Fact: I can rarely resist a survey/Q&A. I love them. So when I saw this one, hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, of course I was going to take part.
Books are linked to their Goodreads page!
Number Of Books You Read:
According to Goodreads, I’m currently sitting at 60 books. I’m not sure of the actual total, because I don’t always log my rereads, so it’s probably a fair bit higher than that. I reckon I can get a couple more books in by the end of the year though!
Number of Re-Reads:
A lot. Like I said, I don’t tend to be that great at keeping track of my rereads, but there’s definitely several. I love a good reread.
Genre You Read The Most From:
At a guess, contemporary. Definitely reading a lot more of it than I did a couple of years ago.
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Ugh, that is not an easy question. No books have been able to work their way into my Absolute Favourites, but nonetheless I’ve read a lot of really awesome books this year. I think I have to go with Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak, which I read for the first time back in January.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The first one that springs to mind is The Book of Days by K.A. Barker. It started out really well, with this unique and quirky vibe about it, but after about the midway point it stopped appealing to me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Noah’s Law by Randa Abdel-Fattah. I’d attempted reading it a year or two
ago but didn’t get past the first couple of chapters. I stuck with it when I picked it up again this year, and was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t my favourite book of the year, but a great whodunit that kept me guessing the whole time.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’m not sure if I really pushed anyone to read any books in particular. And I’m not sure if I got anyone to read any books I recommended, either…
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
I’ve read a couple of first books in a series but haven’t continued beyond them, so I’m going to answer this one as ‘best series starter you read in 2015’. I think it’s a tie between Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Terrier by Tamora Pierce. Both were really awesome starts, and I’m keen to get my hands on their respective sequels.
Best sequel has to go to a book I only finished the other day: Stray by Rachael Craw. I loved Spark, and Stray carried on the story so well, adding developments and I can’t wait for Shield to come out.
I think the only series I finished this year was Seraphina, and I was a little disappointed by Shadow Scale. Guess I have to go with it, though.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
In terms of debut authors, I’m very interested to see what Fleur Ferris writes next, because Risk was very impressive. I loved The Reluctant Hallelujah, so I’d also have to say Gabrielle Williams. I’m keeping an eye out for her other books, for sure.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I read a little bit of sci-fi, but not all that much, so I guess Illuminae qualifies for this one. I loved the formatting and how it was used to tell a story. One of my standouts from 2015 that easily lived up to the hype.
8. Most unputdownable book of the year?
Most unputdownable book would have to be All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield. There were a few books I read in one sitting/in a short space of time, but this one had me completely drawn in.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Judging by the fact I’ve already reread it, I think I’ll get a couple of rereads out of Fighting Ruben Wolfe. I’m also looking forward to reading Green Valentine again.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About, hands down. Easily one of my all-time favourite covers, I’m obsessed with the design, and it got my attention right away.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
This is not an easy question to answer. So many contenders! Seeing as it’s memorable, not favourite I think I have to pick Mabel, one if the characters in W. Somerset Maugham’s short story anthology Far Eastern Tales. She stuck with me for a while.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Once again, I have to mention Fighting Ruben Wolfe. It’s not pretty writing, but there’s this rough, aching beauty in how Cam and Rube’s story is written.
13. Most Thought-Provoking book of 2015?
John Corey Whaley’s Noggin was surprisingly meaningful, even with its bizarreness. It definitely made me ponder a fair bit. It’s a book that is really quite deep and raises a lot of questions, but is also hilarious.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Fighting Ruben Wolfe. I was really late getting onto the Markus Zusak bandwagon (I didn’t read The Book Thief until the movie came out), and I feel like I was missing out big time.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
My actual favourite passage from I book I read this year is the closing few lines of The Reluctant Hallelujah, but it doesn’t really work out of context, plus it’s a bit spoiler-y. But I reread The Graveyard Book for the first time in a few years, and I adore this quote:
“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Risk by Fleur Ferris was a shocking read, particularly in how possible it was. Numb shocking though, I have to say.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
They aren’t from a book, but I’m going with George Squared from Call Me Katie, a really cool web series that’s (loosely) based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I tend to get really excited about well-written non-romantic relationships, and swoon over well-written friendships, so picking a favourite is a bit tricky. One I really enjoyed this year was the friendship between Dodie and Taxi in The Reluctant Hallelujah. Mandy and Alice’s friendship in You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About was also very good. And Cam and Rube’s relationship in The Underdog/Fighting Ruben Wolfe (I know…) is just gorgeous.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Aside from the given, which I will not repeat for the zillionth time, my favourite book from an author I’d read previously is All I Ever Wanted. I read Friday Brown in 2013 and was blown away by it (and also made very distraught), and All I Ever Wanted was similarly phenomenal. Aside from the fact that I couldn’t put it down, it had this wonderful gutsiness and rawness to it that was absolutely stunning.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 that You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I think a friend of mine is trying to make me a Graham Greene fan, because he convinced me to read Travels With My Aunt and then gave me Our Man in Havana for my birthday. I think I’m getting the hint now. But I enjoyed Our Man in Havana a lot, and wouldn’t have read it otherwise.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Not sure if I have one, actually. A few were maintained, but no new ones formed.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I enjoyed Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. It’s been several months since I first read it, so I wouldn’t mind revisiting it some time in 2016.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Technically I started this series in 2014, but I read The Whispering Skull this year, so it totally counts. The world in the Lockwood & Co books is one that I find really interesting.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I found reading Green Valentine to be a lot of fun. Part of this was a right-book-at-the-right-time kind of thing, but there was a nice sense of humour and liveliness that was oh-so enjoyable.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
It doesn’t that much for a book to make me cry, so there’s quite a list over the last few years. In 2015 it was Risk and Noggin (which had me laughing five minutes later, I might add, so three cheers for emotional roller-coasters). Rereading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Emma by Jane Austen also led to a few tears.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I haven’t seen/heard very much about Resonance by Celine Kiernan, but it was a great read. Mysterious, eerie and one I keep meaning to reread.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Noggin was pretty unique. I mean, considering all the books that are out there about head transplant recipients, y’know.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)
Demon Road by Derek Landy. Not the book itself, but there were a couple of moments where I was seething in rage at the way Amber was treated.
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I’m still in the process of finding more blogs to follow, and I couldn’t pick a favourite.
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2015?
I’ve only written three so far (for the blog, anyway), but my review of The Reluctant Hallelujah was my first, so it’s a little bit special.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I’m really happy with Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year. It was a lot of fun to write, and I’m happy with how it turned out.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Nothing to do with the blog, but The Inkys is always a lot of fun, and a great chance to meet fellow readers and chat to a couple of authors. This year I got the chance to have a bit of a chat with Justine Larbelestier, which was very cool. I also attended Writing Matters at the State Library of Victoria and
bought a whole lot of books picked up some really useful writing advice.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
It would have to be after the first time I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, and as cheesy as it sounds, realising how lovely people in this book blogging community are.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
For blogging, it’s been making sure I post somewhat consistently. Which I didn’t do so well at, but it’s going to be my priority to not let that happen again. Similar deal when it comes to reading, I’ve had too many book slumps this year.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My first Top Ten Tuesday (Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Am Yet To Watch) was my most popular post.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My blog’s new enough that I don’t really expect all that much traffic yet.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I was introduced to the Popsugar reading challenge at the beginning of the year, and although I didn’t quite complete it, it was a lot of fun to do.I also rediscovered Out of Print, when I bought my gorgeous Pride and Prejudice pencil case for school. So far that’s the only thing I own from there, but if it weren’t for shipping prices I’d probably own a whole lot more.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge, despite having a fairly mediocre year in terms of reading this year. I spent a considerable amount of time wallowing in reading slumps, so getting my sixty books is pretty awesome. I also was about five books away from finishing Popsugar’s reading challenge.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Zeroes is currently sitting on my desk, so I think it’s the book I’m going to read first next year. I bought it last month but haven’t gotten to it yet. Similar situation with This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Raven King, without a doubt. I’m terrified for it, but I can’t wait either.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Girl From Everywhere looks really interesting! I’m not too great at staying up-to-date with what’s coming out when, but as soon as I saw the title and the gorgeous cover I was very interested.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
See question two.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
With this blog, I just want to maintain it, I guess. A few posts a week, no abandoning it for a month. And as for reading, I think I would like to read more classics next year, and just generally expand my horizons. Lots of Aussie YA too.
…and that’s it! Filling this out took a lot longer than expected. Please go ahead and link me to your surveys in the comments if you’ve done them because surveys like this make me happy. Best wishes to everyone for the festive season, and happy reading!