Hi guys! Since it’s the end of the year, I thought it would be fun to do a sort of survey summarizing the year. Because just listing my favorites does not seem enough somehow, and you know is pretty much impossible anyway
Let’s do this!
Number Of Books You Read: 81
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
It’s a tie between A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Please don’t make me choose between the two! Oh wait, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is definitely also up there… Hey, I never said I was good at making decisions, did I?
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I was really excited about Starflight by Melissa Landers but I ended up a bit disappointed. It was not a bad book at all, but I guess my expectations were just too high. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Maybe I should re-read it…
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I was cynical going into Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Though I loved The Infernal Devices, I was rather disappointed by the final 3 books in the Mortal Instruments series. I thought that maybe I had had enough of the Shadowhunter world. But then came Lady Midnight and OH BOY, THERE IS MY SHADOWHUNTER OBSESSION AGAIN!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I guess this would have to be the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. I mention it in pretty much every blog post I write and I kind of forced my best friend to read them as well (She liked them too so she doesn’t mind 😉 )
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Ah crap, this is a difficult one because I read A LOT of great series this year…
Let’s go with:
Best series started: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Best sequel: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Best series ender: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
I have to go with V.E. Schwab. The Darker Shade of Magic series is PHENOMENAL and I can’t wait to read A Conjuring and Light and then continue with her other books.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t usually read a lot of horror (because I am a huge scaredy cat #truefact), but I read a bit out of my comfort zone for the Halloween Readathon (hosted by Lauren at Wonderless Reviews) and discovered Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. AND IT WAS AMAZING! Definitely happy I took a chance on it and I’ll even give horror a chance again (probably next Halloween though…)
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, what this crew pulls off is crazy and had me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. I almost read each of these in one sitting.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Because reading this put me in such a good mood. I’ve been wanting to re-read it ever since finishing it, so chances are I’ll cave soon.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I LOVE this cover of Uprooted by Naomi Novak. It is gorgeous. Also, the book itself is pretty good too 😉
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
(Art by Charlie Bowater)
Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass series. Manon is my queen. I love her since Heir of Fire, but Empire of Storms is where she really has a chance to shine <3
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
A tie between the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. They are both so gorgeously written I want to tattoo my body full of quotes.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera definitely ranks pretty high on the thought-provoking scale. I’m still thinking about it on a daily basis.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Seriously, why did I wait so long? Oh well, at least now the wait for A Conjuring of Light is just sliiightly more bearable.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
Well, I love pretty much every single chapter in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Can I pick just one quote? Nope. Never. But I can give you a small, random selection that can hopefully entice you to read it if you haven’t yet…
“Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”
“It wasn’t that Henry was less of himself in English. He was less of himself out loud. His native language was thought.”
“On the outside, the three Lynch brothers appeared remarkably dissimilar: Declan, a butter-smooth politician; Ronan, a bull in a china-shop world; Matthew, a sunlit child. On the inside, the Lynch brothers were remarkably similar: They all loved cars, themselves, and each other.”
“There was something unfamiliar about him. Something ferocious about his eyes, some sort of bite in his faint smile. Something altogether hectic and unsettled. She stood on the ledge of his smile and looked over the edge.”
“One moment, she was wearing clothing, and the next moment, she was wearing a bikini. Fifty percent of the world was brown skin and fifty percent was orange nylon. From the Mona Lisa smile on Orla’s lips, it was clear she was pleased to finally be allowed to demonstrate her true talents.
A tiny part of Gansey’s brain said: You have been staring for too long.
The larger part of his brain said: ORANGE.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (896 pages)
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (49 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Half Lost, the finale in the Half Bad trilogy. THAT ENDING! Brilliant, but brutal.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Where do I even begin?
Damen/Laurent (Captive Prince)
Cress/Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles)
Gansey/Blue (The Raven Cycle)
Ronan/Adam(The Raven Cycle)
Nathan/Gabriel (Half Bad)
Kaz/Inej (Six of Crows)
Jesper/Wylan (Six of Crows)
Kell/Lila (Shades of Magic)
Laia/Elias (An Ember in the Ashes)
There. Ten OTPs. Not too bad right? Oh no, I’m probably forgetting so many!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I’m a sucker for beautiful friendships and these are a few of the ones that are standing out to me this year:
Blue and her Raven Boys.
The Six of Crows crew.
Feyre and the Night Court.
The entire Lunar Chronicles squad.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I already loved An Ember in the Ashes and this sequel was JUST. AS. AWESOME.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The complete Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Sooo good! I was skeptical about this series, but I’m so happy I caved in to peer pressure and just read them because OMG, they are amazing.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I don’t know if it counts as new exactly, since I already had a small crush in book one, but book two took that crush and turned it into full-blown adoration: Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury.
– Elias from A Torch Against The Night
– Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
I really enjoyed The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. A fantasy version of tasrist Russia? Yes, please!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I adore the Grisha world. So Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom it is. Am I getting repetitive? Oh well, that’s because these books are JUST THAT GREAT!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Tie between Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. They were both so cute and fluffy and made me so happy!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
I bawled my eyes out while reading Half Lost by Sally Green. Still not over it.
– More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
– All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Half Bad series by Sally Green. It is amazing and way too underrated.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Consider my soul crushed.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. The writing style and use of footnotes is really different and unique. Though tough to get into at first, it ended up being one of my favorite reads of theyear!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Royals trilogy by Erin Watt. I liked it fine, but the never-ending drama was really annoying me.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Well, since I started only this year, I pretty much discovered all my favorite book blogs this year. I’m sorry in advance because I’m so certain I will forget people, but here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:
The Perpetual Page Turner (my very first blog and the one that inspired me to start blogging myself) — The Fictional Reader — Freyja Eats Books — Transported by Books — Drizzle & Hurricane Books — Wonderless Reviews — Paper Fury — A Dance With Books — Midnight Book Girl — Lauren’s Page Turners — Rebel Mommy Book Blog — Broc’s Bookcase — Book Coma — Book Haven — Latte Night Reviews — She Latitude — Scintillating Reads — Watch Game Read — Pure Imagination — Quite The Novel Idea — The Bookish Libra — 4th House On The Left — The SFF Bookshelf — Reading Every Night — Chapter Adventures — Night Owl Book Cafe — 500 Books — Freadom Library — Brittany’s Book Rambles — Word Wonders — Happy Indulgence — Sparkling Letters — Whispering Words — Green Tea and Paperbacks — Books Are Life — Cornerfolds — YA Book Nerd — Book Reviews by Di — Girl About Library — Reading With Jade — It Starts At Midnight — Finding Wonderland — Read At Midnight — Books. Bags. Burgers. — Chrissi Reads — Glittering Reads — Blackcatkai — Kourtni Reads — A Thousand Times Over — Faerily Bookish — bookslayerReads — …
And you. Anyone who has ever visited my blog and/or commented. I love you all. You’re my favorite part of 2016
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I love my flailing reviews, because it means that I read a book I loved SO MUCH. Some examples that come to mind are:
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Umm, so my Pokemon Go Book Tag was apparently my most viewed post this year
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
My favorite events were the two readathons I participated in this year: The Tome Topple Readathon back in spring and the Halloween Readathon this October.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Starting this blog and discovering so many amazing book bloggers <3 Seriously, I’m so happy I made the decision to start this blog after sooo much deliberation. Being able to come home and bloghop and read your comments has gotten me through so many bad days, you have no idea. So thank you!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Time. I never knew how much time goes into a blog. It’s like there’s never enough time and there’s always some aspect from blogging that is suffering: consistency, quality, originality, graphics, comments, social media, blog hopping, reading,…
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Again, the Pokemon Go Book Tag has had the most views this year.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My LGBTQ book recommendations. Though I have since discovered so many more great LGBTQ books and still have so many to read, I feel like this is still important to talk about and share recommendations.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Well, I know this is not new to most of you, but I fell in love with Kindle and eBooks in general this year.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only bookish challenge I set for myself in 20146 was my Goodreads Challenge to read 70 books. I ended up reading 81, so yay, go me!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
I know I need to get to this series, because practically the entire internet is recommending it and I still have not read it yet. I have no excuse anymore. Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
I am sooo looking forward to The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Also, look at that cover <3
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Oh, so many, but I think I’m most anticipating The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. It just sounds so fresh and unique and fun and I can’t wait!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT! A CONJURING OF LIGHT!
Also, A Court of WIngs and Ruin.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Readingwise, I hope that I’ll be able to enjoy just as many amazing books in 2017 as I did this year.
Bloggingwise, I hope to get better at bloghopping regularly and posting some more original content.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I am not that lucky to have read any 2017 releases yet, so I couldn’t recommend any. But I’ve heard great things already about Caraval by Stephanie Garber and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.