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Sunday, 3 January 2016

End of Year Book Survey

Today I'm trying something new and filling out a bookish survey. This is from Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner and it's a survey of reading from the past year.

Number Of Books You Read: 88
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read the Most Books From: Classics

Best In Books
1. Best book you read in 2015? Yikes, just one? I'm going to tentatively go with Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, but there are a lot of contenders for this spot!

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. I loved the movie and am a huge russophile, so I expected to adore the book, but truthfully found it underwhelming.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Saga series by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I read it because I was taking a class on graphic novels, but I wasn't expecting to get hooked!

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did)?
Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande. I have seriously told about half a dozen people to read this, including my parents, some classmates, and a librarian that I met doing a tour of a hospital library. I don't know how many of them have actually followed through, but I know my dad did!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?
Best series: Saga again.
Best sequel: Messenger, the third book in The Giver series by Lois Lowry.
Best series ender: Champion by Marie Lu.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015? Joseph Boyden! I love his books.

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I read Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson and loved it, despite the fact that I pretty much never read westerns.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year? I don't re-read a lot, so probably none.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2015? I read a lot of stuff on Kindle or OverDrive, so this is hard for me to stay. I really like the cover of The Orenda by Joseph Boyden because it looks like birch bark.

11. Most memorable character of 2015? Melanie from The Girl With All the Gifts.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015? Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015? Most definitely Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande. It made me think so much about end-of-life care and medical ethics.

14. Book you can't believe you waited until 2015 to finally read? Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?
 "I'm going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world."
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015?
Shortest: Night by Elie Wiesel - 115 pages (not counting some of the graphic novels)
Longest: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - 1006 pages

17. Book that shocked you the most? I don't know if anything really shocked me, but probably Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn since it had a few plot twists.

18. OTP of the year? Okay, so OTP stands for "one-true pairing", as in a couple you love from books. I don't really go for this kind of thing, but I did think that Lara Jean and Peter K from To All the Boys I've Loved Before were pretty adorable.

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year? Lara Jean and her sisters in the above, and also in the sequel P.S. I Still Love You

20. Favourite book you read in 2015 from an author you've read previously? I'm going to nerd it out and choose Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie. I love his biographies.

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read solely based on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, which I read because of the review by Emily at The Book Geek in one of her videos.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015? I don't really do fictional crushes beyond Mr Darcy... I can't think of anyone.

23. Best 2015 debut you read? Overwhelm by Layla Messner.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year? The Legend series by Marie Lu, because to some extent, I could really see a lot of that happening in the future.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read? To All the Boys I've Loved Before and the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I laughed so much.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015? I cry at everything, but I actually can't remember whether I cried over specific books this year. Probably After You by Jojo Moyes, because she always makes me cry!

27. Hidden gem of the year? Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay.

28. Book that crushed your soul? Night by Elie Wiesel

29. Most unique book you read in 2015? None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, because it talked about an issue that is rarely brought up in fiction.

30. Book that made you the most mad? Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, because I couldn't understand the characters' motivation at all.

Looking Ahead
1. One book you didn't get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016? Probably The Bone Season because I meant to start this in December, but ended up being drawn into a few other reads.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2016 (non-debut)? Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys. I have been fascinated by the Wilhelm Gustloff since reading Crabwalk by G√ľnther Grass, and I'm excited that Sepetys is

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016? I want to be more proactive about posting, instead of writing all my TTT posts at the last minute. I'd like to get back to writing on a variety of issues. In my reading life, I'd like to read more books on theology.
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

6th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 edition!!

2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984

My silly little survey I created for myself to highlight what I read in 2010 suddenly grew when a bunch of others jumped in and has turned into such a fun end of year event that I have LOVED hosting and has made my TBR list grow crazily! Seriously, 360 people linked up last year and I know even more participated on their blogs and on Youtube!! So without further ado: the 6th annual End of Year Book Survey!
I know the year isn’t over yet but, as I said in year’s past, this is the time I start reflecting on what I’ve read and start looking ahead because I NEVER get much reading done during December with the holidays and what not! I’ll be filling mine out soon (I know I said that last year and never did but I have motivation this year…last year I was just DONE with all the things) but I’ll be revising if I happen to read something absolutely earth shattering that would need to be on here!
So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it (please credit me!)…whether that’s today or in January   — I know everybody will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Book Survey and visit others on the list!

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!!




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Number Of Books You Read:
Number of Re-Reads:
Genre You Read The Most From:

- See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2015/12/6th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2015-edition.html#sthash.Xstpk5js.dpuf

6th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 edition!!

2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984

My silly little survey I created for myself to highlight what I read in 2010 suddenly grew when a bunch of others jumped in and has turned into such a fun end of year event that I have LOVED hosting and has made my TBR list grow crazily! Seriously, 360 people linked up last year and I know even more participated on their blogs and on Youtube!! So without further ado: the 6th annual End of Year Book Survey!
I know the year isn’t over yet but, as I said in year’s past, this is the time I start reflecting on what I’ve read and start looking ahead because I NEVER get much reading done during December with the holidays and what not! I’ll be filling mine out soon (I know I said that last year and never did but I have motivation this year…last year I was just DONE with all the things) but I’ll be revising if I happen to read something absolutely earth shattering that would need to be on here!
So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it (please credit me!)…whether that’s today or in January   — I know everybody will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Book Survey and visit others on the list!

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!!




reading-stats-2015-1024x278

Number Of Books You Read:
Number of Re-Reads:
Genre You Read The Most From:

- See more at: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2015/12/6th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2015-edition.html#sthash.Xstpk5js.dpuf

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to re-read Doctor Zhivago for years; I read it in undergrad and like you found it rather underwhelming. I'm wondering if a re-read will change my view on the book.

    Sounds like you had a great year in reading, Maggie, I hope 2016 brings even more awesome books your way :)

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