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Hi lovelies. As you can probably tell from the title, today I'm here with the End of Year Book Survey - you can check out Ruzaika's here.
2015 have been a really good year reading- and blogging-wise for me. Don't get me wrong, I didn't enjoy all the books I read, but there weren't that many HUGE disappointments as in 2014. My average rating was 3.9 stars on Goodreads! That's more than good, that's MIND BLOWING!
With that in mind, let's see my 2015 in books - a bit more detailed version of it than Goodreads gave.
Number Of Books You Read: 160 - do you have any idea how hard I worked to make it a pretty, round number? :P
Number of Re-Reads: 45
Genre You Read The Most From: I'm not a 100% sure but I think I read slightly more Fantasy than Contemporary in 2015.
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
- Fairytale Retelling: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
- YA Historical Fiction: The Diviners by Libba Bray
- Adult Historical Fiction: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- YA Contemporary: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
- Diverse: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Romance: Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
- Fantasy: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- Adult Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- YA Thriller: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
- Dystopian: Winter by Marissa Meyer
- Middle Grade: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- Classic: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: After reading Tonight the Streets Are Ours and enjoying it, I was super-excited for her more popular novel, but it ended up being a DNF for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a good way: Sweet Damage by Rebecca James - it was SO MUCH MORE than a horror novel because ALL THE EMOTIONS.
In a bad way: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams - it was a far call from the edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that I was promised.
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: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Best sequel: Trust Me, I'm Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Best series ender: Their Fractured Light by Amy Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Heather Demetrios WITHOUT DOUBT - she's super talented and writes in such a beautifully emotional way. My only problem with her is that she doesn't publish a new novel every week.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?Adult Historical Romance is a genre I rarely read in but Tessa Dare's Romancing the Duke made me question that decision. That book was so beautiful and left me with a huge-ass smile on my face.
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?
What can I say? I love pretty dresses.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Amy Elliott Dunne from Gone Girl
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?
I know that you're probably sick of this quote thanks to me but I love it so much.
"If you could make a beautiful piece of art from discarded newspapers and old matchbooks, then it meant that everything had potential. And maybe people were like collages - no matter how broken or useless we felt, we were an essential part of the whole. We mattered."
~I'll Meet You There~
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
- Shortest: An On Dublin Street Halloween with 4 pages (does this even count? lol)
- Longest: Winter with 824 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most.
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. I was shocked by the mystery, but more than that I was shocked by how emotional and beautiful that novel was.
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:
Gone Girl - so many people I know watched the movie when it came out and all of them told me to watch or read it immediately because I'd love it - gosh, everyone knows I'm crazy.
On a side note, I wanted to mention a book that Ruzi pressured me to read but I realized I haven't actually read anything she's been recommending me - I, on the other hand, pressured her into reading countless books this year. I'M SO SORRY, I'LL CLIMB INTO THE BOX OF SHAME NOW.
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?Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Reading this book was SO MUCH FUN because Simon -despite being angsty sometimes- is such a light and real and cute character. And I can't talk calmly about this book because it is one of the best books EVER. Read it, guys, READ IT!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. This book was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time - and yes, some parts of it did crush my 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)?
The other title is 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, which had a very important message that, I think, wasn't conveyed in the right way - and that is what makes me mad. Anyhow, it is still worth reading, so do it!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
//Paper Fury//Books and Starlight//Paein and Ms4Tune//Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist//The Thousand Lives//Pages of Starlight//Chasing Fairytales//Emma's Bookery//Offbeat YA//Fangirl Confessions//
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The 15 Most Beautiful Libraries Around the World was a much more informative post, while my post about My Favorite Things in the Book Blogging Community (A-Z list) was a lot more personal and something I wrote to encourage bloggers who had started to lose their enthusiasm.
I'm literally unable to choose between these two posts, because I had SO MUCH fun making them both, and reading your replies. <3
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Ruzi, this one's for you.
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?
Hmm... I'm usually satisfied with the feedback we get, so I'm going to decide on a whim... my review of Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. The only reason I wish it'd gotten more feedback is because I was excited to see what other people thought of it - and hear why they agree or disagree with my review. Such a controversial novel, and I didn't have the chance to thoroughly talk about it with anyone.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The 7 steps of discovering Book Outlet for the first time.
- Indescribable excitement because BOOKS FOR SUCH A CHEAP PRICE ARE LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE.
- Putting 10+ books into my cart and going to check out/register.
- Getting to the point where you have to choose country... there are a whole bunch of countries but NO HUNGARY.
- Crazily searching for Hungary because "IT HAS TO BE THERE".
Finally, it sinks in - it's not there.
Trying to fight back the intense feelings...
So yeah, this is the best bookish discovery, I'm just not able to benefit from it. At all.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Thank fuck, HAPPY NEWS! I managed to complete 5 from the 6 challenges I signed up for. The one I failed was the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, and I'm NEVER EVER signing up for it again, because THE DISAPPOINTMENT over not completing it is TOO BIG.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer because SHE IS AWESOME, ALRIGHT?
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:
Two words: I wish.
Have you read any of the books mentioned above? What did you think of them? And, most importantly, what are your favorite novels of 2015?