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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!

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

GrabBag

  • 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!

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 2017:
  • Number of book events attended in 2017:
  • 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:

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 2017:
    • 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):

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  • First…
    • Post of 2017:
    • Review of 2017:
  • Last…
    • Post of 2017:
    • Review of 2017:
  • Number of posts in 2017:
  • Number of reviews posted this year:
  • Least coherent review:
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2017):
  • Post you wish you could re-write:

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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
  • BytheBooks
    • 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.

    GrabBag

    • 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!

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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):

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The Coffee Book Tag

 

Lindsey from Bring My Books tagged me on this Coffee Book Tag and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ve fallen way behind on blog posts (I seriously have at least eight book reviews to write right now and I’m constantly trying to catch up) so a quick and fun blog post is just what I need!


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THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare | I don’t really know if this is tough for other people to get into since the fan base is so huge but I had a hard time with CITY OF BONES. It felt like there were way too many Harry Potter parallels (yes, I know it started out as fanfic) and I just couldn’t get past it. There were other things too, of course, but I never got into this series.

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THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater | Okay, so this isn’t really a “festive” book but it’s MY read-it-at-a-certain-time-of-the-year book. I don’t really read Christmas-y books and I do like to read scary (well, scariER. I don’t really do horror) books at Halloween… But I am guaranteed to read THE SCORPIO RACES at the end of October into November. I’ve been able to get my timing down pretty darn well to have my audiobook end on November 1st or right around there the past two years 😀

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Walk Two Moons

WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | This book really made an impression on me as a kid. I re-read it as an adult and I still ugly cried at the end!

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ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Oh gosh, I could pick so many books for this topic but I’m reading GEMINA right now and this series is just SO GOOD. The books are massive but they go by so quickly and I don’t want to put them down!

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PREP by Curtis Sittenfeld | I LITERALLY see this in every used books store I have ever set foot in and I didn’t know anyone who’s read it until I grabbed the cover image from Goodreads and saw that people reviewed it. Is it so good that there are so many copies in the world or so bad that no one wants to keep theirs…? It’s honestly become a joke now to find PREP whenever we go to the bookstore.

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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT by Dahlia Adler | Dahlia Adler’s new adult books are self-published and while I need to read the other two companions in this series, I can vouch that LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT (the first) is amazing!

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GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard | I enjoyed RED QUEEN but I wasn’t IN LOVE with it. I still wanted to continue the series and since I enjoyed the ending of RQ so much, I had high hopes for GLASS SWORD. The book started off with a lot of action — which is okay — but the characters just felt soooo flat, the action felt boring, and I just really didn’t feel like anything was happening. I ended up marking it as DNF and surprisingly a lot of people agreed!

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Queen of Shadows

QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas | QUEEN OF SHADOWS was such an amazing read for me. It felt like coming home and like I just belonged in this world but it was also full of friendship, love, messy emotions, heartbreak, strength, vengeance, redemption… You name it, this book had it all. I absolutely loved it.

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ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | I truly did not give a second thought to France before I read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (the first time) and now it’s a place I HAVE to visit someday so I can see all of Anna’s favorite places!

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A STUDY IN SCARLET by Arthur Conan Doyle | I’m not big on classics but I do love Sherlock Holmes. And by love I mean I’ve read one book. A STUDY IN SCARLET was my very first book review on my blog and I haven’t read another Holmes novel since then… But I want to! We just watched the movies (*cue everyone’s groan that I’ve watched movies and not read books*) on TV the other day and I’m getting the itch again.

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DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu | This book has religious context and it’s totally not one I would have picked up for myself. Thanks to the publisher’s recommendation, I read it and really, really enjoyed it. It’s more than religion or pushing a message one way or another — it’s really just about Rachel figuring out who she is for herself, apart from what her family believes. It’s not over the top rebellion, it’s not crazy cult. It’s a normal, believable, and realistic story about a girl figuring out her own way in the world. It was very good! A quiet read but one I couldn’t put down.


Thanks to Lindsey for tagging me for this! It was just what I needed.
Tagging Andi (Andi’s ABCs) any anyone else who would like to do it!

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!