2015 Year in Books

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While I have only been book blogging for a short time, I have come to really enjoy the book blogger community. Everyone is so excited to share their thoughts and books with one another and the challenges are a great way to have fun and connect with everyone! So when I saw this End of Year Survey over at Perpetual Page Turner, I knew I had to participate. You basically fill out a survey that she has, kindly, made for whoever wants to complete it. I love piling lists and with Goodreads’ Year in Books tool that they have every end of the year, there was no reason not to do this!

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Number Of Books You Read: 55, unfortunately. This was not a good year of reading for me.
Number of Re-Reads: 7 (not included in the number above)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy and Non-fiction

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015? I read a lot of great books, but my favorite had to be either The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George. This novel sounded so promising (gothic Romania, family secrets, ancient myths…) Sadly, it failed to deliver, big time.

Author Jandy Nelson
Author Jandy Nelson

3. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) Book You Read?
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson elicited the most emotionally charged reaction from me, so I would say that novel. Seeing her at another Chicago suburb library was one of this year’s bookish highlights for me.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Six of Crows!

5. Best Series You Started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best Series Starter: Six of Crows and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Best Sequel of 2015: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Best Series Ender: I don’t think I read a series ender this year that I liked.

6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2015?
Debut YA horror author Amy Lukavics. Her novel Daughters Unto Devils was crazy… in all the right ways. Also Paula Hawkins, Ryan Graudin (new to me, anyway!), Laura Ruby, Eleanor Herman, and Adam Silvera!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
See above… I never read horror. Another good one was Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I’m not normally a graphic novel person, but this was packed with a steady plot, strong characterization, and amazing themes.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
This has to be a tie between Wolf by Wolf and More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. More Happy had a slower first half, but once part two gets rolling, it’s addictive!

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably the Kiss of Deception series by Mary E. Pearson (formally known as The Remnant Chronicles). Book 3 comes out in 2016 and those books are so full of action and history that you really need to do a re-read to have the final book hit you just right.
160968242343715610. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Either Six of Crows or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Manon Blackbeak from the Throne of Glass series. That witch has my heart forever!!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Does this count? Technically it doesn’t come out until next year but I read it in 2015.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2015?
See above… Another amazing novel is Positive by Paige Rawl, about a girl growing up HIV positive.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
I don’t really have an answer for this, but I’ll do you one better: I can’t believe I have to wait until 2016 to read the final book in The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater!! It’s been torture!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.”-An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Longest: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Unbelievable characters, plot twists, historical re-imagining. It was stunning and heartbreaking.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I’m a sucker for Aelin and Ronan from ToG series. Also Blue and Gansey from The Raven Cycle. Also Kaz and Inej in Six of Crows… There are so many OTPs!

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Nimona and Ballister Blackheart.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Queen of Shadows.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Kaz from Six of Crows….

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Six of Crows. This book just did everything right. Also An Ember in the Ashes.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer. As someone with an English degree, this was such a fun read. All the references!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I literally wept at the end.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (it was a hidden gem when I read it!). I had the pleasure of reading this before it debuted and it was phenomenal. I’m glad it got such rave reviews this year.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Again… Salt to the Sea.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Probably Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It was my first real foray into magical realism.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwall. This novel has great characterization and boasts a strong, engineering female protagonist, but the plot… the plot had so many holes.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Bookishness and Tea, The Bookish Girl, A Kernel of Nonsense, and Bang Bang Book Blog.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
The Wolf by Wolf review and podcast that I did with Dawn at Bang Bang Book Blog was pretty good. We had so much to say about this historical re-imagining! It got quite a few views too, which is always exciting.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I did a post a few months back about how to get ARCs from publishers. I think it’s important for book bloggers to share their successes with one another and not hoard contacts, ARCs, and tips! Hopefully my post will help future book bloggers.

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Marissa Moss and I

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
In January of 2015, I had the pleasure of going to ALA Midwinter in Chicago. During this time, I met one of my favorite childhood authors, Marissa Moss. She’s responsible for the Amelia’s Notebook series that I absolutely adored when I was a kid. Meeting her and having her sign her new book was a great experience.

Sabaa Tahir and I
Sabaa Tahir and I

During that same weekend, I was invited to a publicity luncheon to celebrate the release of Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. As I mentioned before, I read this book several months prior to that and was obsessed with it! So meeting her and being able to hear her speak about her life and her inspiration for this novel was truly a once in a lifetime professional experience.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Starting my blog in September!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Just keeping up with it. It takes a lot of effort!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My podcast/review about Wolf by Wolf got over 600 views so I’d say that’s my most popular post.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My discussion post on the trend of Westerns in YA or my Coverly Love segments.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Any time I ask a publisher for a review copy.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Not at all. It’s making me a little nervous for this upcoming year because I’m on a committee that will have to read hundreds of books and I only read 55 this whole year… I’ve gotta step it up!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get to in 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I’ve had Riders by Veronica Rossi on my desk for almost 4 months… I know I’ll eventually get to it in 2016.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
I’m currently reading The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine and loving it. I think this book will take off.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
There are so many! I’ll just leave this here: Top Ten 2016 Debuts

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Raven Cycle’s last book, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Complete my reading goal! I’d also like to expand my blog’s audience.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Have a Happy New Year everyone!! Tweet me @elisereneem if you complete your own 2015 Year in Books survey!

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One thought on “2015 Year in Books

  1. YES YES YES can’t wait for The Raven King — I am DYING for it! I did not read Six of Crows this year but it is topping nearly every list I read so it needs to be a priority! Great year in books!

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