2016 was my first year of book blogging! I had written reviews here and there before, but in July I really started taking it seriously. So I’m very excited to participate for the first time in the 2016 End of Year Survey hosted by the wonderful Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner!
Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2016!!
Number Of Books You Read: 104 (might make 105 before New Year’s!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult/Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
I’m cheating and saying the Lunar Chronicles series. I discovered these books in February, and my library just HAPPENED to have all 4 on the shelf at one time. I sped through them in 8 days, 5 of which I worked a 12-hour shift. These books singlehandedly broke me out of a rather horrible book funk.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3). I loved the first MI book, the second one was ok, and then this one…I had to DNF. I just couldn’t deal with the angsty and stupidity and I’m still bitter about it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
My Lady Jane. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy it much when I first saw it in my OwlCrate box, but then I started seeing glowing reviews…and then I read it and LOVED it. Somehow they pull off the whole Monty Python infused Lady Jane Grey story and it’s awesome.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Um, I don’t know how many people actually took my book recommendations! I probably recommended Outlander the most, because it’s my favoritest of favorites. 😉 New books though…probably A Court of Mist and Fury (and by necessity, A Court of Thorns and Roses because obviously you have to read the first one to fully appreciate the second).
Nope, not obsessed AT ALL.
The ACOMAF set came from NerdyGrlDesigns, and the Outlander set from JanesTinyThings.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Series – Oh gosh. This one is really hard! I started SO MANY series this year! I’m going with one I haven’t finished yet – Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. While it wasn’t in my most read genre of the year, they were ALL fabulous. I haven’t read the latest one yet, but so far my lowest rating has been a 4/5 stars and I don’t see that going down. I sincerely hope not.
Sequel – To a series I started last year, is how I’m taking this question. And for that the prize goes to Gail Carriger’s Imprudence! I adore Gail’s writing and her alternative history/steampunk Victorian London. LOVE.
Series ender – Wow. I, apparently, have a real problem with finishing things. I only finished TWO series this year and I loved both so I can’t choose. Gail Carriger’s Manners and Mutiny (Finishing School #4) and Marissa Meyer’s Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4).
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Traci Chee, author of The Reader! She’s now on auto-buy. 😀
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China – I don’t usually care for memoirs, but I asked in a reading group on FB for recommendations to cure a book hangover, and this did the trick! It was hysterical but also enlightening.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’ll probably re-read both ACOTAR and ACOMAF in preparation for the release of ACOWAR. 😀 😀 😀 Speaking of which…OMG MAY HURRY UP!!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
While I only gave the book 3/5 stars, THIS COVER. I love it so much. I love the eye, I love the gold lightening. It’s what really drew me to the book!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Rhysand. So predictable of me, I know, and the same answer 9,999 other book bloggers are giving. I can’t help it!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I adored Kate Morton’s The Lake House. It felt as though I fell through the book and into the places she described. While it’s not a face-paced book, I personally LOVED the switching back and forth in time and the gradual unfolding of the mystery. Beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
I’m actually skipping this one…because I read almost entirely FLUFF this year, not going to lie.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The Bell Jar, by Cynthia Plath. This was so good. I don’t even have words, and probably need to add it to my rereads for 2017 list.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again.
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
Feyre, in ACOMAF by Sarah J. Mass.
“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
Rhysand, in ACOMAF by Sarah J. Mass.
Notice a trend? I think SJM comes up with some of the BEST INSPIRATIONAL LINES EVER.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
My shortest and longest were both by Marissa Meyer! Haha. I crack myself up. But they were The Queen’s Army (which is arguably more of a short story, but whatever, GoodReads), and Winter.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Probably Red Queen. I was really expecting to love it, but I thought it was HORRIBLE. Sorry, Red Queen peeps.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I don’t read books for the romance. In fact, my cold little jaded heart is usually over the moon when characters DON’T end up HEA…that said, I love Feyre and Rhysand. Love. Adore. Idolize.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Honestly? The Bennet sisters in Eligible, the modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
And I’m back to Gail Carriger’s Imprudence on this one! I really can’t believe she’s not more popular.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
ACOTAR and ACOMAF. I had decided not to read it after seeing a bunch of meh reviews for ACOTAR, but then people started RAVING about how much better the second book was. So I gave it a shot, and, well…you see.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Take a guess.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Reader, by Traci Chee!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. This book is set practically IN my hometown and gave me chills.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch! Such a fun read. Perfect for summer, in my opinion.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
In the Woods. Yes, really. If you haven’t read it, do. Please. Do yourself this favor.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Er, to be honest…I didn’t read any I would consider HIDDEN. Sadly. I was pretty mainstream and read what the popular kids did this year. Need to work on that.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
ACOMAF. I sat in my chair clutching it to my chest after finishing, just staring into space.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Hmm. This one is hard, but I think Jackaby by William Ritter. It totally turned the whole Sherlock Holmes thing on its head for me, in a fun way.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I’m going with Red Queen on this one too. I was so disappointed I was MAD. Really mad.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Well, this is hard. Really hard. Because there are LOTS of book blogs that I love! AND I discovered almost all of them in 2016. However, I’m going to go with Paper Fury. Cait is so positive and her posts never fail to be entertaining and fun, I just love her! Especially with her referring to characters as cinnamon rolls and pineapples.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I don’t really have one…
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Don’t really have one of these either…
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Oh oh! I had the MOST FUN with the Halloween Read-a-thon hosted by Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews! SO MUCH FUN. Hopefully next year I’ll get to do some things outside of the virtual world. I’d love to go to some author events.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Well, right now I’m pretty stoked about going over 300 blog subscribers a couple of days ago!! So if you haven’t subscribed, you can do so via WordPress or Bloglovin’. 😀 😀 *points to right-hand sidebar*
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Getting over reading slumps caused by real life. Like November. I barely read at all because I was just so depressed. Sad panda.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Oddly enough, it’s my 2017 Audiobook Challenge sign-up post. Not sure how that happened, but ok!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I really wish it had been one of my reviews that was the most popular. Any review. Hehe. I’ll just keep working on it!
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Oh gosh. I’m obsessed with magnetic bookmarks. They’re so teensy, and so collectible, and there’s one for EVERYTHING. See above ACOMAF collection. Hehe.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I was aiming to read at least 50 books this year. Apparently, I underestimated my ability to read in a year that didn’t involve intense personal upheaval. Hehe. 😀
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Well, it would be As I Darken, but now I think I’m going to save it for the May Diverse Books Challenge. We’ll see if I can hold on, since it was under the tree for me this year…
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Elizabeth May’s The Fallen Kingdom (last in the Falconer trilogy) and of course Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Stephanie Garber’s Caravel. It sounds amazing and I’m agreeing awaiting my preordered copy!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Oh, well…see above #2!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Reading – I’m in a LOT of challenges for 2017, and I have high hopes of completing most of them. My number goal is 75. It maybe should have been 100, but we’re going to be moving in April/May, back to the States, so I anticipate that will slow me down a lot.
Blogging – I hope to increase my followers to at least 1,000 by the end of the year! Also, I want to interact with some authors maybe via interviews, etc. I’d like to attend maybe some publishing and or author functions. I really want to increase my contacts with authors and publishers as well as other bloggers! Hopefully the challenges will help to facilitate that. 🙂
Writing – I’m adding one more area here, because I’ve been steadily plugging along on the fantasy novel I plotted during NaNoWriMo, and I want to have the first draft finished by the end of 2017. Totally reachable if I stick to my 2,345 words a week goal!
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Um. Well. The 2017 releases I’ve already read, I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. 😛 Isn’t that sad? But, you know…maybe I’ll get some good ones later on! I do have ARCs of The Fallen Kingdom and The Bone Witch that I’m itching to dive into.
And there we have it! If you made it to the end of this post, congratulations and THANK YOU for sticking with me! Thanks for reading and here’s to a great 2017! Did you post your own 2016 End of Year Survey? If so leave me a link in the comments!