6th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 edition!!

The Annual End of Year Survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner. Over the next two weeks the ladies of Book Charmers will go through and give our thoughts on what we read and did in 2015, starting with me 🙂

I completed the survey over on Booklikes in 2014 and in 2013. Note, I have not updated my booklikes page in about 10 months, and I do not plan to go back. But if you want to take a look through my old posts, feel free.

Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 390
Number of Re-Reads: 34 (Not including when I read in a different format)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

I read for our quidditch game over at AMMP and had really no knowledge of what it was about, just that I could use it. I ended up finding a well developed world with interesting characters. What sealed it as a quote that was my favorite for the year (See #15)

Honorable Mention: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

I love reading books about books, but this came off dated and preachy.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The aforementioned Clean Sweep, in a great way!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I think I successfully pushed Tamora Pierce on some new people.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series: Julia Quinn‘s Bridgerton series
Sequel: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
G. Willow Wilson for reasons discussed in the Top 10 Tuesday post.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t really like religious books, but I enjoyed Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Martian by Andy Weir.

I don’t know how anyone could put the book down during the last third.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I have so many new books to read! I’m going to try limit the rereads.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Lady Whistledown from Julia Quinn‘s Bridgerton series. She was a fun and crucial part of the first four books and I loved her commentary.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Nothing I read fit the bill this year as far as I can remember.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon was a book I’d been aware of for a while, but never read.

I also am working through a read of all of Tamora Pierce‘s books, starting with her Emelan series. I had only read the first four and added Magic Steps, Street Magic, and Cold Fire to my read list for the first time.

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

“I have spent my spare time studying literature popular with young women of this planet. One should always study the battlefield.”
Sean glanced at him. “And?”
“I suggest you give up now. According to my research, in a vampire-werewolf love triangle, the vampire always gets the girl.”
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: 17 pages – Kaibab Unbound by Kevin Hearne
Longest: 1,456 pages – The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Hands down the most heartpounding/shocking/WTF just happened book of the entire year. The last chapter, the last page, the last paragraph!!!

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

I had a lot of great romances I read this year, but my favorite couple was Grace and Khalil from Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Avry and Keddrick’s men (Belen, the Monkeys, and Flea) from Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce. Daja’s Book was my favorite of the first Emelan quartet, and so far hers is my favorite as the second as well.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I almost never do that and I don’t think I did this year either. I like researching books way too much.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Khalil from Oracle’s Moon

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Hero by Perry Moore, especially when I saw why there would be no sequel

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews, yes again 🙂

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Golden Son by Pierce Brown as discussed in #17

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Martian by Andy Weir as it was an excellent blend of science and action.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Falling Fast by Lucy Kevin, it was just stupid

Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I’m still new to the actual blogging so I’m discovering ones.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I started the year writing reviews for everything, but did not keep it up. I do like my Oracle’s Moon and Burned reviews.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Our blog is new, but I’m looking forward to watching the progress of our Classics Challenge.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I love having a place to join Top 10 Tuesday.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Getting started here at Book Charmers!

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

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Sally906’s December Means Christmas Books Post appears to be the winner 🙂

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
We’re so new, I’m just happy if one person other than me looks at it.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Just new series and authors.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my yearly goal, which started at 200 books. I did end up abandoning my initial goals of reading more owned books (I did read a lot of them though) and making half of what I read manga/graphic novels/etc.

Looking Ahead
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Morning Star by Pierce Brown

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw looks right up my alley

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Seriously, I need this book.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
I want to not get bogged down in so many challenges and be able to just read what I feel like.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I’m not connected enough to have read a 2016 book.

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