Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015 End of Year Book Survey!!

I am so excited to be participating in this! I have seen these surveys done over the years, and never filled it out myself, but I am finally doing it and I can't wait! This survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner.

Let's get started!

Number Of Books You Read: 42
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult: Paranormal *Shocking*

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
"A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
"Until Friday Night" by Abbi Glines
I still really, really loved it, but I was expecting something more like Friday Night Lights. So, it was really more a disappointment.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
"A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas
I really didn't know if I was going to like her book, and although Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite everything, I have a bad history of not liking books that deal with the Fey. Surprising, I absolutely LOVED this book!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I really didn't push anything this year. All the books I read, I reviewed and essentially encouraged people to read them, but there wasn't one I really pushed

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
The Burying Water Series by K.A. Tucker

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Sarah J. Maas. I always heard her books are amazing and I always planned to read her books, but when A Court of Thorns and Roses came out, I had to read it (Beauty and Beast is my favorite). Now, I absolutely love her and I will read all of her books!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
"Once Upon A Zombie: Color of Fear" by Billy Phillips. First Middle Grade since I was a kid.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I would say it is probably a tie between "Burying Water" and "Surviving Ice". They are from the same series by K.A. Tucker so, it makes sense why there is a tie, because they are each action-packed and thrilling in their own way.

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably "The Girl in 6E" by A.R. Torre, because when I finally pick up the second and third books I will need a memory refresh.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Hard choice since I am a cover-whore, but weirdly enough I think I would have to say "A Ghostly Undertaking" by Tonya Kappes

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Princess Eadlyn from "The Heir" by Kiera Cass. I keep thinking about who she will choose/what she will do and anticipating the next book!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
"Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
It was so real and genuine. I felt like I was reading about real people.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
"Last Night at the Circle Cinema" by Emily Franklin.
This is such a great book club choice, because at the end you feel this need to discuss and talk about what you just read.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
"The Princess Diaries" by Meg Cabot

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“He brought his lips to my ear. "I would have been gentle with you, though." I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. "I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” 
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: "Touche Me" by Skye Malone at 48pgs.
Longest: "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell at 445pgs.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
"We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart
Listening this in it's audiobook format was the best decision I could have made. I have a bad habit of unintentionally reading ahead in tense situations so that I can finally know what happens, and with an audiobook you can't do that. There were so many shocking things that happened, and the ending was just unreal.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Emma and Galen from "Of Triton" by Anna Banks
This is a good, strong relationship

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Suze and Jack from "The Mediator 4: Darkest Hour" by Meg Cabot
Love how cute and scared Jack is, and I love how Suze helps him.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
"White Hot Kiss" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
"Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
It wasn't so much a person pressured me, it was all the hype. I mean I wanted to read it, but then everybody went crazy over it and I felt like I had to read it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Roth from "White Hot Kiss" by Jennifer L. Armentrout. FA SHO!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
"The Ghost Host" by DelSheree Gladden
I had a good feeling I was going to like this book, but I absolutely LOVED it. I want to read it again and again.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
"The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts" by K.C. Tansley
It was so different and well described. I could really see everything.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
"FROSH: First Blush" by Monica B. Wagner
Such a cute and fun read.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
"The One" by Kiera Cass
Oh my god, those last couple chapters. I can't even.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
"Flukes" by Nichole Chase
Way too short, but so amazing.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
"White Hot Kiss" by Jennifer L. Armentrout
That ending is killing me!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
"The Girl in 6E" by A.R. Torre
A cyber-sex operator who can't leave her house, because she's addicted to killing people, but then has to leave her house in order to save a little girl who's been kidnapped by a pedophile? Yea, I would call that unique.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
"What We Saw" by Aaron Hartzler
Great book. Made me mad, because of the absolutely ridiculous things said and done about rape in this book. I was literally yelling out loud to the pages.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I didn't necessarily find a new favorite blog, rather than a new favorite medium. That would be Instagram or rather #bookstagram!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
That would probably be for "The Ghost Host" by DelSheree Gladden. You can read it HERE. It was my favorite, because I loved the book so much that I couldn't wait to review it. Plus, the author responded back about it so, that was awesome.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
That would probably be the scavenger hunt post I put up for "Kiss Kill Love Him Still" by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller. You can check it out, HERE. Not only was it a super fun post, but I helped create it. The funnest part was putting together all the playlists for each character.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Definitely BEA. I love going every year and each year I have a better and better time. I met some really awesome people and met some even cooler rockstar authors.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
That would definitely be when I got my job as an Associate Publicist with Release The Kraken PR! It's all thanks to my blog and book knowledge. They initially contacted me to be a blog host for their PR, and I countered with the fact that I would love to work for them. Dream come true!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I feel like I didn't have enough time to read this year. I graduated from college in April and I felt like I was doing so much more when I was in college. I thought I would have so much free time to read and for some reason I felt like I had less.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Not surprising at all, but the post with the most views this year was my BEA Book Haul Giveaway

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
As far as pageviews go, I get about the same for each post unless it's a giveaway or a really popular book for review, but I do wish I would get more comments in general. I feel like people hardly ever comment. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU! lol

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Unfortunately I don't think I made any bookish discoveries. I found a couple discount book websites, but I haven't used any of them so, I don't think it counts.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I had two bookish goals and I failed them both lol. I guess the fact that I made progress is still technically a success, but I'm a pessimist so, I'm a failure lol. The first one was my goodreads goal to read 50 books. I failed by only reading 42. The other one was to get through my TBR list which consisted of books sent to me for review and books I've gotten from previous BEA's over the years. I made a good dent, but didn't come close to finishing it. Didn't help that I had to add books to it lol.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
It's a tie between "Oblivion" by Jennifer L. Armentrout and "Twilight/Life and Death" by Stephanie Meyer These WILL be read this year.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
"A Court of Mist and Fury" by Sarah J. Maas

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
For some reason I am irrationally excited to get my hands on "The Way to Game the Walk of Shame" by Jenn P. Nguyen. I love the cover, I love the synopsis, and I just know this is going to be a fun read.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
"The Crown" by Kiera Cass. I really don't want it to end, but I cannot wait to read it!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
The only thing I want to do is catch up on all the review books I have accepted. There are so many that I need to read, it's crazy. Some may even be from a year or two ago...
That's all I want to do. Just catch up.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
This year was all about trying to catch up as well so, I haven't read anything that will release in 2016. I was supposed to have already read a book or two by now, but just haven't gotten to them yet.