Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 End Of Year Survey

Alright, I've seen this on so many blogs this last week and I thought it was totally awesome. I decided I needed to do it. I love the idea of being able to reflect on the reading year with something like this. Of course, all credit goes to The Perpetual Page-Turner. With no further ado, let's dive right in.

2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 86
Number of Re-Reads: 20
Genre You Read The Most From: I'd have to say fantasy.

Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2016? The Book Thief
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Six Of Crows. Please don't hate me, I was in a bit of a slump when I read it and had other things on my mind. I plan on giving it another go asap.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Shatter Me. I wasn't a fan and I was expecting to love it. I was a bit disappointed by it, it wasn't at all what I was expecting.
 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I actually can't really think of one. Although, I've been petitioning for my mum to read You by Caroline Kepnes ever since I read it and she said she'll try it when she finishes her other book.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? I haven't read many sequels or enders this year. This year was the year of beginning new series, next year will be the year of finishing said series. I know almost everyone has said A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas but I really haven't read that many. And, I've got to admit. It was pretty fantastic. As for ender, I'd have to say Champion by Marie Lu. I've actually only finished off three series this year.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? I'm really loving Nicola Yoon. I adored Everything, Everything and I just ordered The Sun is Also a Star. I think she's really great.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? You by Caroline Kepnes. I never read thrillers because they just aren't my kind of thing but I'd seen so many people rave about You that I had to read it and it was really good.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? I'd have to say Illuminae. I'd like to say I read it all in one sitting but I actually had to read it in two. I didn't think I'd be able to fly through it like I did since it's quite and intimidating size but it really was unputdownable.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? So many. You might know, I love rereading. I definitely know I want to reread Six Of Crows and All The Light We Cannot See because I don't think I was in the right headspace to really enjoy either of them.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? There were so many beautiful covers. I think I'm going to go with This Savage Song. It was just so pleasing to look at.

11. Most memorable character of 2016? Joe Goldberg from You. I don't think I could forget him, he was so creepy and really opened my eyes to how some people can be.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016? I think I'd have to say All The Light We Cannot See, it was written like a poem. Absolutely gorgeous.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016? You was incredibly thought-provoking.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? The Book Thief, definitely.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? “Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.” From Everything, Everything. That book had a lot of quotes about live that had me thinking.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016? Shortest was Defective by B. Austin and longest was A Game of Thrones, of course.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most: The Book Thief. I couldn't believe that ending.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Lara Jean and Peter K. Love them. I love them so much.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Noah and the rest of the raven boys. You can tell they all really cherished Noah. Also Blue and Noah.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. So gorgeous. Made me love Jennifer Niven more than I already did.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: A Court Of Thorns and Roses. There was so much pressure to read ACOTAR so I just caved in and read it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? Ugh, but there's so many. I'm going to have to pick either Gansey from The Raven Boys or Noah Shaw from Mara Dyer.

23. Best 2016 debut you read? I can't think of any that I've read this year.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? I thought Cinder had a pretty good world building.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Simon was so funny and the story just made me smile.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? It's embarrassingly easy for a book to make me cry. The biggest ones were The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub, The Book Thief and Me Before You.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? The Yearbook Committee, for sure.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? The Book Thief

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? Miss Peregrine for sure. Such unique story telling and I've never seen anyone incorporate photographs into a novel like that. It weaved a beautiful story.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? The Crown by Kiera Cass.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? I've discovered a mass of new blogs this year. But, in terms of good content and being a lovely person. Emily @ Paperback Princess really stands out to me. I also love Ava @ Bookishness and Tea. She writes fantastic posts about diversity and all other things book related. And, obviously Cait @ Paper Fury has posts that always leave me with a smile on my face. I could go on to name various others but I'll leave it at three for the moment.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? For some reason, I love my The Bane Chronicles review. I just think it reads very easily and I'm quite happy with it. It's also quite straight to the point which I really like since I have a habit of rambling in reviews.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I love my bullet journal post. Mostly because I used a lot of pictures and I'm horrifically lazy and hardly use pictures on my blog.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I haven't actually participated in any events this year. I've only been blogging for about six months so I'm still learning about all those things.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? Best moment was probably just when I started my blog. I was really happy and excited and I'm thrilled that I decided to start blogging.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Probably trying to find a ratio of exam study and reading/blogging.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? For some reason, people loved my September wrap up.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? There isn't really a post that comes to mind.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Probably the whole bookish community. I hadn't known they'd all existed. It's great, I get recommendations and I get to chat to people about books. 10/10

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I don't like reading challenges so I don't typically do them. I had a goodreads goal set last year and I got stressed out about meeting it. My only goal was to read more books than I did last year which was only 67 so I've topped it by about 19, if my counting is right.
Looking Ahead
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? Salt To The Sea. I will make sure I get to it next year. I've already got it waiting in a cart so I can get it as soon as possible.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? Our Dark Duet

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017? I have a lot of goals but I'm really just hoping to make it to 1 year of blogging, to be completely honest. I won't have a huge amount of time on my hand so here's to hoping it's enough.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: None.

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