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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!

number of statistics survey

  • 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.

grab bag statistics survey

  • 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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  • First… 
  • Last…
  • 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:

this & that statistics survey

  • 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): 

Blogging_Life

  • First… 
    • Post of 2015:
    • Review of 2015: 
  • Last…
    • Post of 2015: 
    • Review of 2015: 
  • Number of posts in 2015:
  • Number of reviews posted this year:
  • Least coherent review:
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2015): 
  • Post you wish you could re-write:

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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 below!

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!

Statistics Survey 2014

Earlier this month, 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! (See a list of some of my favorite bookish surveys below!)
We started talking about our year-end surveys which lead to how many BIG books we read this year and how they should totally count for more than one book towards your Goodreads goal! Then we started wondering about various bookish statistics, geeked out over discovering all those stats, and came up with the survey before you today! Without further ado, we present to you…

Statistics Survey 2014

Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the Statistics Survey for the first time in 2014!

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 on 1/5)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2014 (not books published in 2014 only). We have a linky to link up to as well at the bottom. Hope you have fun!

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  1. Number of books under 250 pages (not including novellas):
  2. Number of books read between 400-449 pages:
  3. Number of books read between 450-499 pages:
  4. Number of books read over 500 pages:
  5. Number of books read over 1000 pages:
  6. Number of novellas read:
  7. Number of books that made you cry:
  8. Number of books from a female POV:
  9. Number of books from a male POV:
  10. Number of alternating or multiple POVs:
  11. Number of DNFs (did not finish):
  12. Number of five star reads:
  13. Number of one/two star reads:
  14. Number of authors met in 2014:
  15. Number of book events attended in 2014:
  16. Number of books you read in one day:
  17. Number of audiobooks:
  18. Number of 2015 books you have on pre-order:
  19. Number of re-reads:

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  1. Book with the highest rating on Goodreads:
  2. Book with the lowest rating on Goodreads:
  3. Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?):
  4. Book that took you the longest to read:
  5. Book that you personally connected with the most:
  6. Book that made you love the villain:
  7. Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again:
  8. Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date:
  9. Book you read on your birthday:
  10. Book with a character who shares your name:
  11. Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?):
  12. Book you read in 2014 but already want to re-read:
  13. Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have:
  14. Book by a foreign author/originally published in another country:
  15. Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:
  16. Most books read by one author this year:

Stat Survey This and That

  1. Happiest & saddest:
  2. Longest & shortest:
  3. Best & worst:
  4. First & last reads of 2014:
  5. First & last books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right):
  6. The most disappointing & the biggest pleasant surprise:
  7. Bandwagon/fandom you joined & one you abandoned:
  8. Most lenient & harshest ratings:
  9. Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read:

Stat Survey Grab Bag

  1. Book you read that is red:
  2. Book you read that starts with M:
  3. Book you read that you may have hugged when you finished it:
  4. Book you read that you may have wanted to throw across a room:
  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!):
  6. Book that suffered some damage this year (food? water? ripped pages/cover? Ouch!):
  7. Food you craved while/after reading a certain book:
  8. First book you read in 2015:
  9. Number of books read that end with a 6 in the page count:

Stat Survey Blogging Life

  1. Number of posts in 2014:
  2. Number of reviews posted this year:
  3. First post of 2014:
  4. First review of 2014:
  5. Last post of 2014:
  6. Last review of 2014:
  7. Least coherent review:
  8. Review with the most views (regardless of post date):
  9. Post with the most comments:
  10. Post you wish you could re-write:
  11. Most popular post this year (that was posted in 2014):

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 below!


For the survey fanatic: 2014 End of the Year Survey (Perpetual Page Turner) // A to Z Bookish Survey (Perpetual Page Turner) // Book Superlatives (Perpetual Page Turner) // Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag (BookishMalayza) // TBR Tag (A Perfection Called Books)

2014 End of Year Book Survey!

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

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

reading-stats-2014

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

 best-YA-books-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

book-blogging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

looking-ahead-books-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results from the Survey on BOOK REVIEWS!

Something that I feel has been coming up a lot lately is discussion about reviews. We as book bloggers initially put a lot of focus on reviews for our blogs, but I think as our reading, writing, and blogging habits develop, our opinions on reviews tend to change. Obviously there is no right or wrong way to blog — including how to write a review, how long a review is, or if you even DO include reviews in your blog — but I wanted to get inside the heads of the masses and see what the general consensus is on reading and writing reviews. I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of people questioning how they write reviews, ways to shake things up, and guilt for not reading other people’s reviews. What’s the best way to find out? Ask!

The results were incredibly interesting! I had a serious number of people respond (thank you for taking part if you did!) and I got to see all of your responses on how reviews affect your blogging habits, both in writing them and reading reviews from other people. I know you’re curious, so without further ado… The results!

Book Blogger Reviews Survey Infographic

SURVEY REACTIONS

I asked if there was annoying you didn’t like about SHORTER REVIEWS. You replied:

  • I feel like the reviewer isn’t sharing enough about the book to help me (35%)
  • I feel like short reviews show a lack of connection to a book (10%)
  • They don’t help me decide whether a book is worth buying (21%)
  • Write-in options: “They say what they like or don’t like but don’t elaborate why.” // “It really depends.”

I asked if there was annoying you didn’t like about LONGER REVIEWS. You replied:

  • I have limited time to read and/or comment so I tend to skim (45%)
  • I feel like longer reviews tend to get overly ranty/fangirly (18%)
  • I feel like longer reviews tend to get too cluttered and start to lose focus (28%)
  • Write-in options: “Chunky paragraphs are hard to read on screen.” // “Long reviews need humor.” // “I’ve found that longer reviews tend to contain spoilers.”

Thoughts on rating systems: 

  • Most people review star systems or number scales (also including a “grading” scale). At 70%, it was the popular vote. It’s the quick and easy way to tell how a reviewer felt about a book. Only 13% chose a system that uses words/a written out rating, frequently because their star ratings don’t match up with the Goodreads star ratings. 7% said that ratings systems aren’t helpful at all. A few added extra comments to say that they liked a star/number system WITH addition information as to why they rated it that way.
  • Extra thoughts! One reviewer (who approved to be quoted anonymously) said: “I rarely use a rating system. [… ] Rating systems are very subjective. Some bloggers are very specific about their rating systems and list it clearly on their blogs, but sometimes I have to dig around to actually find it. Ultimately, I read reviews of bloggers who are consistent, respectful. I have learned to trust their opinions and follow their blogs. Their reviews weigh much more than their ratings.
    I also believe that a star system can prevent excellent reviews from being read by authors and other reviewers. For example: I have been quoted and RT by authors for reviews that were thoughtfully written, but if I had put stars on the review, they never would have read it.”

“Extras” In Reviews: 

  • The most popular options for “extra”s in book reviews? An image of the cover, a book synopsis, a rating, and links to Goodreads. After that, a few more people selected that they like to see a quotes section, gifs, and specific sections like a character breakdown or specific world building section followed.
  • GIFS were a hot topic in this survey! Despite the fact that so many people selected that they like to see gifs in reviews, the people who don’t like them were very outspoken!
  • Quote it! “GIFS! I feel they’re a bit overused in place of actual feelings. A good gif, well placed, I’m all for ;)” // “GIFS. They make me crazy. Please use words in your review!” // “I find gifs to be really obnoxious when used too much. I can’t explain how annoying it is to go through Goodreads and see gif after gif. I find it to be juvenile and distracting.” // “A limit to how many gifs are used per a review. Sometimes it feels reviewers use gifs when they don’t really have anything to say about the book. I don’t mind seeing one to two gifs per a review, but when the post is mainly images and not nearly enough writing, I tend to skip checking it out.” // “I only like reviews that include gifs if they are on Tumblr. Gifs are for Tumblr, people. You want to use gifs, get on Tumblr.”

I asked how many books you write reviews for and you said: 

  • I review every book I read, including DNFs (15%)
  • Every book except for books I marked as DNF (11%)
  • Almost all of them (36%)
  • I review almost all of them but I don’t write negative reviews (8%)
  • About half (3%)
  • I pick and choose (23%)
  • I rarely write reviews (0%)
  • Other: Providing they were not books I had to read for school // I review everything on Goodreads but only some on my blog

Do you take notes while reading? 

  • YES : Handwritten notes (23%) // Keep notes in draft as I’m reading (2%) // I use tabs (18%) // Update Goodreads (15%)
  • NO : Takes me out of the book & ruins my experience (23%) // I have no interest in taking notes (17%)

So how important are reviews to your own blogs?: 

  • Most people said VERY important. Reviews are THE main focus.  (34%)
  • Shortly after that the response was that they’re pretty important and should be prominent, but doesn’t have to be THE focus of the blog.  (31%)
  • Shortly after that, responses leaned toward just kind of. This group felt like reviews make up their blogs, but they have other features that round out their book blog besides just reviews. (28%)
  • Only a couple people replied that reviews weren’t very important to their blogs. (3%)

SOUND BITES FROM THE BLOGGERS

“I generally write long reviews but recently I have decided to shorten my reviews to just a few paragraphs with one focusing on “summing up” my experience. I find that though I like writing longer, analytical reviews, I do not like reading them and just want to see the overall feelings someone had upon finishing the novel.” — Anonymous

“Writing reviews is often the hardest part of my blogging experience. I have not once been able to write a review in less than a half an hour, so I need time that I don’t always have. And I often find that I would rather keep reading than write the kind of review that I want to post (I write longer reviews), so I struggle to keep on top of them. Also, I forget things if I wait too long, so I struggle sometimes to piece things together. But I do think that reviews are important to blogging, especially when I’m reading a book I got from a publisher before it’s release. I do feel more of an obligation to post something in those cases even though I recognize that I will never be able to do it for all of them.”  — Anonymous 

“I think reviews help log our reading experiences. I like writing reviews to track my own enjoyment of books. My reviews are more for me. I read most reviews on goodreads to either validate my feelings of how I’m feeling about a book or help me decide when to read a book. I don’t typically allow reviews to decide which books end up on my tbr. I don’t read many reviews on blogs because it would take me forever to read them all and I won’t remember the review. I find it better to read reviews when I’m looking for thoughts on a specific book.”  — Michelle from Playing Jokers

“There’s been a lot of debate about the validity of negative reviews. I ALWAYS read both the positive and negative reviews, and often the negative reviews make me want to read the book! If someone says, “this was depressing,” or “these characters weren’t nice people” I might run right out to read the book because I like dark, complex characters.” — S.W. Hubbard

“I feel like the book blogging world is becoming an increasingly competitive arena. There’s a constant comparing of number: how many posts, comments, followers, ARCs, mailing lists, infographics, memes. Even though I’ve been at this for a while, my blog is tiny and will probably remain that way. I started reviewing the books I read because it was supposed to be fun and a way to share my thoughts with others. In the last few months, I do post less than I used to because I’ve accepted that my schedule doesn’t allow me to read as quickly. Also, since I don’t write negative reviews, that means I don’t review every book I read. The internet is so supersaturated with book blogs (especially those focused on YA), and while I’m glad to be a part of this community, I also recognize that not everyone can be the most popular so I’ve just got to stick with doing what works for me. :)”   — Monica from The Fuma Files

“I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to review. Everyone has their own style and it’s that diversity that makes the book blogging community so worthwhile.” — Nicole from The Quiet Concert

“I think reviews are something that initially made the book blogging community what it is, but it’s also pretty difficult to write reviews that are entertaining and keep your readers focus. If a blog is simply one review after another and there are no other sorts of posts, I’m 99% sure won’t follow it because I feel like something’s holding me back from connecting with the blogger and because that would just make for an incredibly boring blog.” — Ashley from Ok, Let’s Read

“In general, I think we’re under the impression that writing book reviews need to be professional and critical. That it’s supposed to be objective. People lately have felt the need to set themselves apart by saying they’re doing “book talk” and not reviews. But I feel like, for me, these are the same thing.
Every review that I write is personal. I always mention how books made me feel or react or the like. While I don’t know if that’s always helpful for other readers, I feel like, for me, that’s usually what I try to find in other people’s reviews too. That way I know if there’s a chance I’ll be able to connect or like a book as much as they did!
I do think it’s interesting that reviews are getting so much flack. Personally, whether or not my reviews are read by other people, I find joy in sharing my thoughts — even if it’s just for me! Sure, I post it so that other people can see it an hopefully benefit, but I also don’t mind if it doesn’t get any attention at all. I’m very grateful for my readers and friends, but they’re not the main reason I write my reviews. I write them for ME.” — Anonymous

“I blog for myself, and I can’t say that I am very strategic about attempting to reach readers.
I feel like people say that their reviews get less traffic/comments, but I feel like if you write quality reviews, and make an effort to interact with followers, they can lead to good discussion. I blog for discussion, not for page views.
If I look at my stats for the past 30 days, reviews aren’t my most viewed posts, but I think that’s because my library program posts, booklists/readers’ advisory graphics, etc, get way more traffic overall.
But still, several got plenty of traffic and comments. When I look at “all time” I was surprised how many reviews did well over a long period. Reviews of adult books and nonfiction do really well, I think because there are less adult/nonfiction book review blogs out there. Reviews of books that I think no one will be interested in sometimes get a lot of search traffic because there just aren’t that many reviews of them out there.” — Molly from Wrapped Up In Books

“If bloggers feel their reviews are not getting great hits, I think it goes a little deeper than people don’t want to read reviews. Have you been posting infrequently? Are you reviews too long? Are you reviewing the same books as every other blogger in the universe? (Diversity is so important!) Is your SEO not working for you? I think instead of making a broad generalization that readers don’t want to read them throughout the community… a little exploration needs to be done.” — Anonymous

“I feel like WAY too much is given out about a book, especially in the “special sections” part. I don’t want to know why you love this character (except maybe a few general reasons), because I want to meet them on my own. I don’t want to know in great detail all the slow-burning phases of a romance. I want to be surprised. I want to anticipate. Please, no character analysis. You only see those in spark/cliffs notes that kids read if they don’t want to read the book for class.
Tell me how [a book] made you FEEL, but not all the reasons why it made you feel that way. I want your opinion, not a play-by-play. Really, I’m looking for whether or not I want to buy the book and read it. I have had books spoiled so many times that I don’t read reviews anymore unless I REALLY need to, or I have already read the book and want to see what someone else thought about it.
I think people just need to remember that they are writing a review, which is a short little blurb on their thoughts and if they recommend it or not. It’s not supposed to be a book report, where you analyze everything to death. The professional reviews on Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly are around 300-500 characters for the most part. And I think they are MUCH more useful than some of these reviews that go on forever.” — Anonymous

“Pet peeve–and I’m guilty of this too–is obviously bad grammar. There are going to be slips. Typos, etc. But I’ve read reviews before–from tremendously popular bloggers–that are short and have glaring errors. GLARING. It always makes me think that they are only throwing something together to have better stats from posting every day and that they don’t care about their content. Drives me NUTSSSS.
I think finding a way to vary the structure of a review would help pique people’s interest. This is something that I work on as well, so I don’t just mean that I find other reviews lacking because they are traditional. It is sometimes difficult to read a review fully–just because of the time it takes to take it all in–so finding a way to communicate the same points and thoughts in a more easily digestible manner would be awesome!
Writing reviews is often the hardest part of my blogging experience. I have not once been able to write a review in less than a half an hour, so I need time that I don’t always have. And I often find that I would rather keep reading than write the kind of review that I want to post (I write longer reviews), so I struggle to keep on top of them. Also, I forget things if I wait too long, so I struggle sometimes to piece things together. But I do think that reviews are important to blogging, especially when I’m reading a book I got from a publisher before it’s release. I do feel more of an obligation to post something in those cases even though I recognize that I will never be able to do it for all of them.” — Anonymous

“I’ve always felt that summaries of the book should be in the blogger’s own words and not copied from the back of the book or Amazon, GoodReads, etc.
I would like to see more reflection on the cultural significance of thematic considerations within the text. The relationship between what authors write/what readers get out the book and reality fascinates me.
I would also like to see more reviews which discuss both the positives and the negatives of the book. So many reviews are either gushy/fangirly or hate-filled; however, in my experience, readers aren’t so one-sided in reading.” –– Trisha from Eclectic/Eccentric

“I personally love reading book reviews, because it allows me to get to know the blogger behind the review a bit more. Sometimes I will avoid reviews for books I’m particularly anticipating, since I don’t want to be spoiled in any way, but for the most part I use them to judge whether or not I’ll like something. Reviews have been very helpful in terms of keeping me on budget! A lot of anticipated reads have become library loans instead of purchases based solely on other bloggers’ thoughts.” — Anonymous

“In general, I think we’re under the impression that writing book reviews need to be professional and critical. That it’s supposed to be objective. People lately have felt the need to set themselves apart by saying they’re doing “book talk” and not reviews. But I feel like, for me, these are the same thing.
Every review that I write is personal. I always mention how books made me feel or react or the like. While I don’t know if that’s always helpful for other readers, I feel like, for me, that’s usually what I try to find in other people’s reviews too. That way I know if there’s a chance I’ll be able to connect or like a book as much as they did!
I do think it’s interesting that reviews are getting so much flack. Personally, whether or not my reviews are read by other people, I find joy in sharing my thoughts — even if it’s just for me! Sure, I post it so that other people can see it an hopefully benefit, but I also don’t mind if it doesn’t get any attention at all. I’m very grateful for my readers and friends, but they’re not the main reason I write my reviews. I write them for ME.” — Anonymous

 So what do you think? Do you agree with the general consensus? Is there any thing in or about reviews that you’d like to see more or less of? How important do you think reviews are to your blog? To the book blogging community? To the industry itself?

We keep saying that there is no right or wrong way to write a review… But is that only to a certain extent? I’ve heard people say that and then still are upset with the length (either short OR long) of other people’s reviews. Or is that just a matter of personal taste and not what we “should” or “shouldn’t” do? Sound off below! I’d love to hear further discussion!

Seriously Social! Survey, Infographic, and Giveaway

One of the things I really wanted to do in 2014 was work on my social media. I’m on Twitter a LOT but I tend to neglect the other forms of social media on my blog like Facebook and Pinterest, and let’s be honest — I have no idea what I’m doing on Tumblr.

There are SO many forms of social media to use for your blog that I really wanted to explore what other bloggers had to say and see what we think is best for our blogs. I created the “Seriously Social Survey” to check out what other bloggers had to say! I collected all the data, spent lots and lots of time on this infographic and HERE IT IS!

Social Media Infographic Survey

 So what do you guys think? Agree with the general results?  Twitter seemed to take the cake on almost everything, including most visually appealing which I was actually surprised about!

THE NEGATIVES

  • FACEBOOK. Facebook was declared the least popular form of social media. You guys said that Facebook is the social media site that’s on its way out, especially with Facebook users having to pay for ads in order to reach news feeds. This pretty much renders most blog Facebook pages useless, in my personal opinion. I know I’ve noticed that I’m getting FAR less views on my Facebook posts and that really discourages me to use it as a form of social media because it becomes far more work than it’s worth. That seems to be a general consensus with Facebook also being the website that was voted the most work to maintain and a chore to keep updated.
  • DRAMA. There seems to be an increase in author/blogger drama this year (which I try my best to avoid!) with the most drama-filled websites being Twitter (61%) and Goodreads following (19%).
  • TOO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. Like blogging, updating social media should be fun, but there’s no denying that sometimes trying to cover all the bases gets overwhelming. If you try to keep up with all of the social media sites you can use to promote your blog, it becomes quite a chore to post to ALL of them. We already mentioned that Facebook was the biggest chore, but Pinterest wasn’t too far behind. Juuuuust behind Pinterest were Goodreads (which I was surprised!) and Twitter (even more surprised).

IMPORTANT THINGS TO TAKE AWAY

  • TWITTER IS KING. Twitter is the winner for almost all of the positives and seems to be a crucial way to interact with bloggers, authors, AND publishers. Ever since I joined Twitter, I can clearly see how it’s the most valuable social media site for bloggers! Even with its occasional drama, it’s still the most important blogging tool when it comes to social media, and there are ways to avoid the drama if you don’t want to see it in your feed. It was also a landslide vote that aside from directly emailing an author or publisher, Twitter was the best way to interact with them!
  • UP-AND-COMING SOCIAL MEDIA. Twitter was also voted the most up-and-coming social media site, but that may be because it’s just so dang popular. The survey-takers also had their eye on Tumblr and Instagram being used more and more for promoting blog posts and reaching out to followers. What else do we need to keep an eye out for? StumbleUpon, Snapchat, and Vines. StumbleUpon isn’t so much used for social media but is a good place to start posting your blog posts to help get them out there in the blogosphere!
  • DONT OVER PROMOTE. It can be a little overwhelming with bloggers promoting their posts all over the internet. I think the most important thing is to make sure you mix it up! I totally think it’s okay to promote your links a few times a day on places like Twitter where information comes and goes within minutes or even seconds before it’s out of sight, but Twitter also really supports our blogging community and it’s also where we talk to each other. If ALL you’re doing on Twitter is promoting yourself, it’ll get tiring fast. I asked if using a large amount of social media and various forms is helpful or hurtful and 27% people agreed HELPFUL — you need to connect with people wherever you can. A whopping 71% of people said it’s a mix of both. It’s helpful to cross-promote, using different sites to reach different groups of people but seeing the same links over and over can get tiresome. Only 2% said that large amounts of social media is absolutely hurtful.
  • NEW SITES CREATED BY BLOGGERS. There are some awesome new sites made just for bloggers by bloggers. If you’re not aware of them yet, you should definitely go check out BookBlogging.net and Literally.io! They’re still being developed although BookBlogging.net has been around for longer and is much further developed at this point, definitely keep a lookout for both of these to really start taking off!

SOUND BITES FROM THE BLOGGERS

  • “FB on its way out is maybe more wishful thinking than anything else. I’ve never used it for blogging, only personal, and I hate how it works. I think if everyone who complained about it would stop using it, instead of sticking with it out of habit, the site would lose a lot of its power to do anything for its advertisers with no regard for its users.” (Maybe we should all stop using it… I actually think I might shut mine down soon seeing the results of this survey!) 
  • “My only comment is about over promoting. Making sure you space out your tweets, making them interesting without all ME ME ME. It’s difficult and I think it takes time and finesse to get there. Also, people need to turn off their Pinterest updates via Twitter. No one needs to see that.” (See: overpromoting.)
  • “I don’t really distinguish between my personal and ‘blog’ social media. I don’t want social media to feel like it’s a chore or a job and I’m not so worried about privacy, so I don’t see the need (plus I do social media for work, so this would be triple rather than double duty for me).” (I totally agree with this! My personal life, although initially completely separate, easily seeps into my blogging social media accounts. I often Tweet about daily life and post personal pictures on Instagram as well!) 
  • “I try to only post positive things on social media and only @ authors if my review is a 4 or 5. I have no desire to get sucked into the drama.” (Yay, no drama! I still post my negative reviews but I don’t mention the authors or publicists on Twitter if it’s a negative or generally blah review.)

GIVEAWAY

So that’s it for the Seriously Social Survey! I hope you guys got some great insights and I have to thank you again for all of the awesome responses!
Now that we’ve got some fresh ideas and thoughts from other bloggers, let’s get connected! In 2014, I really wanted to work on connecting with people through social media other than Twitter. Let’s get together! If you already follow me through various social media sites, you get bonus entires in the giveaway below! Don’t follow yet? It’s never too late! Let me know what social media sites you use and I can follow you back!

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Enter to win this stack of books! One winner will receive them all! It’s a mix of ARCs, hardcovers, and paperbacks (and the one on the top is a spiral-bound copy of The Break-Up Artist). Good luck!!!
Must be 13 or older to enter — Sorry, US and Canada only!

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End of Year Book Survey – 2013

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

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
HAHA okay, for sure I have to cheat. There is no way I can one ONE favorite. Cheating all around!!!
Fantasy (and book of the year #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo
Not actually published in 2013 (and book of the year #2… or #1 haha): Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Contemporary: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell,
Historical Fiction: Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Re-Read: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) – Gayle Forman
A Little Bit of EVERYTHING: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress (review to come!) by Marissa Meyer

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Chantress (Chantress Trilogy #1) – Amy Butler Greenfield: I was SO SO excited for the premise for this one but I just was not getting into it at all and ended up not finishing it. It wasn’t BAD but it just totally was not for me. I actually wrote a DNF review for it because I had a lot of things I felt I needed to say about why I chose not to finish!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
I’m actually going to say A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin. I was curious about A Game of Thrones once the series started but with the length and the fact that I still wasn’t 100% sure about fantasy, I was SUPER hesitant to start it. Thanks to the #SOIFRA read along that I was happy to host with a few other awesome ladies, I ended up REALLY getting invested in this series and A Storm of Swords really blew me away! 

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Definitely The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. I FELL IN LOVE with this book and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I can.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Hands down, The Lunar Chronicles. I read Cinder at the very beginning of the year, read Scarlet not too long after, and devoured my ARC of Cress the other month. I even wrote a post about how The Lunar Chronicles is My Latest Bookish Addiction! (Love you, Marissa Meyer!)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Marissa Meyer. She’s just so amazing!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I was craving a really great Halloween read and Alyssa recommended this book, being a big Neil Gaiman fan. She was SO right. I listened to the audio narrated by Neil himself and it was fantastic 

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Oooh. Tie between Siege and Storm and Cress!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Oh wow, that’s hard. I actually did a TON of re-reads this year (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Harry Potter 1 and 2, If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day) sooooo. I actually don’t have a lot that I’m meaning to re-read anymore except for ones that I haven’t read in 2013 haha. I want to re-read Anna and the French Kiss for SURE and continue re-reading Harry Potter on audio!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I think it’s actually Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. I liked the book, but it wasn’t my favorite… I did LOVE the cover though. My favorite thing about it was that I knew the EXACT spot in the book that this moment on the cover happened and it really helped me get a much better picture for everything too! I heard Shannon Messenger talk about her cover art and she actually got to work with the artists on it. She even changed a minor description of Audra in order to match this exact moment so everything would be just perfect… and it really was!

Let the Sky Fall

11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Captain Carswell Thorne (swoon!)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater: I honestly just love Maggie’s writing and her writing style feels so unique.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
I know it was a re-read but Just One Day by Gayle Forman still absolutely killed me. It was a HUGE inspiration for me as I was writing my WIP during NaNoWriMo this year and her books always hit me hard!

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Legend by Marie Lu! Me and dystopians and everyone loving it… How did I not read this sooner!!!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Oh, those are always so hard because I’m so bad at keeping track of them! *checks Goodreads*
Yep, cheating again. Just One Day again. Because the best quotes. Ever.
“We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest (novella/short story): The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5) – Marissa Meyer
Shortest (non-novella/short story): Fortunately, The Milk – Neil Gaiman
Longest: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) – George R.R. Martin

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
Basically the entire time I was reading Cress. GOD can people read this yet!? I’m dying here!!!! (Want non-spoilery reactions? Check out my mini-review/ravings!)

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Friendship: I just finished Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr and I loved how that friendship evolved.
Romantic: Everything in Cress? Yes.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Okay, I CANNOT say Cress again. (As much as I want to.)  HMMM. Well, there’s always Siege and Storm hahaha. It’s SO HARD not to repeat! Okay. Then I will say The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Oh! I already said it, but SOLELY on a recommendation was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 🙂 Thanks, Alyssa!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
OOOOH good question. I’m sure Goodreads has a way to figure that out. BA-BAM! To the stats we go!
It looks like contemporary! Which that almost surprises me but it doesn’t. I’ve been reading and enjoying a lot of contemps this year!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Captain Carswell Thorne (Scarlet, Cress). HANDS OFF, LADIES. HE’S MINE.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Oh phew! Something I can’t answer a sequel a for!! Haha. Darn, even still that’s hard. I’m gonna say he Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider or Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Cress? AHHH I’M SORRY. Okay, I’m also going to say Harry Potter because I re-read it in 2013 and it’s actually amazing the amount of world building that JK Rowling has in these books! I was really amazed. It was the first time I’ve re-read Harry Potter since I started blogging and I look at books in a totally different way. It was quite fabulous!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Cress!?! AHH this is too hard. I’m not even joking. It’s that good to answer for every question, but honestly. I’m trying.
Okay, Siege and Storm HAHAHA.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I BAWLED reading The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Seriously ugly crying. 

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
I think The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller probably deserves WAY more mention than it has. It was so adorable and one of my favorite contemps this year!

 

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
WOW, that’s hard. There are so many amazing blogs out there and 2013 was a long year haha! It’s actually really hard to say who was new to me in 2013… I’m trying to remember who I didn’t know before! I think The Quiet Concert was a new-to-me book blog in 2013 and I LOVE these girls and feel like we often have similar tastes! Stormy, did we know each other in 2012? If not, I’m counting Book.Blog.Bake. because Stormy is an awesome person and we ALSO have very similar tastes! We’ve also had some really awesome discussions — both through our blogs and on Twitter! And of course Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages! I feel like we’ve really gotten to know each other this year and I’ve loved getting to know her and her blog!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
Again — IMPOSSIBLE. Hmmmm.
I actually think my review of Siege and Storm really was my favorite. I had so much to gush about and I was super excited to give away my ARC for someone else to read! I had a blast writing that review.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I really enjoyed my “How to Make Goodreads Work For You” post that I did for a Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge. I feel like I had a few good discussion posts! My Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend-Romance wasn’t really a discussion but it’s what gets me the most search hits so I’m super thankful for that!
Also (not discussions?) but ones that I really, really, really loved were my “Guides”: Contemporary and Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Oh, wow. I don’t do blogging world recap posts so unfortunately I honestly don’t remember. Maybe I’ll make a note to remember next year (although I’m sure I said the same thing last year haha). 

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I was SO SO thrilled to be the “featured blogger” at the Fierce Reads event this past November! I got to hang out with the authors and interview them and do an awesome giveaway thanks to Fierce Reads and Macmillan!
Also BEA (recap here!). Hellooooo. Best thing of my blogging life. (Or regular life.)

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I’d have to say… see above! Fierce Reads, BEA… Oh, let’s see. Winning an ARC of Cress (HAHA, you saw that coming, amirite?) and honestly, I did a happy dance and a huge squee when I was offered the chance to take a peek at Macmillan’s winter/spring catalog and request ARCs from it! I felt like I had finally “made it” so to speak haha! Working with Macmillan on various events and projects has been PRETTY fantastic!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Definitely The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend-Romance. It was popular when it first was posted but every day it’s pretty much a popular post because it gets a lot of hits from people searching for something similar. Thank you, SEOs! After that, it was my Book Addict’s GUIDE to Contemporary which makes me SO happy because I absolutely LOVED that post! 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Hmmm, that’s hard to say. Really anything that got little to no comments, I always hope for a little more love, but such is blogging life! Not every review or post will have a ton of comments!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Well, after Google Reader shut down, I did kind of fall in love with Bloglovin’! I’m so happy to be able to organize things haha. 
I ALSO just started self-hosting my blog this year so just that whole experience (WordPress.org, hosting with Bluehost, etc) has all been a blast! And a special thanks to the forums on WordPress.org for helping me out with CSS when Google didn’t do it. I consulted them many times!! 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I actually had to take my Goodreads challenge down by a few books BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT I checked the page count and I’ve already read more pages this year than last year. I did read the first four books in A Song of Ice and Fire so honestly. That’s totally the reason why I’m not meeting my book count goal this year. I read four 900-1000+ page books with those so that’s really why!
I started out participating in the Debut Author Challenge and the YA Contemporary Challenge and abandoned them after a few months. I think the one thing I’ve learned this year is not to take on too much. I CAN do a lot but then I miss a lot of things I want to do for myself because I have so many commitments. I quickly tired of keeping track of things for a yearly challenge, ya know?
I actually was proud that I did so many re-reads this year! I felt like I was going to do none and I ended up re-reading If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day by Gayle Forman; Catching Fire and Mockingjay; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
I think if I were to set a goal for myself in 2014, it’s to take on less commitments and to read more on my time. I ended up dropping a book club, dropping challenges, and getting frustrated with read alongs (although I don’t regret doing them — just the amount that I took on all at the same time hahah) because I was doing too many things at once!

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
OOOH well. I actually have a shelf of books I wanted to read this year and yep. They’re still sitting there. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor are definitely ones I wanted to get to. Also, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Time to go to Goodreads again! 
RUIN AND RISING! Wait, is Winter 2014 or 2015? 2015, right? Yeah, Ruin and Rising!!!!!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Probably Dorothy Must Die and The Murder Complex!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
OHHH yep. The Grisha Trilogy. AHHH I’m so excited! I’m so scared!!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I mostly want to start reading “for myself” again. I still want to keep on a general schedule for ARCs and whatnot, but I want to get a good mix of ARCs and older releases in again. I’ve been reading a lot of new releases and I enjoy that of course but there are still so many books that I want to read that are still new to me that I haven’t discovered yet!
I also really, really, really want to commit to fewer things. I think I spread myself pretty thin this year and although I really did enjoy everything that I did this year, it’s been a lot! I need to not do as many read alongs haha. I did quite a few blog tours last year too which I enjoy but I’ve started to be a bit pickier about which ones I’m a part of now.
I’m hoping to catch up with my reviews again! I used to write a review almost right after I finished a book because let’s be honest. I have a terrible short-term memory sometimes so I start to lose details immediately after I finish. I haven’t been reviewing right after I finish my books lately so when I write reviews days or even weeks later, they’re just not as good as they should be. I want to get back on top of things!

Thanks again to Jamie for this awesome survey! So much fun and a great way to look back at the year!

Bookish Senior Superlatives

Oh, Jamie! You’re making surveys faster than I can keep up, but I do love doing them!! This time we’re doing Bookish Senior Superlatives, originating at Jamie’s blog, The Perpetual Page Turner. I absolutely love doing these surveys and I’m so glad Jamie had this idea!

Characters

Most Likely To Change The World: Alina Starkov from Shadow & Bone/Siege & Storm

Cutest Couple: Anna & St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss

Class Clown: Oliver Kimball from Going Vintage

Most Likely To Become Famous For Their Athletic/Musical/Artistic Abilities: Rose Zarelli from Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend

All Around Good Person: Lissa from The Vampire Academy series

Biggest Flirt: Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil

Most Likely To Be Fought Over: Adam from Where She Went

Mostly Likely To Be Friends Forever: Perry & Roar from Under the Never Sky/Through the Ever Night

Most Likely To Have Their Own Reality Show: Devan from The Reece Malcolm List

Most Unique: Park Sheridan from Eleanor & Park

Most Likely To Survive An Apocalypse: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay

Most Likely To Be A Villain: Wolf from Scarlet (LIKELY but we root for him not to be!)

Biggest Wallflower: Cath from Fangirl

Most Likely To Break Your Heart: Emilio from The Book of Broken Hearts

Most Changed: Allyson from Just One Day (although I guess this isn’t necessarily in a good way!)

Most Likely To Get Arrested: Ronan Lynch from The Raven Boys/The Dream Thieves (oh, but how I love him)

Self Proclaimed God/Goddess: Lindsey from Before I Fall

Best Person To Bring Home To Mom & Dad: Zach from Nantucket Blue (he just seems like a good kid!)

Books

Most Likely To Make You Cry: The Book of Broken Hearts. I. bawled. Ugly crying abound.

Dares To Be Different (in world, plot, storytelling, etc.): Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Best Dressed (pretty cover!): Crewel, Wild Awake (YES, I CHEAT)

Most Likely To Make You Swoon: Anna and the French Kiss, Confessions of an Angry Girl

Loveliest Prose: Delirium

Most Likely To Be A Favorite Of 2013: The Beginning of Everything (Updated: I read it. YEP.)

Most Likely To Change The World (or change your life): Fangirl (because I now feel inspired to work on my WIP!)

Book You Are Most Likely To Keep Putting Off: When She Woke (Only because I’ve had it on my TBR since 2011…)

Most Likely To End Up As Christmas Gifts For Everyone You Know: Shadow and Bone (for those who haven’t read it and I don’t want to repeat with The Book of Broken Hearts!)

Most Likely To Be Thrown: Reached (I just couldn’t take it anymore…)

Most Likely To Be Reread More Than Once: Where She Went

Most Likely To Make You Read Through An Earthquake Because It’s THAT Engrossing: Siege and Storm

Most Likely To Be Passed On To Your Children: Harry Potter

Most Likely To Break Your Heart Into A Million Pieces: (Damnit, I want to say The Book of Broken Hearts again… Fine.) Tiger Lily

Most Likely To Brighten Up Your Day: Also Known As, Going Vintage

My YA-self in YA Titles!

It’s Friday fun with The Perpetual Page Turner and Jamie brought us another survey! This time it’s talking about your YA-self in YA titles. I absolutely LOVED this survey, but I admit, I had a hard time coming up with titles on my own… aka, I relied HEAVILY on Goodreads to lend me a hand! I also loved Jamie’s post about her YA-self with all the throwback photos so I decided to do the same because I love my blogging friends and I wanted to share a bit of my past with you! 🙂

MY-YA SELF
(Photos: Homecoming week, hanging out after a choir concert)

How would you describe your 16-year-old self? The Trouble with Flirting (I had a terrible time with boys. I thought I was all coy and I was probably incredibly obvious & annoying haha!)
When You Looked Into The Mirror What Did You See: Something Strange and Deadly (Oh, I was never happy!)
Your 16-your-old self outlook on life/motto: Just Like Fate (I believed that everything would work out somehow)
How You Think People Would Describe Your Personality: The Pledge (I like to think I was pretty loyal to my friends)
Describe An Insecurity In High School: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (I was always the friend, never the girlfriend! — Basically the WHOLE THEME OF THIS BOOK)
Describe Your Worst Trait As A Teen: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Okay, ignore the knife part haha. But I wouldn’t let go of ANYTHING. People, ideas, etc. I was kind of clingy hahaha)
Describe the contents of your diary/journal: The Book of Broken Hearts
Your biggest Fear: Unremembered (I was ALWAYS concerned about people forgetting about me/being left out)
You excelled at: Our Song (CHOIRRRRR)
You were always concerned about: Uses for Boys (Boy. Crazy.)
You Thought Your Life Was: The Fault in Our Stars (I was very dramatic/emo)

 

LOVE LIFE
(Okay, I didn’t have much of “love life” so much as crushes in HS so here are some dance pictures to whet your appetite hahaha)

How would you sum up your high school love life? Pivot Point (Basically all of my love life until I met Shane…….. There came a certain point where I messed. it. up.)
Describe your most serious boyfriend from high school? Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend (I was head over heels but we only dated for two weeks HAHA. He was two years older and my parents were NOT having that)
Describe your first kiss: Sloppy Firsts (It was totally innocent but a little messy haha)
Your philosophy on dating/love: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (I always thought my insta-crushes would TOTALLY work out)
Describe Your Worst Break Up: Wither (I was suuuuuuper super bummed. Tears, talks with friends, more tears….)

 

FAMILY
(Note: This picture wasn’t taken in high school, but this is my family! Taken at my sister’s wedding a few years ago)

Your relationship with your mom as a teen: The Sea of Tranquility (Mom and I have always been pretty good!)
Your relationship with your dad as a teen: The Madman’s Daughter (HAHAHA it wasn’t that bad, but we did have some big rifts from time to time…. Mostly about that ONE BOY.)
Your relationship with a sibling: Sisters In Sanity (My sister and I kept each other sane! We didn’t talk a TON in high school since she’s three years older but she WAS the cool sister who let her freshman sis hang out with senior girls!)
What you thought about your parents rules/parenting style: Going Vintage (They were good parents, but of course as a teen I felt that they were a bit old-fashioned and too traditional at times!)

 

FRIENDS
(My high school partners in crime… Lisa and Alison)

Describe you and your best friend at 16: Pushing the Limits (HAHA. Nah, we weren’t bad kids, but she was more… daring? Rebellious? Willing to push the envelope and test fate? Everything “bad” I learned from her haha!)
Your Social Status: Where She Went (I had a couple best friends but I really wandered from group to group. I had basketball friends, my core friends, choir friends, lunch table friends…)
Describe Your Group Of Friends: Also Known As (I had a few different groups and it wasn’t a big deal for people to switch in and out of groups or combine groups of people.)

 

SCHOOL
(Junior & Senior year photos below!)

MADRIGALS! Whatever if you think this is nerdy. It was TOTALLY cool at my school… And I’m not just saying that. It was an honor!

Your Perception Of High School Upon Entering: Pandemonium (I came from a Catholic school and my 8th grade class was 24 kids. High school was BIG and I only knew people from the neighborhood)
Your relationship with academics: The Summer I Became a Nerd (I totally loved school and doing well in school haha)
Your Weekends Were: Wild Awake (We weren’t wild really, but the weekends were OUR time. I basically did something all the time, every weekend)
If Your High School Life Was A Movie It would be called: Life As We Knew It
A Class You Wish High School Would Have Offered: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Your Senior Year Was: The Infinite Moment of Us
Describe prom: Dark Triumph (Junior year date was a HUGE crush but he didn’t feel the same way (triumph = date, dark = not gonna happen, B.) and senior year date was a guy who was barely even my friend but at least I had a date (triumph = date, dark = what was I thinking))
When High School Ended It Was: Siege & Storm (Let’s go.)

THE FUTURE
(Featured below: Spring Break 2009!)

How You Felt About The Prospect of College: Fangirl — I was soooo excited.
How You Thought Your Life Would Be At 26: Golden

YOUR LIFE NOW
(Featured below: Shane & me in the Snowy Mountains in Wyoming… aka, the most perfect vacation ever; Photo 2: )

Describe Your Love Life Now: Meant to Be (no, really)
Describe The State Of Your Friendship With Your High School BFF: Time Between Us (We talk every once in a while but time & space has pushed us apart. Meh)
Your Relationship With Your Parents Now: Divergent (I love my parents but now that I’ve moved into a house and gotten engaged, I feel like they’re STILL trying to help too much and it’s driving me bananas)
Your Thoughts On Your High School Reunion (either if you had it or if it’s upcoming): Mockingjay (Yeahhhhh I’m not going.)
Biggest Lesson You Learned In High School: The Sky is Everywhere (Opportunities are endless!)
One Thing You WISHED You Had Learned: The Death Cure (aka how NOT to kill all my relationships)
Advice You Wish You Could Have Given Your Teen Self: Let the Sky Fall (Let things happen, let things fall to pieces and stop trying to make everything work. Some things don’t need to work out and they’re not supposed to.)
Something You Could Learn From Your 16-Year-Old Self: The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Having besties is important! I didn’t realize that for a while there and thought I could just do everything along. I need lady friends to talk to!)

Thanks for another awesome survey, Jamie!!! I also did Jamie’s A-Z survey last week, just in case you missed it! I hope she has many more in store for us because these are awesome!

I hope you enjoyed learning more about YA Brittany!