December 25, 2015

Annual End of Year Survey 2015

6th Annual End of the Year Survey - 2015 Edition
Hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner

Number Of Books You Read:  As of today, 55.  I'm hoping to read a couple more.
Number of Re-Reads:  1 - The Gunslinger by Stephen King (for about the 10th time!)
Genre You Read The Most From:  Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?  Oh no, I can't pick just one!  The Martian by Andy Weir, Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?  The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint.  Not one of his best by a long shot.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Dissolution by C. J. Sansom.  It's so rare I find historical fiction (or a mystery) that draws me in like this one did.

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

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best Series Started:  The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn
Best Sequel:  Betrayer by C. J. Cherryh
Best Series Ender:  Mystic Empire by Tracy & Laura Hickman

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?  Melanie Rawn

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?  The Innocent Man by John Grisham - absolutely great non-fiction / true crime

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?  The Last Juror by John Grisham - Thrilling and impossible to stop reading, especially the last 1/2.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?  I'm not doing any re-reads next year.  I have too many books on my TBR I haven't read yet.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?  Memory & Dream by Charles de Lint - I loved this artwork, it went perfectly with the story.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?  William Blakely (from Blockade Billy by Stephen King)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?  The Pact by Jodi Picoult

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?  Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez.  It sat forever, with me assuming I'd be disappointed.  Was I ever wrong!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
"His canine mind knew that on the other side of that light was a paradise of unending mountains of liver-flavored treats and things in constant need of being peed on and slow rabbits." -- Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest:  Blockade Billy by Stephen King (132 pages)
Longest:  Skybowl by Melanie Rawn (760 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:  Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult.  The ending shocked me so badly that I'm still in denial.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)  (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)  Bren & Jago from the Foreigner series.  Inter-species relationship that is so romantic in an alien kind of way.  
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:  Richard & Door from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:  Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  I'm seeing a pattern here.  This book is the answer to many questions.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 that You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:  I didn't read any books based solely on a recommendation.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?  Rohan from Melanie Rawn's awesome Dragon Prince and Dragon Token trilogies

23. Best 2015 debut you read?  The Martian by Andy Weir - it actually came out in 2014 but it's a debut and I read it in 2015

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?  This is a toss up between The Foreigner series by C. J. Cherryh and the Dragon Prince / Dragon Token series by Melanie Rawn.  Equally great settings, it's like you're *there*.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?  Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez.  I've never read such a great story that was so darn funny too.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?  Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult.  This novel left me feeling bruised and broken.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?  The Warrior's Tale by Allan Cole and Chris Bunch.  This story was so completely fabulous.  It was by far the best of the series it went with....and one of the better Fantasy books I've read in a long time.  It's not a huge surprise to me that it turned out to be my favorite book for 2015.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?  Okay, again, Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult - crushed doesn't even begin to describe how I felt after finishing it.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?  From a Whisper to a Scream by Charles de Lint - some evil never dies indeed....

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?  Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston.  How many ways can you mess up a murder investigation and how many people's lives can you ruin?  It was a true story, which just made me more angry.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?  Whatever I Think Of!  Jamie joined so many great challenges that I couldn't resist!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?  My favorite is The Warrior's Tale by Allan Cole and Chris Bunch.  Runners-up -  Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman or Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult....there are others I'm fond of too, but with these I found myself with plenty to say and the right words to say my thoughts with.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?  This one.  Or the one I wrote when I found out one of my favorite series has been cancelled (Farewell to Deathlands).

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?  Is this a meme?  If so, I'll say this one.  If not, I did a meme called All About my TBR that I enjoyed.  I don't do events to speak of.  I just love reading and can't help blogging about it.  

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?  Finishing Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2015.  It's taken me three tries, but I finally got it right.  It's the last challenge I had to finish in 2015 and this is the first year since 2011 that I finished all my challenges.  Goes to show, time does heal all wounds.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?  Learning how to put my blog posts on Pinterest had me in knots for 3 or 4 days.  But, seriously, this has been a turn around year for me.  I knew I had to keep up with my blog and finish my challenges this year or give up.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?  Since I have almost no followers and since those I do have aren't active anymore, I don't get many comments, but my Farewell to Deathlands post has had the most visits, with one of my posts about 2016 Challenges a close second.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?  I wish my whole blog got a little more love lol.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?  I found Bookbub this year.  That's been fun, although I still don't like e-books as much as 'real' books.

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

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?  The next book in the Deathlands series, Hanging Judge.  Now that there'll be no more, I really want to read what few books are left.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?  Sovereign by C. J. Sansom - his novels make me feel like I'm there, in the past, solving a mystery.  

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?  As far as I know, the only debut novel I plan to read next year is A Case of Need by Michael Crichton but it was published in 1968 so I'm not sure it applies, especially since I'm not 100% sure it was his first novel.  He used several pseudonyms.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?  Again, Deathlands.  I plan to read 7 or 8 of these books next year.  I'm completely looking forward to it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?  Finish all of my challenges and maybe get some new followers now that I have figured out Pinterest and have started being more active in the community of book blogs.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:  I don't get any books before they're released, so none.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to see that you liked The Martian! I thought it was great too!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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