2015 End of Year Survey

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2015 SurveyCourtesy of The Perpetual Page-Turner because she’s fabulous and this is fun!

2015 in Books

Number Of Books You Read: 127! My goal was 80, so I’m feeling pretty good.
Number of Re-Reads: Alas, no rereads. I don’t have time while I’m trying to keep up with all my review books!
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary, without a doubt. 58 books! I’ve never really thought of myself as a huge fan of contemp YA before this year, but I kinda gravitate toward them without realizing.

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

I’ve got a tie for both 2015 releases and 2016 releases!

2015: This Side of Home by Renee Watson and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

2016: This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky.

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

Another tie, sadly.

Violent Ends by about 17 different authors–two of whom I looooooove–was about subject matter I’m morbidly drawn to and did have three or four good chapters, but the book overall was unimpressive and two chapters made me downright angry. The one QUILTBAG person in the book doesn’t get to claim her own identity and ends up dead.

Jennifer Brown’s contemporary YA can be good or bad for me, but I love thrillers and mysteries, so I expected Shade Me to be really fun. NOPE. Plot holes, overly complicated twists that weren’t explained well at all, and inconsistency in how the main character experiences synesthesia. Everything people say they dislike thrillers for, this book does.

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

Good surprise: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. Her novels have been received with lukewarm praise and I even DNFed one of her books once, so color me surprised when I read this novel and love it. I cried over it a few times! I’m not going to read its sequel because I’ve heard it’s bad, but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for The Mockingbirds.

Bad: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. Considering my friends’ raving reviews, I didn’t expect nearly the amount of white feminism as there was.

Honorable mention for good surprise: A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher because I didn’t expect to get so emotional over Eponine and a story I already vaguely knew from watching the Les Miserables musical movie twice.

Honorable mention for bad surprise: a tie between Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (because fuck that ending) and the Violent Ends anthology (because I really do not give a fuck about the gun’s point of view in a discourse about school shootings done through short stories).

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

The Mediator series by Meg Cabot! I’ve been over the moon and screaming in joy since the deal for Remembrance happened and I’ve been regularly telling friends who love fun, snark, and swoons to read these books before the finale comes out next month. My BFF binged all six and fell in love after I made her buy the rest of the series during a trip to the used bookstore.

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

Best started series: Vanished by E.E. Cooper. I didn’t rate it as highly as other series starters I read in 2015, but it engaged me more heavily than any other did and it was always on my mind.

Best sequel: Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman. I’d sat on the first book Blythewood for two years but loved it when I read it, so I almost immediately dove at the second book. It does so much of what you want a sequel to do: raises the stakes, complicates relationships, gets you excited for the finale of the series, and doesn’t feel like filler.

Best series ender: Oblivion by Kelly Creagh. I was worried this book had been cancelled, but it FINALLY came out and I read all 400-500 pages in a single day over the summer. SO BEAUTIFUL. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE END OF ISOBEL AND VAREN’S STORY SINCE 2011.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Thanhha Lai. Listen, Slowly was so, so good and I wasn’t expecting it even though her previous book won awards and all that good stuff.

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

Stories from Jonestown by Leigh Fondakowski. I really don’t read that much nonfiction, but my quasi-obsessive fascination with Peoples Temple and the notorious mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana is strong. I’ve been eyeing this book for years and wasn’t disappointed.

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

Vanished by E.E. Cooper. My review called it a life-ruiner for a reason.

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

I probably won’t be doing any rereads this year, but if I do, This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is the most likely candidate for a reread.

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

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai. Just look at this beauty!

Listen, Slowly

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Ruth from Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams. Girl ain’t called “Ruthless” for nothing.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat. I already knew she wrote beautifully because another book of hers was assigned for my Literature by Women of Color course, but damn. Still so pretty.

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

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. I saw more of myself in the white narrator Quinn than I wanted to and it encouraged me to speak up louder and not be afraid to fight with or argue with people who are being terrible. Being quiet is being complicit and I don’t want to be that kind of white person.

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

Blythewood by Carol Goodman. I owned it for two years previous and didn’t touch it! How could I?!

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

I don’t keep track of favorite passages or quotes very well, so I don’t have one. :(

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Longest: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (608 pages).

Shortest: Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (192 pages).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. SO MUCH JAW-DROP.

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

Varen/Isobel from the Nevermore series by Kelly Creagh. I’ve been waiting for their finale for years and I was more than happy with what I got. I ship Isobel with Pinfeathers too, but Varen and Pinfeathers are basically the same, so whatever.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Twin sisters Nikki and Maya from This Side of Home by Renee Watson. I can’t even begin to explain why. JUST READ THE BOOK.

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

All the Rage by Courtney Summers. She’s basically the queen of contemporary YA that makes you hurt inside, so she was a shoo-in.

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

I’m too moody and picky for other people to sway me very much, so no answer here.

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

Alas, no fictional crushes. Side effect of being aromantic asexual.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Daughter Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics because

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

Daughter Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics again because I didn’t like that prairie one little bit.

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

Revenge of the Angels by Jennifer Ziegler. None of the YA I read was particularly happy. 😀

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

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney both got me so fucking good. The former got me on a train too and I had to stifle the crying so I wouldn’t scare my seatmate too badly.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Sweet, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan! I only even found out about the book because it was on BookOutlet and sounded fun. It’s waaaaaaaaaay back in the backlist, but I want to make people read it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet. The gaslighting the main character Tera and her mother went through was utterly horrifying.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher. I don’t use “unique” in a very positive way in this instance.

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

I consider myself less angry and more righteously riled up when I’m angry about things in books in a good way. The major instance of this in 2015 was The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen, which gave me a raging anger-boner full of feminism.

Books that made me mad because they were just bad, though… Most of the time, it was because of girl hate.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (white feminism)

the Violent Ends anthology/book (I can’t)

Those Girls by Lauren Saft

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Ummmm… I’m terrible at looking for new blogs to read and generally trying new things, so no anwer. I’MSORRYIKNOWI’MTERRIBLE

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Three-way tie!

Book I Loved: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Book I Hated: Save Me by Jenny Elliott

Book I Had Issues With: Violent Ends

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

The Fault in Our Ears. Months later, I am still fucking angry about how John Green chased virjn off the Internet and how many authors and bloggers alike jumped to his defense when all she did was call him creepy. He turned it into an allegation of sexual abuse.

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

BEA 2015, of course! I stayed with Bekka and Lili and I was so sad to say goodbye to both of them at the end of the week.

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

Okay, mine is kinda mean-spirited. Not even gonna lie. Being in line at BEA 2015 on the first day at 7 AM for Truthwitch signing tickets and watching the big name Booktubers be held back by security because they tried to skip the line by hovering in a group near the entrance. It’s technically bookish since I was at BEA as a blogger, soooooo…

I know, I’m a horrible person. But it was fucking funny and I know things about some of those people that would make your toes curl.

On a lighter note, each and every ARC I was able to get by requesting it from the publisher. I DO get a lot of ARCs and don’t know what to do with them all sometimes, but the thrill of checking an email and seeing that I’m getting approved hasn’t disappeared even after five years of blogging!

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

Keeping up with my schedule. My mental plan has always been that Monday, Thursday, and Friday gets reviews and I figure something out for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but especially in the last few weeks, I haven’t stuck to that at all. I’ve gotten about 15 books behind in reviews and need to get caught up!

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

The aforementioned Fault in Our Ears business.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

YA Movies: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. I have a lot of feelings about this movie and my patriarchy-smashing interpretation of it.

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

The QUILTBAG compendium as assembled by Dahlia Adler, Queen of Macarons and Contemporary YA.

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

My only goal for reading in 2015 was to read 80 books and I did just that! I had an informal goal of reading more diverse books, but I don’t feel like I did very well in that regard. I started rating books on their diversity, but a whole lot of 0s and 1s came up.

Looking Ahead

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because I didn’t get an ARC of it and thus felt no pressure to get to it. I think this is her last shot with me since I fell out with the Throne of Glass series, so we’ll see how it goes! I should be reading it very soon.

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

It’s a tie again!

Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy. “About 17-year-old Emma Lorde, whose beloved may do more than just steal her heart when Emma is offered an internship in Rome.” WHO MAY DO MORE THAN JUST STEAL HER HEART. Oh hi, I’m page, let me shove you in my brain now, book.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. I really loved her Prep School Confidential series and this one has been building up hype all over the place. GIVE IT TO ME.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Into White by Randi Pink. You look at that premise and try not to be both afraid and deadly curious! I have to see how it goes.

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

Trust Me by Romily Bernard. I have an ARC of it a few feet away, but I keep hyperventilating when I touch it. AM I READY FOR THIS TO BE OVER?

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

Be consistent with my schedule! Now that all my classes are online and I’m about to graduate from college, I should be able to make some damn time.

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

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky because HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

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