I had Grand Plans for my reading life this year. Grand. Plans.
It especially helped that Chris started doing Reading Time before bedtime on the nights he has the kids. Because everyone participates.
And I started out strong. January and February, I was a reading fool. But then it kind of fizzled out and I went several months without reading a single page of anything. And my goal to finish 35 books this year was far from accomplished.
But Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner did this survey last year and I liked it, so I decided to participate again this year. Even though my book reading was so pathetically dismal.
So without further ado: the 6th annual End of Year Book Survey!
I know the year isn’t over yet but, as I said in year’s past, this is the time I start reflecting on what I’ve read and start looking ahead because I NEVER get much reading done during December with the holidays and what not!I’ll be filling mine out soon (I know I said that last year and never did but I have motivation this year…last year I was just DONE with all the things) but I’ll be revising if I happen to read something absolutely earth shattering that would need to be on here!
So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it (please credit me!)…whether that’s today or in January — I know everybody will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Book Survey and visit others on the list!
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 2015!!)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Memoir
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a good way: Wide Open World by John Marshall
In a bad way: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
I only started one series in 2015, which was As Winter Nears by Lars Barlow. Best sequel I read in 2015 was A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin. I didn’t finish any series in 2015.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I didn’t really go out of my comfort zone, but I don’t read a lot of “personal growth”type books, so I’m going with Stuffocation by James Wallman.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I guess I’d go with The Girl on the Train. Not action-packed, but definitely unputdownable.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Tyrion Lannister, A Feast for Crows.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Wide-Open World by John Marshall
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“We wish you a merry Christmas” is the most demanding song ever. It starts off all nice and a second later you have an angry mob at your door scream-singing, “Now bring us some figgy pudding and bring it RIGHT HERE. WE WON’T GO UNTIL WE GET SOME SO BRING IT RIGHT HERE.” Also, they’re rhyming “here” with “here.” That’s just sloppy. I’m not rewarding unrequested, lazy singers with their aggressive pudding demands. There should be a remix of that song that homeowners can sing that’s all “I didn’t even ask for your shitty song, you filthy beggars. I’ve called the cops. Who is this even working on? Has anyone you’ve tried this on actually given you pudding? Fig-flavored pudding? Is that even a thing?” It doesn’t rhyme but it’s not like they’re trying either. And then the carolers would be like, “SO BRING US SOME GIN AND TONIC AND LET’S HAVE A BEER,” and then I’d be like, “Well, I guess that’s more reasonable. Fine. You can come in for one drink.” Technically that would be a good way to get free booze. Like trick-or-treat but for singy alcoholics. Oh my God, I finally understand caroling.” Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Good Men by Jennifer Weiner
Longest: A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
A Feast for Crows
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Maddie and Angus, At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Hmmm…need to think more about this one…
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Girl on the Train.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Angus from At the Water’s Edge.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
The Girl on the Train
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Westeros, A Feast for Crows
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Can’t think of anything…
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Every George R R Martin book does, just a little bit more than the last.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
As Winter Nears by Lars Barlow
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
She’s Not Herself by Linda Appleman Shapiro. It’s SO frustrating to see how mental illness has been treated so terribly up until recent years.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I don’t think I reviewed any books this year.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Nothing book related.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I participated in none of this stuff this year. Man, I kind of sucked in 2015.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
I got nothing.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Making time to actually read.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Nothing to do with books, but it was all about blogging: Why I Love Coschedule.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I got nothing.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I tried, but no. My reading sucked this year.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
You Look Like That Girl by Lisa Jakub
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Winds of Winter by George R R Martin (if it really comes out…)
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I don’t know yet.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Winds of Winter by George R R Martin
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I hope to actually finish a reading challenge AND finish my Goodreads list.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
So…how’s about you?? What did you read this year?