Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 End of the Year Survey!!

The End of the Year Survey was created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. You can find all the questions and the link up here!

I mean...what?

Wasn't it just January?

The older I get the faster the years go by...

Let's close up 2015 shall we?

-- Number of Books Read
Between 165 and 170. There's a handful that I never tracked on Goodreads for one reason or another. I was just in the zone and didn't bother with it at times or... just whatever. So I don't have a 100% accurate count. Oops!

-- Number of Rereads

-- Genre Most Read From

1. Best Book Read In 2015:
I'd say Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy gave me the most feels all around of a mixed variety regular book wise. When it came to graphic novel/comics hands down The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (Sorry but you will see this book listed a whole lot in here)

2. Book I Was Most Excited About & Thought I Was Going To Love...But Didn't:
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
With this one I discovered that the book isn't always better than the movie. Bummed!

3. Most Surprising Read (Good or Bad)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
This was my first dive into the world of graphic novels. I've read plenty of comics over the years though. This was definitely a good, good, good surprise. My heart still hasn't fully recovered!

4. Book I Pushed The Most People To Read (And They Did)
I'm not usually the pusher, I'm generally the pushee. I mention here and there books I'm loving to friends but I never get all "OMG YOU GUYS A HAVE TO READ THIS NOW!!" But I love having it done to me! :D

5. a). Best Series Started In 2015
Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
So technically I haven't finished this book yet and probably won't by the end of 2015 since I felt the very strong need to do a Harry Potter reread in December, but this is by far my favorite start to a series that I began in 2015!

b.) Best Sequel Of 2015
Witches Be Burned (Magic and Mayhem #2) by Stacey Kennedy
I need the next book. Now! This series is steamy, action packed and full of magic and all your favorite paranormal creatures! Witches, werewolves and vampires ...oh my!

c.) Best Series Ender of 2015
Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I finished a number of series this year and this one was long overdue. The thing with JLA is though, she always seems to end a series perfectly. Loved this series!!

6. Favorite New Author Discovered In 2015
Marissa Clarke! She writes really great stories with brilliant characters that have such fun dynamics. I will definitely be reading anything she writes in the future.

7. Best Book From A Genre I Don't Typically Read/Was Out Of My Comfort Zone:
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
I'm going with this one again not since I feel like it was out of my comfort zone, which it wasn't, but because I hadn't ever read one before and it's left me feeling like I need to add more into my tbr for the future!

8. Most Action Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book Of The Year:
This one is really hard because I read a whole lot of paranormal series in the first half of the year and most of them were pretty action packed but I guess I'm gonna go with...pretty much any book in the Penryn and the End of Days series. They really had me on the edge of my seat!

9. Book Read In 2015 I Am Most Likely To Reread Next Year
I am a huge believer in the fact that books can almost be even better the second time around. I'd most likely want to reread...hmm...decisions, decisions.
Chance of a Lifetime (Anderson Brothers #3) by Marissa Clarke
What can I say, my new top book boyfriend is definitely worth the reread...sigh!

10. Favorite Cover Of A Book I Read In 2015

11. Most Memorable Character Of 2015
Gen Richards from Chance of a Lifetime. She was my first blind main character and she really touched my heart :)

12. Most Beautifully Written Book
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Before I read it a couple of days ago I probably would have thrown something else in here. This is a book that will rip your heart out and then shove it in your face and be like "see what I'm doing to you?!?!" And yet it does it so beautifully that I'm like "yes please and will you do it some more?"

13. Most Thought Provoking/Life Changing Book In 2015
Rolling in the Deep by Rebecca Rogers Maher
Though I wouldn't say this book is "life changing" it definitely had me thinking. It's a really good story with a very "be careful what you wish for" kind of a feel to it.

14. Book I Can't Believe I Waited Until 2015 To Read
The problem with this question is that, I'd say 95% of the books I read this year were ARCs. No exaggeration. So when I dug super deep to some of the books I read at the beginning of the year I'd say Deity through Sentinel of the Covenant series. I had always been pretty "meh" about them and in full on procrastination mode but when I finally reread the first half and went all the way to the end they finally clicked with me and I burned through them!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A 2015 Read
So I couldn't decide between two. One is more on the serious side and the other makes me laugh.
"And don't think for an instant that I wouldn't do terrible, unspeakable things if it could save someone I love." -- The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead


Unbelievable. Every girl at this college would cut her frickin' arm off to help me out. But this one? Runs away like I just asked her to murder a cat so we could sacrifice it to Satan. -- The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

16. Shortest and Longest Reads Of 2015
Shortest: The Rules According to Gracie by Stefanie London 100 pages
Longest: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 527 pages
This might not be 100% accurate there was about 10 or so books that were listed as "unknown" when I pulled up my shelf and I didn't feel like clicking through to each one to find a page number on a different edition. Plus there were a few novellas that I didn't count.

17. Book That Shocked Me The Most
Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O'Keefe
It was F bomb inducing. But in the best  way possible. Just wow.

18. OTP Of The Year! (I Will Go Down With This Ship!)
Sigh. I just...I can't even. I can't. I really, really just can't. Sigh.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:
Jill and Adrian from the Bloodlines series. Even though when you dig back as far as the Vampire Academy series and it probably starts out more as Jill crushing on Adrian I love how it blossoms into this really sweet sibling-like relationship

20. Favorite Book From An Author I've Read Previously
Deity (Covenant #4) by JLA
I've had a real sort of Love/Hate thing going on with this series in the past. When I finally opened up (and finished for once!) Deity towards the start of this year the book completely flipped my reading world upside down and made me feel things I never thought I would both for that series and some characters. Thank goodness for that book!

21. Best Book Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation/Peer Pressure
The Bowler University books by Megan Erickson. And it wasn't even really like oh my gosh the pressure was on! I'm pretty sure my friend Jessica just said "you need to buy these books" and I was like "Okay" *goes to Amazon* I'm seriously an easy pushee. Don't take much convincing if I like your typical reading choices!

22. Newest Fictional Crush Of 2015
Chance Anderson from the Anderson Brothers series by Marissa Clarke. Like, to even get to the heart of why he's my one and only true love (of the moment at least) would be super spoilerific and we wouldn't want that now would we? He's perfection. That is all.

23. Best 2015 Debut Read
Have I read a debut? Ugh... This is already taking me a while because I can't seem to keep it short and I don't wanna dig so I'm gonna say I haven't... (though I probably have with the amount of ARCs I've read :/ oh well)

24. Best World Building/Most Vivid Setting This Year
The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
The man is a genius!

25. Book That Put A Smile On My Face/Most FUN Read
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
As a huge fan of The Princess Bride this is a must read. Even better if you get the audiobook version narrated by Wesley himself and lots of other cast members and behind the scenes people! Love!!!

26. Book That Made Me Cry
Hi! I'm a wuss...and lots of books have made me cry.The Sculptor was the most recent. Bawled like a little baby!

27. Hidden Gem Of 2015
Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley
It was a sweet and adorable YA romance. 

28. Book That Crushed My Soul
The Sculptor...are you sensing a pattern yet?

29. Most Unique Read Of 2015
Limbo (The Joy Valentine Mysteries #1) by Amy Andrews
A girl who works at a funeral home making up and preparing the deceased for funerals...and can see and speak to ghosts,  an ex-cop turned private detective, a brothel madam, an excommunicated priest and so much more. Plus it has a real noir feel to it. Amy Andrews surprised me with this one! One of the reasons I'll always say "yes! gimmie!" when I see one of her books.

30. Book That Made Me The Most Mad (Not Necessarily Because I Hated It)
This is really hard because a whole lot of books ticked me off in 2015 both in good and bad ways. I guess I'll go with Mine (Club Sin #7) by Stacey Kennedy. I didn't like the directions and actions of a couple of the characters and felt they weren't "acting like themselves" if that makes any sense. I almost wish I had left the series to be done with #6. Kind of.

Okay so...I won't be answering most of these questions because I just have no answers for them. I mean like for question 1 I've been off and on hiatus mode so much this year that it's hard to remember when I've visited someone's blog for the first time. And with the stuff related to my blog I don't like reading what I write so I never have favorite posts. Hardly do discussions because I babble too much as it is. And I don't pay attention to numbers and/or visits to my blog/posts. Frankly the only time I know for sure how many people visit is if there's a comment. I'm just not into numbers. This is all for fun. So...sorry I'm being fail with this portion. I'll try to do better next year. Promise!

1. New Favorite Book Blog I Discovered In 2015
2. Favorite Review I Wrote
3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post
4. Best Event I Participated In
5. Best Moment In My Bookish/Blogging Life In 2015

6. Most Challenging Thing About My Blogging Or Reading Life This Year
My health has been wonky this year so I haven't been as motivated as I would've liked to have been.

7. Most Popular Post This Year (By Views Or Comments)
8. Post I Wish Got A Little More Love
9. Best Bookish Discovery (Book Related Site/Book Store/Etc)

10. Reading Challenges I Completed (Nearly In Some Cases) In 2015
So I finished my Goodreads challenge of 150 books. Woo!

I unofficially attempted the Series a Month challenge and I did pretty good the first half of the year then it all went to crap haha. I think that's pretty good for ME though.

Once again, I attempted to make my way through Pop Sugar's Ultimate  Reading Challenge 2015 and was very pleasantly surprised with how far into the list I made it and I only used one book for two different answers. But I got 34 out of 50 books read on that list and I am extremely pleased to have made it through more than half that list. It was a tough one! Hoping they have another creative list like that for 2016 as well! (My list here)

1. A Book I Didn't Get To In 2015 But Will Be A Priority In 2016
Illuminae. The hype is very real and I have it...I just haven't opened it yet. YET! Thinking it'll be a January read for sure!

2. Book I Am Most Anticipating In 2015 (Non-Debut)
Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

3. Most Anticipated 2016 Debut
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

4. Series Ending/Sequel Most Anticipated
I'm horrible and have no clue if there's anything to put here. I feel so out of the loop lately LOL there's probably quite a few!

5. One Thing I Hope To Accomplish Or Do In My Reading/Blogging Life
Get good. (Seriously. I hope to keep up better in 2016!!)

6. 2016 Release I've Already Read And Recommend To Everyone
The one and only release of 2016 that I've already read (since I cut myself off from ARCs) is 

Forgotten Promises (Lost Boys #1.5) by Jessica Lemmon

I really, really loved it. I mean it probably won't be for everyone I realize. But it's a good redemption story that's dark and has heavy and tough subject matters. I devoured it in one sitting though. But if you look for it, you do need to realize that if you're squeamish or can't deal with super heavy stuff this will not be for you.

So I guess that wraps up my 2015 bookish/blogging life. Sorry if I got really rambly at times. I can't seem to help it! I hope you all had a fantastic year and hope the one to come will be even better!


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