End of the Year Survey

Posted December 30, 2016 by Bekka in challenges / 6 Comments

Every year Jamie (The Broke and the Bookish, and The Perpetual Page-Turner) puts out her end of the year book survey and of course, every year I participate. This year I only read half the amount of books I normally do, so there are definitely going to be repeat answers here.

Number of Books Read: 50
Number of Rereads: 9
Most-Read Genre: Fantasy

Best book you read in 2016?

It’s a three way tie: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Book you thought you would love more?

I couldn’t even finish it. I mean, eventually I will, but fuck am I bitter.

Most surprising – in a good way?

Six of Crows! I had no expectations – I mean really, I had negative expectations, and now it’s a fave.

Book you pushed the most people to read?


Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Series started: Six of Crows
Sequel: The Dream Thieves
Ender: Kings Rising or The Crimson Crown

Favorite new author?

Natalie C. Parker! I loved both books in this duology and reaaallllly hope that one day it can be a trilogy.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t read a whole lot of middle grade or even books with characters in that age bracket but this was amazing and thoughtful and beautiful.

Most action-packed, thrilling book of the year?

Rebel of the Sands was super engaging! It started off with a bang and basically never stopped.

Book that you are most likely to reread next year?

The Captive Prince trilogy and Ask Me How I Got Here by Christina Heppermann.

Favorite book cover you read in 2016?

Most memorable characters?


Most beautifully written book you read this year?

Most thought-provoking book you read in 2016?

Not a subject I ever thought I’d read about but this was fantastic and eye-opening.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to read?

Once again, Six of Crows. Also I haven’t finished it yet, but I waited way too long to read the Raven Cycle.

Favorite quote from a book you read this year?

“Though he’d trusted her with his life countless times, it felt much more frightening to trust her with his shame.”
Six of Crows

Can you tell I’m obsessed?

Shortest and longest books read this year?

Shortest: The Crown and the Arrow
Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book that shocked you the most?

For so many reasons.

OTP of the year?


Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

“Polly will kill people if I need them to die” is an actual real line in this contemporary cheerleading, post-assault novel.



Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you read previously?

Her first book means EVERYTHING to me, and this one was also simply amazing. It will be your new favorite contemporary, I promise.

Best book you read in 2016 that you read because of peer pressure?

The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Newest fictional crush?

Laurent of Vere!!!!

Best 2016 debut?

Such a unique thriller with an incredible voice. I can’t wait to read her next book!

Best world-building/most vivid setting?

I absolutely love the world of the Seven Realms series. It’s one of my favorites, with its queendoms and magic schools and gorgeous scenery.

Book that made you cry or nearly cry?

This book fucked my whole life up.

Hidden gem of the year?

Going to once again implore you ALL to read The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno.

Book that crushed your soul?

Kings Rising. Always.

Most unique book you read in 2016?

The main character’s grief is strong enough to rip a hole in time-space.

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. I loved every bit of this book but when I think about how necessary it is, I get so angry. We need more books like this.

New favorite book blog you discovered?


Favorite review you wrote?

Ahhhh I hate this question every year, but here’s my review of Gena/Finn.

Best non-review post you had on your blog?

Bookish Bingo!!

Best event your participated in?


BEA was the single best blogging/bookish/anything event I’ve ever participated in. I’m so so so sooooo happy I made it this year and got to meet in person MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

Best moment of your bookish/blogging life?

See above!

Most challenging thing about your blogging life this year?

My whole life went through some major changes this year, as well as a major depressive episode in the middle of spring/summer. So yeah, blogging and reading took a hit.

Most popular post this year?

Not counting all my challenge sign-ups (Backlist Books, LGBTQIA, Bookish Bingo), the Gilmore Girls book tag was strangely the most popular post this year.

Post you wish got a little more love?

I put a lot of work into my Whose Line posts and I so wish they saw some more traffic.

Best bookish discovery this year?

I wouldn’t say I necessarily discovered this this year, but I’ve definitely given more attention (and money) to Audible and audiobooks in general.

Did you complete any reading challenges or reading goals this year?


One book you didn’t get to in 2016 that is a priority in 2017?

OBVIOUSLY. I actually plan to have this be my first read of the new year so I know I’m starting off 2017 right.

Non-debut you’re most anticipating?

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

2017 debut you are most anticipating?

27 Hours by Tristina Wright!!!

Sequel or series ender you’re most anticipating?

I think I’m actually going to take a break from ongoing series for a bit but I definitely do not include Windwitch in this break.

One thing you hope to accomplish in your reading/blogging life in 2017?

I just hope to remain active in reading, blogging, and the blogging community. I’m going to the hospital to have my baby tomorrow (December 19th!) and I’m so excited for all the change that’s going to bring. But I do hope I can keep this hobby going.

2017 release you’ve already read and recommend?


6 responses to “End of the Year Survey

  1. Awww I met Angie yesterday and we talked about you and your beautiful new baby! <3

    I'm so excited to hear that you loved MY LIFE WITH THE LIARS because I am *dying* to read that book and I own it but I'm just so slow to read MG. It's always good to hear from another somewhat reluctant MG reader that a book worked even if it's not your usual thing. And you already know I love your Natalie C. Parker love and definitely dream of that series becoming a trilogy someday!

    (And thank you for the LGBTQReads shoutout <3)

  2. OMG stop adding to my TBR!

    One thing I really appreciated about Exit, Pursued by a Bear is that she DOES have support. It seems like ever since Speak came out, all these books are about girls who become pariahs after being raped. But that’s only one story. I remain confident that I would have rallied around any of my high school friends if this had happened to them, and visa-versa.

    Totally agree on the Six of Crows thing. Didn’t think I’d like it. Put it off forever. Became obsessed. YES!
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