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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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City of Bones

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!

Statistics Survey: The Book Addict’s Guide in 2015

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Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join The Book Addict’s Guide and Andi’s ABCs for the second 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 2015 (not books necessarily published in 2015). We have a linky in the original post (without our answers) 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): 4 (The Detour, Calvin, Fairest, Alanna)
    • Between 400-449 pages: 11
    • Between 450-499 pages: 6
    • Over 500 pages: 8
    • Over 1000 pages: None this year! But The Wise Man’s Fear was 994! So close!!
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 34! Wow, can you imagine what my life would be like without them!?
    • Re-reads: 9
    • DNFs (did not finish): 6. Wow, that’s not bad. Usually I DNF a LOT more! I think I’m being pickier this year.
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 27. That also includes some re-reads, though. 18 not including re-reads eeeep
    • One/Two Stars: Only two 2-star books! My first one was one of the first ones of the year and I vowed to be pickier. Then I ended up bumping a 2.5 star book from 3 stars to 2 on Goodreads because it just didn’t sit well with me.
  • Number of authors met in 2015: Oh my, I don’t know how to possibly count that. I met every single author at YA Fandom Frenzy so that was quite a few right there plus events plus BEA plus ALA. A lot?
  • Number of book events attended in 2015: Oy, again. Hmmm… Eight, I think.
  • Number of books you read in one day: 5
  • Number of books that made you cry: About ten, give or take
  • Number of 2016 books you have on pre-order: 5 (The Raven King, Heartless, Stars Above, A Court of Mist and Fury, The Skylighter)

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  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): Hmmm. I think the only place I traveled this year was NY for BEA so that will be when I started SIX OF CROWS!
  • Book that took you the longest to read: Hm, on a technicality, TRIAL BY FIRE because I read like 17 pages in 2014 and then finished almost a year later in 2015! In actuality, AMERICAN GODS took me almost a month to read.
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: Hmmm I don’t really think there was a book that I connected with super personally this year so I’ll go with a book I was incredibly invested in… kind of a toss up between QUEEN OF SHADOWS and THE NAME OF THE WIND.
  • Book that made you love the villain: If we’re talking more anti-hero, SIX OF CROWS. Actual villain? Ummm. Let’s go with RED QUEEN, and you know why.
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: I actually didn’t put too many books on temporary hold this year! I did pause on THE KNIGHT OF SEVEN KINGDOMS because my audiobook loaded on my phone all out of order and I need to fix that before I can start again.
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Ooh let’s see which one wins. I thought it might be SIX OF CROWS but it’s actually THE SKYLIGHTER by Becky Wallace! I finished in November and it comes out in March 2016.
  • Book you read on your birthday: THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch and a re-read of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
  • Book with a character who shares your name: This is always so hard! I don’t know if I had one this year…
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): And the truth comes out… I guess the biggest black sheep moment was when I read UPROOTED with my On the Same Page gals. They LOVED it. It just wasn’t the book for me. I think I ended up rating it three stars because I felt so bad (not to mention stupid) but I really had a hard time with it and didn’t connect. Three stars might have been a bit cushy. I didn’t even write a review for it!
  • Book you read in 2015 but already want to re-read: Probably ILLUMINAE! I also have the audio of it so I need to re-read that soon! You wouldn’t think the audio would be great with the formatting but I’ve heard it’s fantastic. 
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: That’s easy. Sorry to Andi that I still have her copy of TWIST by Karen Akins. And I still have Lisa’s copy of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. (Do you guys need these back????)
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: Probably QUEEN OF SHADOWS! It was so freaking magical.
  • Most books read by one author this year: Five from Janet Evanovich, five from Brandon Sanderson, five from Marissa Meyer

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  • Happiest & saddest: Probably re-read of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (happy) and ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Nevin (sad)
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss (994 pgs), CALVIN by Martine Leavitt (192 pgs)
    • By title: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau (1 word, 4 letters), HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (6 words)
    • From buying to reading: The easiest route is to go with MITOSIS, the novella for The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson. I finished STEELHEART and immediately bought and started the audiobook! Longest from buying to reading is any of the Stephanie Plum books! I stocked up on the mass markets back in 2011 and am just getting to some of them now!
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: QUEEN OF SHADOWS (4.65), A WICKED THING (3.32 — this was actually my only two-star rating this year. Guess I wasn’t alone!)
    • Books you read/your rating: I’d actually say QUEEN OF SHADOWS was probably the best book I read this year and as far as finishing goes, A WICKED THING is still my least favorite. I have some DNFs that were possibly worse but we’ll still with books I finished.
    • Series enders: WINTER by Marissa Meyer (best), STRANGE AND EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard (worst). I was really disappointed with this last book. Maybe too much time went by… Maybe I fell out of love… Maybe both… But it just felt like nothing grew from the second to the third book and it seemed really hard to get into.
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2015: THERE WILL BE LIES by Nick Lake (first), HEADS WILL ROLL (A Necromancer Novella,  last)
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (UK Hardcover – first), DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST (last)
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES was the most disappointing. There was SO MUCH HYPE and lots of people loved it. Even with my favorite narrators EVER, I DNFed. Pleasant surprise was probably ALANNA! I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it being more MG than YA (at least for the first book of the series) but it was just so delightful.
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: Ooh, the Kingkiller Chronicle fandom is one I joined, hardcore! I think I’m dropping the Lauren Oliver fandom. I loved DELIRIUM but every other book since that one has just been meh for me.
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: I picked up The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, and actually kind of got into RED QUEEN. Hmmmmm I don’t know if there was a series that I decided not to continue! I read a couple books that I didn’t totally enjoy but they were series-enders or stand alones.
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: A few of my three-star ratings were a bit lenient (NEED, WE’LL NEVER BE APART, UPROOTED) because they were closer to 2.5 than three. Harshest ratings… probably A WICKED THING since it was my only two-star rating and CALL ME, MAYBE by Ellie Cahill. I loved the beginning but had a hard time with the middle to the end so I ended up giving it three on Goodreads.
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most-hyped is probably WINTER or SIX OF CROWS… or QUEEN OF SHADOWS or ILLUMINAE haha. Under the radar… probably THINGS I CAN’T EXPLAIN. It was adult/NA and I feel like no one really read/heard of it.

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  • Book you read that is red: RED GLOVE by Holly Black
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: I didn’t have any! No “you” or “your” at all.
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: WINTER and QUEEN OF SHADOWS
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Freakin’ Stephanie Plum always makes me want donuts.
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: What I thought would be out of my comfort zone: ALANNA, PETER AND THE STAR CATCHERS, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. What really was: UPROOTED
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH by Courtney C. Stevens. I haven’t been reading more “serious” realistic/contemp and this one was fab!
  • Forced yourself to finish: Any two star book, some of my threes
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): I read all of A.C. Gaughen’s books back-to-back-to-back and did a series review!

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  • Number of posts in 2015: 295
  • Number of reviews posted this year: 98
  • Least coherent review: For some reason it was LOOP by Karen Akins. I waited forever to write my review and just had no words. I had to come up with a new post-type just to write things about it haha!
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2015): If You Liked… Divergent
  • Post you wish you could re-write: My YA MBTI Personality chart. I got a SUPER nasty reply (that is not in the comments so don’t go lookin’!) about how wrong I was about the personalities and how off-base I was on everything. I did put a disclaimer in there that I was not an expert and did this totally for fun but I guess some people feel the need to be correct and tear someone down over leaving well enough alone. It just made me feel super bad about the post and I almost took it down… But so many other people appreciated it and had fun with it and I realized that I shouldn’t let one stranger’s opinion turn me off. I tried to be as accurate as I could and did put a note in there that it was only for fun. OH WELL.

Thanks so much for joining our 2015 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 2015

Last year, 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!

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Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 2nd 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 Jan to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2015 (not books necessarily published in 2015). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

number of statistics survey

  • 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 2015:
  • Number of book events attended in 2015:
  • Number of books you read in one day:
  • Number of books that made you cry:
  • Number of 2016 books you have on pre-order:

by the books statistics survey

  • 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 2015 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 2015:
    • 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:

grab bag statistics survey

  • 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 2015:
    • Review of 2015: 
  • Last…
    • Post of 2015: 
    • Review of 2015: 
  • Number of posts in 2015:
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Quiz: Which YA Fantasy World Would You Live In?

fantasy world quiz

This all started with an offer from Penguin Teen to read the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes! (Thanks again, Penguin!) I hadn’t read it before and I’ve been meaning to for ages, honestly — ever since I really started getting into fantasy — so I immediately said yes! Along with reading FALLING KINGDOMS, we’re each supposed to share what fantasy world we would choose to live in or conquer and that question was a lot harder than I first thought it was!

I’ve become quite the fantasy nut. I started reading YA because that was where I was finding all of the dystopian novels (so thanks, dystopian!) but once I figured out that there were all different kinds of fantasy and not just Lord of the Rings (sorry, LotR fans… it wasn’t for me) quickly started gobbling up all of the young adult fantasy I could get my hands on. I discovered there were still some books I didn’t jive with but that’s honestly true of any genre so I didn’t become discouraged. Instead, I dove further into fantasy and fell into some of the most amazing worlds and stories that I’ve ever read! 

Now that fantasy is one of my favorite genres, it was a bit difficult to pick my favorite. Writing a whole post about ONE fantasy world that I would live in? That’s way too hard! (Or I could just say “Harry Potter” and be done with it, since that’s always true…) The more I thought about it, the more I knew I couldn’t make this decision on my own… So I made a quiz! Naturally, I wanted to share the quiz with everyone else since this post most likely has you wondering which fantasy world you would choose to be a part of so fear not, fantasy friends! You can take this very quiz below!

WAIT!! Don’t skip to the quiz yet! (Promise me you didn’t. You didn’t, right? Or at least came back here? I’m not done yet!) So for this quiz, I took all of my favorite fantasy worlds as possible candidates, created some fun questions, and then yes, I took my own quiz. Honestly, it was impossible to cheat because some questions have more than one answer and some worlds apply to more than one possibility. It truly is a random quiz even though I knew what the answers were!

Okay, now’s the time to take the quiz and tell me what your answer is!!

TAKE THE QUIZ! WHICH YA FANTASY WORLD DO YOU BELONG IN?


So what answer did you get? I belong in… Ravka! That’s totally an awesome answer since The Grisha Trilogy is one of my all-time favorites and I think it would be awesome to be a Grisha! (Honestly. My friends and I have had discussions on which Grisha power we’d have so I’ve already put careful consideration into this. I’m a Squaller. I’m not quite sure why but that felt right. My husband would obviously be a Fabrikator (a Durast to be more specific) since that is his job in real life, just not with magic.) The life isn’t too scary either and let’s be honest… I’m no Alina. I’d probably try to stay away from the whole warring part. Good thing I’m not a Sun Summoner who’s attracted the attention of The Darkling!

Which YA fantasy world would you be in? Take the quiz above and find out!

Ravka is pretty awesome and I’m totally happy with that but which fantasy world would I want to be in? Okay, okay, so the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is totally one of my answers. I mean a SCHOOL of MAGIC? Plus all of those amazing shops, bars (can they really drink butterbeer that young? Does butterbeer get you drunk? Do we still not have a real answer for this???), and friends. How can you not?? When I put a lot of thought into it, I think aside from Harry Potter, my fantasy-loving heart really wants to be found in some adult fantasy books! I thought about including them in the quiz but I really didn’t want to open it up to adult books because there’s just so much I have left to explore in adult fantasy that I decided to keep this quiz strictly YA. I think if I had my choice, though, I’d probably be an Arcanist at the University in The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss or an Allomancer in Luthadell in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I became obsessed with Allomancy, how it worked, and what sort of power I would have (still not sure yet) and I absolutely fell in love with the University, its students, and of course with Kvothe! I think those would truly be the worlds I would choose to be a part of. If you decided TL;DR, then you’re right — let’s agree on Harry Potter.


 Don’t forget to take the quiz above and let me know your results! Or if your heart’s desire didn’t match your quiz results, which fantasy world would YOU choose to be a part of?

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And don’t forget to check out the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes! It is what inspired this whole post, afterall, and I think I may have to binge read this series! The first three books are out now with book four, FROZEN TIDES, come out soon in December! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Throne of Glass Book Tag

I had an absolute blast coming up with The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag and it was so neat to see that in inspired more book tags based off of books! The lovely Hannah from So Obsessed With and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books created one for Throne of Glass and Hannah tagged me for it so naturally I had to jump in!


Dissonance The Book of Broken Hearts The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved
I’ve seen so many cover changes along the way but had a hard time thinking of a change that I really LOVED. I remembered a few I hated and there are some that got better but weren’t too stellar. So I scrolled through Goodreads and remembered the new cover for DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke! This book got a makeover for the paperback and the hardcover of RESONANCE followed this new design as well and even though the mismatching makes me a little crazy, I do adore this new cover! These are my favorite colors (blue! green! teal! purple!) and I love the origami stars and how that really ties into the book.

Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside
I despise this cover of THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler. This book was so great and it got a totally crappy, stock photo cover. The redesign was only marginally better because at least it pertained to the story a bit more but I hated how the couple on the cover looked like they were thirty and on a romance cover instead of teens on a YA cover. This book deserves way better covers because the content is so beautiful!

Erilea | A series with great world-building

I fell straight into the world in THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. Among many other amazing aspects, this world totally engulfed me and I loved learning more and more about it. There were always surprises and new things to explore and everything fell right into place.

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Gone Girl
Rifthold | A book that combines genres

I had a hard time with my first experience with fanta-sci (I think A] I wasn’t ready for it and B] it had some world-building problems) but I absolutely adored how fantasy and sci-fi came together in TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini! I had to adjust a bit because I think fantasy and sci-fi, as similar as they can be, are hard for me to blend sometimes but it really worked out well this book!
(And of course, The Lunar Chronicles.)

Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth/legend

I always think I’m going to like mythology adaptations and somehow I never really quite do… but books like THE RAVEN BOYS take on mythological incorporations so seamlessly that I didn’t even think about it as mythology until I had to categorize the book when I first reviewed, but it really does have a lot in there! Gansey is obsessed with the legend of Glendower and that’s a pretty enormous part of the series!

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist

I always feel like saying a book has a twist ruins the book for people. There are so many I could say but I always want to leave readers in the dark on twists so that they’re totally surprised! SO I’ll go with GONE GIRL. I finally read this book (listened on audio, rather) a couple months ago and I was so, so afraid it would get spoiled and I guess in a way it was… but there were still sooooo many twists left to explore. I had guesses on what happened to Amy but there’s still a lot more to the book even after you find out what did happen to her. I was so pleasantly surprised that even if I knew some info about the book, I still never knew where it was heading!

We Were Liars Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
Assassin’s Keep | A book with an unreliable narrator

Ugh, I wanted to use the same book that I did for the twist question but again, I don’t want to give THAT away and since I already mentioned GONE GIRL too… Hmmm. I mean, in pretty much any psychological thriller you can expect an unreliable narrator nowadays but let’s go with WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Most people have read the book by now and know there’s a twist so… hope I didn’t spoil it for you! (Hey, the word LIAR is in the title so… that shouldn’t be a spoiler. You know SOMEONE is lying.)

Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got SQUAD GOALS

Harry Potter immediately popped in my head but even more so than the golden trio, how about The Order of the Phoenix? Or the DA? Seriously squad goals, my friends.

Terrasen | A book that feels like home

I really have to go with QUEEN OF SHADOWS! Okay, so this doesn’t really “feel like home” but I mentioned several times in my reviews that falling back into this series and reuniting with these characters really felt like coming home. It was a familiar place, a happy place, and a place that I found more adventures.

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you

Well, I’ve already mentioned several feels-ruining books already (The Name of the Wind, The Raven Boys, Queen of Shadows) so I’ll go with THE HERO OF AGES by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the last  book in the (first three books) of the Mistborn trilogy (it has spin-offs that take place later in time!) and ohhhh my gosh, I was totally ruined. Feels all over the place, series ending, finishing a binge. What a time.

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you 

Definitely A GAME OF THRONES. I started it shortly after the series came out (no wait… maybe it was after the second season was coming out… or something) so now I had to read a whole massive series before I could start watching the show AND it was a huge fantasy series when I was still getting my feet wet with some serious adult fantasy. It was super intimidating but we did the series read as a read along and it was not only manageable but so much fun!

Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon

All the swoons forever and ever for Etienne St. Clair. I think he’s still my number one book boyfriend even after the countless books (okay, I can count them. But it’s a LOT) that I’ve read throughout my lifetime. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins always captures my heart!

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1) The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently
I think I’ll go with CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. That book totally blew me away (GAH that would have been a good unreliable narrator book! Sheesh, I’m all over the place here) and it made me rethink my aversion to historical fiction. I know the book is still fiction but it does have a lot of real history in there too and it was so interesting to really learn something as I was reading.

Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift

At my rehearsal dinner for my wedding, all of my bridesmaids put together a gift which consisted of a hand-picked book for me with a note written inside. My sister bought me the illustrated 40th Anniversary edition of THE PRINCESS BRIDE which is so gorgeous. Not only were the books amazing but even more importantly, the notes inside made me cry! It was such an awesome gift.

Eye of Elena | A book you found right when you needed it

This is a super hard question! Hmmm. I think I’ll go with IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. I wasn’t too sure about YA contemporary when I first started reading YA and I ended up picking up IF I STAY from the library. I fell head over heels in love with the story and it renewed my faith in pretty much everything — contemporary, YA, reading, beautiful stories in general. It was absolutely perfect timing and launched my love for Gayle Forman!


So there you have it! Those are my choices for the Throne of Glass book tag! Thanks again to Hannah and Alexa for putting that together! What do you think?

This is the part where I tag other people to join in the fun so I’m tagging… Andi from Andi’s ABCs and Amy from Tripping Over Books! (Or anyone else who hasn’t been tagged and wants to do it!)

The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES book tag

Are we not supposed to do books as the theme for a book tag? I know the point is usually to mash-up a book and something else from pop culture but *shrug* WHY NOT? I’ve been having a blast re-reading one of my favorite series — The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer — and coming up with fun posts for the Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along! One of them is this very posta Lunar Chronicles themed  book tag! There have been quite a few fun book tags going around the blogosphere and I thought a Lunar Chronicles one would be just delightful!

Anyone who wants to participate is more than welcome — you don’t have to be a part of the read along to do so! 


CINDER | The cyborg
a book that’s often misunderstood or underappreciated

Althea & Oliver

ALTHEA & OLIVER was a book I really enjoyed and after a quick look on Goodreads, I found out that it’s the book with the lowest average rating on my “favorites” shelf. Whomp whompppp. Maybe it was a lot grittier than people expected? I thought it was great, loved the friendships, and really connected with it overall.


KAI | The prince
a book about royals/royalty

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

A whole lot of royalty in THRONE OF GLASS and throughout the whole series (so far). I just adore this series and I’m so glad I got into it!


ADRI | The evil stepmother
a book with a horrible/cringe-worthy parent

Eleanor & Park

My heart just breaks for Eleanor in this book. She has such a hard time at home and her step-father is just absolutely terrible.


IKO | The spunky sidekick
a book with your favorite happy-go-lucky character

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

I LOVE David in this book. He’s so happy, he’s a go-getter, and I love his sense of humor. I feel like the happy-go-lucky people are usually the sidekicks so it was so fun to see one as the main character!


SCARLET | The rescuer
a book with a character on a mission

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Katniss is 100% rescuer (of her sister) and throughout the series, she’s got a serious mission to accomplish! She’s one of the first strong-minded characters I think of when I’m brainstorming fierce and determined females.


WOLF | The fighter
a book with a brutal fight (with words or fists)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I don’t think I’ll receive many arguments when I say that A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the most violent series I’ve ever read. It’s also freaking phenomenal… but violent. There are quite a few battles that go on outsides of swords and fists too — I love the verbal and mental games.


LEVANA | The villain
a book with the absolute worst villan

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

UMBRIDGE. NEXT.


THRONE | The rascal
a book with the biggest schmoozer

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Normally Thorne is my go-to for biggest rascal so I went a little bit of a different route. I wouldn’t say Kvothe is a natural first reaction for a rascally guy but he really does always find a way to get what he wants. He’s so clever and always uses that to his advantage and hello, he was able to schmooze Felurian. I think that counts for something.


CRESS | The hacker
a book about technology, or sci-fi

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Space. Spaceships. Colonies throughout the universe. Gimme dat sci-fi!! Not to mention the entire book is told through various forms of technology and the book was SO EPICALLY AMAZING.


ERLAND | The doctor
a book with an illness or revolving around medical issues

Sean Griswold's Head

I liked seeing another ailment other than cancer in a YA book (there are quite a few more gaining notoriety now) and I really connected with Payton as she and her family come to grips with her father’s MS.


WINTER | The unsound mind
a book with the craziest character you’ve ever read

Gone Girl

I’ve read plenty of crazy characters from the many mystery books out there but Amy Dunne is by far the craziest woman I have ever “met”. Woo boy, she really takes things to a next level, and in so many unexpected ways too.


JACIN | The soldier
a book with a military theme

I'll Meet You There

I used to think the military themes were just something that I wasn’t interested in… Turns out I was reading the wrong books. I’LL MEET YOU THERE is heart-warming, realistic, and bittersweet.


So there you have it! The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag! Go forth an post at any time, and don’t forget to tag a friend to participate too! If you share your link on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #TLCBookTag so I can find it and share!

This is the part where I tag other people to join in the fun so I’m tagging… well, everyone, but all you #TLCReadAlong participants! Let me see your lists!

Book Bloggers and Books Tag!

The BOOK BLOGGERS AND BOOKS tag is a fun tag created by Kaitlin at Reading Is My Treasure! The gist of it is to share some book bloggers who are advocates of series —  basically when I think of X series, I think of this person. I remember we had a Twitter conversation about this a while back and I love that a tag exists for it, so I wanted to play along too! (Even though I wasn’t directly tagged. REBEL.)

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK (and any Neil Gaiman), THE WIZARD OF OZ, SEVENWATERS

      

Alyssa introduced me to Neil Gaiman (well, not personally. His books.) and I fell in love with THE GRAVEYARD BOOK! I’ve read a few others and really enjoyed them and can’t wait to read many more! I also immediately think of her whenever I see Juliet Marillier or the Sevenwaters series! Alyssa is also a life-long Oz collector so naturally those books are “hers” too!

Amy @ Tripping Over Books
THE SCORPIO RACES and THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE

        

I will always think of Amy whenever I think of THE SCORPIO RACES! I’ve listened to it twice on audio now and yes, it’s so worth being one of her favorite books! I know how much she loves it so she always pops into my head whenever I hear/see things about the book! I also know she’s a collector and advocate of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE (and I’ve even bought her a book for her collection)!

Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOOP

        

Tons of us love ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS but have YOU read it 11 times? (Or is it twelve now, Andi?) Andi is the biggest ANNA fan I have ever met! Have you seen her collection!? It’s amazing! She’s also the person who introduced me to LOOP by Karen Akins! (I promise I will read that copy of TWIST you loaned me… months ago… I promise!)

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
THRONE OF GLASS, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY

        

I always think of Alexa as an advocate for THRONE OF GLASS and SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY! I know how much she loves these series and these two adorable BFF authors (seriously. I ship their friendship) and I’ll always associate these series with her and vice versa!

Katie @ The Polished Page Turners & Kristina @ Gone Pecan
ANY RAINBOW ROWELL BOOKS

         

The two biggest Rainbow Rowell fans I know are Katie and Kristina! They both have amazing collections and a strong dedication to the books, to Rainbow, and collecting all Rainbow-related things!


I’m tagging all my lovely friends who I just mentioned to play along if they so desire!
Do YOU have any books or series that make you think of someone? An advocate or fan? I tag you too!

The FRIENDS Book Tag

Thank goodness I hopped back on Bloglovin’ to check my feed and what was going on in the blogiverse! Nick from Nick’s Book Blog and Nereyda from Mostly YA Book Obsessed created a FRIENDS book tag whaaaaat! I’m a HUGE Friends fanatic — constantly quoting, always watching, pretty obsessed, consider it one of my fandoms — so I knew I had to jump on this because Friends + books?! I’ve done that one other time (Young Adult Meets Friends) and it was a dream! I’m so excited to get into this book tag so let’s goooo!


THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO
a character we wish would go away

   

Well, this is a spoiler for those who haven’t read HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd yet, so if you don’t want spoilers, LOOK AWAY!
I was really upset to learn that Edward was back… randomly? Like, why are you still in this series??? I was frustrated with this love square that happened in book one and thought things were resolved and then there was a major love triangle in book two — which doesn’t always bother me — but this one really, really did. I was really hoping Edward wouldn’t be back but sadly, he’s important to the series.

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL WERE ON A BREAK
most painful breakup

   

I don’t know if it counts as a “break-up” but UGHHHHH the tension and miscommunications and WHAT IS HAPPENING with Kestrel and Arin!?!? (THE WINNER’S CURSE, CRIME) These two KILL me but also kind of in a good way? What if they don’t get a happy ending? Will a happily ever after feel right after all of this?
(Also, I don’t EVER watch the Ross/Rachel break-up episodes anymore. It’s so painful to watch and it makes me mad/anxious just watching haha! They’re my least favorite episodes.)

THE ONE WTH ALL THE KISSING
favorite kiss scene or book with a lot of kissing

   

Ooooh this is really hard! I think ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS might be my favorite kiss? The build-up is just so enormous that it’s like “Ahhhh finally!” when it happens! But I’ll say a book with a lot of kissing — WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill (aka Liz Czukas). That book was SO much fun and just the perfect book for me, especially as someone who is very wary of new adult. It was absolutely wonderful!

THE LAST ONE
our favorite ‘end of series’ book

  

Ooh this is hard one. I think I’ll say INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi! It was one of the first series I finished that I just felt so satisfied with the ending and was SO happy with the way it closed. I also loved RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo BUT I was too excited for that book and rushed through it so I could finish the trilogy so I need to re-read it to really “solidify” my feelings 😉

THE ONE WITH THE BLACKOUT
a moment in a book we wish we could forget or never happened

   

I’ve read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS three times now and each time I just CRINGE when Anna gets drunk and has that big fight with St. Clair. It’s just SO hard to watch (partially because I’ve been in that situation before) and I just feel so, so bad for both of them when it happens. It’s so terribly awkward and awful but so realistic!

THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY
a book that didn’t affect us emotionally like it did other readers

  

This one would be LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen. Everyone flipped their lids when I started to read SCARLET and then even more so when I started LADY THIEF. It was great that they were so excited for me but SO many people were hyping it (unintentionally) all at the same time that it got overwhelming and SO many people told me I would cry reading LADY THIEF so I was wondering what could possibly happen the whole time. Basically, the THING wasn’t a shock to me at all because it was one of my hypotheses about the crying and therefore, I didn’t really feel very emotional about it at all.

THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD
a book we won’t share
(isn’t a title but whatever)**

   

(** said by Nick & Nereyda —  I’m not calling them out haha!)
Hmmm. I guess I can say The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I’m a huge, huge, huge fan but for some reason I’m very greedy about the fandom haha! When I see someone else raving about the books, I’m like “No, this is MY series” (which it’s totally not. I wasn’t even close to being the first of my friends to start it). It’s so silly that I don’t want to share it because I DO share it all the time! I want people to read the books because they are so amazing and I actually DID loan these books out to my friend Lisa who read them for the first time this year… But I guess I don’t want anyone to out-fan me haha! It’s so incredibly silly, but there you have it.

THE ONE WITH THE THUMB
a book you would give two thumbs up to

 

There are SO many really but I’ll go with THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m new to this fandom but holy wow, these books are amazing. I just fell head over heels for this series and these characters and really everything about these books!

THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR
a book pet peeve or a book that has a pet peeve

Oooh that’s a hard one. Cheating is definitely a big one — I have a very hard time with characters who cheat on their significant others — and I’d say another one is naïve characters or ones with a very young voice. I really can’t handle books like that. Even some middle grade characters have a higher level of functioning than some YA protagonists who come off young. I usually DNF those books pretty quickly though.

THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING
a favorite book with an LGBTQ couple

        

The first ones that really pop into my head are Addison and Laurel from HARMONIC and RESONANCE by Erica O’Rourke and I also loved Kevin and his new boyfriend in EMMY & OLIVER! The relationships were so well done and it was great to see these characters with confidence and also support of those around them! I loved how natural the relationships felt too.


Hooray! What a fun tag! Thanks again to Nick & Nereyda for the awesome idea! I had a blast. If you’re a FRIENDS fan, I really hope you’ll also check out my own Friends-themed post, Young Adult Meets Friends!

This is the part where I tag other people to join in the fun so I have to tag my FRIENDS friends Alyssa, Andi, Lauren, and Kiki! And of course if you see this post, join in on the fun!

Statistics Survey: The Book Addict’s Guide in 2014

Statistics Survey 2014

Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join The Book Addict’s Guide and Andi’s ABCs for the Statistics Survey for the first time in 2014!
(see the original post with linky here!)

2014

A sneak peek at some of my reads from 2014! How colorful!

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! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2014 (not books published in 2014 only). We have a linky on the original intro post (without our questions filled out). Hope you have fun!

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  1. Number of books under 250 pages (not including novellas): Hmm. Sanderson’s LEGION books I GUESS are novellas, but they’re not like, series novellas in between books. Wow, more than I thought! Total number comes to six even without the LEGION novellas.
  2. Number of books read between 400-449 pages: Fifteen!
  3. Number of books read between 450-499 pages: Three
  4. Number of books read over 500 pages: TWELVE. That’s a lot, I think!
  5. Number of books read over 1000 pages: Actually none this year!
  6. Number of novellas read: 18
  7. Number of books that made you cry: Six
  8. Number of books from a female POV: 64
  9. Number of books from a male POV: 22
  10. Number of alternating or multiple POVs: 20 (though I took out some third person POVs because they covered so many characters but didn’t really alternate)
  11. Number of DNFs (did not finish): 12 (I think) — sounds like a lot, but hey. I’m not wasting my time on books I’m not enjoying anymore!
  12. Number of five star reads: 45 (including 4.5 stars that got rounded up to 5 stars on GR. 2014 was a really nice year!)
  13. Number of one/two star reads: 9 (my DNFs are not rated)
  14. Number of authors met in 2014: Ummm. Lots? Anderson’s hosts so many book events! I was going to count but with Anderson’s events + BEA… There’s just no way to count haha
  15. Number of book events attended in 2014: Hmmmm. BEA was the big one. At least two Fierce Reads events + a couple more. I’ll say between 5-10!
  16. Number of books you read in one day: 13
  17. Number of audiobooks: 26
  18. Number of 2015 books you have on pre-order: 5… for now
  19. Number of re-reads: 9

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  1. Book with the highest rating on Goodreads: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (4.61)
  2. Book with the lowest rating on Goodreads: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale (3.00) BUT since I’m sure there are many 1-star ratings due to the Hale drama earlier this year, I’m also putting down the second book… Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell (3.34). I enjoyed it but I suppose I agree since I think it could have been a lot more detailed.
  3. Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord — read it on my honeymoon in Aruba!
  4. Book that took you the longest to read: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (31 days). I was hoping to love this as much as so many others but it was just a very slow and difficult read for me.
  5. Book that you personally connected with the most: Nantucket Red by Leila Howland. I just LOVE Cricket.
  6. Book that made you love the villain: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (it’s complicated), Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  7. Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn. I just wasn’t in the mood when I started and I totally forgot about it.
  8. Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: I read The Start of Me and You in November (March 31st pub date) and A Court of Thorns and Roses in December (May pub date)
  9. Book you read on your birthday: On March 11, my books of choice were The Distance Between Us by Kasie West and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch!
  10. Book with a character who shares your name: I don’t knowwww the Brittanys in books are always the mean girls for some reason! But Mortal Heart (and all the His Fair Assassin books) take place in Brittany so that counts, right?
  11. Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): Omg, wow, I’m more of a liar than I thought. There are two books and one novella that I didn’t QUITE finish (I skimmed. Hard.) but I rated them anyway (I’m not telling you which. I feel guilty because of where I got the books/what the books where/who the author was) and one book that I fluffed up the rating because I really like the author and her first book but wasn’t AS crazy about this one.
  12. Book you read in 2014 but already want to re-read: Open Road Summer, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Dangerous Girls, Mistborn, When Joss Met Matt (review to come!)
  13. Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: All of the books that Lisa let me borrow and a copy of Sharp Objects I borrowed from my friend Maggie and now I own another copy so I can give it back soon haha
  14. Book by a foreign author/originally published in another country: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Australia)
  15. Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: Dangerous Girls and Mistborn!
  16. Most books read by one author this year: 8 from Brandon Sanderson (if you count a teaser extra (I did) + 4 full-length novels and 3 short stories), and 9 from Sarah J. Maas (if you count her novellas all separately (how I read them) + 4 full-length novels)

Stat Survey This and That

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First and last books on my shelves!

  1. Happiest & saddest: Anna and the French Kiss & I Was Here
  2. Longest & shortest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (870 pgs) & The Truth About Alice (209 pgs)
  3. Best & worst: LOLLLL best book of 2014. Can’t possible choose. Worst was probably Evidence of Things Not Seen. I DNFed because it was just so bizarre and all over the place and graphic and boring all at the same time.
  4. First & last reads of 2014: No One Else Can Have You & Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  5. First & last books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): Shane’s books got moved to the upper right so the first is The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars. Last is Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhardt!
  6. The most disappointing & the biggest pleasant surprise: Illusive (I even requested from the publisher and I was SO BORED that I didn’t even finish) & Mistborn (am now a superfan)
  7. Bandwagon/fandom you joined & one you abandoned: Joined Throne of Glass, abandoned The Testing trilogy. On the last book! I know! I rated both 1 & 2 four stars, but I couldn’t remember what the hell happened and was annoyed when starting book three so I said nope.
  8. Most lenient & harshest ratings: Most lenient? Hmmm maybe Dangerous Boys? I loved Dangerous Girls and I wasn’t QUITE as in love with DB but I had so much love for DG that it… overflowed haha. #scandal is probably my harshest. I finished the book but I was so disappointed. I LOVED TBoBH but this book was so disappointing and just so not my style.
  9. Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped probably Throne of Glass (since I hadn’t read it yet — and that was a happy result for me!) and I’d say under the radar was Althea & Oliver? I’m not very good at reader under the radar books. I need to do more of that in 2015.

Stat Survey Grab Bag

  1. Book you read that is red: Red Seas Under Red Skies! Double red in the title too!
  2. Book you read that starts with M: Mortal Heart! <3
  3. Book you read that you may have hugged when you finished it: Anna and the French Kiss, On the Fence, When Joss Met Matt
  4. Book you read that you may have wanted to throw across a room: The Winner’s Crime (in a good way), A Little Something Different (in a bad way)
  5. Book that has the letters Q, X, or Z in the title (bonus for one of the words in the title beginning with those!): Q // The Snow Queen, Queen of Atlantis. X // Age of X series by Richelle Mead Z // Belzhar, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (funny story. Whenever I’m tying this I always want to type “Prizoner” because I know the Z is coming up hahaha)
  6. Book that suffered some damage this year (food? water? ripped pages/cover? Ouch!): My mass market paperbacks that I carried in my purse got a little beat up, but that’s what they’re supposed to do, right? Also damaged my ARC of A Court of Thorns and Roses a little more than I should have because it was in my purse for a week or so. I carried it with me everywhere just in case I had time to read it!!!!
  7. Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: I want those damn desserts from Sunshine!!
  8. First book you read in 2015: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
  9. Number of books read that end with a 6 in the page count: Nine. Darn, I was kind of hoping it was going to be six haha

Stat Survey Blogging Life

  1. Number of posts in 2014: 300
  2. Number of reviews posted this year: 103. Phew!
  3. First post of 2014: Reading Resolutions 2014
  4. First review of 2014: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
  5. Last post of 2014: Book Blogger Organization Challenge: January 2015
  6. Last review of 2014: The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Least coherent review: The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson but so far 2015’s will be The Winner’s Crime. BECAUSE HOW.
  8. Review with the most views (regardless of post date): The Kill Order by James Dashner. Ha. It’s a DNF review too. Whoops…. (gets a lot of search hits)
  9. Post with the most comments: Quiz: Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You?
  10. Post you wish you could re-write: This wasn’t written this year (oops) but I think I will do another version of the Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance! The first one was not very detailed (or good) but it still gets a TON of hits haha
  11. Most popular post this year (that was posted in 2014): The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” to Crossover Books!

Thanks so much for joining our 2014 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!