2015 End of Year Book Survey!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all had a great start to the New Year. It's crazy how fast 2016 came... even crazier that I'm actually typing 2016, weird! So it's been a great year for books so I thought I'd try the 2015 survey and the impossible challenge of choosing between my most loved books. The 2015 End of the Year Bookish Survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner and and I'm so excited to be taking part.


Number Of Books You Read: 118
Number of Re-Reads: 11
Genre You Read The Most From: YA-Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

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

Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons.

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

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout because I would have never actively picked up a book about aliens and I'm so glad people pushed me towards it. Spoiler: I loved it!

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

Angelfall series, well I didn't push it but Erika read it based on my review which was amazing. AND she loved it phew!

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

Series - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
Sequel - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
Series Ender - The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Sabaa Tahir - AEITA!

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

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin - Historical Fiction. 

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

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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

The Return in preparation for The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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

ACOTAR! Look at it, you can't say it not 

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. - Throne of Glass series by SJM.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski, her writing is pure magic.

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

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It made me appreciate the little things in life and how lucky I am, for that I am grateful.

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


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

“You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.” 

― Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows  - I adored this quote but not because they're my ship and I love them but because it was everything I had wanted for the character at the time, so much hope, joy and much needed love.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest - Mama Cried by Talia Haven (12 pages), Longest - Winter by Marissa Meyer (824 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Winner's Curse (Marie Rutkoski), the cliff hanger slayed me, WHY OH WHY?!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Aelin and Rowan! Rowaelin forever <3 (Throne of Glass)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Ash & Puck, the bromance is real! (The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa)

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas is the Queen of Fantasy.

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

Uprooted by Naomi Novik - EVERYONE was reading/reviewing and talking about this book and I regret nothing, it was glorious.

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

Rhysand, oh Rhys forever the bad boy of my heart! (ACOTAR)

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

An Ember in the Ashes for sure. (Sabah Tahir)

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

Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring - the divide between the kingdom's- layout, the people, religion, beliefs, society etc, everything was explained perfectly and imaginatively.

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

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, such a fun book and I loved every second of it.

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

The Winner's Crime cliff-hanger, I will never get over it.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Relentless series by Karen Lynch, this series desperately needs more attention it's so underrated. Fantastic series and each book has been better than the last.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Again The Winner's Crime, I'm now slightly depressed thinking of it. agh!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, a stunning High Fantasy book.

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

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, we all knew who the bad guy was agh so frustrating.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Well every blog I visited was new in 2015 and I loved them all!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Rebel Belle - This book was so much fun to read and that enjoyment continued whilst writing my review, I was so excited to share my thoughts with everyone. 

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

The Dark Elements Re-read - Me and Erika (Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between) hosted a re-read of the Darkest Elements series and we had so much fun putting together questions, predictions and of course obsessing over fictional characters!

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

I've been involved in a few Bookish Twitter chats and they've been so much fun.

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

Meeting fellow bloggers and readers who understand me and my love of books. None of my family or friends read so I've always felt a little alone in that sense but being able to talk to like minded people and being able to express my bookish/nerdy side is so freeing. I'm so thankful for this and I hope to stay in touch with everyone I speak to.

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

Not letting statistic's or popularity get me down because once I get in that head space it's near impossible to get out of. My enjoyment is all that matters and I should blog for myself and no one else. Also when life gets in the way -which it always does- and I'm unable to put up a certain number of posts each week or maybe none at all, to not stress about it, just keep going. It's impossible to meet every deadline you want, life is messy, learn from it, plan ahead and keep going.

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

I got a lot of love from my Throne of Glass reviews which was great, thanks to everyone to commented.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Erm, most probably on the reviews of some of my favourites books; I would have been able to fangirl with some people and I never pass up the opportunity for that.

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

Goodreads - I didn't discover it this year but it's an absolute GODSEND!

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

I completely my Goodreads Challenge of reading 100 books yay :).

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

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab - it's top of my list!

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

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye.

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

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater!!!

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

Read more books, meet new readers/bloggers and continue to enjoy reading and blogging and to not let the stats or pressure side of it ruin my experience.

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

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! ACOMAF & TOG & The Winner's Kiss but those are obvious from this survey haha!

So thanks to everyone who made my first year of blogging incredible.
Happy New Year & Happy Reading!

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  1. Wow! What a fun survey! I am also looking forward to The Great Hunt - it looks sooo good! And OMG Sabaa Tahir, fantastic debut author I absolutely cannot wait until A Torch Against The Night I love Laia and Elias together <3. My favorite series ender of 2015 was Angelfall, End of Days was beautiful! I hope Susan Ee writes a new series.


    1. I know right? More Wendy Higgins? I might as well just add another Book Boyfriend to my ever growing collection :P. Me too, Laia and Elias are fantastic.
      Ahh what a great series to finish, I completely agree with you Susan Ee is amazing, I love her to tackle a fantasy book, I think she'd be great :D

  2. Cool survey! I hope you enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic! You ship Aelin and Rowan? I'm beginning to, since they seem so compatible... I've only read Angelfall and not End of Days - is it worth the read? Yes, Goodreads is amazing. I love that website so much! :)

    Cloe @ Mornings and Epilogues

    1. I'm so excited to read ADSOM, everyone and I mean everyone is reading it or talking about it!
      Oh Cloe I ship Aelin and Rowan SO BAD, have you read QoS? You will totally see why ;) they're amazing and Rowan is just so swoon-worthy! Yes it definitely is, the series gets better I promise so definitely give it a try!

  3. Aelin is definitely a memorable character haha. She's probably my favorite literary of all time :) I just love her so much! <3 Sarah J. Maas writes the best books--I haven't read one of hers that I didn't like!

    1. I know, I love her! She really does, I cannot wait for ACOMAF- it's gong to be amazing!!!

  4. 118 books! Wow that's a lot! *claps* I also had so much fun reading Rebel Belle. Harper tries to save the world but she's still the same old Harper, funny, witty, and sarcastic. I love her. I have read the Iron Fey series but haven't read the prequel. Is it good? I was afraid it will ruin my love for the series.

    Happy new year!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. Thank you!! It was so funny right? I loved the way she would test out her abilities, doing back flips off the garden fence, so so hilarious, I loved her character!
      Ohhh the prequel? What one is that? Or do you mean the 'The Call of the Forgotten' series? If it's that one it's still really good but I will always love the main characters!

  5. Wow, you read a lot of books! Great reading year. This year, contemporary was a favorite of mine but next year I think it'll be YA fantasy; specifically, the works of Sarah J. Maas!

  6. I loved every bit of this post! :D
    Haha, it's a good thing I read your review on End of Days, else I wouldn't have ever decided to read the Angelfall series. Thank you very much! I seriously would have not known what I was missing had I not read it ;)
    Oh yay, you're looking forward to The Crown's Game too! Though at this point, since our tastes in books are so similar, I can't say I'm surprised ;) The book sounds fantastic, and hopefully it'll be amazing :)
    I'm so glad I met you as our conversations mean so much to me. So many books and emotions, yet so little people to talk to can make for one very frustrating life. Which is why talking to you is simply the best! You're a life saver <3
    We should do another re-read or something equally as fun sometime this year :)
    Happy 2016, Cody! :D


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