It’s that time of year again! I always look forward to Jamie’s End of the Year Survey. For one, I just love surveys. But it’s also fun to take an in-depth look at your reading year. Sometimes your answers will surprise you – I’ve found that books I may have expected to be on this list have been overshadowed by others. I’ve also noticed that other books I thought I would forget, end up sticking with me for much longer than I previously anticipated. Anyway, this thing is loooong, so let’s get right into it.
I honestly couldn’t pick just one. These are all favorites for a wild variety of reasons and excluding any of them would be so, so wrong.
2. Most disappointing book of 2015.
While I continue to love the Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas was a betrayal of the worst kind. I couldn’t even finish it.
3. Most surprising book of 2015.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. Lili gave it to me for Epic Recs over the summer and I binged the whole trilogy over a weekend. I loved it so much and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! I definitely didn’t think I would like it – in my mind, it skewed very young and immature, but I was totally wrong.
4. Book you pushed the most people to read.
As always, this title goes to Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. It’s hands down my favorite book of all time and I throw it at everyone I see who hasn’t read it yet. (Seriously, if we were face to face, I might literally throw it at you – that’s how much I love it.)
5. Best series you started. Best sequel. Best series finale.
Best series started: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I mean, I technically started it last year, but I read the whole series back to back this year and I fucking love it. It’s been two months and I still can’t get it off the brain.
Best sequel: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Obviously.
Best series finale: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen. SO MUCH PAIN AND SO MUCH HAPPINESS.
6. Best new author you discovered in 2015.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read.
Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler is the BEST New Adult book I’ve ever read. I typically stay away from the category because of all the terrible misogynist love interests but this book totally changed my mind. I cannot wait for the rest of the books in the series.
8. Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book of the year.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard wasn’t without its problems but omg the action never stopped. In the middle of a reading slumped, I plowed right through this book at a breakneck pace.
And at the risk of sounding like literally everyone else on the planet, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. SO GOOD. I read it in a single day!
9. Book you read in 2015 that you’re most likely to reread in the next year.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read this year.
It’s just stunning!
11. Most memorable character of 2015.
I would be remiss to mention anyone other than Etta from Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz. Hers is the strongest voice I’ve read all year – she’s just SO much herself and I love it so much.
12. Most beautifully-written book of 2015.
Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul. There’s a reason it’s in the top three! Every sentence is pure poetry.
13. Most thought-provoking book of 2015.
Little Peach by Peggy Kern sheds light on the harsh reality of child prostitution. It is not an easy read by any means, but it’s so powerful and so, so important to read.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to read.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. It wasn’t my favorite YA fantasy, but I am SO here for all of its potential and I am working my way through the series as we speak. I only just started The Exiled Queen but I am still very invested and very concerned about the fact that the spin-off series is called Shattered Realms.
15. Favorite passage or quote from a book you read in 2015.
She had once believed she had been born to be queen.
She had since learned that she’d been born to be a wolf.
Soon enough – soon enough she would find true purpose, and then she would howl her wrath at the moon.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2015.
17. Book that shocked you the most.
Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu. I loved the ending and it was so surprising! But I was smiling and laughing like a cheeseball. Honorable mentions go to Illuminae because THAT TWIST and Queen of Shadows because, well, if you’ve read it, you know.
18. OTP of the year.
19. Favorite non-romantic relationship.
20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you read previously.
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab.
21. Favorite book you read based solely on a recommendation.
Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I planned on reading this eventually because I loved The Archived and wanted to see what she had in store for the adult category. But I had no concrete plans until Lili gave it to me for Epic Recs.
22. Newest fictional crush.
23. Best 2015 debut.
24. Best world-building in a book you read in 2015.
The Witchlands of Truthwitch. I really felt like I was there! The map helped figure out the geography of course, but just the way it was written and described – it was so vivid and so real to me. People are gonna LOVE it.
25. Book that put a smile on your face.
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler. Of course there was some serious stuff in there but I could barely stop smiling. Dahlia is the QUEEN of flirting and banter. I cannot get enough.
26. Book that made you cry.
I could go with some obvious ones, but guys, Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins had me bawling like a baby. A certain death was kind of right for the serious but I still was not okay.
27. Hidden gem of the year.
This Side of Home by Renee Watson. How has no one read this?? IT’S SO GOOD. All about gentrification and activism and yes yes yes.
28. Book that crushed your soul.
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. Rose has a mission in this book and I mean, it’s not the first time it’s been done, but when View Spoiler »people would rather be killed than have a Thing happen to them (think Gale crying out “shoot me!” in Mockingjay) « Hide Spoilerthat shit fucks me up. BAD.
29. Most unique book you read in 2015.
The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone. I received this book for Christmas this year and it was so different from anything I’d read before. The art style was so unique, a style I’ve never seen, really. And I loved the story, too.
30. Book that made you the most mad in 2015.
In a good way: All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I fucking loved this book but oh my god was it aptly titled. So. Much. Rage.
In a bad way: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead. Unnecessary love triangle was unnecessary.
Can I count my own? Oh well, I am. Technically I am not a new blogger, but I wiped the slate clean this year and started fresh and I am 1000000% in love with every single thing about my blog. L o v e.
2. Favorite review written this year.
Not only do I think my review of All the Rage was one of my best ever, it’s also the first one I wrote on this blog!
3. Best discussion posts of the year.
4. Best event you participated in (author signings, online events, etc.)
I went to a signing with Renee Ahdieh, Carrie Ryan, Gwenda Bond, and Megan Shepherd and it was amazing!
5. Best moment of your bookish life of 2015.
ALL of BEA. Seriously, it was the best experience I could have asked for and I want nothing more than to duplicate that experience some time in the future.
6. Most challenging part of your bookish/blogging life in 2015.
Aside from the epic reading slumps I’ve been facing, breaking away from my previous blog and opening up my solo blog was extremely trying. But ever since, I couldn’t be happier with my blogging life, and I’m especially excited about adding on Alexia!
7. Most popular post this year.
8. Post you wish got a little more love.
The LGBT+ Challenge sign-ups. 30 people have signed up so far, and that’s awesome, but I want more!
9. Best bookish discovery of the year.
This amazing spreadsheet I’ll be using to track both 2015 reads and books I read in the upcoming year.
10. Did you complete any challenges or goals you set for yourself this year?
My Goodreads challenge was set to 85 books, and so far, I am at 90. I also completed the Contemporary Challenge and the Diversity Challenge.
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be top priority in the new year.
Winter by Marissa Meyer. I don’t really have a reason for not reading this but with every day that passes I can feel myself getting closer and closer to spoilers, so I can’t put it off any longer.
2. A non-debut book that you are most anticipating in 2016.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. The main character’s name is Hermione! I CANNOT WAIT.
3. 2016 debut you are most anticipating.
If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. So much awesome in this from the #ownvoices aspect to the cover model!
4. Series ending or sequel you are most looking forward to in 2016.
5. One thing you hope to accomplish in your reading/blogging life in 2016.
Host a read-a-thon! I’ve been saying this for a while but I really want to put together a Bookish Bingo read-a-thon, but I’m so scared no one would participate. Killing that anxiety this year and just going for it!
6. A 2016 release you’ve already read and would recommend to everyone.
Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson. This one is all about online friendships and fandom which means ALL of you reading this should be able to relate! It’s also told in epistolary format, ranging from blog posts to text messages and more, and seriously, it’s the best thing ever. So much fun, and so much pain, all rolled into one.
Have you read any of these books? If you’ve done this survey, leave your links below!