12/29/16

2016 End of the Year Book Survey

This is one of my favourite things about the end of the year, looking back over my past year of reading and forward to next year as well!  This annual survey is hosted by the incredibly talented Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

2016 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: 73
Number of Books You Re-Read: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Suprisingly, it's sci-fi/fantasy, although I grouped paranomal and dystopian into this category too.  Without those two included, it would be a toss-up between sci-fi/fantasy and contemporary.  This is probably the first year that contemporary hasn't won by a landslide!

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read in 2016?
This is always the toughest question to answer.  I read a lot of five star reads this year, but I'm going to award this question to A Court of Mist & Fury.  I liked, but didn't love, A Court of Thorns and Roses when I read it last year, but the second installment to this series made me LOVE a book about fairies.  And that's saying something.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Raven Boys.  So many people love this series, and I really thought that I would love it too.  A very close second would be Finnikin of the Rock.  I wanted to love that book so badly.

3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way!) Book of 2016?
Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre.  I thought it was going to be a fun contemporary, but it had way more heart than I was expecting.

4. Book You "Pushed" the Most People to Read (and they did) in 2016?
My coworker has read almost all of Taylor Jenkins Reid's book at my urging, and she's always started on Jennifer Weiner's work =)

5. Best Series you Started in 2016?  Best Sequel of 2016?  Best Series Ender of 2016?
I started (and finished) the Six of Crows duology in 2016 and it was incredible!  Best sequel would have to be A Court of Mist & Fury -- I've already pre-ordered the final book!  And best series ender, hands down, is Winter.  I'm already craving a re-read of the Lunar Chronicles, and thinking that I'll pick them up on audio next year.

6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2016?
Rachel Del, who I also befriended on Instagram, is so sweet and a great writer too!

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don't Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?
Historical fiction and memoirs are both out of my usual reading zone.  For these genres, it's a three-way tie between Brain on Fire, All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale.

8. Most Action-Packed, Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2016?
The Girl on the Train.  I read it on a plane ride, and I was thankful to have such an engaging book during such a long, exhausting day of travel.

9. Book You Read in 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I just finished my re-read of the Harry Potter series on audio.  I'm currently reading the three novellas, and then I plan to re-read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2016?
How could I not choose both of these books -- stunning, just stunning.



11. Most Memorable Character in 2016?
All of the characters in the Six of Crows duology -- Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Wylan, Matthias ... they're all still in my heart.

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2016?
Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See.

13. Most Thought-Provoking / Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things was a book that resonated with me on so many levels, and Ruth's story stuck with me long after I finished the book.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Finnikin of the Rock.  It's been sitting on my shelves for YEARS.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
Dumbledore's words at the end of year feast in the Goblet of Fire stuck with me, and felt even more relevant to today's world after the American election:
 I say to you all, once again – in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.
Longest -- A Feast for Crows (852 pages)
Shortest -- The Little Prince (83 pages)

17. Book that shocked you the most?
I really didn't like The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, so I think I can honestly say I was shocked by how much I enjoyed To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.  I gobbled up both in about three days while I was on holiday over the summer.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Feyre and Rhysand, Kaz and Inej and Nina and Matthias.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
The friendships in the Six of Crows duology, and the sense of camaraderie between the gang members.

20. Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid BLEW ME AWAY.

21. Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
Both Love, Chloe and The Hating Game were recommended by Alyssa @ Swept Away By Books.  And I loved 'em both!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I'm not really a "book boyfriend" kind of girl, but I have to admit that Rhysand is pretty sexy.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
I didn't read a lot of debuts this year either, but I really, really enjoyed Emily Henry's The Love that Split the World.

24. Best worldbuilding / most vivid setting you read this year?
The Lunar Chronicles -- what a world.

25. Book that put a smile on your face / was the most FUN to read?
I listened to Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and the book definitely had me giggling aloud quite a few times!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?
A Court of Mist and Fury.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
How to Be Someone Else by Rachel Del.  It was my first indie read, my first request from an author for a review copy, and I really, really enjoyed it.  Definitely planning on picking up more of Rachel's books so that I can support her writing!

28. Book that crushed your soul?
I had a lot going on in life during the week that I finished Crooked Kingdom.  It didn't crush my soul the way it would have if I had been able to devote more attention to the book, but I can still appreciate the soul crushing elements of the story, and know that I would have reacted differently, had I been paying more attention to my reading and less attention to life in general.

29. Most unique book you read in 2016?
I searched for a short classic to read in order to complete my Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, and stumbled across Ayn Rand's Anthem.  Since I have had Atlas Shrugged on my shelf for years, I thought I would give her writing style a shot.  It was a very strange narrative style, since the narrator calls himself "we" and "us" but after I got used to it, I enjoyed the story and the writing style.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
I read A House in the Sky for book club and, although I enjoyed the book and sympathized with what the author went through, some of her decisions were unbelievably naive, which irked me.

Your Blogging / Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Novel Cravings.  I was Jessica's Secret Sister during the OTSP Secret Sister project at the beginning of 2016.  I was thrilled to be assigned a new mom as my sister, and we bonded and continued to chat long after the round of OTSP was over.  She is sweet and kind and all around wonderful.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I didn't write too many reviews this year either, but my favourite would be Small Great Things.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
It wasn't really a discussion, but I received the sweetest comments on my post about the end of my reading slump.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I read a lot of blogs at the beginning of the year, but my blog reading fell off the wagon towards the latter half of the year.  I am determined to get back to reading and commenting in the new year!

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I loved being part of the OTSP Secret Sister project for two rounds, as well as the Love-a-thon, two rounds of Tome Topple, the Make-me-read-it-athon (which I failed at, but still fun!) and, of course, the Broke and Bookish Secret Santa.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2016?
Participating in the OTSP Secret Sister project was definitely the highlight.  I've been toying with the idea of taking the next round off, but I do enjoy the community as well, so I can't decide.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
This is horrendously embarrassing, but it's actually the post where I asked for help choosing which book to read for the Make-me-read-it Readathon ... the readathon that I epically failed to complete.  BUT, Lady Midnight (the book that was chosen for me) WILL be on my to-read list for 2017!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My On My Nightstand posts don't get a lot of love, and I'm undecided on whether or not to continue them.  I like sharing mini thoughts on what I'm reading, or have recently finished, but I think I need to switch up the format.  

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I joined Audible this year, and it has been AWESOME.  It's a little expensive, but worth it.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I participated in four reading challenges this year, and completed all of them!  My Goodreads goal was set at 52 books (the number required for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge), and I surpassed it by reading 73 books!  I also completed the Prequel & Sequel Challenge as well as the TBR Pile Challenge.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
I thought for sure I would read Julianna Baggot's Burn this year but, alas, it didn't happen.  2017 will be the year for that book, I hope.  I would also like to read Lady Midnight and Heartless.  I'll have a full list of 17 books that I plan to read in 2017 coming up in the next week or so.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
A Court of Wings and Ruin for SURE, as well as the final installment of the Throne of Glass series.  

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I have an e-galley of The Hate U Give, and I've already heard amazing things about this book.  

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
It's a toss-up between ACOTAR and TOG.

5. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do in Your Reading/Blogging in 2017?
Continue tackling my physical TBR pile and not being afraid to tackle some larger/intimidating reads, especially fantasy books.

If you filled out this survey, please leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!  Thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit my little corner of the internet =)

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5 comments:

  1. OMG you beautiful person you!! I am so honored that you mentioned my blog and feel like a real turnip for not picking yours!!
    Did I know you were doing the Around the World in 52 Books challenge? Me too! I think I failed by like ten though....
    You have an early copy of The Hate U Give!?? You must tell me if I need to preorder it!
    Its way outside my comfort zone but I want to read All The Light We Cannot see.
    I always mean to and never remember to tell you I love your banner.
    Rhysand IS sexy!! LOL
    I am so thankful for you <3

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    1. Awww, you're so sweet, and totally not a turnip! I will totally let you know about The Hate U Give. I'm going to dive into my ARCs in Jan so I don't get behind :). I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you do pick up All the Light -- it's a beautiful book :)

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  2. Ahhhh - another ACOMAF obsessed blogger!! Haha. I can't wait for ACOWAR, either! Also the Lunar Chronicles. It was the series that got me out of a HUGE reading slump earlier this year. I posted the End of Year Survey too, and was really surprised by some of my answers, to be honest...such a great idea.

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    1. Omigosh -- the Lunar Chronicles pulled ME out of a reading slump at the beginning of the year too! Such an amazing series! Glad you love ACOMAF too; is it time for ACOWAR yet????? Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. AHHH!! ACOMAF...Rhysand. Lunar Chronicles..yes. Girl on the Train...so intense! All the Light We Cannot See...so so so beautiful. I'm keep nodding my head as I read this post. And going--"oooo, I need to read that." I may need to (as in definitely will) do a ACOMAF reread before the new one comes out. I liked ACOTAR, but I LOVED ACOMAF. Okay, back to blogging, then Heartless, then Crooked Kingdom. :)

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