The time it was the end of the year book survey {3}

Posted December 29, 2015 by Stacee in Blog Challenge / 12 Comments

I’ve done this survey for the last two years and I love all surveys, so of course I was going to participate again!

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Thanks to the Perpetual Page Turner for this awesome idea and the pretty pictures.  Make sure you go over there to see all of the links from other bloggers.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Illumimae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.  I just couldn’t get into it like everyone else did and it broke my heart.

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

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

I loved the premise and was so excited for both of these books, especially when I saw so many high reviews. Sadly they fell flat for me.

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

Probably Illuminae.  I read it in April and had non-stop flailing until it came out in October. I still flail.

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

Best new series: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, Riders by Veronica Rossi, Starflight by Melissa Landers, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, Ruined by Amy Tintera {2016 is going to be amazing for new series!}

Best sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson, Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Series end: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Ensnared by AG Howard

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Nicole Castroman, Heidi Heilig, Sarah Fine

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

I don’t normally do westerns, but I read and loved Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson.

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

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I ditched work, turned off my phone, and read it all in one sitting before Hubs came home from work.

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

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes.

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

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?

AIDEN from Illuminae

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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

Girl Against the Universe, Every Last Word, All the Bright Places.  I love that mental illness is getting to be a bit of a mainstream topic in YA books and these three books handled the subject so well.

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

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.  I’m always wary about time travel books, but this one is just stunning.

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

“Am I not mericful?” by AIDEN from Illuminae.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: 3 pages — The Meeting by Richelle Mead

Longest: 842 pages — Winter by Marissa Meyer

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch.  There were some things that happened that I totally didn’t see coming.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Scarlet and Wolf. I flove them so hard.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Aedion and Aelin from Queen of Shadows

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

Every Last Word, Girl Against the Universe.

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

Never Never Part 1 and 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.  I wanted to wait for all three of the novellas to be out before I read them, but Christina convinced me to read them.  I can’t decide if I want to hug her or shove her for getting me to do it.

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

Jack from The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibalidi. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

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

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett.  I loved everything about this story.

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

I didn’t cry this year.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. I don’t know if this was a “hidden” book, but I didn’t see the amount of flailing it deserves.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell. I’m probably interpreting this question wrong, but I was beyond excited for this story and it bummed me out how the book turned out.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Illuminae.  I mean, have you seen some of those pages?

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

Darken the Stars by Amy A. Bartol.  While the ending was good and it really works with everything, it’s ultimately not what I wanted to happen and I’m hoping hoping hoping there will be another story in the series. Because I want more Kyon.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I don’t visit blogs as often as I should, but you should be checking out Polished Page Turners, Beauty and the Bookshelf, and Love at First Page.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I didn’t write any reviews on the blog this year!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I don’t post discussion posts, but I have recently started participating in some of the Top Ten Tuesday subjects and it’s a lot of fun. Does that count?

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

All of them? I loved road tripping to San Francisco to see Tamara Ireland Stone for the launch party of Every Last Word, going to Vegas for Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, and Amie, Jay, and Leigh all together.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

I was asked to moderate the event with Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, and Victoria Aveyard when they were at Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach. It was terrifying and amazing at the same time.

I was also mentioned in the acknowledgements of Ensnared and Untamed by AG Howard and Liars Inc by Paula Stokes.  That was pretty mindblowing.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Thankfully, nothing that I can think of!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

119 comments and 458 views in one day for the Stuck in a Good Book Hop

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of them? There has been a major increase in comments compared to 2014, so thank you for that!!

I love blogging and I love interacting with people on my blog, so it’s exciting to see people’s reactions to the content I’m putting out. I know I don’t make it easy because there aren’t discussion posts and the like, but it’s definitely nice to know that people seem to be reading the stuff I’m putting out not just waiting for the next giveaway.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I’m pretty addicted to buying bookmarks from Nook & Burrow and CraftedVan

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My Goodreads challenge was 300 and I’ve read 342 books with a few days to go.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

I have no idea.  I feel like whenever I announce I’m going to read something, I never get around to it.  I still stare at the pretties of Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman, but haven’t picked them up.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Umm.  I don’t really keep up on this. I should, but I just don’t. I’ll sit back and watch what people add to their Goodreads shelves and decide from there. 

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

I desperately need The Rose and The Dagger, The Winner’s Kiss, The Beauty of Darkness, and The Raven King.

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

After reading through the #back2bloggingbasics thread on Twitter, I’ve realized that while I talk to a lot of bloggers on Twitter, I don’t visit a lot of blogs.  I’m going to try to comment more and appreciate what everyone is putting out there.

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

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. This is my favorite of Paula’s books and I’m fairly certain I will be pimping it hard in 2016.  I don’t know if that’s a threat or a promise.

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Don’t forget to head over to the Perpetual Page Turner to see the linky list of all the other blogs who participated.

What was your favorite book read in 2015?  Be sure to leave me the link to your survey so I can read about your year!

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12 Responses to “The time it was the end of the year book survey {3}”

  1. Illuminae was my best book of 2015 too. :b I just finished it Monday night at midnight and it was soooo good. I couldn’t get enough! I’m still kind of suffering from a book hangover because of it. I NEED BOOK TWO LIKE NOW. I’m glad to see that Damage Done was shocking for you. I have a copy of it that I’m hoping to read soon. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Stacee

      Yay!! I’m so happy you loved Illuminae and I really hope you enjoy Damage Done.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. My favorite YA was Dumplin’, but my fave overall was The Glittering World. TGW is an Adult Paranormal with Native American based “faeries”. I have never read anything like it. I am still working on my survey. Next year I will know to start earlier. Ha ha. Happy New Year!

    • Stacee

      Dumplin’ was a great book. I loved Willowdean so much. I haven’t heard of The Glittering World, but I’ll have to check into it. Good luck with your survey!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Stacee

      I’m not entirely sure how I did it either. Every year I read more than the year before. Good job reading 100!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Stacee

      Those three debuts were so amazing. I can’t wait to read them again.

      Thanks for reading my post and commenting!

  3. Yay :D I love this survey. <3 Thank you so much for sharing about this Stacee :) Love reading about all the books that you have read. YAY for loving Illuminae so much :D I loved it too. So much. <3 I hope 2016 will be amazing for you, and that you will read lots more amazing books :)

    • Stacee

      I still don’t have words for Illuminae and I can’t wait to see what happens in Gemina. I hope 2016 is amazing for you as well!

      Thanks for always reading and commenting!

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