Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY

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Hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner.

~2015 READING STATS~

1. Number of Books You've Read
154

2. Number of Re-Reads
6

3. Genre You Read The Most From
Historical Romance

~BEST IN BOOKS~

1. Best Books You Read in 2015(divided by genre)
The Lady Hellion (Wicked Deceptions, #3)Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, #2)Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling, #14)Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt, #1)The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years, #4)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Historical Romance: The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe
Contemporary Romance: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Urban Fantasy: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Male/Male Romance: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
New Adult Romance: The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen
Young Adult Fiction: Winter by Marissa Meyer

2. Books You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love, But Didn't
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

3. Most Surprising Book You Read in 2015
The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir

4. Book You "Pushed" People to Read (And They Did) in 2015
Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

5. Best Series You Started in 2015; Best Sequel in 2015; Best Series Ender of 2015
Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1) Forever Your Earl (The Wicked Quills of London, #1)
Best New Series: Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat, The Wicked Quills of London series by Eva Leigh

Soulbound (Darkest London, #6) Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane, #9)
Best Sequel: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan, Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) The Lady Hellion (Wicked Deceptions, #3)
Best Series Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer, The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe

6. Favorite New Author Discovered in 2015
Sonali Dev
Joanna Shupe
Kelly Bowen

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don't Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone
The Martian by Andy Weir

8. Most Action-Packed, Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of the Year
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Martian by Andy Weir
Captive Prince/Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat

9. Book Read in 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year
Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2015
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

11. Most Memorable Character(s) of 2015
Hero: Aden -- Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Heroine: Kate Daniels -- Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Side Character: Harry Sharpe -- The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath
Villain: Queen Levana -- Fairest/Winter by Marissa Meyer

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2015
Uprooted
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2015
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

14. Book You Can't Believe You Waited Until 2015 To Read
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From a Book Read in 2015
Serious/Thought-Provoking: 
  • "My emotions feel loud and big. It's hard for me to keep hold of them. They weigh me down. Make me heavy and tired and overwhelmed. Sometimes I feel like everyone else is carrying a bucket of water, but I'm trying to carry an ocean." -- Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
  • "We're slow-moving targets, us writers of entertainment. They call us hacks, panderers, scribblers. You name an insult, I've heard it: our readers are fools; the writers themselves are imbeciles; we have no talent. And God forbid a woman should attempt to write something that isn't moralistic tripe. Then the insults are tripled." -- Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh
Funny: 
  • Oh, Lord. Now he was not only an impoverished orphan, but an impoverished, unloved orphan with a passion for books. Her every feminine impulse jumped to attention. -- When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  • "What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?” -- Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
16. Shortest and Longest Book Read in 2015
Shortest: Putting Out Fires by Marie Sexton (36 pages)
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer (824 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You the Most
Can't think of anything for this.

18. OTP (One True Pairing) of the Year
Kate/Curran -- Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Eve/Roarke -- In Death series by JD Robb
Aden/Zaira -- Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship
Agnieska/Kasia -- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Fox/Noah/Abe/David -- Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh
Iko/Cinder -- Winter by Marissa Meyer

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You've Read Previously
Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

21. Best Book You Read in 2015 That You Read Based Solely on Another's Recommendation/Peer Pressure
A Bollywood Affair
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book Read in 2015
Curran -- Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

23. Best 2015 Debut You Read
Dukes Are Forever by Anna Harrington

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

25. Book That Put a Smile On Your Face/Was the Most Fun to Read
When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)
When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

26. Book That Made You Cry in 2015
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

27. Hidden Gem of the Year
In the Clear (Winter Rescue #1)
In the Clear by Tamara Morgan

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul
The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

29. Most Unique Book Read in 2015
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (Doesn't Necessarily Mean You Didn't Like It)
Winter by Marissa Meyer

~YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE~

1. New Favorite Book Blog Discovered in 2015
Rakes and Rascals
Joyfully Jay


3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had on Your Blog in 2015 
HR 101: Recommendations for Historical Romance Beginners

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

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Finally starting two series that I have been wanting to give a try for years: Kate Daniels and Guild Hunter.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I went through a few reading slumps this year that took re-reading in order to get back into the swing of things.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

9. Best Bookish Discovery
Litographs
Historical Romance Writers

10. Reading Challenges/Blogging Goals Completed This Year
Goodreads Reading Challenge -- 150 books
Netgalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge -- 50 books
Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge -- 21 books
New to Me Reading Challenge -- 24 books
Historical Romance Reading Challenge -- 48 books
TBR Challenge -- 12 books

~LOOKING AHEAD~

1. Book(s) You Didn't Get To In 2015, But Will Be a High Priority in 2016
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16)
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (Non-Debut)
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

4. Series Ending/Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016
Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)
Series Ender: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat, The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Double Down (Lois Lane, #2) Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane, #10)
Sequel: Double Down by Gwenda Bond, Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish/Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life in 2016
Get my Netgalley status to 60%

6. 2016 Release You've Already Read and Recommend to Everyone
I haven't read any 2016 releases yet.

4 comments:

  1. I DID read Rock Hard and it was TOTALLY AMAZING! Actually I read lots of your recs. A Bollywood Affair, Rock Hard . . . and I'm sure there are more, too. I loved both of those so hard. And I've already re-read Rock Hard too.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed HR101 so much. I know I sure did. It was the best!

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  2. what a great list you have here!! I agree about Rock Hard...loved it and I do plan on re reading it this year. I loved HR101....it was so amazing and fun right? I loved the Guild Hunter series too!!

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  3. I loved Magic Bleeds and Soulbound as well. Such great additions to those two series. I'm excited to start Uprooted eventually. I've been seeing that one everywhere.

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  4. What a phenomenal year! I am planning to get to Uprooted soon, as well as Winter after I do a little catching up. The Martian is such a crowd favorite. I am starting to think that I should go in and try again. I had a hard time getting into it.
    Happy 2016!

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