I’ve seen quite a few bloggers posting this and even though it’s pretty long (and I’m not sure how many of you will actually read it all, haha), I decided to do it anyway since I think it’s a great way to wrap up my reading and blogging from 2016. For those of you who don’t know, this survey was put together by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. I’m going to try not to talk too much about each answer since, like I mentioned, this is already pretty long. But if you’re curious about anything I mention here, feel free to ask me about it in the comments 🙂
2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 65
Number of Re-Reads: 1 (I’m not much of a re-reader, haha)
Genre You Read The Most From: I think fantasy? I read a pretty good mix of things, so it’s hard to tell.
Best in Books
Best Book You Read In 2016?
This is unbelievably hard, haha. I’m going to go with Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. I loved this book so much and I’m so excited that it’s now out in the world for everyone to read ❤ Here’s my review if you missed it.
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I didn’t start seeing negative reviews for this until after I already had read it so I went into it expecting it to be really good. I ended up really disliking this one.
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
City Love by Susane Colasanti. I hadn’t really been reading a lot of contemporaries so I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’m not sure if anyone actually read any books because of me raving about them, but I think the books I recommended the most were probably Ruta Sepetys’ novels. Literally every time someone asks for a historical fiction recommendation, I recommend her books. They’re SO GOOD.
Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series I started would probably be Fear My Mortality, which is now published as Beyond the Ever Reach, by Everly Frost. The best sequel was probably A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I didn’t actually read any series enders this year.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
There are honestly quite a few I could include for this one. Everly Frost, Julie Murphy, Jeff Garvin, Lora Richardson, Louise Gornall… I’ll stop there 😉
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Through a Window by Jane Goodall. It’s nonfiction which I very rarely read (although I’m hoping to read more of it this year) because it intimidates the hell out of me and takes me forever to get through. But it was nice to learn about some of Goodall’s experiences and observations during her time studying chimps in Africa.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
My first instinct is to say Beyond the Ever Reach but since I’ve already used that as an answer and I’m trying not to repeat answers (although I’m pretty sure I’ll fail, haha), I’ll go with Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I very rarely re-read books and I honestly can’t see myself re-reading any of the books I read this year, especially so soon after reading them for the first time. I’d say maybe Glass Sword since I sometimes re-read books before the next book comes out to refresh my memory but I wasn’t a huge fan of that one, so probably not. I don’t have a good answer for this question, haha.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Hmm, maybe Heartless by Marissa Meyer – especially the OwlCrate exclusive cover.
Most memorable character of 2016?
Nemesis from The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. She was really different for a number of reasons and is one of the few characters from books I’ve read during 2016 that immediately comes to mind for this.
Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I risk sounding kind of weird for saying this, but I honestly don’t care much for really “beautifully” written books because really flowery, descriptive writing tends to bore me. And even if a book I read is really beautifully written, I often don’t notice it because I’m more focused on the plot and things that are actually happening. With that said, I think I’d go with Ash by Malinda Lo.
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Keep Sweet by Michele Dominguez-Greene. It’s a story about a girl who is a member of the FLDS and definitely makes you think about what it might be like to live a life like that.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This has been out since 2013 and I first read a book by Ruta Sepetys in 2014 (I think) and I can’t help but feel that I should have read this sooner. It was soooo good.
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I’m honestly not really sure why I love this quote so much, but I do.
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
As you can see, I don’t read really long books, haha. This is another thing I’m hoping to change this year (maybe I’ll finally get around to Game of Thrones…).
Book That Shocked You The Most
All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison had a pretty shocking ending that I did not see coming.
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I don’t do a whole lot of hardcore shipping anymore, but Fay and Malcolm from The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson were pretty damn great.
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The sibling relationship between Nadia and her younger sister, Genivee, was great. I love when family, especially siblings, have an actual role in a story. Oh and I almost forgot: Liberty and her grandma had an awesome relationship in Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer.
Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (told you I wouldn’t be able to come up with different answers for every question).
Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, for sure. I don’t know that I ever would have picked this book up if it weren’t for all the love it gets in the book blogging community, but I really enjoyed it.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Michael from Beyond the Ever Reach (admittedly, this is probably my answer because I just finished reading the sequel and I’m reminded of how much I love him).
Best 2016 debut you read?
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. Not only did I love that the MC was genderfluid, but the story itself was really good.
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, without a doubt! It wasn’t a perfect book, but the world-building was absolutely fantastic.
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. This book made me actually laugh out loud a few times which is pretty rare for me. I really had fun reading this book and can’t wait to read more from Julie Murphy.
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati had me close to crying a couple of times. I know there was one book that had me crying my eyes out and I’m really mad that I can’t remember what book it was. I think it was The Edge of Juniper (this seems like something I should remember).
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I’d have to go with Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. It deserves so much more attention than it gets!
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Edge of Juniper and Heartless. I KNEW that Heartless would have a messed-up ending but I was crushed anyway.
Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Probably Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It had really unique formatting and had all sorts of charts and things thrown into it. The overall concept of the story was pretty unique too. I still wouldn’t really recommend the book though since its ending was horrible (bad/lazy writing and offensive to people with disabilities/chronic illnesses).
Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I have to repeat my last answer and go with Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. The book was really good but the ending was terrible and made me so, so angry. I’m still mad about it, tbh.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Since I just started blogging this year, I discovered a ton of great blogs in 2016. Just a few of my favorites are Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, Jill @ Rant and Rave about Books, Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction, Reg @ She Latitude, Novel Knight, Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads, Melissa @ BookNerdMomo, and Lilly @ Lair of Books. Seriously, there are so many great blogs that I’ve found this year and I know I’m forgetting some of my favorite blogs/bloggers, so just know that I love you all and am so thankful to have found all of your wonderful blogs! ❤
Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe my review of Under-Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. None of my reviews really stand out as particularly good or interesting, haha.
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I write a lot of different discussion posts (they’re one of my favorite things to post), but one that I did somewhat recently that I particularly liked writing and sharing with everyone was my
rant, er, post about why people shouldn’t lecture others for buying books from Amazon.
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Boston Teen Author Festival! This was back in September and I had so much fun. I got to listen to and meet quite a few authors, including Roshani Chokshi who I promptly fell in love with. I did a recap of the event for anyone who’s interested.
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
There are so many great things that happened over the past year, it’s hard to choose. I think I’d have to go with having my review blurbed on the Amazon page for The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson. That was SO exciting and was one of those moments where I was kind of like “okay, I guess I’m really a blogger!” haha
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I think finding the time and energy to blog hop. I always managed to find (or force) time to write posts, but haven’t always been the best about visiting other people’s blogs. It’s something that I’ve been working on recently though that I hope to continue to improve on throughout 2017!
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My most popular blog post going by views was my post on when a negative opinion crosses a line. I think a teacher somewhere was using this post for their students because I got a ton of hits from Google classroom, haha.
Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don’t really know. Hmm… I’m just going to go with this post on the problem with calling backlist books “unoriginal.”
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I can’t actually remember if I discovered this site in 2016 or before then, but Book Riot. They put together so many great articles and I especially love their recommendation lists. Another perk: they do a ton of great giveaways.
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only real goal I set for myself at the beginning of 2016 was to read 50 books. I surpassed that (much to my surprise) by reading 65!
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
There are a few. I’ll go with This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Both were really highly anticipated releases for me, but I never got around to them.
Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
THERE ARE SO MANY. Maybe King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I absolutely love Red Queen and although I wasn’t a big fan of Glass Sword, I’m hoping King’s Cage will be great. 🙂
2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and I’m so unbelievably excited to read it.
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Well I already mentioned King’s Cage so I guess I’ll go with A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab and By the Icy Wild by Everly Frost. The first is a series ending and the second is a sequel. I’m super excited for both.
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Diversify my reading! I’ve already seen how this is affecting my book buying habits because I’m automatically looking for diverse reads which is great. I’m hoping to read AT LEAST one, preferably more, diverse books every month.
A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
The only 2017 release I’ve read so far is Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall and, as I’m sure you’ve seen with all my raving about it, I definitely recommend it to everyone (as long as you won’t be triggered by things like self-harm and mental illness).