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End of Year Book Survey | 2017

One of my favorite bloggers (and people. She’s a gem!), Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, hosts a wonderful thing called the End of Year Book Survey. I had an absolute blast completing the survey for 20122013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2015 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY!

As usual, all links will take you to my reviews for these books so if you see something you’re curious about, check out my reviews!

 

Number Of Books You Read: 100 even!
Number of Re-Reads: 9! ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, THE CROWN’S GAME, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, THE SCORPIO RACES, all four Raven Cycle books, and a Raven Cycle novella
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

 

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2017? STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor — for once I have an easy favorite!
  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  In a good way —  A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I didn’t push a lot this year! Probably… the Stalking Jack the Ripper books
  5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? Best series I started, probably STRANGE THE DREAMER. I can’t imagine not loving the second book! Best sequel… HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA. Best series ender… A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? Hmmm too hard to say. I read a bunch of new authors but only one book from them. I can’t commit to saying they’re the best until I read more!
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS! I don’t read a lot of older books/classics.
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid. It was so weird and I didn’t want to stop reading! 
  9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? My two regular re-reads, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and THE SCORPIO RACES, and I also want to re-read READY PLAYER ONE and the Illuminae Files on audio!
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? The Firebird Trilogy! They’re so gorgeous!
  11. Most memorable character of 2017? No one is really sticking out, actually.
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? STRANGE THE DREAMER
  13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017? I didn’t really read anything life-changing.
  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? The Queen’s Thief series! MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017? I don’t really keep track of quotes. It takes my out of the reading experience!
  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? The longest was definitely OATHBRINGER! I forgot what the shortest book was…
  17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Definitely THIS DARKNESS MINE by Mindy McGinnis!
  18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Audrey Rose & Thomas from the Stalking Jack the Ripper books!
  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Probably most of the characters in The Stormlight Archive!
  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: STRANGE THE DREAMER
  21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? Joshua Templeton from THE HATING GAME!
  23. Best 2017 debut you read? Probably GEEKERELLA 
  24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Firebird Trilogy and The Stormlight Archive 
  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? THE HATING GAME!
  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017? I don’t know if I did cry! Probably STRANGE THE DREAMER.
  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde
  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? …. STRANGE THE DREAMER haha
  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? We’ll cheat and say WIRES AND NERVE. It’s the most unique among my 2017 because it’s my first and only graphic novel!
  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? THE LAST STAR or AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS.

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  1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? I really didn’t keep up with blogging much this year! No one new for me!
  2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? Actually… I kind of liked my ranty review for A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN.
  3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?A Monday with Maggie Stiefvater“. I randomly got to meet Maggie and talk with her while she had a car at my husband’s shop!!
  4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? ALA Annual! I accidentally forgot I went. Oops! It’s been a nutty year.
  5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? Meeting Maggie Stiefvater! Finally meeting Kerri Maniscalco in person at ALA. Going to ALA! Keeping up with my blog haha.
  6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Finding time to read and blog! Candles are so busy and then full-time job and trying to have an actual life in the process… I haven’t been scheduling ahead with the blog but I’ve still been trying to post 3-5 times a week. I’ve been reading a LOT of audiobooks but reading is also more for me than the blog, though I do try to keep up with publisher commitments!
  7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? By views, not written this year, If You Like Divergent recommendation guide. Actually written this year, my Maggie Stiefvater post from above!
  8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Pretty much any post at this point. My stats have plummeted with not being able to keep up with comments, visiting other blogs, promoting, etc.
  9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I don’t know if I discovered something new this year! Maybe just new audiobook narrators.
  10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Just my Goodreads challenge!

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  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? I still realllllly want to read NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE. I feel like there are so many more but that’s always looming there.
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? OBSIDIO!!! 
  3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? HEART OF THORNS by Bree Barton
  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? OBSIDIO, and to be honest, Throne of Glass, so I can finish this series and be done with SJM.
  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? Keep up with it? LOL. Continue to attend events. Mostly for my bookish friends.
  6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): None yet!

Another big thanks to Jamie for organizing this survey! I always have so much fun with it every year and I am SO excited for what 2018 has in store for me!

End of Year Book Survey | 2016

One of my favorite bloggers (and people. She’s a gem!), Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, hosts a wonderful thing called the End of Year Book Survey. I had an absolute blast completing the survey for 20122013, 2014, and 2015 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2015 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY!

As usual, all links will take you to my reviews for these books so if you see something you’re curious about, check out my reviews!

Number Of Books You Read: 102
Number of Re-Reads: 2 — ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (on my birthday every year now) and THE SCORPIO RACES (every October/November)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016? 
Contemporary: PS I LIKE YOU by Kasie West
Sequel: THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
Series Finale: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
Debut: THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry, REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Good: KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | Bad: WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Probably 26 KISSES, SUMMER OF SLOANE, or HOW TO HANG A WITCH

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? 
Series started: (I will say that isn’t already completed and wasn’t a debut this year) THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
Sequel: THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
Series Ender: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo, THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkoski, THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? 
Debut: Kerri Maniscalco (STALKING JACK THE RIPPER). Loved her book, love her as a person too!
Not Debut: Sherry Thomas (THE ELEMENTAL TRILOGY)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? AS YOU WISH (INCONCEIVABLE TAKES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE) by Cary Elwes (non-fiction)

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? YOU by Caroline Kepnes. It wasn’t super action-packed but I just couldn’t put it down!

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Aside from my yearly re-reads… Probably THE CROWN’S GAME on audio before the sequel comes out because Steve West <333

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

11. Most memorable character of 2016? Joe (from YOU by Caroline Kepnes)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016? THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016? THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? UNCOMMON CRIMINALS by Ally Carter. I read HEIST SOCIETY in 2012!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? I don’t keep track of quotes while I read but I remember commenting on this one because adorable cinnamon roll Richard offers up his library cards as his first form of ID hahaha [from NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman]

“Look,” said Richard, his back against the wall, with the glass dagger pressed against his Adam’s apple. “I think you’re making a bit of a mistake here. My name is Richard Mayhew. I can prove who I am. I’ve got my library cards. Credit cards. Things,” he added, desperately.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest (actual book and not novella): THE SIGN OF FOUR by Arthur Conan Doyle (129 pgs) | Longest: EMPIRE OF STORMS (693 pgs)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
Most shocking in general: YOU by Caroline Kepnes
Most shocking moment: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Vika & Nikolai (THE CROWN’S GAME), Avery & Stellan (THE CONSPIRACY OF US and MAP OF FATES by Maggie Hall), Iolanthe & Titus (The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas), Blue & Gansey (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater), Audrey Rose & Thomas (STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Arin & Roshar (THE WINNER’S KISS), Door & The Marquis (NEVERWHERE)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Any Sanderson (THE RITHMATIST, more Mistborn, ELANTRIS, WARBREAKER…)

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: MY LADY JANE is a good pick for this one. I wouldn’t have picked it up without the comparisons to The Princess Bride!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? Thomas from The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

23. Best 2016 debut you read? THE CROWN’S GAME, REBEL OF THE SANDS, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Elemental Trilogy, THE CROWN’S GAME

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? PS I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE by Sarvenaz Tash

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Ummm I have been trying not to read sad books recently so let’s be dramatic and say HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, because I just had fundamental issues with it.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? Well, THE SMALLER EVIL was very unique compared to everything else I’ve read this year, even though it wasn’t in a good way for me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? EMPIRE OF STORMS, in that it made me mad and then killed a fandom for me.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? Oh gosh, I don’t even know. I haven’t really been able to keep up with blogs this year, unfortunately.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? I actually usually like my more critical reviews best because I’m actually writing and not just gushing so probably A COURT OF MIST AND FURY because I ended up sharing both sides — what I liked and what I was upset with.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? 
Discussion: Blogging Statistics: More Than Just Followers: I’m a person who loves stats! I think they’re interesting and help you grow, and numbers aren’t always about the reach for more followers.
Other non-review post: If You Liked… Gilmore Girls and If You Liked… The Winner’s Curse

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Attending ALAMW in January and BEA in May

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? Really growing my candle company, Novelly Yours and blurbing an ARC! Eep! One check off my bookish bucket list with that one

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6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Finding time to read and blog! Candle business + new position at work + life changes = less time

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Not posted in 2016: If You Liked… Divergent
Posted in 2016: Six Bingeable Series You Won’t Want to Put Down

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? The Statistics Survey from this year

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? All of the new bookish merch shops I’ve found through Etsy!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Just the Goodreads challenge. That’s all I had signed up for!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? Oh, just so many series I still haven’t finished!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017? Just get back on track!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I actually haven’t read any yet! Some 2017 releases but nothing that I’ve been recommending.

 

Another big thanks to Jamie for organizing this survey! I always have so much fun with it every year and I am SO excited for what 2017 has in store for me!

End of Year Book Survey | 2015

One of my favorite bloggers (and people. She’s a gem!), Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, hosts a wonderful thing called the End of Year Book Survey. I had an absolute blast completing the survey for 20122013, and 2014 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2015 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY!

As usual, all links will take you to my reviews for these books so if you see something you’re curious about, check out my reviews!

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Number Of Books You Read: 103
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Looks like fantasy! That’s pretty awesome.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015? This question is always impossible. Okayyy let’s totally cheat.
SERIES FINALE: WINTER by Marissa Meyer
SERIES SPIN-OFF: SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
DEBUT: THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace
YA FANTASY: QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas
ADULT FANTASY: THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
SCI-FI: ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
CONTEMP YA: EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir. Soooo much hype. It didn’t work for me at all.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Hmmm I’m actually going to go with DEVOTED by Jennifer Matthieu. It’s totally not something I would have ever picked updevoted book cover for myself but it was so well done, beautifully written, and something quite different from my norm! (Thanks to Mary from Macmillan for the rec!)

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I book-pushed THE STORYSPINNER a lot!!

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015? Best series I started: The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. Best sequel: QUEEN OF SHADOWS. Best series ender: WINTER.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015? Patrick Rothfuss! I’m still discovering/exploring adult fantasy and I fell absolutely head over heels for his books. I’m so incredibly invested.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Probably the handful of MG books! I really don’t ever pick them up unless I read them with my gals from On the Same Page but I enjoyed them all!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Oooh. Obviously QUEEN OF SHADOWS but I’ll be using that for a lot of answers soooo. I’ll go with equally exciting books like ILLUMINAE and STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson. I couldn’t stop reading them!!!

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Well I planned to re-read THE SCORPIO RACES every year. This was my third year reading it. A book that I read in 2015 for the first time? Probably ILLUMINAE. I want to listen to it on audio because I’ve heard that the audio is also amazing and may do a re-read before book two comes out! First & Then

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015? I still love the cover for FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills
(she’s also such a sweetheart)!

11. Most memorable character of 2015? Kvothe from THE NAME OF THE WIND! He became one of my new favorite characters. I just love him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015? I think THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH by Courtney C. Stevens. It was so well done, well-written, awesome characters.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2015? ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven kind of wrecked me. HARD.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? Definitely GONE GIRL. I put that one off for way too long for no apparent reason! Still need to see the movie.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? Ooh this is hard. I never keep track of quotes! I can definitely pin a favorite passage from WINTER but it’s spoilery (kind of). I mean, we can always go with the term “fire-breathing bitch-queen” from QUEEN OF SHADOWS…

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015? THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss (994 pgs), CALVIN by Martine Leavitt (192 pgs)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most? Hmmm. There were a few that shocked me in different ways… ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, ILLUMINAE, WINTER… Yeah, I think those were the big ones! 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Oooh ummm… I had TONS of ships in THE STORYSPINNER and THE SKYLIGHTER! I was shipping them allllll. Obviously still shipping Cress & Thorne hard in WINTER. Ya know, I didn’t have too many new ships this year! My OTP is probably Cress and Thorne though!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year? Kvothe and his friend group (THE NAME OF THE WIND), The Lunar Chronicles crew (relationships aside, #squalgoals), I swore I had another one but I can’t remember now! The name of the wind

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? We’ll go with something that was not in the same series… Ooh um… STEELHEART, probably!

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: DEVOTED! Also ALANNA, obviously THE NAME OF THE WIND.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015? Man, I didn’t have a lot of super-crushes! Maybe Rowan in QUEEN OF SHADOWS?

23. Best 2015 debut you read? THE STORYSPINNER and ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Always love Sanderson’s worldbuilding and was so impressed with everything else that was introduced in SHADOWS OF SELF!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Honestly, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS always makes me smile like a goon.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015? I UGLY CRIED at ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and EMMY & OLIVER.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Probably THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH or THE STORYSPINNER. I read a lot of new/popular books so those are the ones that I feel were a bit more under the radar.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I didn’t really have many this year! I guess ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015? MIDWINTERBLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Almost definitely NEED by Joelle Charbonneau. I was so frustrated with pretty much everyone in the book.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015? Lauren from Bookmark Lit, Morgan from Gone With the Words, Lindsey from Bring My Books, Kristin from Super Space Chick!  (did I first find you guys in 2015? I can’t even remember. I’m so bad at this)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015? I actually had a lot of fun with QUEEN OF SHADOWS

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I guess I really enjoyed my post on blogging stats! It was inspired by a tweet where someone was upset that someone unfollowed them for posting twice in a day and sort of took a turn to be “blog how you want and the followers will be there for you”. It was also about how I really enjoy stats in general and I have no shame that I check my stats. Not everyone cares and I’m not blogging FOR the numbers but I also think it’s a wonderful motivator to keep me going and really just affirmation that people appreciate what I’m doing.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Probably ALAMW in Chicago (I don’t even know if I did a recap?) and actually spending time with people at BEA15. 060215-5

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015? Ooh ummm. Actually, probably opening my Etsy shop for bookish candles (Novelly Yours). It’s not blogging related but it is book-related and it’s been so much fun and so rewarding so far!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? I’m still really, really trying to not overcommit myself. I just love being a part of so many things because they all sound so much fun but I’m really trying to pull back and not stress myself out. One of my goals for 2016 is also to try to request/download LESS egalleys/ARCs.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? If You Liked… Harry Potter

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Definitely The Stages of Starting A New Book By Your Favorite Author, As Told By The Princess Bride. It was SO much fun to do but I felt like it didn’t get as many views as I had hoped!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Another local bookstore and some new Etsy shops. I feel like I didn’t really discover that much this year!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Haha NOPE. I actually dropped out of all of the challenges shortly after I committed.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016? THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER. We keep trying to squeeze this one in and we’re finally reading it in January for OtSP!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)? THE RAVEN KING (*prepares soul*)

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Probably… SUMMER OF SLOANE! There are more but that’s one I remember 😀

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016? THE RAVEN KING, ACOMAF, CROOKED KINGDOM

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016? Mostly just request less. It’s so hard because SHINY but I really need to catch up and not pick up everything that I WANT to read right away.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I think I’ve only read one 2016 book so far! It was a series-ender.


 

Another big thanks to Jamie for organizing this survey! I always have so much fun with it every year and I am SO excited for what 2016 has in store for me!

2014 End of Year Book Survey!

One of my favorite bloggers, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, hosts a wonderful thing called the End of Year Book Survey. I had an absolute blast completing the survey for 2012 and 2013 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2014 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY!

As usual, all links will take you to my reviews for these books so if you see something you’re curious about, check out my reviews!

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Number Of Books You Read: 116… goal is 120!
Number of Re-Reads: Nine. Definitely way more than last year!
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy! (At least it looks like that according to my Goodreads stats) Doesn’t that surprise you? Or at least it surprises you from 2012 and 2013 Brittany!

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014? YES, I will have to cheat.
Actually Read in 2013: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Contemporary YA: Open Road Summer — Emery Lord // Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2) – Leila Howland
Contemporary New Adult: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill // Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Dystopian: Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) – Veronica Rossi
Fantasy YA: Heir of Fire — Sarah J. Maas
Fantasy Adult: Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson // The Lies of Locke Lamora & Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Historical Fiction: Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) – Robin LaFevers (though this is really also fantasy/mythology)
Magical Realism:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue — Maggie Stiefvater (maybe this is fantasy?)
Mystery/Thriller: Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas
Sci-Fi: Dissonance — Erica O’Rourke

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? I think #scandal by Sarah Ockler was my biggest disappointment this year after LOVING The Book of Broken Hearts last year. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? Probably Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas because I did not like it when I first tried it in 2012 (I think I wasn’t ready for fantasy) and ended up loving it (and binge read the rest of the series). Also my new favorites which are NEW ADULT BOOKS ooooh! When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill and Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014? I book push The Lunar Chronicles on people constantly but I think most people have read that… I did join the #SandersonArmy and book pushed The Mistborn Trilogy on a lot of people this year AND THEY READ IT. That was pretty exciting!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Best series I started
were probably two that I binge read (or at least caught up to the current place in the series): Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Best Sequel: Ugh. So hard. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer, Blue Lily, Lily Blue — Maggie Stiefvater, Heir of Fire — Sarah J. Maas. I think that covers most.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? Brandon Sanderson! Sarah J. Maas is a close second right now.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I’ll say the two new adult books! When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill and Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas, Blue Lily, Lily Blue — Maggie Stiefvater though I did read quite a few books in one day this year…

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? The entire Lunar Chronicles series before WINTER comes out (I’ll probably host a read along so be on the lookout!), Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas, probably read the entire Raven Cycle series before book 4 too.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014? I knew this question was coming and somehow I don’t ever keep track of covers. I really need a Goodreads shelf for cover love.  These are ones that I loved but also not all of the covers I’ve loved the most because I just don’t remember them!

          

11. Most memorable character of 2014? Oooh that’s a hard one. SO many to choose from but I’m going to say Locke Lamora. The characters in that book/series are just SO much fun and so dynamic.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014? Blue Lily, Lily Blue, for sure.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014? Probably The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), Blue Lily, or my re-read of Walk Two Moons… All for very different reasons.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? Hmmm probably White Cat (Curse Workers #1) – Holly Black. I read a few older titles but I didn’t really KNOW about them until this year so I wouldn’t really could those! I did know about White Cat for a while now though.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014? Um. That’s way too hard so I will go with a fan-favorite and an easy one for me to actually memorize: “Your cats! Give us all your gods-damned cats!” [Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch]

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014? Shortest (non-novella): Something Like Normal – Trish Doller and Kiss of Broken Glass – Madeleine Kuderick (both 224 pgs) // Longest: My re-read of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J.K. Rowling (870 pgs)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas — WHEW BOYYYY

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!):
Omg that’s kind of hard! Well, I re-read Anna and the French Kiss this year and that is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE, FOREVER AND EVER OTPs. Also Reagan and Matt Finch from Open Road Summer.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:
Friendship:
Reagan & Dee (Open Road Summer)
Bromance: Locke and Jean (The Lies of Locke Lamora)
Mentor: Vin & Kelsier (Mistborn)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer, Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Nikki/There Were Books Involved), Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (TONS of blogger reviews but mainly Estelle‘s & Jamie‘s stick out to me!)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014? Connor from Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler, Matt from When Joss Met Matt (these new adult guys just GOT TO ME). Also Matt Finch (Open Road Summer), Braden (On the Fence)

23. Best 2014 debut you read? Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? When Joss Met Matt, On the Fence, re-reading Anna and the French Kiss

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014? The Well of Ascension AND The Hero of Ages (oh god), legit had “omg wtf is happening I’m scared” tears in Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and The Assassin’s Blade novellas

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Althea & Oliver – Cristina Moracho

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? It’s not even out yet but I read it in 2014 so I’m going to say The Winner’s Crime.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? Probably Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I mean, I can’t even classify a genre! It’s so interesting and incorporates so many amazing things.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Probably Evidence of Things Not Seen. It was kind of offensive in the beginning (like weird things that didn’t seem to have anything to do with what the synopsis said the book was about) and I made it fairly far into the book and nothing was happening at all. Very frustrating.

 

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? Lots! I’m pretty sure I knew Nikki (There Were Books Involved) and Angie (Disquietus Reads) before 2014 but I didn’t really get to KNOW them well until this year. I also met the WONDERFUL Andi (Andi’s ABCs)!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? Wait, for real? That’s like picking a favorite child! I will just tell you my post popular review of the year and it was CRESS! (Well this was one of my favorite reviews so that works.)

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? As far as traffic goes, it was my Book Addict’s GUIDE to Crossover Books! (YA books for adult readers and vice versa)

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Definitely the 2014 Fall Fierce Reads tour where I got to interview the authors AND moderate the event! It was a dream come true.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? Fierce Reads tour again!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? It wasn’t posted this year but it still has the most hits in 2014! The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance. I think I need to do a Part II this year!!!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Hmmm, probably just the Book and a Beverage posts in general. I know people LOVE participating and being featured but they don’t get a TON of hits and/or comments. I think it’s because it’s a weekly feature and not one that everyone participates in (like TTT or WoW). I think people tend to skip over blogger spotlights in their feeds because they have so many other posts to read? I just feel bad for the bloggers I feature! I want them to have more hellos 🙂

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Hmmm not NECESSARILY bookish but I’ve started obsessing over My UPS and My USPS to track things that come to the house (let’s be honest. They’re mostly books) and using Wunderlist for the lists I need to keep!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I actually didn’t take on too many challenges because I knew my wedding was going to take up a lot of time. I will be completing the Goodreads challenge BUT I also lowered my goal like three times because I just couldn’t keep up with the amount of books I was reading last year.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? I have a few that I’m already planning to read in 2015 but I promised I would read My Life Next Door and I STILL DIDN’T.  Seriously. Someone make me read that.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)? WINTER. OMG WINTER.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? I usually don’t get AS excited for debuts just because I don’t know anything about the authors or writing yet but I’m really looking forward to Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca! BEST FRIENDS FALLING FOR EACH OTHER. REUNITING AFTER TIME APART. GAH. Those are my two faaaaavorite tropes. I have high hopes for it!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? Well Winter. I did just say that… I’ll say it again. (I’m so excited. I’m so scared.)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015? I really have no idea. I don’t have TOO many “big” plans… Whenever things happen they sort of just come out of nowhere.  It’s not really a reading/blogging thing, but I’ve actually been considering becoming a virtual assistant (for an author possibly? Something book-related because I need some sort of connection to this hobby that I love) but I have no idea where to start or how to approach that so seriously, if you know anything or have any ideas, let me know!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I’ve read four so far already (haha!) and the winner for top 2015 rec so far is WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill (aka Liz Czukas). Even if you’re not a new adult person, it’s still very much in the realm of YA readers, I think. I absolutely LOVED it.

Another big thanks to Jamie for organizing this survey! I always have so much fun with it every year and I am SO excited for what 2015 has in store for me!