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End of Year Book Survey | 2018

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, 20152016, and 2017 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2018 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!

 

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 133
Number of Re-Reads: 22
Genre You Read The Most From: Hmmm I’m guessing fantasy!

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2018? The books in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown! Specifically MORNING STAR
  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Probably IN THE AFTERLIGHT… I had high hopes for the rest of The Darkest Minds series but they fell so flat!
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? SADIE by Courtney Summers! It was so powerful and I had to finish it in one sitting.
  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Hmmm, probably RED RISING! 
  5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018? Series: I binge read so many! Probably the October Daye series. Sequel: GOLDEN SON! MORNING STAR! Series Ender: MORNING STAR by Pierce Brown
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018? Has to be Seanan McGuire! I binge read two of her series this year and loved them both!
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Hmmm probably THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS. I haven’t been reading a lot of “serious” books lately and it gave me a lot of feels!
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? MORNING STAR… repeating things but it’s true! They’re so good! 
  9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Well I do have my annual re-reads, but I don’t think those should count. Hmmm maybe re-reading the Red Rising series? Or re-reading FOUNDRYSIDE before the next book? I’m not sure, actually! 
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018? BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire. Those colors!
  11. Most memorable character of 2018? Mia Corvere from NEVERNIGHT!
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018? THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS! It was so lovely.
  13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2018? I guess also THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS!
  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? NEVERNIGHT and THE BONE SEASON!
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018? Eh, I don’t keep track of quotes.
  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018? EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (170), KINGDOM OF ASH by Sarah J. Maas (992)
  17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Hmmmm. GOLDEN SON and MORNING STAR! Those twists!
  18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Mia and Don Tric. Sigh.
  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Darrow and Sevro/Sevro and Ragnar from the Red Rising series! 
  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
  21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.: The October Daye series!
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018? Hmmm can I keep Thomas from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series since ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI was a new book? 
  23. Best 2018 debut you read? THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS
  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Red Rising, FOUNDRYSIDE
  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? UNDEAD GIRL GANG!
  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018? THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS
  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? I think FOUNDRYSIDE. 
  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I guess SADIE? 
  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018? Ooh that’s a difficult one! SKY IN THE DEEP? SCYTHE? UNDEAD GIRL GANG?
  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET. It was just… not good. 

 

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    1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018? This is hard! I can’t remember who was new as of 2018.
    2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018? My Stranger Things recommendation guide!
    3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018? It’s a recent one, but I loved my photo of STRANGE THE DREAMER and MUSE OF NIGHTMARES! 

 

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)? I had a blast at ALA Annual in New Orleans as well as BEA/Book Con in NYC!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018? Does candle work count? Because getting more candles into bookstores was very awesome! Also being in the acknowledgements of ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI was amazing!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Probably just keeping up with the blog this year! I really struggled with carving out time for it but I’m trying!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Out of any year published: If You Liked… Anna and the French Kiss | Published this year: Review of NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Also my Stranger Things recommendation post! I feel like it barely got any views and I worked so hard on it!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I loved finding new bookstores in my area! Harvey’s Tales just opened in Geneva, IL and I found a used bookstore in Batavia!
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Just the Goodreads annual challenge! I completed my goal of 100 and went on to finish 133.

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  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019? Hmmm I’m not sure! I did get to some older books and I intentionally put off GODSGRAVE to wait a little bit longer until book three is coming out. I do need to catch up on a lot of ARCs.
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)? KING OF SCARS!
  3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? I don’t even know, TBH. I haven’t been reading a lot of debuts unless someone else has read them first. I just have so many things to read and haven’t even been thinking forward like that.
  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019? Hmmmm. The Ronan Trilogy? Is that coming out in 2019? 
  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019? Just to keep on blogging! I want to get back to regular reviews and come up with other unique posts like I used to. I’m trying!
  6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): I haven’t read many 2019 books yet! The one I did read I didn’t love. Oops. 

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 2019 has in store for me!

Statistics Survey: The Book Addict’s Guide in 2018

Five years ago, Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I got to talking about how much we love the end-of-the-year surveys (and really all of the other surveys) that go around, obviously Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey (The Perpetual Page Turner) being one of our favorites! After a discussion of our love of stats and looking back on our year in reading through statistics, we decided to devise a survey to help us with our quest and the STATISTICS SURVEY was born!

Andi and I didn’t officially host another Stats Survey this year, but it’s something I’ve been enjoying doing every year and I love seeing my year in stats! This was a weird year for me, focusing more on candles and less on blogging, but I did still do a lot of reading. In fact, it was actually my biggest year in reading yet, being able to listen to so many audiobooks while I worked!

Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Feel free to join in and fill out your own year in stats!

2018 READING YEAR IN REVIEW


NumberOf

  • Number of books read…
    • Total: 133
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 4
    • Between 400-449 pages: 22
    • Between 450-499 pages: 5
    • Over 500 pages: 17
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 108
    • Re-reads: 22
    • DNFs (did not finish): 4
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 12 (not including re-reads)
    • One/Two Stars: 4
  • Number of authors met in 2018: I have no idea! I met a bunch at BEA/BookCon but also went to events like Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer, and Pierce Brown!
  • Number of book events attended in 2018: A whole bunch! See above.
  • Number of books you read in one day: 40
  • Number of books that made you cry: I’m not sure! Not that many.
  • Number of 2019 books you have on pre-order: 4

BytheBooks

  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): I read NEVERNIGHT in NYC!
  • Book that took you the longest to read: It WOULD have been TOWER OF DAWN, but I ended up DNFing it. (Not at all sorry.)
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: The Red Rising series! UGHH it was so good!!!
  • Book that made you love the villain:  I’ll say THE BONE SEASON! Technically not the villain, but he’s not supposed to be a hero either.
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: THE WICKED KING. I want to hold out for the audiobook!
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: I read FOE and ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI in June and they came out in Sept,
  • Book you read on your birthday: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, as usual!
  • Book with a character who shares your name: I don’t know if there was one, but the main character from EVERLESS shared my birthday!
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET. I still rated it two stars even though I kind of skimmed the end and it was closer to a DNF. I put time into it though, and had enough feelings to leave a rating.
  • Book you read in 2018 but already want to re-read: The Raven Cycle, again (and again and again). Maybe the Red Rising series!
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: I STILL HAVE ANDI’S COPY OF TWIST FROM YEARS AGO, ALL RING THE SHAME BELL
  • Book you wish you could go back and read for the first time again: GOLDEN SON and MORNING STAR. Omg those twists!!!
  • Most books read by one author this year: 15 from Seanan McGuire — the entire October Daye series and Wayward Children series!

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  • Happiest & saddest: Happiest: SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA. It had its tough moments for sure, but it was also just so cute and I was so happy for Simon! | Saddest: THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS. It definitely made me cry. Not all in a bad way, but it was emotional for sure!
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (170), KINGDOM OF ASH by Sarah J. Maas (992)
    • By title: FOE by Iain Reid, THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN by Kiersten White
    • From buying to reading: We’ll choose NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken. I’ve had it since 2013. I read several books where I bought or downloaded them that day.
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: KINGDOM OF ASH by Sarah J. Maas (best at 4.66 stars with 43,694 ratings), THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET by Kate Evangelista (worst at 3.08 stars with 260 ratings, also one of my least favorites of the year)
    • Books you read/your rating: MORNING STAR (best, I had a couple five-star reads but this was the best of the best), I had a few 2-star ratings but probably THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET. I rated it two stars but kind of skimmed/DNFed too.
    • Series enders: The worst series-ender was probably ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN. Nothing happened…? The best was MORNING STAR.
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2017: First: PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken | Last: AN UNWANTED GUEST by Shari Lapena
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler, A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Most disappointing is IN THE AFTERLIGHT, the last book in the Darkest Minds trilogy. I really enjoyed THE DARKEST MINDS when it first came out and the rest of the series was so cliche dystopian. Biggest pleasant surprise was UNDEAD GIRL GANG! I absolutely loved it.
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: I joined the Magicians fandom this year! I read THE MAGICIANS last year, technically, but the second and third books, which I read this year, plus the TV show sealed the deal for me. I abandoned the Sarah J. Maas fandom entirely. I DNFed TOWER OF DAWN and finished KINGDOM OF ASH but I wasn’t happy with it. I don’t have any motivation to read her books anymore.
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: I picked up quite a few series this year and binge read a bunch! Notable mentions that I had huge binge reads with were the October Daye series and the Alex Verus series! Hmmmm series I quit… I don’t think I quit anything that wasn’t just a first-in-a-series, but I did get mad at the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I didn’t like the way rough handling and other things were normalized and it made it hard for me to want to continue. I’ll give it another shot but if that keeps up, I won’t be reading more.
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: Lenient: THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo. I gave the short story collection a five star rating but it really didn’t stick with me. It’s Grishaverse and I love it but it wasn’t super amazing for me. Harshest: Hmmm maybe IN THE AFTERLIGHT. I rated it either 2 or 2.5 stars but left it at 2. I stand by that rating but I felt angry about it haha.
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped was absolutely KINGDOM OF ASH. Under the radar that I actually enjoyed was probably UNDEAD GIRL GANG or the Alex Verus series, at least in my group of the reading community.

GrabBag

  • Book you read that is red: DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: Lots of W but no X/Y/Z!
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: I didn’t really have any
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: THE BOYFRIEND BRACKET, IN THE AFTERLIGHT, all of the To All the Boys books (Lara Jean drove me nuts! Yet I loved the movie…)
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: All sorts of cookies and cakes while reading To All the Boys!
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: The Red Rising series.
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: DEAD WITCH WALKING, probably.
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): The October Daye series
  • Forced yourself to finish: IN THE AFTERLIGHT, I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): October Daye, Wayward Children, Alex Verus, Fox & O’Hare, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Raven Cycle re-read, Shadow and Bone re-read, full Mistborn re-read

I skipped the blogging section since I had some really patchy stats this year! I do love keeping up with the blog and still will, but I also like it being more casual and free and less like a “job”. I was so up for it when I wasn’t working on candles all day and now with having less time, it’s still something I want to do but will be much more casual and free!

I felt like I had a really good reading year in 2018! I read a lot more adult and skipped over some YA this year, and I really liked the mix. I had some YA rough patches in which I felt like a lot of the YA books suffered from poor editing and I just wasn’t enjoying them so I switched up the mood. I got a lot of reading done and can’t wait to see what 2019 will be all about!

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!

Statistics Survey: The Book Addict’s Guide in 2017

Four years ago, Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I got to talking about how much we love the end-of-the-year surveys (and really all of the other surveys) that go around, obviously Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey (The Perpetual Page Turner) being one of our favorites! After a discussion of our love of stats and looking back on our year in reading through statistics, we decided to devise a survey to help us with our quest and the STATISTICS SURVEY was born! The Statistics Survey is back for another year so feel free to fill out any time you’re ready with your reading year in stats!

Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 4th annual Statistics Survey!

This survey is more about checking out the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like (my answers will be going up in late December or early January to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2017 (not books necessarily published in 2017). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

2017 READING YEAR IN REVIEW


NumberOf

  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 4
    • Between 400-449 pages: 14
    • Between 450-499 pages: 3
    • Over 500 pages: 6
    • Over 1000 pages: 3
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 76
    • Re-reads: 9
    • DNFs (did not finish): 3
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 5 (not including re-reads)
    • One/Two Stars: 4
  • Number of authors met in 2017: Two? I think the only events I went to were Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor!
  • Number of book events attended in 2017: Just author signings. I didn’t make it to any conferences this year.
  • Number of books you read in one day: 9
  • Number of books that made you cry: I don’t remember. Probably only one or two?
  • Number of 2018 books you have on pre-order: 3

BytheBooks

  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): I didn’t go far from home this year — just to Indiana. I read a few books while I was there.
  • Book that took you the longest to read: Probably THE DIRE KING. It took me over a month to finish it, through lunch breaks at work, but I had a hard time keeping the momentum going. 
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: You know it’s funny, but I’d say THE HEIST by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. It wasn’t my favorite read of the year but HEISTS and CONS and SWOONS.
  • Book that made you love the villain: THIS DARKNESS MINE by Mindy McGinnis. It was so weird and so interesting!
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: THE TRAITOR’S KISS, HEART OF IRON, and AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA (read in May, published in Sept)
  • Book you read on your birthday: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, as usual, and audiobooking CLOSER TO HOME
  • Book with a character who shares your name: I don’t know if there was one?
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): HELLO, SUNSHINE by Leila Howland. I just did not connect with it. I gave it two stars even though I kind of skimmed the end.
  • Book you read in 2017 but already want to re-read: The Raven Cycle, again HAHA
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: I STILL HAVE ANDI’S COPY OF TWIST FROM YEARS AGO, ALL RING THE SHAME BELL
  • Book you wish you could go back and read for the first time again: RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer. I read it in such broken pieces for only a few minutes at a time. I wish I could read it again with uninterrupted reading time.
  • Most books read by one author this year: 7 Janet Evanovich books, 7 Brandon Sanderson books (one was a novella), 7 Maggie Stiefvater books (5 re-reads, one new read, one re-read of a novella)

ThisThat

  • Happiest & saddest: Happiest: THE HATING GAME | Saddest: LOOKING FOR ALASKA, I guess? I tried really hard not to read sad books this year. It didn’t really make me sad but it had the most sad feelings.
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: Not including novellas, LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (shortest), OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson (longest)
    • By title: TALON (shortest), A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES (longest)
    • From buying to reading: I had a few that I bought and read immediately but we’ll say A CONJURING OF LIGHT was my first one of those of the year. The longest would probably be WICKED APPETITE which I’ve had for yeeeears as a mass market and finally read on audio this year!
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson (best at 4.77 stars with 100k+ ratings), A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho (worst at 3.26 stars with 760 ratings, which I actually enjoyed!)
    • Books you read/your rating: STRANGE THE DREAMER (best), I had a few 2-star ratings but I guess the worst was INTERWORLD. It was just… weird and not enjoyable.
    • Series enders: The worst series-ender was THE LAST STAR by Rick Yancey. Wow, that book made me mad. The best..? Of things that I read this year, probably A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU by Claudia Grey.
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2017: First: JACKABY | Last: THE SHELL GAME (Fox & O’Hare novella)
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): I’m not sure of the first because the most recent photo of my shelves is cut off. The last is READY PLAYER ONE!
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Most disappointing is definitely HELLO, SUNSHINE. I didn’t click at all and I LOVED (like loved loved loved) Leila Howland’s other books and I was also really disappointed with TRAITOR TO THE THRONE!! Biggest pleasant surprise was probably A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES! That wasn’t what I expected and I totally loved it!
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: I joined the Stranger Things fandom WHICH I KNOW ISN’T BOOKISH but that’s my biggest fandom of the year. I abandoned SJM and all of her books hardcore, like poof gone forever. I was jumping off last year but it’s super solid this year.
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: I picked up quite a few series this year and binge read a bunch! Too many to list, really. I gave up on the REBEL OF THE SANDS trilogy, I think. I was super disappointed with TRAITOR TO THE THRONE and it killed my interest in the third book.
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: Lenient: Ehhh we’ll say WIRES AND NERVE. I put it in the five-star range because Lunar Chronicles but it wasn’t super duper a 5-star book. Harshest: Hmmm I think the books I rated low are accurate, so I guess I’d say I don’t really have a harsh rating.
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped was probably A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, and A DARKEST SHADE OF MAGIC. Under the radar, HELLO SUNSHINE, CLOSER TO HOME, A GOOD IDEA

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  • Book you read that is red: WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: Lots of W but no X/Y/Z!
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: THE HATING GAME
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: THE LAST STAR
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: November cakes during THE SCORPIO RACES, always
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: STRANGE THE DREAMER
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: LOOKING FOR ALASKA and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): JACKABY
  • Forced yourself to finish: TRAITOR TO THE THRONE
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): The Raven Cycle, Shades of Magic, The Stormlight Archive (to currently published), The Firebird Trilogy, Monsters of Verity, Jackaby, Lizzy & Diesel

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Statistics Survey 2017

Four years ago, Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I got to talking about how much we love the end-of-the-year surveys (and really all of the other surveys) that go around, obviously Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey (The Perpetual Page Turner) being one of our favorites! After a discussion of our love of stats and looking back on our year in reading through statistics, we decided to devise a survey to help us with our quest and the STATISTICS SURVEY was born! The Statistics Survey is back for another year so feel free to fill out any time you’re ready with your reading year in stats!

Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 4th annual Statistics Survey!

This survey is more about checking out the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like (my answers will be going up in late December or early January to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2017 (not books necessarily published in 2017). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

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  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas):
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    • Re-reads:
    • DNFs (did not finish):
  • Number of books rated…
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  • Number of authors met in 2017:
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  • Number of books you read in one day:
  • Number of books that made you cry:
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order:

BytheBooks

  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?):
  • Book that took you the longest to read:
  • Book that you personally connected with the most:
  • Book that made you love the villain:
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again:
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date:
  • Book you read on your birthday:
  • Book with a character who shares your name:
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?):
  • Book you read in 2017 but already want to re-read:
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have:
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:
  • Most books read by one author this year:

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  • Happiest & saddest:
  • Longest & shortest…
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    • Average rating on Goodreads:
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    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right):
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  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned:
  • Series you picked up & series you quit:
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings:
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read:

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  • Book you read that is red:
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z:
  • Book you hugged when you finished it:
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  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book:
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  • Furthest out of your comfort zone:
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself):
  • Forced yourself to finish:
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year):

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The Link List: Bookish Candle Companies

I love lists and having tons of information all in one place. The idea started with a list of Harry Potter quizzes and escalated from there! Check out today’s Link List with all your go-tos for Bookish Candle Companies!

Okay, so the obsession with bookish candles doesn’t get any better once you start making your own. I’ll tell you that right now. In fact, it’s only gotten worse since I started my own candle company and I ended up buying a few too many candles recently… but I love seeing the different interpretations of my favorite characters and books and my collector’s heart doesn’t let me do anything in small doses. Here’s the most comprehensive list of bookish candle companies I could find, especially since so many companies have now started their own websites and moved away from Etsy! (And if I’m missing one, please DO let me know because it certainly isn’t intentional!)

(About halfway through curating this list, not even getting to the point of links, I asked myself why I had started it… I hadn’t realized there were THIS many companies!!)

** Note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies or websites in any way, except, of course, for my own, Novelly Yours Candles. ** 

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WHEW, that’s a whole lot of candle shops! Don’t ever tell me you can’t find bookish candles again haha!! So there you have it! Which ones are you favorites? If there are any I missed, let me know and I’ll add them!

The Link List: Harry Potter House Sorting Quizzes

With the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being this week, a lot of us spent our time taking new (and old) Harry Potter quizzes. Even though I’m a die-hard fan and know I’m a Ravenclaw, I still take any Harry Potter quiz that someone puts out, juuuust to have that further confirmation that this is where I’m supposed to be.

But I also have friends who can take any number of quizzes and range all over the place! I spent some time chatting with friends yesterday morning and decided to gather up as many sorting links as I could find (and ya know, take them myself) to help those in need get a definitive answer of which Hogwarts house they should call home based on what they got the most!

So here’s a link list of Harry Potter House Sorting quizzes for you!

** Note: I am not affiliated with any of these quizzes or websites listed below in any way. This is purely for fun and for the purpose of sharing!
There are also sooooo many more but I tried to pick some of the ones that first pop up and then a mix of Buzzfeed quizzes for you! ** 

And the many Buzzfeed quizzes…
(This is only some of them. There are SO MANY)

Final verdict for me? I’m definitely a Ravenclaw, even with some of the silly quizzes! Which Hogwarts house are you most often sorted into?

Do you have any other good sorting hat/Hogwarts house quizzes? Leave a link below and I’ll add them to the list!

 

Looking for more Harry Potter love? Check out these previous posts on The Book Addict’s Guide!

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!

Statistics Survey: The Book Addict’s Guide in 2016

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Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join The Book Addict’s Guide and Andi’s ABCs for the third annual Statistics Survey!
(see the original post with linky here!)

This survey is all about the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2016 (not books necessarily published in 2016). We have a linky in the original post (without our answers) to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

  • number of statistics surveyNumber of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas):  6
    • Between 400-449 pages:  16
    • Between 450-499 pages: 7
    • Over 500 pages: 7
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 50 (7 of which were shorts/novellas)
    • Re-reads: 3 (THE SCORPIO RACES, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, BLUE LILY LILY BLUE)
    • DNFs (did not finish): 8
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 25
    • One/Two Stars: 6
  • Number of authors met in 2016: Umm I honestly don’t remember! Probably not as many events as last year but it’s hard to keep track with conferences like BEA and ALA.
  • Number of book events attended in 2016: See above haha. I attended ALAMW in January and BEA in May but don’t really know about signings and whatnot. Probably only a handful this year!
  • Number of books you read in one day: 11 (6 of which were novellas/shorts)
  • Number of books that made you cry: Not a lot, to be honest. Probably only a couple… but I did BAWL my eyes out watching the If I Stay movie, if that counts.
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order: None, actually
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    • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): When I read EMPIRE OF STORMS on my vacation in Colorado (and used my friend’s beautiful white wooden table for an Instagram opportunity)
    • Book that took you the longest to read: MY LADY JANE (from 7/18/16 – 8/23/16) because I put it down and came back to it later
    • Book that you personally connected with the most: Probably PS I LIKE YOU by Kasie West!
    • Book that made you love the villain: I wouldn’t say she was a VILLAIN but I really wanted more redemption for Sloane’s former BFF in SUMMER OF SLOANE. There seems to be a lot more going on there and I’d love a story from her POV!
    • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: KISS CAM, LOVE LIES AND SPIES, THE PASSION OF DOLSSA
    • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING by Jeff Giles. I got to blurb the ARC!
    • Book you read on your birthday: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (it’s a re-read tradition now) and THE GOOD GIRL on audio
    • Book with a character who shares your name: I think there was a Brittany in HOW TO HANG A WITCH… maybe. She’s always the mean girl…….
    • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): Hmmm well I rated EMPIRE OF STORMS four stars but I’m still very disappointed with it so I feel like I should knock it down to three. I may or may not have skimmed the end of SHADE ME. Like skimmed a LOT.
    • Book you read in 2016 but already want to re-read: CROOKED KINGDOM, the Raven Cycle again now that THE RAVEN KING is out, THE CROWN’S GAME, REBEL OF THE SANDS
    • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: Andi loaned me TWIST, the second book in the LOOP duology. Found it the other day just sitting around……. SORRY, FRIEND! I also finally read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN so I can give it back to my friend Lisa!
    • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: The Mistborn books, because the surprises are just so great, and GEMINA because I was too distracted while trying to read that one and I wish I had more time to sit and revel.
    • Most books read by one author this year: Oh gosh, probably Sanderson. (Isn’t it always??) Nine from him, including all the novellas & extras. Four for JK Rowling if you include those Pottermore collections + CURSED CHILD.
      I also binge read the Mara Dyer trilogy (three for Michelle Hodkin) and the Elemental Trilogy (three for Sherry Thomas). I got on a minor Sherlock Holmes kick towards the end of the year and read one novel and two novellas.

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    • Happiest & saddest: Happiest: PS I LIKE YOU | Saddest: Ummm CROOKED KINGDOM but only THAT PART I guess (I bawled)
    • Longest & shortest…
      • By page number: EMPIRE OF STORMS (693 pgs), THE HOPE OF ELANTRIS (25 pgs)
      • By title: AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE (12 words), YOU (three letters)
      • From buying to reading: Longest I think is THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER which I have had for at least four years. Shortest would be one of the many novellas that I purchased and immediately listened to on audio!
    • Best & worst…
      • Average rating on Goodreads: Best: ACOMAF (4.74) | Worst: TO DIE FOR by Alice Clark-Platts (a short story, rating of 2.54) or for full-length, THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn (2.94)
      • Books you read/your rating: Ummm pass, too hard. No but really, many five star books. I can tell you the ones I rated two stars though (books that I finished and did not DNF): SHADE ME, SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE, TRUTHWITCH, THE GLITTERING COURT, WHERE FUTURES END, THE SMALLER EVIL. Some unpopular!
      • Series enders: Best: THE WINNER’S KISS, CROOKED KINGDOM | Worst: THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
    • First & last…
      • Reads of 2016: First: SHADE ME | Last: Pottermore extras or JACKABY, if I finish before the new year!
      • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): I forgot to look at this!
    • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Most disappointing: TRUTHWITCH. For as much as it was talked about and hyped… I did not get along with it. Best surprise: You know what… I’m gonna say KILL THE BOY BAND. It was silly but SO much fun, like a campy horror movie. I wasn’t sure what to expect and it was just dark and hilarious.
    • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: Joined: THE MAGICIANS, maybe? I’m not quite at fandom level but I really enjoyed it and really want to watch the show now! Abandoned: I think I’m over Sarah J. Maas. Eeeeeep *hides*
    • Series you picked up & series you quit: Picked up (and finished) The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas and the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. Quit: The Red Queen books by Victoria Aveyard. I kind of dug the first one but ughhhhh I DNFed the second.
    • Most lenient & harshest ratings: Lenient: Again, probably EMPIRE OF STORMS or following that, maybe BURNING MIDNIGHT. It wasn’t a great book but I enjoyed the atmosphere of the beginning. It’s probably more 3 stars than 4.  | Harshest: TRUTHWITCH and SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE. They just weren’t “me” books but I had a really hard time with them so two stars it is.
    • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Hyped: TRUTHWITCH, simply from its online presence. More so, maybe THE RAVEN KING. Under the radar: Probably THROWING MY LIFE AWAY or FUTURE SHOCK.

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    • Book you read that is red: Continued on with my Janet Evanovich readings with TRICKY TWENTY-TWO
    • Starts with X, Y, or Z: YOU by Caroline Kepnes
    • Book you hugged when you finished it: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, as I always do
    • Book you wanted to throw across a room: Oh gosh, any of my two-star books. 26 kisses anna michelsDefinitely EMPIRE OF STORMS and ACOMAF (can you tell I had SJM issues this year?)
    • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: I wanted those lemon tarts and rose macarons from HEARTLESS!
    • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: 26 KISSES by Anna Michels. So super cute!
    • Furthest out of your comfort zone: LEAVE ME by Gayle Forman. I really don’t read adult contemporary/realistic fiction so it was not something I would have picked up if it wasn’t Gayle!
    • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman. Without Alyssa, I never would have read any of Neil Gaiman’s books!
    • Forced yourself to finish: TRUTHWITCH. Gosh, it was rough. I went from audio to print to really struggling to finish.
    • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): Ooh yes! The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas and The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.

    BloggingLife

    • First…
    • Last…
    • Number of posts in 2016:  239
    • Number of reviews posted this year:
    • Least coherent review: Probably CROOKED KINGDOM, for many reasons!
    • Post with the most views (posted in 2016): 40
    • Post you wish you could re-write: Basically anything I’ve posted in the last couple of months. My focus has been elsewhere.

Thanks so much for joining our 2016 Statistics Survey! We hope you had a lot of fun! Want to share with others? Post the link to your answers in the linky in the original intro post!

Statistics Survey 2016

Two years ago, Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I got to talking about how much we love the end-of-the-year surveys (and really all of the other surveys) that go around, obviously Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey (The Perpetual Page Turner) being one of our favorites! After a discussion of our love of stats and looking back on our year in reading through statistics, we decided to devise a survey to help us with our quest and the STATISTICS SURVEY was born! The Statistics Survey is back for another year so feel free to fill out any time you’re ready with your reading year in stats!

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Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 3rd annual Statistics Survey!

This survey is more about checking out the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like (my answers will be going up in late December or early January to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2016 (not books necessarily published in 2016). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

NumberOf

  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas):
    • Between 400-449 pages:
    • Between 450-499 pages:
    • Over 500 pages:
    • Over 1000 pages:
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks:
    • Re-reads:
    • DNFs (did not finish):
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars:
    • One/Two Stars:
  • Number of authors met in 2016:
  • Number of book events attended in 2016:
  • Number of books you read in one day:
  • Number of books that made you cry:
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order:

BytheBooks

  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?):
  • Book that took you the longest to read:
  • Book that you personally connected with the most:
  • Book that made you love the villain:
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again:
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date:
  • Book you read on your birthday:
  • Book with a character who shares your name:
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?):
  • Book you read in 2016 but already want to re-read:
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have:
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:
  • Most books read by one author this year:

ThisThat

  • Happiest & saddest:
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number:
    • By title:
    • From buying to reading:
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads:
    • Books you read/your rating:
    • Series enders:
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2016:
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right):
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise:
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned:
  • Series you picked up & series you quit:
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings:
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read:

GrabBag

  • Book you read that is red:
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z:
  • Book you hugged when you finished it:
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room:
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book:
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation:
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone:
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself):
  • Forced yourself to finish:
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year):

BloggingLife

  • First…
    • Post of 2016:
    • Review of 2016:
  • Last…
    • Post of 2016:
    • Review of 2016:
  • Number of posts in 2016:
  • Number of reviews posted this year:
  • Least coherent review:
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2016):
  • Post you wish you could re-write:

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