2015 End of Year Book Survey (Part One)

2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984Hey y'all!2014 was the first year I participated in this along with my usual "WLS Best of" post, and I adored it. Instead of simply stating my favorites in every given category, which I also think is valid, I can answer questions about them.Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner is again, the fabulous gal behind the idea. Without further ado, here's my 2015! (Links and part two to go up after exam week.)reading-stats-2015-1024x278Number Of Books You Read: 201Number of Re-Reads: I'm so sorry, but I don't keep track of these.Genre You Read The Most From: I'm not quite sure of this either - probably contemporary. In any case, I recently discovered that my favorite genre is probably magical realism so I've read a lot of that lately!best-YA-books-20141. Best Book You Read In 2015? The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle is hands-down, the best book of the year. I'm hosting Moïra on the blog soon, and I'm looking forward to asking her about it! Atmospheric, gorgeous. It left me speechless, and I can't really say anything that I haven't already covered in my review.2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - there was so much hype and I was so excited for it. I read it and frankly didn't think it was that original. I saw bits and pieces from a lot of different books, but nothing that made it stand out, which is why I'm shocked that it's such a bestseller. There was no wow factor. 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle - I thought it would be much fluffier than it was but the writing style made it absorbing and shockingly thoughtful at times. Everything about it - the romance, the fame, the main character - was magnetic and addictive. LOVE. You can read me gush about it here. 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger - this book, structured essentially like two insightful conversations, contains so much excellent discussion. It is a narrative, but that isn't its main function: it's a forum for discussion. I love the points about religion and authenticity that it explores, and I pushed everyone to read it so they could talk to me about it. 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett; Standoff by Andrew Smith; City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. God, I loved all of them so much. 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?Heather Demetrios? I adored I'll Meet You There.7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?Bared to You by Sylvia Day - Okay, I don't read romance-romance. I read teen romance, which can be racy at points, but isn't as out of my comfort zone. On the tails of Fifty Shades of Grey, a lot more romance books are being published which push the limits, per se. I adored this book, even though it was so not something I'd normally read. Gideon and Eva have a fascinating dynamic, and I think Eva's the absolute best. She's headstrong but down-to-earth, motivated but caring. I love the minutiae portrayed throughout as well. The day-to-day depiction of mundane things like responding to emails or grabbing lunch with a neglected friend make it feel much more real as well, which is something that I appreciate. Eva and Gideon aren't the most functional, but I love their story.8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - Richly imagined with strong characters and storylines, the crisp execution of this novel make it a must-read for any fantasy or adventure lover. Next Hunger Games franchise, I'm calling it. 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?Love Poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky - this collection of poems are lovely and comforting to me. I read them to my girls at camp this summer while I resided over my cabin (it's a Christian camp, and it helps them fall asleep) and just absolutely fell in love with it.10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?a history of glitter and bloodThe History of Glitter and Blood - This book is strange, and absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe that Hannah Moskowitz has a world like that in her head. This cover fits it perfectly.11. Most memorable character of 2015?George (Melissa) from George by Alex Gino - she was charming and introspective, dealing with a huge weight on her shoulders. The entire book is a triumph. 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore - A dreamy plot and precious characters make this a read that was just absolutely stunning. I LOVED it. Plus, when I heard it pitched as a YA version of The Night Circus, I was a goner.13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera - This one has startlingly accurate perceptions which it relays articulately. It completely breaks down the wall between the author and reader. It's both philosophical and emotionally (and morally) complex. Even further, it doubles back and explains literary devices within the book itself. It both profoundly affected me and intrigued me, as both a reader and a person. We read it for teen book club at Oxford Exchange! 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan - This was lovely, and simple. I'm always surprised by books that contain powerful emotion masked in everyday events and phrases. That's the magic of it. This is a heartwarming, shocking, glorious read.15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? tumblr quote mara dyer16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015???? I don't keep track of my books on Goodreads so unfortunately, I don't know this! 17. Book That Shocked You The MostAttachments by Rainbow Rowell - I wasn't expecting to blink away tears at the pure sweetness of this book. It was balanced. It had tender emotion mixed with hilarity mixed with life events that struck you as horribly unfair to characters you grew to love. This will be a reread for me in 2016, probably.18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater - There's a reason I'm dragging Cole and Isabel out of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and that's because their sharp wit and sad passion were striking. They fit together, even if it wasn't always perfect. Plus, Maggie Stiefvater can add depth to anything.19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The YearEven in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot - This is one of my unsung heroes of the year. This book is so underrated. It reminds me a little of some of my favorite books and stories: The Summer I Turned Pretty, Dreamland Social Club, The Beginning of Everything, Second Chance Summer. I loved Charlie and Julia's friendship, even though it could be majorly flawed.20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read PreviouslyI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- This narration! This voice! It SHINES. It has a radiant quality that just bursts with color, quirkiness, and emotion. Plus, it all wove together so vibrantly. I could definitely tell it was Jandy Nelson from the poetic touch, but it also felt entirely distinct.21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli - Everybody completely has permission to say "I told you so." I waited too long to read it. I loved Simon's narration; he had an engaging, friendly voice that was punctuated with wry humor and charm. The relationships and issues tackled in this book are stretched to absolute perfection.22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn - Zach. Need I say more? Take a chemistry partner trope, a plot flaring with risk, and a smart protagonist, and you've got a winner. He was sweet without being unassuming, optimistic without the naïvety. When it comes down to it, he was a really good friend to Mercedes and that's what I loved. (I just reviewed this one - loved it.)23. Best 2015 debut you read?This Raging Light by Estelle Laure - Hello, underrated. This writing masterfully crafts a passionate story. Review to come soon!24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston - This book felt rich, but not overwhelming. It was a smooth read told in an absorbing fashion, with cultural details that made it really stand out among the pack. I fell in love with the Aladdin-type feel. 25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak - I'll admit, this book was just plain fun. I was skeptical about the fanfiction angle but it was really good! I loved the cute romance and the frills of going along with a boyband. Very positive review.26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus. I have no words for this one. It's just devastating, in the best possible way. You can read my review or my interview with Ann for more about it!27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings - The quiet narration and spot-on depictions of friendship, romance, and minutae made it a gem for me. I was really surprised that this one didn't get more buzz, considering I practically stalked BookExpo America this summer specifically for it.28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - Suspenseful and dark, this mixed-media masterpiece surprised me. I wasn't expecting to encounter such shocking plot twists since the medium was different than my usual intake. The plot is just PHENOMENAL. I loved it, even though it took me a while to get through.29. Book That Made You The Maddest (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?Golden by Jessi Kirby - Anyone who's read this will understand why I, as a high school senior, wanted to throw this book across the room at a certain scene. It's still riveting, however!Sections to come later: MY BLOGGING LIFE IN 2015, and LOOKING AHEAD.

What about y'all?

 

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