2015 End of Year Survey

2015 end of year book survey

I saw this on The Book Stop (Deb) and liked it so much that I decided to do it too. It was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner initially to simply highlight what she had read but interest in the survey grew until she created this sixth one.

I enjoy reflecting on my year and usually at the beginning of each year I spend the morning writing about what happened in the previous one. So though I’m doing this survey, it’s possible that I’ll still do a reading and blogging reflection post because, well, because I want to.

I’ve copied Deb and have omitted a few questions because the survey is quite long. Also, the headers in this post are from the original on the Perpetual Page-Turner blog.

reading stats 2015

Number of books read: 57

Books: 46

Graphic novels/comics: 10

Short story: 1

Number of books re-read: 8

Number of books I didn’t finish: 2

Genre I read the most: Fantasy

best YA books 2014

  1. Best book you read in 2015.

You

You by Caroline Kepnes. It’s a thriller! And the narration is unsettling.

  1. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here2

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. His books are highly recommended to me and the concept of this book was so fascinating that I thought I would love it but I didn’t. It was just okay.

  1. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read.

The Curse of Crow Hollow

The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did because it’s a Christian novel. I requested an ARC and upon finding out that it is a Christian novel, I thought it would be very preachy but it wasn’t. I enjoyed it all except for the very, very last bit.

  1. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did).

It’s a tie for these three and I don’t know if anyone I told to read them actually did, except my brother who I loaned You to. I pushed The Curse of Crow Hollow on people because it’s narrated well and I think everyone should read a sample of that voice, and since Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize, I told everyone to read his second novel, Book of Night Women. Well, I’ve been pushing that book on people all year, before he won the award. It’s a good book. Read it!

  1. Best series you started in 2015.

Saga1

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples. I started reading comics and graphic novels this year and I’m glad I gave this a try.

  1. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015.

Billy Coffey because I really love how The Curse of Crow Hollow is written.

  1. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone.

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes. I don’t often read classic books for fun, especially those like Argonautica: based in antiquity and an epic poem at that. Not a fan of poetry.

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

Shadow Scale

Umm…I want to say Saga but I’ve only read volumes one and two and they are so short that it’s hard to count them here so I’ll go with Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. This installment is more plot-driven so it was hard to break from the book for long as we race to the end.

  1. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to reread next year.

In Search of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’mor and Carine-M. This is such a beautifully illustrated book about a journalist documenting the existence of dragons. I’ll definitely revisit it next year.

  1. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling.

  1. Most memorable character of 2015.

Sirius from the Harry Potter series. I miss him.

  1. Most beautifully written book read in 2015.

Jason and the Argonauts. I may not be able to detect the meter and all that poetry jazz, but I liked hearing the rhythm of the flow of words when I read them aloud and also lines like this —

“He deftly strung his little bow / and from the quiver chose a virgin arrow / laden with future groans.”

  1. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read.

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I wish I’d read it when I was younger. I would have enjoyed it more.

  1. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?

“I love Stephen King as much as any red rum drinking American, but I resent the fact that I, the bookseller, am his bitch.”

— from You by Caroline Kepnes. I don’t know why I love this. Every time I think of it, I laugh.

  1. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015.

Shortest: The Audition (prequel to Seraphina) by Rachel Hartman

Longest: The Fires of Heaven (book 5 of the Wheel of Time series) by Robert Jordan

  1. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure.

That would be all the comics I read but I’ll go with Saga for this because it’s the best one.

  1. Best 2015 debut you read.

Between You & Me

Between You & Me by Mary Norris. Norris is a copy editor at the New Yorker and this book is her memoir. I enjoyed it.

  1. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year.

The Call of the Wild

It would be a toss-up between the Harry Potter and the Song of Ice and Fire series but since they are re-reads, I’ll say The Call of the Wild. I’m so glad I read it when the weather was warm.

  1. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read.

Rat Queens1

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery. The ladies are so funny, especially Betty the smidgen.

  1. Book that made you cry or nearly cry.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix3

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix almost made me cry because Sirius.

  1. Hidden gem of the year.

Unteachable

Unteachable by Leah Raeder. I loved everything about it except the very, very end. I think it was a little cheesy.

  1. Most unique book.

A Long Day's Evening

A Long Day’s Evening by Bilge Karasu. The structure of the stories in this novel were a bit confusing at first. Karasu was a Turkish modernist writer. He wrote the sentences in this book to reflect the state of the characters’ thoughts so sometimes they ended without a period or dropped off into ellipses.

  1. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it).

Talon

Talon by Julie Kagawa. I didn’t even bother to finish it.

book blogging

  1. New favorite book blog you discovered.

The Orang-utan Librarian because she makes me laugh and Marines, a booktuber on the Youtube channel mynameismarines, because I love her discussions.

  1. Favorite review that you wrote.

My review of Billy Coffey’s The Curse of Crow Hollow.

  1. Best discussion/non-review post.

Best discussion: Weekend Reads #26: Harmony With Authors, in which I ask if you have to like who an author is and agree with their views to read, purchase, or enjoy their work.

Best non-review/non-discussion: Weekend Reads #27: Writing Myths #5 & #6: You wanna know where we’re from, in which I write a weird short story about where humans come from.

  1. Best moment of bookish/blogging life.

Bookish: Attending the National Book Festival and getting Marlon James to sign my books. Awesome!! (Weekend Reads #18: The National Book Festival)

Blogging: Receiving a bunch of blog awards this year. I really appreciate the recognition.

  1. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life.

Blogging: Being timely and keeping up with my posts.

Reading: Finding the time to read when at home.

  1. Most popular post this year on your blog.

To date, it is Top Ten Tuesday #13: Fall 2015 TBR.

I read only two of the books listed on it.

  1. Post you wished got a little more love.

Anyone of my posts listed under “random thoughts” (see Posts sidebar).

  1. Best bookish discovery (book-related site, book stores, etc.).

Booktube!! I fucking love it. 😀

Book Outlet!! Ditto for those awesome low prices. I’m addicted.

Book Depository. Because when I can’t find a cover I want, I turn to it.

Podcasts! Now I have something other than music to listen to at work. [I recommend the Longform, BBC Radio Bookclub, Book Riot, and Slate Audio Book Club podcasts. If you have any podcast recommendations, let me know below.]

  1. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?

Except for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, which I smashed, nope. I completed none of the others.

looking ahead books 2015

  1. One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016.

Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. My plan was to read it in December because it seems like a book one should read in winter. I don’t know why I think that. But the weather has been unseasonably warm and my other books took longer than expected so I’ll read it in January or whenever the snow comes.

  1. Book you are most anticipating for 2016 (non-debut).

The Winds of Winter if GRRM deigns to grace us with its publication and Hidden Bodies, the sequel to You, by Caroline Kepnes.

  1. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016.

Reading: Read more books.

Blogging: Post reviews shortly after completing a book. Interact more.


Whew! That’s a lot and I skipped questions. I doubt anyone will read through it all but I really enjoyed doing this. Well, if you’ve made it all the way here, please treat yourself to some ice cream or whatever treat you like. 😛

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23 thoughts on “2015 End of Year Survey

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  3. I love how you decided to include a bunch of different books in this, Zezee! I’m so sorry to hear about Talon… I bought that and Rogue while I was at Yallfest this year. They’re definitely book cover buys. Even though they have the possibility of not being good, at least they look pretty on the shelf? 😛

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  4. I still haven’t read The Phantom Tollbooth. Guess I should. I’m delighted you liked The Call of the Wild. That was a childhood favorite. I should reread it. The book you read that intrigues me the most is Between You and Me by Mary Norris. I had a chance to get that on sale, and passed on it.

    It’s always fun to look back over the reading year and feel a sense of accomplishment.

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    • Yea, I love how Juster plays with words in The Phantom Tollbooth but I wish I read it when I was younger to really appreciate its silliness.
      I highly recommend Norris’s book. It was a good read and I picked up a few random facts as well. The chapters on working at the New Yorker were hilarious!

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  5. Congrats, you read so many great books! I’ve really enjoyed the first issue of Saga as well, can’t wait to find out what’s happening next. The Marlon James is on my list! I still have to read his famous booker prize one, but this one looks at least as good. Rat Queens, I need to read this!! Have you read Lumberjanes? Tons of fun!
    Have a wonderful 2016!

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    • Yeahie!! Marlon James is on your list! I get excited every time someone says that. The Guardian book podcast had a wonderful session recently with him discussing the book. (I think for the next couple months I’ll recommend podcasts to almost everyone. I’m so excited about that discovery.)
      Yes!! Read Rat Queens. It’s so fun and the art in the first issue is awesome. Nope, haven’t yet read Lumberjanes but booktubers often mention it. I might take a peek at it next year.

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  6. Thanks for the mention! I’m glad you finally got to Phantom Tollbooth, that’s one of my favorites. I haven’t read a lot of the others you mention, but I’m sorry to hear the Patrick Ness book disappointed. In Search of Dragons and Shadow Scale sound really good.

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    • You’re welcome!
      I didn’t enjoy Juster’s book as much as I wanted to but the part I loved was when the boy jumped to a conclusion and found himself on an island of conclusions.
      If you like illustrated books, then definitely take a peek at in Search of Dragons.

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      • I’ve been trying to keep a list on google docs since I am starting to do book reviews as well. But I don’t read nearly as fast as all the book reviewers I’m friends with haha. The problem is I don’t keep track of books I don’t like and/or don’t finish. But a journal is a good idea I agree.

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  7. Great job finishing the survey! ^_^ I feel like everyone who finished it deserves an award. I didn’t know that Caroline Kepnes is writing a sequel to You! I don’t know if I’m excited or scared.

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  8. This is fantastic! I agree the cover for Snow Like Ashes is stunning! And we all miss Sirius 😥 That quote from You is hilarious- I definitely need to read that! Ughhh Talon- don’t even get me started- although if I do get started this is the only noise I’ll make grjrgrhnjg not really dragons dfjhjg grr stupid ughhhh love triangles fjhnjv so much hate! Ok, you get the idea- I hated that book. aww thanks for the mention! 🙂

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