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Hello lovelies, it's me Ruzaika here today with my End of Year Book Survey. I'm really excited to be doing this because
it's obviously going to make me feel very good about myself 2015 didn't bite me in the ass quite as much as 2014 2015 has been such an exciting year for me, what with getting to know our resident bookworm, Vera, and joining her as a co-blogger of The Regal Critiques. Yeah, so 2015- you go right under my microscope!
Number of Re-Reads: I re-read the Princess Diaries to prepare myself for Royal Wedding- so that'd be 10 this year.
Genre You Read The Most From: I'm not really sure- it's either Contemporary or Fantasy- not much of a difference in their total count I guess. Forgive me for being lazy here!
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Well, that's not a very good question. I've been introduced to so MANY authors this year. Well, I'll have to go with ten of my favs:
- Fairytale Retelling: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- Adult Historical Fiction: The Girl Who Couldn't Read by John Harding
- YA Contemporary: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
- Adult Contemporary: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Adult Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- YA Thriller: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
- Chick Lit: Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
- Dystopian: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Middle Grade: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
- Best Sequel: Winter by Marissa Meyer
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel. I'm still in two minds about it honestly- I read so many great reviews about it and was very eager to pick it up, but it just didn't click with me. Not that it's NOT good, but IDK.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a good way: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- after Gone Girl, I was sure no other book would impress me, but this one did. Not as much as the previous for sure, but it still was surprisingly good for a YA Thriller.
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 starter: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
- Best sequel: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
- Best series ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“For several years, I had been bored. Not a whining, restless child's boredom (although I was not above that) but a dense, blanketing malaise. It seemed to me that there was nothing new to be discovered ever again. Our society was utterly, ruinously derivative (although the word derivative as a criticism is itself derivative). We were the first human beings who would never see anything for the first time. We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed. Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building. Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting. I can't recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn't immediately reference to a movie or TV show. A fucking commercial. You know the awful singsong of the blasé: Seeeen it. I've literally seen it all, and the worst thing, the thing that makes me want to blow my brains out, is: The secondhand experience is always better. The image is crisper, the view is keener, the camera angle and the soundtrack manipulate my emotions in a way reality can't anymore. I don't know that we are actually human at this point, those of us who are like most of us, who grew up with TV and movies and now the Internet. If we are betrayed, we know the words to say; when a loved one dies, we know the words to say. If we want to play the stud or the smart-ass or the fool, we know the words to say. We are all working from the same dog-eared script.
It's a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.
And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such thing as a soul mate, because we don't have genuine souls.
It had gotten to the point where it seemed like nothing matters, because I'm not a real person and neither is anyone else.
I would have done anything to feel real again.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most.
18. OTP of the Year.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I kept on meaning to read it this year, but I somehow didn't end up picking it up. Next year, hopefully.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury sounds like a really intriguing retelling of Aladdin. Looking forward to it!
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Well, guys, so that was my annual book survey for 2015. Stay tuned for Vera's post, but meanwhile, tell me what you think of my splendid 2015 in the comments below!
WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2016!