Casual Vacancy Faking It angelfall World After 2 The Burning Sky The Perilous Sea Cinder Scarlet Cress

Genre you read the most from:
Once again, thanks to my lovely spreadsheet:

Number of Books
Percentage of Total
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
So compared to 2014 that’s less books read, three times as many re-reads, a lot more fantasy, and a lot less science fiction and contemporary (*GASP*). But I’ll get into more statistics and analyses in next week’s post 😉
Best in Books
1. Best book you read in 2015?
I like doing this broken down by genre, but since I read so much fantasy and contemporary, I’ll do top threes for those.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaContemporary:
1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
2. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Historical Fiction: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Science Fiction: Winter by Marissa Meyer
Thriller: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Paranormal: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
New Adult: Catching Liam by Gennifer Albin
Middle Grade: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Umm, it breaks my heart to say it, but it has to be Inspire by Cora Carmack. I was so excited to hear that my favorite new adult author was going to do something NEW! and DIFFERENT! by venturing into new adult paranormal romance with GREEK MYTHOLOGY. But oh man that book was so bad. It did lead to a pretty funny review though, if I do say so myself.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a good way would have to be Valiant by Sarah McGuire. That book had barely gotten any notice (because Egmont closed down) and it was just DELIGHTFUL from start to finish. It’s also on my list as one of the most underrated books of the year. In a bad way would be An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Everyone raved about it, shouting that it would be one of the top books of the year, and it was booooooring. Ugh.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
I joined in on the chorus of book pushing for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, but my other most pushed books of the year would probably be Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – which totally crushed my feels – Valiant by Sarah McGuire – for the reasons listed above – and A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas – which was filled with so much voice that just delighted me.

Made You Up Valiant A Wicked Thing

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?
Best series starter: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Best sequel: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Best series ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
I’m gonna go with Ellie Marney, because I binged the entirety of her wonderful Every series and it gave me all of the feels over and over again. Modern YA Sherlock is PRICELESS. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Till then I don’t mind rereading the glorious adventures of Mycroft and Watts.

Every Breath Every Word Every Move

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t WANT to sound like a broken record, but Every Breath by Ellie Marney was SUPER AWESOME though I usually don’t care that much for mysteries. But to switch it up, I was also UTTERLY DELIGHTED by Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery despite rarely liking any classics and Feed by Mira Grant though zombies FREAKING TERRIFY ME.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Umm, probably Vicious by V.E. Schwab. That book is intense. Like a non-stop thrill ride. And yeah, I didn’t want to put it down for a second. Man I need the sequel…

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I started a trend in 2015 of rereading series before the next book comes out, so I think these are very likely to be reread this year: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
As a self-confessed cover whore, I could never pick just one. So here are three of my favorite covers of books I read and loved:

To-All-the-Boys-Ive-Loved-Before Six of Crows since you've been gone

And three covers I loved whose contents kinda let me down:

Mechanica The Conspiracy of Us Magonia
Yeah, still not over Mechanica…

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Oh man, this is a toss up between Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows), Victor Vale (Vicious), and Shazi (The Wrath and the Dawn). They’re all so awesome… can they just like crossover and become a dream team? A+. Would read.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I think it’s a tie between the incredibly gorgeous debut, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, and the woman whose writing style consistently amazes me, Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
That would absolutely have to be The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I mean, that book is unbelievably cool with its meta concept, but there’s some stuff about anxiety in there that struck me right down to my core. I love that – when books can make you feel like you’re not alone.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Yeah, I knew I’d love it, but the hype around that book was so intense that I was terrified it could never live up to it. Spoiler alert: it totally did.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?
“Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for it’s consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But Michael, you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumour.” The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
And alternately…

I walked up to Griz and poked him in the chest. “Let me make this perfectly clear to you. Though some might seek to make it appear otherwise, I am not a bride to be bartered away to another kingdom, not a prize of war, not a mouthpiece for your Komizar. I am not a chip in a card game to be mindlessly tossed into the center of the pot, nor one to be kept in the tight fist of a greedy opponent. I am a player seated at the table alongside everyone else, and from this day forward, I will play my own hand as I see fit. Do you understand me? Because the consequences could be ugly if someone thought otherwise.” The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2015?
Shortest: Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin – 175 pages of UGH
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer – 824 pages of YES

17. Book that shocked you the most?
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. Without a doubt. My heart has barely recovered.

This question is one of the hardest and meanest ever. Okay. So there’s Rachel and Mycroft from the Every series, Kaz and Inej AND Nina and Matthias from Six of Crows, Paige and Max from The Start of Me and You, Emily and Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone, and Alex and Miles from Made You Up. I laugh at your rules.

The Start of Me and You19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
I’m gonna give this one to the friendship between Paige, Tessa, Kayleigh, and Morgan in The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. So good. So happy making. Also a potential re-read for this year.

20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously?
Honestly, I’m trying not to repeat myself, but this is pretty much a tie between Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (I liked the Grisha series, but they never quite got up to the 5 star level for me) and The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (perfect in terms of romance AND friendship – an improvement over her first book).

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:
As with last year, the crown for this award goes to Christina who forced me to read Feed by Mira Grant. I would otherwise never even have TOUCHED a zombie book, but I’m actually glad I did.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
It’s taking me ages to think of this one, but… it’s a tie between… Victor Vale (I’m so stable and normal), Kaz Brekker (seriously), and Max from The Start of Me and You. And maybe Liam from Catching Liam because, hell yeah, I’ll take some of that hotness.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, duh.

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?
Definitely Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, the world was already pretty cool in the Grisha series, but she made it at least three times as awesome.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
You know fluff – and even better, banterfluff – is my jam. So here are the books that put a goofy grin on my face and led to actual laughter out loud: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, and Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
No actual tears were spilled in 2015 for so far as I can remember, but the two that got me closest were The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
I already said that I felt like Valiant by Sarah McGuire was tragically underrated, but here are three others I think should have gotten more attention: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, and The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud Rebel Mechanics The Storyspinner

28. Book that crushed your soul?
I don’t get my soul crushed often… but I’d say there was some minor soul crushing involved in Made You Up by Francesca Zappia and Every Word by Ellie Marney.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?
Okay, it’s probably sounding cliché right now, but I have never read a book quite like The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. (Srsly guys, just read it. Okay?)

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
It’s a toss up between Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Teaching Roman was just so bad and nauseating, but P.S. I Still Love You was so disappointing, I literally threw it down on my bed in disgust multiple times. *grabs the brain bleach*

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I’m pretty sure Gone with the Words was on my radar before 2015, but I am most excited about how my friendship with Morgan grew over the last year 🙂 She is triple awesomesauce, guys.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I’ll level with you: I haven’t been really overly proud of any reviews I’ve written in quite a while. I’m just so busy and behind on blogging that by the time I write my reviews my thoughts are watered down and gif-inspiration is hard to find. So I had to go back a while, but I am proud of my granular breakdown of Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin (so much fail) and my original step by step guide to making me fall in love with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. And as far as gifs go, Made You Up by Francesca Zappia was pretty darn cool too.

Teaching Roman Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Made You Up

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I didn’t have a lot of non-review posts last year. And that’s something I’m pretty upset about. But early in the year there were a couple awesome ones! My I Read for Characters post – where I finally discovered what factor is most important in determining whether or not I’ll love a book. And my Lunar Sims which was SO fun to make but I just haven’t had the time to play with OR do for other series. Maybe this year?

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Ummm, I MET LEIGH BARDUGO LAST YEAR. Seriously, nothing could possibly top that. That was ah-may-zing.

brekker's bitches

Just Visiting5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
It actually happened in 2015… I got listed in the acknowledgements. I KNOW. I KNOW. So if you pick up Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler (which you totally should because it’s a fun friendship road trip novel worth reading) you may notice a snuggly shout out. I just about died when I saw it. ;____; Dahlia, how dare.

Also, Kasie West reached out to me to participate in her cover reveal and sent me a signed book, AND Kody Keplinger asked me to join her street team. The fact that some of my favorite authors know who I am and appreciate what I do might be one of the only things that got me through the next question.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Honestly… not quitting. Last year I really discovered that my blog had plateaued and it’s been a bit hard to find the motivation to keep going. But I did get to vent my thoughts about that in my State of the Blog post, where I got a ton of comfort and relatable comments from you guys – so thank you!

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most viewed AND most commented on would be the cover reveal for P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, followed by the Lunar Sims.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?
I got nothin’, really. Given the effort I put into the blog last year, I’m frankly surprised how much attention I did still get – so thank you!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I guess I’d say Evie SEO’s Society6 store. My No Mourners, No Funerals mug is the best ♥

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 109/100
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015: 5/10 (oops)
Top Ten Books On My Winter 2014-2015 TBR List: 10/10
Top Ten Books On My Spring 2015 TBR List: 10/10
Top Ten Books On My Summer 2015 TBR List: 9/10
Top Ten Books On My Fall 2015 TBR List: 10/10
Looking Ahead
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016?
I would have said it was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, but I read last month already, so SELF-FIVE. Next up on the list is The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May – I’m hoping to get to that on by March at least. And then… QueenofShadowsbySarahJ.Maas *hides for eternity from outraged fangirls*

A Darker Shade final for Irene The Vanishing Throne Queen of Shadows

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2016 (non-debut)?
As always, I can hardly choose just one. But at the top of my list are The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (which also gets the cutest cover award), This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Yeah. I really couldn’t pick.

P.S. I Like You This Savage Song Heartless

3. 2016 debut you are most anticipating?
I haven’t kept up with much of the news about 2016 debuts, but of those that I do have on my list, I’m most excited for Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw. It sounds so awesome and nerdy and cool and the cover is very much adorbs.

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2016?
I don’t have any really big series endings coming up this year… The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson might be the biggest (well, after Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo). But there are more than enough exciting sequels coming up – those I listed two questions ago, plus The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, and inevitably Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas.

The Beauty of Darkness The Rose and the Dagger A Court of Mist and Fury
I’m blue da ba de da ba di da ba de…

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016?
RE-READ HARRY POTTER. This is totally the year, guys.

6. A 2016 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:
I actually only read two 2016 releases in 2015, but I did really enjoy both! Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira is a GREAT pick for fans of fluffy nerdy cuteness. ♥♥♥ And Vicarious by Paula Stokes is an intense thrill ride for fans of twisty turny murder mystery type stories.

Onwards to a great reading year!

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9 responses to “2015 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Fun fact: You tweeted about getting into acknowledgments being your goal, like, the very same week I put you in JV’s. I was laughing so hard, and then I was SO IMPATIENT for you to eventually see them. (As you know, because I had to tell you to look.)

  2. That’s a good amount of books to me! And I really want to up my rereads this year, even though I havne’t read any yet. YESSSS totally with you on Top 3 contemp!! I still need to read the fantasy books, but I loved Every Word, Winter, and The Pirate Code too. I’m planning on reading A Wicked Thing soon now that the sequel is around the corner! Ellie Marneyyyyyyyyy, god I love that series. I think I picked Winter as my best series ender too 🙂 Lovely cover picks! I love how much the story of SYBG is reflected in the entire jacket. Rachel and Mycroft, Emily and Frank, Max and Paige, yes yes yes. I cheated egregiously on the OTP question hahah. I loved Simon so much, the character and the book itself. I have to read Valiant esp since you sent it to me! No excuses. And I’m 70 pages into Rebel Mechanics, it’s so delightful!!

    TRIPLE AWESOMESAUCE OMG. DEBBY <3 <3 <3 You are too sweet 🙂

    Yayyyyy author events! My favorite moment was an author event too. I'm really glad you didn't quit blogging, I love your blog no matter how many breaks you take or how long they are <3

    Haha Queen of Shadows really is good! But I have plenty to hide from fangirls about too. I can't wait to read The Vanishing Throne! P.S. I Like You and Heartless, YES!!! I need to read the Kiss of Deception series. V excited for both Maas sequels. REREAD HARRY POTTER!!! I got up to Goblet of Fire last year and stopped halfway, I want to keep going. It's weird but I almost needed a Harry Potter detox…. I love it so much but everyone talks about it allllllll the time in every conceivable way that it was starting to feel stale in my brain even though I hadn't read the books in a couple years! And Harry must always stay fresh and amazing <3 Great survey Debby! Happy reading in 2016 😀

  3. “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli”

    YYYEESSSSS – the people who pushed online for this book actually made me pick it up, and I am so happy that they did!

    ” The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.”

    That book is going to stick with me for a while. I wish more people loved it. THat book had a lot to offer, and at the heart of it was some issues that seem still plague me, even now.

    • Simon I think got pretty much universal love – even from people who basically never read contemporaries. That is so gratifying 🙂

      Oh man, The Rest of Us Just Live Here will be an all-time fave for me. I will return to it whenever my anxiety starts up again. And yeah, it definitely deserves more love.