I love this time of year… thanks to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner (who also created the image above) and her awesome end of the year book survey, I get a chance to take a look back at what I read in 2015 – which has certainly gone by way too quickly!
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: almost 67 – Should finish my 67th book before the end of 2015.. Definitely fell short of my last year’s number of 82 but I know I hit a reading slump for a bit.
Number of Re-Reads: 0 – I really rarely ever do re-reads unless it’s Harry Potter. And that’s slated for 2016!
Genre You Read The Most From: I’m pretty sure it’ll be graphic novels
Best In Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
It’s 100% I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it but given that I’ve loved Schwab’s other books, I thought I would have stronger feelings on this one.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
It might be the graphic novel of The Alchemist. I had never been able to get through the book but figured I’d give the graphic novel version a try. Very surprised at the sexual nature of the illustrations from a book that’s supposed to be thought-provoking and philosophical.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
It was definitely I’ll Give You the Sun. I’m sure this book is going to come up a lot in this survey.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best series? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Best Sequel? Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Best Series Ender? I don’t think I read any series enders this year.
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?
I actually don’t read too many “classics”, so I’d have to say Anne of Green Gables was the best book from that genre.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Martian by Andy Weir
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Like I mentioned above, I don’t really re-read any books unless it’s Harry Potter.. which I will be doing in 2016 in preparation for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2017!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
I loved Career of Evil‘s cover but Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything wins this one.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Absolutely Mark Watney from The Martian. Matt Damon was such perfect casting to me.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Like I said in my review, I feel everyone who uses social media needs to read this book.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Thanks to Lindsey for the push via her readalong!)
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
There are a few… I’m sure there were more, but I didn’t always remember to make note of it.
“I didn’t know you could get buried in your own silence.”
– I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Not counting the single issues of comics, it would be volume 1 of the graphic novel Young Terrorists (81 pgs)
Longest: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (530 pgs)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Robert Galbraith’s Career of Evil
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
That’s a toughie.. I don’t think I really shipped anyone majorly this year.. maybe Lara Jean and Josh in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Or Mercedes and Zach in Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn..
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Mark Watney and his crew in The Martian.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Hm.. there actually wasn’t that many. I read a lot of new-to-me authors this year. So I’ll say Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
It’s a toss-up between The Martian & I’ll Give You the Sun – and am I ever glad for those recommendations.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
The Martian‘s Mark Watney 😛
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I’d probably also have to say The Martian by Andy Weir
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
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?
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – heartbreaking. I read it very early in 2015 and it has still stuck with me.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. I loved it, and it made me mad because of how infuriatingly frustrating the protagonists’ circumstances were.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – loved it but that CREEP of a guy made me so mad.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Jessica @ The Paper Trail Diary
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Not a book one, but my review on the bizarre theatrical production of Sherlock with David Arquette.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I actually didn’t do too many discussion/non-review posts this year.. If anything, some of the best discussions were in person (yay Brunch Book Club!), or on Twitter/Instagram.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The meet-up in July was pretty fun
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Not so much “blogging” life per se, but the (very expensive) opportunity to meet the Phelps twins, Tom Felton and Rupert Grint at Fan Expo was phenomenal!
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)?
Weirdly enough it’s my recap of meeting Harley Pasternak from several years ago. This post seems to always get searched for.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My recap of Fan Expo 2015 – which I have dubbed A Very Hogwarts Weekend!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
It might have to be The Lockhart, the Harry Potter-inspired bar in Toronto.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I guess at 67, I hit my 50 book pledge through Savvy Reader. I didn’t make my 75 Goodreads goal, nor did I complete the Green Gables Readalong though… 🙁
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Absolutely The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Time for the 2016 Re-Read!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The next Robert Galbraith book, and Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’m horrible for keeping up with what’s a debut novel or not.. I guess one that comes to mind is Brenda Drake’s Thief of Lies.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Can’t wait for the next installment of the Cormoran Strike series from Robert Galbraith!
One Some Things You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Get better at writing my reviews shortly after I’ve finished the books, do more scheduling of posts ahead of time, and scale back on physical review copies (no room!!).
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The only three 2016 releases I’ve read so far are Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker. … and I’d probably recommend them in that order.
That’s it for me this year!
Happy holidays and see you in 2016!