This awesome survey was created by the talented Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner. All credit, praise, and general worship should be directed at her.
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 2016!!
Number Of Books You Read: 220 (and counting! There’s still a week left)
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2016 release vs. backlist)
This is IMPOSSIBLE! But… I’ll break it down to YA and Adult.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a bad way, because even though I’d never read her thrillers, I assumed I’d love them… and I was very wrong.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
This one is a bit tough, because I rarely “push” people to read something, but I do work at a bookstore now. And while the book I’ve sold the most to customers this year is probably the paperback version of As You Wish by Cary Elwes, I technically read that in 2015. But I did start a book club through Fountain Bookstore the first book pick was The Natural Way of Things, so I’m going with that one since I literally pushed about 20 or so people to read it. 😉
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I really love the Darker Shade of Magic books, and have read the first two this year. Lair of Dreams was the book I kicked 2016 off listening to and it did not disappoint! And 2016 was also the year I finished several series, but The Raven King and End of Watch were the best.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
I’m a little late to the Christopher Moore bandwagon, but I really enjoyed Bloodsucking Fiends and I just read The Stupidest Angel, and I foresee lots of his books in my future. I want to laugh a lot in 2017. But I also discovered a lot of great writers this year, some new to me and some new to writing, so this was a tough one.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t typically read two genres: Contemporary Fiction (especially of the Award Winning kind) and Non-Fiction. But I read quite a bit of both this year. Partly because I joined two library book clubs that pushed me to read outside my comfort zone and partly because I started working in a bookstore that specializes in newer titles. Customers want the books that they hear about on NPR or read about in the newspaper. While with Non-Fiction I managed mostly to stay in my comfort zone of funny memoirs by super famous funny people, Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan was not one of those. I was fascinated by her story of her, as she calls it, month of madness, and how close she was to never finding her way back.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
There are a few thriller writers that I turn to when I need to lose myself in a good, twisty mystery, and Lisa Gardner never disappoints!
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I really loved this book, and I can totally see myself listening to the audiobook version before diving into the second book!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Partly the cover, partly the title, but either way, I wish I had a poster of this one up on my wall!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Surprising no one who knows me, I have a tendency to like literary serial killers (when written by great authors like Thomas Harris, Chelsea Cain, Dan Wells, and now Caroline Kepnes). I can’t help but root for Joe, the unforgettable narrator of You and Hidden Bodies, both of which I listened to this year.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Stiefvater’s writing makes me hug books. Sometimes I just read a sentence that is so lovely, or magical, or both, that I just have to pause and take it in. She’s a true artist and her talent blows me away.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Technically, this book just came out, but I got to read the advanced copy. And I made my friend read it too, because I wanted to discuss it, literally, chapter by chapter. So we did. Basically Schwalbe lists a book per chapter that has taught him something like patience, or kindness, or napping (you know, the important things). It really made Bittner and I think more about the books we read and how they’ve helped shape us into the people we are and how they continue to influence us. We decided to come up with our own list of books that taught of the chapter headings in Books for Living, and we’re working on a project to list the 100 books we’d keep on our bookshelves if that was all we could have (one of Schwalbe’s friends went from a house filled with books to just 100, and only allowed himself to keep to that number). I will be recommended the hell out of this book in 2017.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
So, I think we read a little of this book in French class when I was a freshman in high school, and I know I saw the cartoon of it. But I’d never actually read the whole book (and I guarantee you what little I read in French class was totally not understood because I was horrible at the language and switched to Spanish) until this year. And it’s lovely and I’m glad I finally got to it.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.”
I ended up not really liking this book, which is weird, because the writing is so beautiful! I love so many of the quotes from this book (so much so, I had trouble picking just one), but the story itself felt slow and heavy and I didn’t really like the characters. BUT, the writing is gorgeous.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
The meeting was a short story, so I don’t know that it really counts as shortest book, but if Goodreads has it, I log it. I’m actually a little disappointed in myself, 727 pages for longest book doesn’t seem that long. I’ll have to break that in 2017!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
There is one particular twist that I did not expect in this book (don’t worry, I’m not going to reveal it) that just added to the whole experience. I read the arc, and then did a bit of a re-read because my book club picked this for November’s read. I really liked it!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Blue and Gansey. Blue Lily, Lily Blue was my one re-read of this year (in order to gear up for The Raven King).
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Nimona and Lord Ballister Blackheart. I don’t know who the true sidekick is in the relationship, but I really adored their relationship.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I have read and enjoyed Kate Karyus Quinn, and Down with the Shine was dark and funny and definitely one of my favorite reads of 2016!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I don’t know if I would have read this book if it weren’t for one of the library book club’s I belong to, and that would have been a shame, because it’s a lovely, wonderful book.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Finn and Sean O’Sullivan. No, I don’t have to choose between them since it’s my fictional crush, thank you very much.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
I really liked this contemporary YA romance from debut author Abigail Johnson.
(I would have picked The Crown’s Game or With Malice, but I’ve already featured them, and I’m trying to spread the bookish love).
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I almost picked Caraval, but technically it hasn’t come out yet and I’ll be talking about it a lot when it does. But Three Dark Crowns brought some mothereffing world building- I loved the magic, the matriarchy, and the mythology that Blake created in these pages. It’s pretty damn impressive. And bloody. And violent.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I love to laugh, and I think everyone should read these books, so I refuse to limit myself to just one pick.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
I’m a fairly emotional reader, but for some reason this is the only book that jumped out at me for making me cry… which I knew going in it would, so whatever. It’s a tearjerker.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
It’s a Middle Grade book, but it reads like a classic.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I don’t want to spoil this for anyone, but there’s some stuff at the end that dented, perhaps permanently, my book loving soul. Joe is definitely the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Ouch.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
I read this graphic novel during a Readathon and it was definitely the most unique book I read in 2016. Rather than try to explain why, here’s a quote from the summary “Built in six pages of interlocking panels, dated by year, it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room – and its inhabitants – between the years 500,957,406,073 BC and 2033 AD.” Only it was about 300 pages of the same room throughout different times. Very cool, very different.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
So bad, it did indeed make me mad.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Paper Fury– it’s just a gorgeous blog!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Mostly because I really loved the picture I took of the book. Not for my writing skills.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I did several discussion posts this year (I really need to do more!), but this one was my favorite just because of all the fun gifs I used.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Beth Revis took this pic, so I can’t take credit. The amazing blue haired woman is Gwenda Bond, then Megan Miranda and Megan Shepherd. These 4 authors came to the bookstore I work at and not only did I get to meet them, but I moderated the panel. I created my own version of Cards Against Humanity and had the authors play, and it was so much fun. Despite my nerves, the whole event went really well- thanks in large part to the charm and wit of the authors, and I was very lucky to have several of my friends and family come out to support me. It was definitely the best event I participated in!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Getting hired at Fountain Bookstore! I really love the book blogging world, and it’s kind of awesome to actually recommend the books we love to customers. I would not be the reader I am if it weren’t for ya’ll, and it prepared me well to talk endlessly to strangers about why they need to read certain books right this minute! 🙂
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
So, this year I started off really strong with reading books I already owned. But I continued to bring in more books (I got addicted to all the book box subscriptions, but I have since quit those). And then I got the part time job at the bookstore, and suddenly I had even MORE books at my disposal. It’s awesome having access to most of the arcs I want, and in order to do my job I have to read newer titles… but that means I have less time to A. Read (because I have 2 jobs) and B. Read my TBR. So, my dream of taming my TBR beast? So isn’t going to happen. And while I continued to blog, I definitely hit a wall a few times where I just wasn’t posting much. I’ve given myself permission to just to Short and Tweet reviews, so that’s helped. I’ll probably always blog… but I’ve never treated my blog like a business and that’s not likely to change.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Oh, I have no idea how to even see the views, and I’m too lazy to check on the comments, although I’m guessing it would be a Readathon challenge.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All of them, they’re my blog babies. What blogger could choose?
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
LITSY!!!!!!!!!! I freaking love Litsy, it’s my new favorite thing on the planet. Get on Litsy!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I totally completed my Goodreads challenge. I even upped it a few times, so that felt great. I also had a goal of using this awesome spreadsheet to keep track of the books I read in 2016, and I’ve kept up with that… mostly, I kind of gave up on the Books Bought section of the spreadsheet, but 2017 is a new year, dammit!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
This, and about 300 hundred more. Roughly.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
In all my years as a blogger, I can count on one hand the amount of times I reached out to a publisher to see about getting an ARC (other than Netgalley or Edelweiss). This was one of those requests… and I didn’t get it. Which is fine, it’s not like I’m not going to buy a hardback and audio version of this book beauty, and it’s not like the book needs the hype from my piddly reviews. But I have been waiting on this one for a long time, and my anticipation is at a near feverish pitch. It might require me to take the day off, like I did when Raven King came out (oh, yes, I did take a day off work to read a book on it’s release date- there is no shame in my book nerd game).
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I know Christina, so I’m terribly excited for debut book!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Yes, please, now, please.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I really hope to keep better track of the books coming and going into my home. I’d also like to figure out a way to start a YA book club for the bookstore.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
It’s coming out in January, so you should probably get it!