end of the year survey

End Of Year Survey – 2015

BlogThis is a survey crated by Jamie @perpetualpageturner. If you want to know more about it just click the image above and it will lead you to the original post. All these graphics are done by Jamie as well, I take no credit for them.


I just thought this would be an amazing way to wrap up my reading year 2015 and reflect upon all the books I read. Lets get started! 😀


Survey

Number Of Books You Read: 79

My goal was to read 70 books, so I am very pleased with how much I read this year.

Number of Re-Reads: 4

The first three Harry Potter books and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. 

Genre You Read The Most: Fantasy

This was no surprise at all. 😀


Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Animal FarmThis is basically the most impossible question ever. So I’m cheating. I’m going with – “favourite book that made me think”.

As I have narrowed it with that, it was quiet to pick a book. The first one that came to mind is Animal Farm by George Orwell.

I have been thinking about it ever since I finished it a few months ago. I even discussed it in detail with three different people. This book had a giant impact on me and is definitely one of my all time favouirtes.


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


 

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

EragonThis definitely has to be Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This is a book that surprised me in the best way possible.

Why? I first watched the movie when it came out (in 2006 – I was 11) in the cinema and I hated it. It was my most hated movie ever. Then I found out it was a book series and I had no interest in picking it up, obviously as I didn’t like the story.

One day, years later, I was in the book store looking for books about dragons and saw this one. I was conflicted but still decided to pick it up. Why the hell not? I just wanted to see if I would like it. That was my best decision ever. I absolutely adored this book! It’s now one of my favourites. ❤


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Patrick NessEver since I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness I have been talking about it. I have recommended it to soooo many people and quiet a lot of them have ended up reading it.

This book is freaking beautiful. Both the story and the illustration. It also made me cry. And with that I mean it made me sob, quiet a lot.

Patrick Ness is an author that breaks my heart with every book that I read. And I absolutely love it, I love that pain.


5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

I have obviously decided to go with best series that I started. 😀


6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Person

Going with Gail Carriger for this one. She just seems like an amazing person. And I want to read everything that she has ever written.


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

Daphnis and ChloeI don’t tend to read ancient classics very often. I do want to read many, but I never have the motivation to do so.

This year I read Daphnis and Chloe by Longus. I fell in love with this book. I loved the story and the characters. And I can see myself rereading this book in the future. It was simply beautiful.

I would highly recommend it, especially as it is a short one and the writing is quiet easy to follow.


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

I have to go with both Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Martian by Andy Weir for this one. I couldn’t put either one down and I read both of them in one day. They are perfect for this category.


9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Night CircusThis definitely has to be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I am going to read it in 2016, without a doubt.

I absolutely adore this book. The writing i beautiful, the atmosphere magical, the story and characters fantastic. ❤

I just know that I’m going to be rereading this book many many times in the future. And I can’t wait for Erin Morgenstern to write another book, I need it in my life!


10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?


 

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

SoullessAlexia Tarabotti from Soulless by Gail Carriger.

This is the manga for the Parasol Protectorate series. I haven’t read them but I really like the picture of Alexia on the cover. And as I’m talking about her I thought using this cover would be best.

I absolutely love her. She is one of my all time favourite female characters. And definitely my favourite character of 2015. I simply adore her.

(A close second is Mark Wattney from The Martian. Just thought I would mention him as well.)


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?


 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?


 

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

Percy JacksonI can’t believe that I waited until NOVEMBER of 2015 to finally read this book.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan came out in October of 2014. and I even pre-ordered it. (As I just had finished all the other books before it.) I was very exited to get my hands on it as well!

And then, for some unreal reason, I waited more than A YEAR to read this freaking book. I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading it. But I’m glad that I finally did, it was really good and I had a lot of fun reading it.


15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

There are a ton of quotes and passages from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll that I love. As I love quirky dialog there are many passages in this book that could be considered my favourites. Also this book has many beautiful quotes. It is hard to choose a single one.


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

The Too-Clever FoxStephen KingThe shortest book I read is The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo. This is a short story set in the Grisha universe and it’s 32 pages long.

The longest book that I read in 2015 is It by Stephen King, with 1138 pages. This one is seriously a beast of a book but it’s also freaking amazing.


17. Book That Shocked You The Most.

Agatha ChristieIt definitely has to be The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. This is the fourth novel in the Hercule Poirot series.

This is also my favourite Agatha Christie book that I have read so far. I managed to finish it in one sitting, which is something that doesn’t happen very often.

I can’t really go into any details as to why this book shocked me, because that would spoil a lot of things. I’m just going to say that this book was freaking amazing and I would highly recommend it.


18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I honestly have no idea. There are soo many that I like. I seriously can’t pick one. I just looked through the books I read and I just can’t decide.

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19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year.

Clockwork PrincessThe friendship of Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale. I just love the relationship these two have and I couldn’t have possibly have chosen any other relationship for this answer.

I picked the Clockwork Princess as it is the only book in The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare that I have read this year. (Yes, I did end up crying.)

I just adore this trilogy. Especially the characters and relationships in these books.


20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously.

The SilkwormThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (or J.K. Rowling) is a freaking fantastic book. I loved it even more than the first one, The Cuckoo’s Calling. These books just get better with each installment.

I have read books by J.K Rowling in years before (obviously). And I have seriously loved everything that I have read by her.

And this is no exception, obviously as I’m mentioning it in this category. And now I am rambling, so I shall stop that.


21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

All three of these books were recommended to me by my best friend. So of course I had to read them, especially as I love discussing books with her. I greatly enjoyed all three of them!


 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

NikolaiIt definitely has to be Nikolai Lantsov from Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.

Choosing the second book, as he firstly appears in that book. If I’m being honest I would have to go with The Darkling, but I read the first book (and fell in love with him) in 2014. So he doesn’t really apply to this category.

Anyway, Nikolai is freaking amazing, I absolutely adore him! Leigh Bardugo creates great characters, as I seem to love her characters the most.


23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Ummmm… None really. I haven’t read any debuts of 2015. I am not good with keeping up with new releases. It’s always been like that.

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24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I have to go with A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin for this one. He has created an amazing world that I can very easily imagine. I absolutely love reading about it as well. I can’t wait to start the next one in the series.

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25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

I did mention that I reread the first three Harry Potter books. These books always put me in an amazing mood and bring a smile onto my face. They are the most fun to read and I definitely have to go with them.


 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Patrick NessA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I don’t remember the last time I cried as much as I did while reading this book. I have already mentioned that in this post somewhere.

Anyway, anyone who has read this book understands my pain and everyone who hasn’t should really read it and experience this amazing book.

I have also written a review for this book. If you are interested in that you can check it out here.


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Again, I have no freaking idea what to choose for this one. So I’m not choosing anything – great logic by me. But seriously I feel as if everyone has read or heard of every book that I read this year. Guess that’s that then.

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Gentlemen BastardsThere are some things that happen in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch that crushed me.

I can’t go into any of the detail, as that would spoil a lot. And by a lot I mean the whole book, as the things that I’m talking about happen near the end.

All I can say (and repeat myself) is that it crushed me. I really need to pick up the next book in that series. I need to know what is going to happen next. Though who knows when I’ll get to it in realty. Hopefully soon.


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Little KnifeThe Too-Clever FoxLittle Knife and The Too-Clever Fox are two short stories that were written by Leigh Bardugo. They are set in the Grisha universe and are written (and feel) like fairy tales.

I don’t usually read short stories, so they were quiet unique reads to me. I do hope that Leigh Bardugo writes more of them, as I personally find them very fascinating and beautiful.


30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Cruel BeautySigh. I honestly don’t want to write about this book. I really didn’t like it and felt very frustrated with it.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge made me sooo mad. I don’t want to even think about it and I don’t plan on reading anything else by her.

I really really wanted to like this book, but that sadly didn’t happen. If you want to know why, here is a review that I completely agree with. Read that if you are interested in the reason I disliked this book.


Survey

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Wow. This is impossible to answer. I have found sooo many amazing blogs that I fell in love with. Everyone I follow is my favourite!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Hmmm, I would have to say my review of The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I haven’t done any discussion posts in 2015. That is definitely something I should do in the future. Now I just need to think of a topic to write about.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well, I haven’t really participated in many of those. Basically I only did one read-a-thon and it was the summer BookTube-A-Thon. I had an amazing time though, and I’m really happy to have participated in that one.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

There are so many. The best moment is whenever I see a new comment, because I love interacting with all of you. Other than that it would have to be the moment I hit 100+ followers. It still feels unreal.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Posting regularly for blogging. Finishing long fantasy books for reading.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

It would have to be my 100+ Followers Thank You post. (Going by the comments here.) Everyone is very nice and congratulated me on hitting this mile stone.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I honestly have no idea.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Well, there is wordpress. Quiet the obvious one. As I discovered many book blogs and created one myself.

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

Well I set myself the GoodReads reading challenge, as I do every year. In 2015 I set myself the goal of reading 70 books and I completed it.


Survey

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

One? Here are four that I really need to get to. I did want to read all but sadly I didn’t have the time. Hopefully I’ll get around to them very soon.


 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Here are four that i’m really exited about! Hopefully I’ll be getting them as soon as possible.


 

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Rebel of the SandsHere’s the summary from GoodReads:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

None really. I do have two that I am exited to get, but I’m not caught up with these series. Meaning I’m not really dying to get them. Yet that is. When I catch up I’m going to eat my words. The two books that I mentioned are:


 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

3890Well I am only doing the GoodReads reading challenge. This is something I set myself every year.

For 2016 I have set myself the challenge of reading 70 books. Hopefully I’ll be able to do it.


6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

The are none that I can recommend! As it’s only the 3rd of January (and I haven’t read any ARC’s) there are no new releases that I have read. So I can’t really recommend any.


Wow. This took me quiet a while to write! 😀

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a fantastic day!

-Anna♥

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28 thoughts on “End Of Year Survey – 2015

  1. Loved reading through this! I’m tempted to read The Lies of Locke L’amora at some point…added it to my ever-growing TBR list. I love Crown of Midnight, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Clash of Kings, I hope you do too! 🙂

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  2. I 100% agree with not enjoying Divergent as much as you initially thought you would, & I cried out a river while reading A Monster Calls too. I’ve honestly never cried so much while reading a book!

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  3. Very nice post! I agree, The Night Circus is like a beautiful fairy tale. If you reread it, then I recommend you listen to it in audio. I enjoyed listening to it a lot. And I agree with you on The Lies of Locke Lamora, it was quite the surprise… And I can’t wait for The Thorn of Emberlain.

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  4. Amazing post!!!
    I can’t believe you waited so long to read Blood of Olympus! I thought it was a good ending- but House of Hades was my favourite from the series!
    Happy Belated New Year too! 🙂

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  5. Wow, I love this post and how everything was so organized! I’ve been planning to read Fahrenheit 451 for a while now but I always put it off. I saw this and got excited because you classified it as thought-provoking/life changing. LOL!

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  6. I am so happy to meet another blogger with a crush on Nikolai! He never gets any love! He was my favourite person in that series by far. I am hoping that he might pop up in the Six of Crows series at some point. That would make me so happy.

    Lolita is an amazing and disturbing book. I had to read it for a class in my first year of university. I’m really glad it came up, otherwise I don’t think I ever would have read it. It’s crazy that Nabokov writes so beautifully and English isn’t even his first language! That makes me seriously inadequate about my own writing ability, haha!

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    1. Yaaaay for Nikolai! 😀 I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but hopefully I’ll get around to it some time soon.

      I agreed with you on Lolita. It was freaking amazing, though very disturbing as well. He does write beautifully, how he does it I have no idea, haha. 😀

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