Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 End of Year Book Survey

I say this every single year but... THIS YEAR HAS GONE BY SO FREAKING FAST! A lot has happened, both in this blog and in my life in general, and I am actually really excited to summarize it all conveniently in this 2015 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY. I am using the template from Jamie's blog and I think you should also join the fun and share your 2015 stats with the book blogger community! 

Number of Books Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Most Read Genre: YA Contemporary

1. Best book read in 2015?: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

2. Book I was excited about & thought I was going to love More but didn't: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca (my review) - I was really looking forward to this one back in 2014 and actually listed it as one of my most expected novels for the year 2015, but overall, I felt disappointed after reading it. I struggled with the main character Kelsey and the fact that I was unable to form any sort of connection with her; my interpretation of her was generally very negative due to slut shaming, comparisons of "those girls" vs. "me" and her tendency to think that the world revolves around her. I know that this book has been quite loved otherwise, so it mostly was just me that found issue with this.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (my review). - I knew this book would be beautiful, but I never expected to fall in love with so much.

4. Book I "pushed" the most people to read: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (my review) - I will cherish this book for the rest of my life. It was so special, so beautiful, and something I found so easy to identify with. Willowdean is an absolutely wonderful character and I cannot wait to see what Julie Murphy comes up with next.

5. Best series I started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015:

Best series started in 2015: Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy
Best sequel: All Broke Down and All Lined Up by Cora Carmack (Rusk University #2-3) (my review)
Best series ender: -

6. Favorite new author I discovered in 2015: Elle Kennedy - HOCKEY AND HOT GUYS?!?!??! WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR?

7. Best book from a genre I don't typically read/was out of my comfort zone: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Not only did the size of this book intimidate me, but also the fact that I was aware that it delved quite deep into historical topics I did not know much about. This definitely has wanted me to read more historical fiction, so if you have any recommendations, definitely let me know!

8. Most-action packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:

Most action-packed: Tracked by Jenny Martin (my review) - badass female character and a Firefly vibes - YES PLEASE.

Most thrilling: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (my review) - this book was a thing of beauty and I cannot wait for it to be published to see how much love it will most likely get from the reading/blogging community!

Most unputdownable: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - THE DETAIL, THE CHARACTERS AND THE WRITING ALL BLEW ME AWAY!

9. Book I read in 2015 that I am most likely to re-read next year: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt - This novel was truly a wonder!

10. Favorite cover of a book I read in 2015: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

11. Most memorable character of 2015: Willowdean from Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (my review)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015: Missoula by Jon Krakauer

14. Book I can't believe I waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book I read in 2015: 

16. Shortest & longest books I read in 2015:

Shortest: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Longest: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

17. Book that shocked me the most: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

18. OTP of the year: Skylar and Josh from I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (my review)

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Paige, Tessa, Morgan & Keyleigh from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (my review)

20. Favorite I read from an author I had read previously: The Start of Me and You by Emily Lord

21. Best you I read in 2015 that I read solely on a recommendation from someone else: The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

22. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2015: Josh Mitchell from I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

23. Best 2015 debut: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting I read this year: The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

25. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most FUN to read: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

26. Book that made me cry: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (A lot of books made me cry, but this one in particular stayed in my mind!)

27. Hidden gem of the year: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

28. Book that crushed my soul: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

29. Most unique book read in 2015: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

30. Book that made me the most mad: Missoula by Jon Krakauer

1. Favorite book blog discovered in 2015: Bookmark Lit

2. Favorite review I wrote in 2015: My review for Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

3. Best discussion/non-review post I had on my blog: List of 2016 contemporary debuts I am dying to read! I loved putting this together and finding new books to add to my TBR.

4. Best even that I participated (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.): Probably Top Ten Tuesday (my favorite from the year is the one in which I cast the male leads to some of my favorite novels, which can be found from here.)

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015: Joining the WinterHaven Books Blogging Team!

6. Most popular post this year on my blog: Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking For

7. Post I wish got a little more love: My Christmas movie reviews like the one for Hallmark's Once Upon A Holiday

8. Best bookish discovery: Adlibris webstore (free shipping to Finland!)

9. Completion of reading challenges and/or goals set at the beginning of the year: I set a Goodreads goal of 90 books but ended up reading about 120!

1. One book I didn't get to read in 2015 but will be my number one priority in 2016: Winter by Marissa Meyer

2. Book that I am most anticipating from 2016 (non-debut): The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

3. 2016 debut I am most anticipating: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

4. Series ending/a sequel I am most anticipating in 2016: All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack

5. One thing I hope to accomplish or do in my reading/blogging life in 2016: Read more from genres that are out of my comfort zone! 

6. A 2016 release I've already read & recommend to everyone: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt


  1. I didn't get to Winter either! Here's to reading it next year! I'm also looking forward to The Unexpected Everything also! I'm so glad that you had such a great year! Happy reading!

  2. Beautiful quote you picked!! Love so many of your answers especially seeing a lot of books I plan to read soon - Including All the Light We Cannot See and I'll Meet You There. Fun survey!!


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