It's that time of year again, time to do the End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. It is a great time to look back on my reading and blogging year. I get to see all the books I have read, authors I have discovered, events I attended and so much else. It also lets me see that even though I have felt like the most failing blogger ever... I did accomplish quite a lot this year and should be proud of that.
Every year I struggle not to reuse the same 12 or so books, but this year I will attempt to change it up a little bit... it probably won't work though. I also like to use picutres of the covers but my HTML on this post is being a little bitch and it won't let me put the image next to the text in most cases so that won't be happening apparently.
Here are my past End of Year Survey:
Number of books read: 114
Number of re-reads: 21
Genre you read the most from: Fantasy
1. Best books read in 2016?
This actually said best 'book', but I am not about to pick just 1 favourite book of 2016. Mostly because I am one indecisive person, but also because I read so many amazing books.
I am not going to go into detail about these as I will probably use them for other answers and will give more detail then.
2. Book I was excited for, thought I would love but didn't?
Oh so many books left me disappointed this year:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was just like reading some god awful fan fiction, written by someone who didn't know the characters or the world very well. It was awful. I have bought tickets for the play, as I still feel it will be magical to see on stage. But this will never be canon to me... EVER! You can read my full ranty review here.
The Dream Thieves was just too meh. Nothing really happened and I was bored whilst reading. I reviewed that book too, which you can read here. I love Colleen Hoovers books but I felt this one was too emotionally manipulative on so many levels. Every single character had some kind of tragic back story. Not to mention the weird diary entries to Ellen Degeneres, being just another attempt for Colleen Hoover to get on that show. I thought it was an okay read, but not to the level of her other books. Too Late was her doing something very different and I hated it, it was soap opera level drama and I couldn't stand it.
RoseBlood was one of the strangest books I have ever read. It is so weird that I couldn't even begin to try and put all the weirdness into words, which made reviewing it so hard. Chasing the Stars was just so terrible for a lot of reasons, I couldn't even bring myself to review that one.
3. Most surprising book I read, in a good or bad way?
4. Book I "pushed" the most people to read, and they did?
I have already mentioned the being a sucky blogger for all of 2016, so I have kind of been unable to push books onto people. I want to push the Saga graphic novel series on to EVERYONE though! So, if you haven't read it, go read it. It is hilarious and emotional, with incredible characters and a great story.
5. Best series I started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series ender of 2016?
Illuminae and Saga were my two favourite new series that I discovered, I absolutely love both and highly recommend them. I think A Court of Mist and Fury was the best book I read all year, it was incredible. Morning Star was such an epic conclusion to an already highly epic series.
6. Favourite new author I discovered in 2016?
I discovered Jay Kristoff this year and I am very happy for that... Now I just need to read Nevernight and hope it doesn't disappoint.
7. Best book from a genre I don't typically read/was out of my comfort zone?
I have to go with Vain for this one, as that is a new adult and not something I read very regularly. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it, especially when the main character is supposed to be so unlikeable in the beginning. I couldn't put the book down though, it was one of the best new adult books I have ever read. And I then devoured the rest in the series, plus bought two more books from the author. You can read my full review here.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I think I am going to have to go with Gemina for this one. I thought that book was sooooo brilliant and I found it almost impossible to put down when I was reading it. Plus it completely shocked me at times, had my mouth hanging open and wanting to close the book, and step away from it slowly. Such a brilliant book!
Basically me reading this book.
I almost forgot Half Lost. Half Lost. Half Lost. HALF LOST!!! THAT ENDING!?!?!
Basically me reading this book.
I almost forgot Half Lost. Half Lost. Half Lost. HALF LOST!!! THAT ENDING!?!?!
9. Book I read in 2016 that I am most likely to re-read next year?
Literally any book that is a part of a series with a book coming out next year. I don't want to, but I will be rereading Empire of Storms so that I can review it finally and also do a recap for it.
10. Favourite cover of a book read in 2016?
LOOK UPON THEIR BEAUTY!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
These six are memorable for so many reasons! Such a brilliant cast of characters, ones I did not want to leave.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I actually don't know which book I should pick for this so I won't pick any!
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?
I think these two are great choices for this as I thoroughly enjoyed both. One handled mental health so well, the other dealt with grief and loss. I loved both.
14. Book I can't believe I waited until 2016 to finally read?
15. Favourite passage/quote from a book I read in 2016?
"I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting."
16. Shortest and longest book read in 2016?
Shortest: Half Lies by Sally Green
Longest: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
17. Book that shocked me the most?
I definitely want to go with Morning Star for this for a few different reasons. It shocked me so much when reading.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR
Rhysand & Feyre
She is so incredibly talented, her prints are available on Society 6. I got her
19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?
They are not new to me this year, but they will win out because they are incredible: Darrow & Sevro from the Red Rising series. Brilliant friendship! Sevro is so fiercely loyal to Darrow, and they have stuck together from the very beginning. Plus I love how utterly hilarious Sevro is, he brings some much needed humour to the series and to Darrow.
20. Favourite book read in 2016 from an author I have read previously?
I have already said that I love ACOMAF, it is my top read of the year. So to change it up, I will mention something different. I will go with P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. It was utterly adorable, as I have come to expect from Kasie West.
21. Best book read in 2016 that I read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
I finally read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and that was definitely because of pressure from other people. I actually really enjoyed it and am excited to read the sequel.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2016?
Technically I discovered Kaz last year, but I am counting it!
23. Best 2016 debut I read?
I would have gone with Rebel of the Sands, as that is a brilliant piece of storytelling. But I technically read it in 2015 and it was included a ton on my End of Year Survey last year. Instead I will go with The Crown's Game because the Imperial Russia setting won me over completely, which is why I would also consider it for the question below - brilliant world building for sure!
24. Best worldbuildig/most vivid setting I read this year?
|Art by the incredibly talented Charlie Bowater|
THE NIGHT COURT!
25. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most fun to read?
These two graphic novels were a lot of fun to read. This was the year I discovered a ton of graphic novels and loved them all. Nimona was one that made me smile, it had such a cute gay romance in it too that was just too adorable. Rat Queens is just funny as fuck, I love the characters so much and can't wait for the next Volume.
26. Book that made me cry?
Basically every reader to Sally Green. Why, bitch, why?!?!
27. Hidden gem of the year?
I did not expect to love this book anywhere near as much as I did.
28. Book that crushed your soul?
I'm just going to go with Half Lost again. WHY, Sally Green, WHY?!?! *ugly cries*
29. Most unique book I read in 2016?
I am going with The Leaving by Tara Altenbrando, which I felt was very unique. I loved that book so much, and totally wasn't expecting it.
30. Book that made me the most mad?
Not only did the book make me mad, the stupid fucks reading it did too. There is a character in this book who is abusive and a rapist. And people kept saying how much they loved him. Or wished he got a happy ending. Or wish the girl had stayed with him. Or that he deserved sympathy because of a tragic past. Nope. No. Not ever. Never. Fuck you all. What absolute idiots?!? There is never any excuse to rape or abuse another human being. Having a tragic past excuses nothing. How can you like a guy like that. I also hated the main character, who acts like getting raped repeatedly by her boyfriend is completely normal. It is never addressed or treated as a big deal. Urgh. I was shouting at this book so much. I just wanted to chuck my Kindle out the window.
Paper Princess made me so mad too, for almost the same reason. The romantic male lead is a total dick. He is an awful human being. He basically refers to every woman as a slut or a whore. And is mean as all hell to the lead. Then the authors try to excuse this behaviour because 'he liked her all along really'. No, NOT OKAY! And to make matters worse I had the sequel and read that too, and it got worse from there. He then becomes that character who beats up any person who looks at the girl the wrong way. And she likes it! Urgh. Not to mention the female character is drugged and almost raped, which I hate when that is used as a plot point to just allow the male lead to come to her rescue and prove he's not a total dickhead. But she then decides to not press charges or do anything about it because he didn't succeed in raping her. WHAT?!?! What is this book trying to say?!? That it is fine to try and rape someone as long as you're caught before you can do it. Or that you shouldn't press charges, just let the guy get away with it so he can try and succeed with someone else in the future?!? Oh my, worst books ever.
1. New favourite book blog I discovered in 2016?
I am not joking when I say I was an awful blogger for the whole of 2016, so I didn't really discover any new blogs. But here are some of my favourite bloggers, not just for their incredible content but also because they are all wonderfully kind and supportive individuals:
Cait @ Paper Fury / Natalie & Lexie from The Honest Bookclub / Amanda @ Nellie and Co. / Brittany @ This is the Story of My Reading Life / Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek / Ella @ Once Upon a Bookish Time / Zoe @ Stories on Stage / Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books / Jeann @ Happy Indulgence / Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
I know there are probably a million more amazing blogs I love and should mention, but my brain is like jelly right now and I can't think. So I am sorry if I have missed you off the list.
2. Favourite review that I wrote in 2016?
My Fav Positive/Gushy/Fangirling Ones
My Ranty/I-Hate-This Ones
3. Best discussion/non-review post I had on the blog?
|Things to Know When Dating a Bookworm|
4. Best event that I participated in?
I went to soooooo many amazing events this year and I loved them all. I got to go to another Sarah J. Maas event and meet her for the 2nd time. I also got to go see Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell on their Worlds Collide Tour, although the signing after was disastrously planned out - I was still so happy to get my Six of Crows books signed. I also got to go to YALC for the 3rd year in a row, it was the funnest one I've been to so far. I also got to go to some great blogger events, I especially loved the Chapter 5 event that I went to, so good.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Giving more time to my Instagram and seeing it pay off. I have loved watching my Instagram grow, my style get better and finding my feet. I even started hosting a challenge every month and I love it.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or my reading life this year?
I suffered a giant blogging and reading slump this year. I have spoken a little in the past about my struggle with depression. I go back and forth with my medication, I always make the mistake of going off it as soon as I feel 'better'. Then my energy levels dip again and I can't bring myself to blog or read. I also started to get a bit healthier, I joined a gym but it is quite far away and so going their took up all my spare time after work. I might swap gyms to a closer one to give myself more time. I found regular exercise did amazing things for me, it really helped with my anxiety and depression. I hope to work on myself more in 2017, so I can dedicate more time to the blog.
7. Most popular post this year on the blog?
8. Post I wished got a little more love?
I don't know, probably reviews as they always get the least love.
9. Best bookish discovery?
I am obsessed with this subscription box!
10. Did I complete any reading challenges or goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year?
I complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books, which is amazing considering my reading slump started in September and I only read 12 books in the last 4 months of the year, which means I read over 100 in just 8 months.
1. One book I didn't get to in 2016, but will be number one priority in 2017?
2. Book I am most anticipating in 2017?
3. 2017 debut I am most anticipating?
4. Series ending/a sequel I am most anticipating in 2017?
I also really want the next book in the Illuminae Files series, as well as to see how Throne of Glass ends.
5. One thing I hope to accomplish or do in my reading/blogging life in 2017?
Just to post a bit more regularly and get on top of my reading slump.
6. A 2017 release I have already read and recommend to everyone?
So that is all my bookish thoughts of 2016, everything I read and accomplished all put down for me to see, and I am rather pleased with myself. I felt like I was the worst blogger in 2016, but I think I am being a little hard on myself. I did quite well for the first two thirds of the year, it was just the last 4 months that kicked my ass. Here's hoping 2017 is a bit better!
How was your reading year? Do we share any favourite books this year? Did you do the survey? If so, link to it, I'd love the check out your answers.