This is a bit late as I’ve been busy over the past few days but… Happy New Year! I hope you guys are having a great start to the year. Can you believe how fast last year flew by? Anyway! I wracked my brain for a while over how exactly I would do a 2016 bookish wrap-up but couldn’t come up with anything. Someone pointed me in the direction of this and I thought it was perfect.
The End Of The Year Book Survey was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner. If you want to do the post too you can check out the above link. ♥
Number Of Books You Read: 67 (over 100 with re-reads)
Number of Re-Reads: 40+ (I honestly lost count)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
I’m calling 2016 the year of re-reads because I nearly re-read as much as I read. That’s one thing that I’m going to try not to do in 2017. I want to get through all of the books I own and haven’t read along with whatever releases I’ve missed and some new releases.
*each cover links to my review or goodreads
Best Book(s) You Read In 2016?
Top of the top goes to….
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This is the perfect description for how I felt about Crooked Kingdom. I loved it, of course, but I expected to love it more than I did. It was a great ending but I wanted more, I guess. I talked about the various reasons why it didn’t completely live up to my expectations in my review. It’s a spoiler review, though, so be warned.
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
At the beginning of 2016, before I started blogging, I went through a minor NA military romance obsession. I actually think there are a few books I didn’t even mark for my challenge but I don’t remember the titles now, oops. Anyway! Out of all of the ones I read these two were my favorite and surprised me in the best way possible. I didn’t expect to love them as much as I did and I have since re-read them several times.
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Bone Season fan. It’s one of my top favorite series and I take any chance I can get to recommend it to someone. I don’t know if anyone has actually read them because of me, yet. However, I did convince Reg @ She Latitude to buy them when they were on sale through Book Depository after I raved about them to her. 😂
Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
In order from best series to best sequel to best series ender. For this, I went for a series where the world was completely new to me and one that isn’t finished yet. As for best series ender, I adored The Winner’s Kiss. That ending was perfect and put me in a small reading slump.
I’m trying not to repeat answers but let’s see how many times I mention Six of Crows or ACOMAF. 🙈
Favorite new author(s) you discovered in 2016?
- Sarah J. Maas
- Ransom Riggs
- Caleb Roehrig
- Kasie West
- A.G. Howard
I can’t pick just one favorite. 🙈
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Before I started blogging I steered well clear of mystery/thriller books. They definitely were not my thing but blogging and this book have given me an interest in them. I added so many to my TBR in 2016 and plan to try to get around to a few this year.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Book(s) You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Most memorable character(s) of 2016?
- Rhysand, A Court of Mist and Fury
- Azriel, A Court of Mist and Fury
- Everyone from Six of Crows, especially Inej.
- Julian, Lady Midnight
- Ty, Lady Midnight
- Blake Crawford, Smut
I probably have even more memorable characters than that but I think I’ll stop there.
Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
One of the main things I loved about The Winner’s trilogy was Marie Rutkoski’s writing. She just has a way with words and the writing was the strongest point of this trilogy and why I will definitely be reading anything else she writes.
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
This book was so powerful, for me. It literally changed everything I thought I knew about myself in regards to the subject matter. I go into detail about it in this discussion that I did. Except it’s full of spoilers.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
I had this series on my TBR for years and then finally decided to pick them up at the beginning of 2016. Ever since I’ve been asking myself why I waited so long because I really enjoyed the series. They’re the reason why I need more faerie books in my life.
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“To the people who look at the stars and wish.”
“To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”
– A Court of Mist and Fury.
Book That Shocked You The Most?
Last Seen Leaving had so many twists and turns and every time I thought I knew what was happening I didn’t. There were a lot of times where I either gasped out loud or my jaw dropped. I loved it!
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
RHYS AND FEYRE!!!! 😂🙈
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
From Six of Crows to Crooked Kingdom the friendship between these characters evolved so much and I loved it. They’re my favorite group of characters ever.
Favorite Book(s) You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Best Book(s) You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
I was actually recommended all of Kasie West’s books by Beth @ Reading Every Night and Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books and after reading both of their reviews for P.S. I Like You I decided to pick up that one first and absolutely adored it. I’m definitely going to be reading the rest of her books this year. As for Sweet Evil, back when I first started blogging I had a conversation with Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads about angel books and she recommended Sweet Evil to me. I’m so glad she did and that I read them because oh my god that series. It’s so good and I’m still not over it.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
- Rhysand, A Court of Mist and Fury
- Kaz, Six of Crows
- Blake Crawford, Smut
Best 2016 debut(s) you read?
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Hands down, Smut by Karina Halle. This book made me laugh and swoon and it was just an all around great read. It also pulled me out of a little slump.
Book(s) That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
I’m an easy crier when it comes to books, I cry at the happy and I cry at the sad. So, these two are books that wrenched my heart out and had me sobbing like a baby.
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this one yet on my blog, aside from this post, but it wasn’t the typical kind of NA or even contemporary I read. I wasn’t sure if I would like it going into it and I’m still iffy on certain parts but overall I really enjoyed it. I might even feature it on a Standalone Sunday in the future and go into more detail.
Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
I can’t go into too much detail since it isn’t released yet but not only is this unique because it’s the only Phantom of Opera retelling I’ve ever read but it’s also unique because some of the mythology it uses I haven’t seen in another YA Fantasy before.
Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Overall I ended up enjoy this book once I got to the end but there was one thing that made me so mad that I nearly DNFed it.
New favorite book blog(s) you discovered in 2016?
This is probably going to turn into more of a shoutout to the bloggers I’m glad I met on here in 2016 since I only started blogging back in March. I really hope I don’t leave anyone out.
Before I start I just want to say thank you to all of these bloggers because they made me feel so welcomed. When I first started blogging I really struggled with interacting and some of them were the first people I talked to on here and it helped me to break out of my shell so to speak. So, thank you guys! ♥
Beth @ Reading Every Night, Reg @ She Latitude, Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books, Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch, Amanda @ Hanging With Amanda, Michelle @ Book Adventures, Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads, Lilly @ Lair of Books, Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads, Michelle @ Addictively Turning Pages, Amy @ Novel Gossip,, Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros, Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Megan @ bookslayerReads, Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them, Jasmine @ How Useful It Is, Danielle @ Books Vertigo, and Tea, Azia @ The Uncharted World, Puput @ Sparkling Letters, Stephanie @ TeacherofYA
Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to my very first author signing, Colleen Hoover, back in August. It was so much fun! I wrote about it here.
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
So far, my best moment was being approved for an eARC of The Song Rising. I wasn’t expecting it and was pretty sure I would get declined so when I got the approval email I ran to my mom screaming. 😂
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding the time to reply to comments, write posts, blog hop, and read all while trying to keep up with work and school. It’s been something I’ve really struggled with, especially these past few months.
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Book candles! I have a minor(major) candle obsession so you can imagine my reaction when I discovered candles made to smell like things from books. I have a growing collection of them now.
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I sadly didn’t. My original GoodReads goal was 100 books as I read 126 in 2014 (How?) but then things got busy so I kept lowering until, on New Year’s Eve, I decided to just set it to amount that I had already read so that it would be easier to get back to.
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
All of the books in the Shades of Magic books are on the top of my reading list for 2017. I’ve been recommended them so many times and I want to know what all of the hype is about. As soon as I finish review books and the last book is released I’m planning a binge read.
These are definitely not the only ones I’m anticipating. They’re just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. 🙈
2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
I’m not sure if any of the current series I’m reading are ending this year. However, these two books that are in a series are two that I’m really looking forward to.
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I hope to find some balance and organization. These past few months have been hard on me because real life has gotten busy and I sort of lost my reading and blogging grove. I just really need to learn to balance blogging, reading, and other responsibilities.
A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
As it’s the only 2017 release I’ve read…
If you made it to the end of this long 2016 wrap-up of sorts then you’re awesome because it took so long to put together. 😂
What about you guys? What were your favorite books of 2016? What are some books you’re looking forward to in 2017?