Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 End of Year Survey


Thanks as always to Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner for hosting this fun end of the year event!  I've skipped a few questions, so don't be shocked if the numbering is off.  My answers all have links to reviews and images, but I'm also going to add in italics the answers from the other members of the CYOA Book Club.  We did this for our December meeting instead of a book and it was a blast!

Number Of Books You Read: 203
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Broadly, Adult Fiction.  Within that genre, Graphic Novels - although the shortness factored into that.  Outside of graphic novels, suspense/thriller was my top genre.


1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

The Library at Mount Char
, The Book of Strange New Things, This is My Body


CYOA says: The Martian, The Royal We, Shatter Me, Winger, The Grisha Series

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


CYOA says: For Darkness Shows the Stars, Rebel Belle, Where It Began, Shadowshaper

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

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

Rejoicing in Lament and The Library at Mount Char
CYOA says: Nimona, Lumberjanes, The Martian, On the Island, Quiet

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

Started: Drop Caps, Alice series
CYOA says: The Winner's Curse, Shatter Me, A Court of Thorn and Roses

Best sequel: Day Four

CYOA says: The Winner's Crime, Wild Seasons, The Walking Dead Graphic Novels

Best series ender: Royal Assassin

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Megan Mayhew Bergman, Noelle Stevenson

CYOA says: Taylor Jenkins Reed, Andrew Smith, Carla Norton

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

Ravensbruck, When Books Went to War
CYOA says: This One Summer, The Southern Reach Trilogy

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

Library at Mount Char

CYOA says: The Martian, Shatter Me, Court of Thorn and Roses

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

Nimona, Step Aside, Pops
CYOA says: Carry On, Winger, The Winner's Curse series, This One Summer, My True Love Gave to Me

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Penguin Drop Caps, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, The Book of Strange New Things, The Blondes

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Willadean from Dumplin', Nimona from Nimona, David from The Library at Mount Char

CYOA says: Mark Whatney from The Martian, Cheryl Strayed in Wild, Nadia Bolz-Weber in Pastrix

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Antonia

CYOA says: I'll Give You the Sun, Carry On, The Little Prince, Garden Spells, Shatter Me

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

This is My Body, Searching for Sunday, The Ancient Path

CYOA says: Quiet, Patrix, Love May Fail, You're Never Weird on the Internet, Almost, There Was a Little Girl

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

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

CYOA says: Shatter Me, I'll Give You the Sun, I was Told There'd Be Cake, Landline

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest - The Princess and the Pony, We Should All Be Feminists
Longest - Ravensbruck

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Library at Mount Char

CYOA says: Beastly Bones, The Catcher in the Rye, Grasshopper Jungle

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

I'm surprised I actually had an answer this year - normally I'm not much of a shipper of anything.  But I did really enjoy one this year...
Alice and Hatter from Alice

CYOA says: Simon Snow and Baz from Carry On, Warner and Juliet from Shatter Me, Nick and Bex from The Royal We

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jackaby and Abigail Rook in Jackaby, Fitz and the Fool in the Assassin's Apprentice series, The Lumberjanes friends, Nimona and Lord Blackheart

CYOA says: Willowdean and Elle from Dumplin', Sam Smith and his brother from I'll Be There, Noah and Jude from I'll Give You the Sun

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 Most Dangerous Animal of All

CYOA says: Bel Canto, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Martian, I'll Be There

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

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

The Book of Strange New Things, The Scorpion Rules

CYOA says: The Library at Mount Char, Court of Thorn and Roses, The Winner's Curse, Poison Study

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


CYOA says: Texts from Jane Eyre, Lumberjanes, The Shepherd's Crown, I'll Be There

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

Searching for Sunday, Forgiven

CYOA says: Winger, I'll Be There, Love May Fail, This One Summer

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

This is My Body, A Reunion of Ghosts, Alice

CYOA says: Pastrix, Trigger Warning, Above Us Only Sky, Love Like Crazy

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

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

Asking for It

CYOA says: Where It All Began, Guy in Real Life, Rose Under Fire

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the I Work at a Public Library tumblr this year.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Maybe the review for Alice by Christina Henry?  This is a hard one.

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

It wasn't really a discussion, but the response to my post about the loss of our dog Chief was very special to me.  I even got emails from a few readers I've never heard from before, which was so sweet.

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

I loved working with the Southern Literature Alliance at the Celebration of Southern Literature and the SmART auction this year.  I didn't make it to any big festivals for the first time in several years.

CYOA says: Southern Festival of Books, specifically the Erin Bow panel

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

Meeting Jamie Quattro and telling her how much I enjoyed her book at the SmART auction. Also, putting in enough volunteer hours to earn a library card from the Chattanooga Public Library.

CYOA says: Sharing the illustrated Harry Potter with children, Skyping with Lacy Crawford, and making new friends through our FYA book club

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

As always, I continue to struggle with staying on top of reviews.  I always over-request and, with as many books as I read, just can't manage to review every one, no matter how hard I try.

CYOA says: finishing books, reading classics

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

The introduction to my Drop Caps series seems to be pretty popular, which makes me super happy!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Pompom can always use more love.

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

Hands down, my best bookish discovery was the new independent bookstore in my area, Starline Books.  Also learning that i could get a Chattanooga library card through volunteering rather than paying.  

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

My first goal was 150 books, which I obviously met and passed.  I was excited to make it to 203, which is my highest since I've been keeping track.  I didn't keep up with the Drop Caps series the way I had planned.  I made it through four rather than twelve, but I enjoyed it and my collection is still growing.  I also had the blogging goal of staying on top of reviews, and, as always, failed miserably.


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

The Lake House by Kate Morton and Hunger by Roxane Gay
The Lake House  Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

CYOA says: Carry on, S, Bloody Jack series

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

I haven't been starting incomplete series for a while now, but I'm excited that the Winner's Curse trilogy and the Raven Boys series will be ending so I can finally dig into them.  I've heard nothing but raves about it.

CYOA says: The Winner's Kiss, The Raven King, Remembrance (Mediator #7), Summer Days and Summer Nights

Come back tomorrow and see the goals I'm setting for 2016 (as well as some goal ideas from the CYOA ladies!

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