7th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

The 7th Annual End of the Year Survey was created by The Perceptual-Page Turner and is a really great way to look back on 2016. This is my third time doing this survey and I always enjoy taking a little time to evaluate my year in terms of books. If you get a chance to take part in this survey, feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll be sure to have a look. Covers featured below are linked to Goodreads.

Number Of Books You Read: 77 (aiming for 78 by the end of the day)
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, but I read a lot of contemporary and historical fiction books as well.

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Did you say books with an “s” because I’d have to say among my favorites were Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom, and Maggie Steifvater’s The Raven King.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Sarah Ahiers’s Assassin’s Heart. I really love assassins and I wanted to fall in love with this one, but it ended up being meh for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I was really surprised by how much I liked Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road. I’m really not into westerns, but yet this one really impressed me.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I think I may have mentioned the brilliance of Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf every opportunity I had. Have you read it? You must!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I feel like Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch has a lot of potential, so I’m going with that for best series started in 2016. Best sequel goes to Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom. I loved it so much, I’m even itching to reread the duology right now. Stiefvater’s The Raven King wins best series ender. It was everything I loved about the previous three books and more.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
I discovered some really good authors this year, but like to spotlight Destiny Soria. Her debut Iron Cast was such a breath of fresh air. I plan to pick up all her subsequent novels.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I already mentioned Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road, but another book I was surprised I liked so much was Natasha Preston’s The Cellar. I don’t pick up a lot of thrillers, but this was very good.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Ryan Graudin’s Blood for Blood was pretty unputdownable. I was fully invested in Yael’s story since Wolf By Wolf, so I needed to know the end of her story.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
There are a couple of books that I plan to reread in 2017, the highest on my list being V. E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows. I must reread the first two books in the series before the final book is released.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Hands down, it’s Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Kiss cover. I am so happy that the publisher didn’t go through with the original plan to change the final cover.
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Lada from Kierten White’s And I Darken. This girl, this girl is equal parts scary and admirable.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
This is a toss up for me between Mindy McGinnis’s A Darkness So Discreet and Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star. Both author’s writing blew me away.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
I’m going to have to go with Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf again. This book, people, this book.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Definitely Mindy McGinnis’s A Madness So Discreet. I feel like this book is the perfect fit for me and I really regret passing it up last year.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I was supposed to be better at keeping track of favorite passages, but I totally failed on that front. That being said, I did really like this particular passage from Cat Winter’s The Steep & Thorny Way:

“The nighttime forest glowed in a strange haze of gold, and the fat trunks and green awnings soured high above, as if I were nothing more than a spider scampering through a window box.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest book was Lauren DeStefano’s The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart (208 pages) and the longest was Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom (546).
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Long Game ripped my heart out and threw it into the fire. Not over it, won’t be over it, can’t be over it.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
This might be the easiest question on this list because my love for Kaz and Inej has no bounds!!!!!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Ada and Corinne from Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast is my favorite female friendship, I love their relationship so much.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon was fantastic. I liked Everything, Everything, but I kind of loved this second book.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea is a book I bought and read because of all the praise it received from my fellow bloggers. Thank you all by the way, it was great.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Huh. I don’t think I have any new fictional boyfriends to add to my list this year. How weird.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Upon further reflection, I think Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere is the best debut I read this year.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Both Leigh Bardugo and V. E. Schwab excel at wordbuilding, I’m always in awe.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows had me laughing so much. It was such a fun experience to read and I’m really looking forward to what they write together next.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Both Ryan Graudin’s Blood For Blood and Maggie Steifvater’s The Raven King had me close to tears.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
That goes to Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast. I’ve already mentioned this one a couple of times, but I cannot believe how many people haven’t read it.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom really packed a punch. I’m still feeling it.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke was really weird and really odd and really good.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Honestly, I don’t think any books I read made me angry this year. Even the ones that I didn’t particularly like were disappointing, but they didn’t make me mad.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Stephanie’s Adventures of a Bibliophile is a blogger whose opinion I really value. If she didn’t enjoy a book, the odds are I won’t either. I really trust her judgment and just enjoy everything she posts. If you’re not following her, do it.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I really enjoyed writing my review for Kiersten White’s And I Darken.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Kernel of Nonsense: When An Author Keeps Disappointing You was my favorite discussion post of the year. It was really a cathartic writing experience.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I participated in Armchair BEA for the first time this year which was a lot of fun. I’ll definitely be doing it again because let’s be realistic, the odds that I’ll ever be able to go to BEA are slim.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Being able to host the Comment Challenge with Lonna @ FLYLēF over the summer was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done as a blogger (A little self-promotion here, we’re hosting the same challenge over the winter months and you can participate in February. Just look for our sign-up post on the 2nd).
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
The slumps. Oh, I had some crazy end of the year reading and blogging slumps. It was a struggle to get through a few books and even more of a struggle to find the motivation to blog.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Kernels of Nonsense: The Ugly Side of Book Blogging was my most popular post this year. Sometimes being a blogger can be messy.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Someone give some love to my review of All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I think one of the reasons it didn’t get too much love is because it’s the third installment in a series that not everyone has read 😦
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I discovered that I would do well not to discover any more bookish sites.
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my Goodreads goal, along with several other challenges I participated in (the 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark, and 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
I’m going to go with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I think I might make this one my first audio book as well because Lin-Manuel Miranda!!!!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
I’m super stoked for The Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab and also scared…
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, hands down.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
I already mentioned The Conjuring of Light, but second would be Heidi Heilig’s The Ship Beyond Time.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Participate in a buddy read and maybe one readathon.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None. I’m saving my 2017 ARCs for next year because I just don’t have time to read them yet.

Epic Reads Book Tag

Epic Reads Book Tag

I know I haven’t done a book tag in ages…ages! But after being tagged by Nicka @ Readbynicka for this one, I wanted to make sure I took the time to get to it this month. Thank you so much for the tag, Nicka, I really enjoyed doing it! So after going through all these questions, it occurred to me that I might have already done this tag. My memory is so terrible, I didn’t even notice! Not all my answers are the same (because that would be even more embarrassing), so it’s kind of like doing this tag for the first time.

1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters for tea who would you invite and what would you serve?

This question just made me all kinds of giddy. There are so many possibilities! After going back and forth between several, I’m going to go with Jane Austen and Elizabeth Bennet. Too predictable? I’m just imagining in my head how amazing it would be to sit down with these two because even though Pride & Prejudice was written 200 years ago, it still speaks to me on so many levels.

2. What would you love a prequel for and what would be the main storyline?

I will always be up for a prequel of HP, but for the sake of this tag, I’m actually going to mention another prequel I’d like. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see Maura, Persephone, and Calla’s story before The Raven Boys? I’d love to read about how they discovered their gifts and of course when they met each other. Maggie, write this!

3. Which two characters not from the same book would make a great book couple?

I love questions like this. I take that back, I’ve been staring at my bookshelves for a full five minutes trying to figure out who would make a good couple, but my devotion to certain ships are getting in the way. I could see Harry Potter dating Kami Glass though…or maybe I could see her with Ron. Oh my gosh, I don’t know!

4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them, what would you say?

You’re assuming that I have one favorite author! How to choose, how to choose…Let’s say I run into Juliet Marillier, one of my favorite fantasy authors, on the subway. After picking my jaw off the floor, I’d say, “You’re stories move me in a way that makes me believe that real magic exists.”

5. What book made you a reader and why?

Yes, maybe it’s a little cliché, but it’s still true for so many of us. Harry Potter is the first series that I fell absolutely in love with. It opened up so many doors to me and I never imagined I’d love reading as much as I do now because of it.

6. If your bookshelf was caught on fire which book would you save?

Ah! This would be a good time to have magical powers, so I could save all the books. But I’m a pretty realistic person, I know that all these books can be replaced. I might grab my box set of Jane Austen books because they are too gorgeous.

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in?

Who would choose to live in a dystopian world? Isn’t the point that you wouldn’t want to live in that kind of world? Next question, please.

8. What is your most epic read of all time?

To ensure that I don’t repeat myself in this tag, I’m going to name the last epic read I read and that was Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf. I actually just reread it because I loved it so much the first time and I can’t get enough of it. I don’t know how I will survive until November when the sequel is released. I need some closure!

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this tag and would like to. Feel free to link back to this post or leave me a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit!

Totally Should’ve Book Tag

totallyIt’s been about forever since I did a book tag, much less one that I actually had been tagged for. I have several tag post drafts, but because I often don’t make sense, I’m doing the most recent one I was tagged for. Huge thanks to Books By Jay for tagging me for this. Covers linked to Goodreads as always. Let’s get started…

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

I tend to really appreciate the standalone novels, so it isn’t often that I think these books need sequels. However, there are a few standalone novels that I enjoyed so much that I would have like to have seen a follow-up novel. Alexandra Bracken’s Brightly Woven is such an enjoyable (and underrated!) fantasy novel, if it had been a series, I would have been delighted.

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

Yes, my first thought was Harry Potter because can you really have too much of that universe? That’s a rhetorical question btw. In an effort to not be so predicable, I’m choosing the Throne of Glass series. Technically this series isn’t over and a lot could happen (please let there be a spin-off series!). I would be so thrilled if Sarah J. Maas wrote a series focused on Manon Blackbeak and the Thirteen.

3. An author who totally should write more books

Leslye Walton! I’m dying for more books like The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. When will I get another book by you? I’m even contemplating buying A Tyranny of Petticoats, a short-story collection that she contributed to because I’m starving for more of her writing.

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

I can’t answer this without spoiling a book or series for someone and I really don’t wish to do this. However, since Sarah Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes series isn’t finished and the main ship hasn’t quite been written in stone (at least I hope not, I actually haven’t read the second book yet), I believe Meira should (and hopefully not should’ve) end up with Theron.

5. Totally should’ve ended differently

Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina is one of my very favorite books. It ended in such a way that you were sure it was going to get a sequel. Well, it took forever, but Shadow Scale was finally published and I ended up feeling rather let down. I imagined a much happier ending.

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

I’m not a big fan of movie adaptations. They make me so nervous and I’m more likely to be disappointed than head-over-heels in love with them. However, if they could do it right (and that’s a big IF), I wouldn’t mind seeing The Lunar Chronicles on the big screen. I think it would be a heck of a lot of fun.

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

I trust TV show adaptations even less than movies, but I actually think Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin series could be made into an exciting hour of television. The zombie genre may not be quite as popular as it once was, so perhaps it might be best for a few years to pass between zombie shows (after The Walking Dead ends) before adapting this one.

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I really like Becky Wallace’s The Storyspinner, but it had so many different points of view, I found jumping from one to another to be really frustrating. I don’t even think this book needs one point of view because I’d even be happy with two. I’ll be reading the sequel to this one this month and am hoping I don’t have the same issue.

9. Totally should have a cover change

Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series is one of my favorite fantasy series ever, but the covers are not very appealing. I got into her books because of Wildwood Dancing, which has one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever come across, which is very lucky because I’m not sure I would have picked up these other books if I hadn’t read this one first.

10. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

There are so many books that I believe would have been better if they had been standalones. Recently I read Sarah Ahier’s Assassin’s Heart and really have a difficult time seeing it as a series. What is with publishers insisting everything be a trilogy?

11. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

This is the easiest question in this tag. I will never be over the cover change for Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Lynburn Legacy series. The first book’s cover was so perfect, I can only imagine how beautiful the other two book covers would have been.

I tag anyone who is interested in completing this little bookish survey. Feel free to leave a link to your own post, so I can see you’re answers!

2015 End of the Year Book Survey

2015 End of the YearJamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner has put together her 6th annual End of the Year Book Survey. I did this last year and had a lot of fun answering all the questions, although it did take me forever to get through it. It’s so rewarding to sit down and have a close look at all the books you’ve had the pleasure of reading throughout the year. There are so books that have become new favorites and overall it just feels like I’ve read a lot more enjoyable books this year compared to last. I’m going to try not to repeat myself too much while filling out these answers, but we’ll see. I also would like to apologize for any typos in this post, I was in a hurry in the end to get it done. Let’s have a look back at 2015 in terms of books…(covers linked to Goodreads)

Number Of Books You Read: 89 (still time for a couple more)
Number of Re-Reads: 9 (I want to squeeze in one more)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

 alt=1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

There are far too many great titles I read this year to choose only one, but for the sake of this survey, I’ll chose Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Even if you haven’t read this novel, I’m sure you’ve seen it around the blogosphere. I’ve been dying to read the sequel from the moment I finished the last page. I need more of Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, and Wylan!

 alt=2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I wanted to love this one, probably because the cover is just so stunning, but it was a real letdown. The world-building was not up to par and I found the supporting characters lacked real depth.

 alt=3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

This book has been on and off of my TBR for years. Even though I love a good retelling, I just wasn’t sure if this one was going to be any good. I happened to check it out from the library one day and oh my gosh, it blew me away! It’s beautiful and sad and you must read it if you haven’t already.

 alt=4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don’t think I ever go a week without mentioning how much I loved Six of Crows. I already mentioned above that it was one of my favorite reads in 2015, but it’s also revived my interest in Leigh Bardugo’s other series. I pushed this book so hard this year that I ended up with the entire Grisha Trilogy on my shelf, which I plan on marathoning before the sequel to this one comes out.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

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In 2015, I read The Lightning Thief for the first time and loved it! I’m planning to binge-read the rest of the series in 2016. The Winner’s Crime was a heck of a sequel, one that tore me to shreds; it was by far my favorite sequel of the year. I final go to Unmade this year and loved it so much, Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Lynburn Legacy is just a gem!

 alt=6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Leslye Walton for sure! The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a stunning debut and I cannot wait to see what this talented author writes next.

 alt=7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Definitely Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. I don’t typically read adult thrillers, but I kept hearing about this book. Unable to calm my curiosities, I ended up picking up this book from the library. And it was heck of a crazy-psycho-do-you-really-know-people heck of a ride.

 alt=8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I know a lot of blogger really love this book and after putting it off for a while because I was afraid the hype was being to be too much, I finally read it. And even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, you can’t deny that it is packed with action.

 alt=9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Accident Season was one of those reads where I wasn’t expecting too much, but then it just blew me away. It’s a really weird book, but it’s also beautifully written and the ending just makes me want to go back and reread it all over again.

 alt=10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

There were so many great covers in 2015! It’s so hard to choose a favorite, but I really like A Darker Shade of Magic‘s book cover and it also happens to be one of my favorite reads this year.

 alt=11. Most memorable character of 2015?

There are so many wonderful characters that I’ve read in 2015, but I’m going to go with one I was introduced to last year and learned even more about year. No, it isn’t Celaena or Rowan or even my precious Chaol. I’m talking about Manon Blackbeak. Oh my gosh, I think after this last book she’s become my favorite character. I cannot wait to read more about her in the next installment.

 alt=12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

I’ve already failed at not repeating myself for this survey, so I might as well throw the rule out the window. This book is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read and I’m not just talking about this year. It’s almost otherworldly in its artistry.

 alt=13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

In one word Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia is cathartic. It also was a reminder to me that I really would like to read more books by Latino authors. If you have any recs, let me know in the comments!

 alt=14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

I’m cheating a little on this one since it actually came out in 2015, but it took me seven months after its release to pick it up. I cannot believe I ever though I wouldn’t like it and I’m so happy I listened to all the bloggers praising it because it was a great read.

 alt=15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

One of my New Year’s Resolutions may be to better mark/write down favorite quotes in book because I am terrible at it. This quote from Tiger Lily has really stayed with me.

“Still, the longer I was around her, the more I could see the colors of her mind and the recesses of her heart. There was a beast in there. But there was also a girl who was afraid of being a beast, and who wondered if other people had beasts in their hearts too.”

 alt=16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

I was sure my longest read was Marissa Meyer’s Winter, but I forgot I took part in a readalong (with Jolien @ The Fictional Reader) and read this monster of a book, nearly 900 pages long! My shortest read this year 222 pages which was Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Glass Magician.

 alt=17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Blood of My Blood, the final book in Barry Lyga’s Jesper Dent series was crazy. I can’t tell you why it was so shocking, but I just want to adopt Jasper and take care of him.

 alt=18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

At this point, I’d like to apologize for continually mentioning this book, I apparently have a new book obsession. Speaking of obsessions, I love Kaz and Inej so much. Apparently all my ships are very painful/almost impossible dreams and I like the torture.

 alt=19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I could spend hours talking about the different non-romantic relationships in the Lynburn Legacy. There are so many and they all make me immensely happy. However, I must say the Kami’s father Jon Glass and his relationship with Lillian Lynburn is hilarious and probably my favorite.

 alt=20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I really liked Rook by Sharon Cameron. I’ve read The Dark Unwinding by her some years ago, but still need to finish the duology. Also, can I say that Rook is one standalone that I actually wished was the first in a series?

 alt=21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I mentioned in an earlier answer that I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one. I was actually not bothered that I hadn’t read it. But then Carolyn @ A Hundred Thousand Stories kept telling me to and knowing my weakness for The Winner’s Trilogy, told me that I’d like this one because of my love for the former. Well, she was right. I’m so glad I listened to you!

 alt=22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I do not crush easily (in real life either). Call me picky, so I was actually surprised by how much I loved Magiano from The Rose Society. I seriously love this guy and even though I just finished this book, I already need more of him.

 alt=23. Best 2015 debut you read?

So many possibilities! The Accident Season was just so great, I loved it so much and cannot wait for her next novel.

 alt=24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I read a lot of books with awesome world-building this year and one that really stands out is Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. Her world is rich, stunning, and just so well-developed.

 alt=25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Penryn & the End of Days is just a fun series, despite being about the end of the world. Snarky characters like Penryn and Raffe make these books so enjoyable, I cannot tell you how much I laughed out loud while reading about these two.

 alt=26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Cry? How about wail? Bawl? Weep like there’s no tomorrow? I spent most of this time reading this book just crying out “Why?!” Despite the emotional damage done to me, I really loved this book. Or maybe it’s because of it.

 alt=27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Why haven’t more people read Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Weight of Feathers? This book is beautifully written. It has mermaids, star-crossed love, and people leaping in trees. Go read it!

 alt=28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Sarah J. Maas, why are you so cruel? What have I ever done to you? Why do you think you can toy with my emotions and then crush me like this? Please, just tell me why! Why! WHY!!!!! *

*Obviously I can’t elaborate because of spoilers but those who know me and who have read this book, will know why I’m so upset.

 alt=29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

I read quite a few magical realism novels this year and while it would be really easy to name one of those, I’m actually going with Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger about a girl who can sense gold and must disguise herself as a boy in order to make it to California during the beginning stages of the gold rush. But you’ve never heard of a synopsis like that, have you?

 alt=30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Oh, I’m always mad. Just kidding, I just experience a wide-range of emotions while reading, so there could be any number of books I use for this question. I can’t tell you why (once again because of spoilers), but there is one character that I could not help but be angry at in Everything, Everything.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Don’t make me choose! Everyone is just so amazing and I’m continually impressed by this community. If you’re a new blog in 2016, you deserve a special shout-out. Welcome to the community, I hope your blogging experience will be just as amazing as mine.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Hmm, I don’t know. I’m going to go with my review of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, read it if you haven’t, it’s an incredible book!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I had so many great discussions with other bloggers this year, it’s hard to decide on one. However, because we’ve just learned that our collective dismay over The Winner’s Kiss cover being changed resulted in the publisher changing its mind, let’s go with Kernels of Nonsense: Cover Redesign.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I really enjoyed being a part of the different Twitter chats I participated in this year. I joined Twitter for the first time in May and have met some amazing bloggers.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

I’m just really happy that bloggers and readers came together and were able to convince that publisher to stick to the original cover for The Winner’s Kiss. It may seem like a small thing to some, but it meant a lot to me that they actually listened.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Realizing that I really need to work on diversifying my reading, there are far too many great authors out there that I have missed out on.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Not including memes, my most widely viewed post was my review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My review for Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez needs more love because it’s an amazing book I discovered by luck and everyone should read it!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

This year I discovered Book Outlet and am trying not to buy everything, but it’s so hard!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge (70 books) and almost made my re-read challenge goal (12 book).

 alt=1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

I don’t know why I didn’t read this final book in the Paper Magician series, but I need to read it as soon as possible.

 alt=2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

I’m not sure I’ll survive this last book in the Raven Cycle series. There’s a good chance it will kill me or at least tear me to pieces. I might shun all communication until I finish it, so I can be alone with my thoughts. I kid you not.

 alt=3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I’m really looking forward to Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere. I’ve actually already preordered it, so you can tell how excited I am. Please be good!

 alt=4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Since I already listed The Raven King for one of the above questions, I’m going with The Winner’s Kiss. It’s another series ender that might kill me. How will I survive?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I’ll have a whole list of resolutions for a future Top Ten Tuesday, but I really want to be better at visiting the blogs I follow on bloglovin. I’m so sorry I’ve neglected you!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I’ve only read one ARC that’s being released in 2016 and I gave it a negative rating. Stay tuned to find out which!

Did you participate in this year’s End of the Year Book Survey? Leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit you back!

The Christmas Tag

The Christmas Tag (1)Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek has great timing! I’ve been looking for a Christmas-themed tag for this time of year and lo and behold she does this one and is kind enough to tag me. Thank you so very much! This December really flew by, I can’t believe there’s only six days until Christmas!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

The Nightmare Before Christmas! This movie is so versitile. I can watch it anytime October through December and it’s perfect! The music makes my heart swell every time.

Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

My brothers and I have never be allowed to open Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. This does not mean we never begged (we did!), but alas, our mother never allowed it.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

I was in Korea for about a year and I was able to come home for Christmas in between this time, which was so wonderful. I really missed my family and the fact that I could find a trash can on every corner. I could never find one in public in Korea (but I never came across any litter while there, very mysterious!).

Favourite Christmas food?

Homemade tamales! My mother has the whole family slaving away the day after Thanksgiving and we end up making so many tamales, I’m surprised we still have an appetite for them afterwards. It takes a day to make them by hand and a couple of days to cook them all. Then my mother cruelly packs them away and we have to wait for Christmas to eat them.

IMG_0542Favourite Christmas gift?

Have I mentioned what a terrible memory I have? I’m trying to recall an awesome gift from my childhood and I’m drawing a blank. Would it be cheating if I said books? I’m really in love with the Bloomsbury Harry Potter box set that I got for Christmas last year.

Favourite Christmas scent?

Nothing beats the scent of a Christmas tree.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Going to bed early, haha. What can I say, I enjoy my sleep and now that there are so many young kids in my family, I know they hate waiting for us adults to wake up, so they can show up and open all their presents.

What tops your tree?

A twinkling star. I don’t think my family has ever had an ornament or a special angel we’ve pass down through generations, so your basic star is what goes on top.

As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for and never received?

I always wanted an Easy-Bake Oven. It’s not crazy or extravagant (I wasn’t the kind of kid who would wish for the moon), but it was something I really really wanted, but never got. I still bring this up to my parents to remind them how they crushed a young girl’s dream.

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

I get this weird delight out of wrapping gifts. I don’t know what it is, but I love wrapping gifts. I like to get all my Christmas shopping done, pick the perfect wrapping paper, and spend an afternoon wrapping everything before putting it under the tree.

I tag anyone who would like to do this one before Christmas. Hurry, though, there are only six days left!

Harry Potter Spells Tag

Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally did this tag not too long ago and I could not help but think it’s a perfect tag for December. Am I the only one who thinks of Harry Potter when Christmas comes around? There’s something about the holiday that makes me want to reread the series and binge-watch the movies. I’m fairly certain I’ll be marathoning the movies for sure before the year ends. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. Accio: an upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I say this with a grain of salt because as much as I am excited for this final book in the Raven Cycle series, I am equally terrified for a certain beloved character. There’s a good chance this final book will kill me.

2. Alohomora: a favorite series starter.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Breenan

This is a great start to the Lynburn Legacy. I just love everything about these characters and how Brennan is able to bring each to life. Yes, by the end I’m all broken up inside, but it’s just a great way to start a series.

3. Cheering Charm: a book that gave you warm fuzzies.

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Ugh, this book (but in a good way). Let me tell ya, this second book in Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns series is so full of feels, I think I’m still recovering (I read it years ago). There is a particular character that I might have a bit of a crush on. Yes, I know he’s not real! Why am I even telling you this?

4. Aguamenti: a book that made you ugly cry.

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

I am an ugly crier. Under the right conditions I can get teary-eyed over a commercial. So naturally, I’m also an emotional reader. I pick up a book with the intention of falling in love with its characters and dying from pain when something awful happens. The Book Thief is a great book, it also made me cry an awful lot. Still crying!

5. Expecto Patronum: a bookish hero or heroine you want around to protect you in real life.

Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows

There are so many awesome heroines to choose only one! I’m going to go with a gal from one of my most recently read books and go with Inej. This girl is all kinds of amazing and if I needed someone to have my back, I’d want it to be her.

6. Lumos: a book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.

Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

I don’t like spoilers, but I may or may not have flipped a few pages ahead in this one. You know when you’re reading a book and then you get the feeling something stupid is about to happen? Well, it happened in this second book in the Hemlock series and I’m still pretty upset about it, I haven’t picked up the last book yet.

7. Imperio: a book you wish you could make everyone read because you love it so much.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

There are so many different books I could have listed here. Books that made me smile, books that made me cry, books that made me see the world differently. The Diary of a Young Girl did all these things and I think everyone should be given a chance to be introduced to the beautiful young woman who was Anne Frank.

8. Engorgio: a book series you wish never ended.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This will probably be a lot of people’s answer to this question. And why not? Harry Potter has had the most impact on my reading life than any other book I’ve ever picked up. I still get excited when any of the movies are on television, and I never tire of rereading the books. In fact, I may just reread one after I finish this tag…

9. Wingardium Leviosa: a book with an uplifting message.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I had the pleasure of reading this book for the first time when I was an adult and I think I appreciate it more for doing so. Meg is relatable in all her insecurities and short-comings, but she learns that she is special a way that may not be obvious to everyone else but is nonetheless important.

10. Obliviate: a book you wish you could forget you ever read.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Whenever I think of a book I hated, I always remember this one. Maybe it’s the fact that I wasted money by buying it, or the fact that the love story felt more like sexual-harassment than romance, or maybe I felt so deceived that a book can be given this kind of stunning cover and yet be a let down entirely; for whatever reason, this book is probably my least favorite book ever.

11. Anapneo: an author whose books can always get you out of a slump.

Jane Austen

Is it Mr.Darcy? Elizabeth’s sense of humor? Perhaps it’s the ridiculousness of how obsessed Mrs. Bennet is with getting her daughters married, but I’m always in the mood to pick up P&P. I’m also not adverse to picking up one of her other novels, notably Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility.

12. Jelly Legs Jinx: a swoonworthy hero or heroine.

Gavriel Duval

Not only does Grave Mercy feature one of my favorite female protagonists, it also features one of my favorite love-interests. I really need to reread this book soon because there is just so much more swooning I need to do.

13. Aresto Momentum: a book that caused you to stop doing other things until you finished.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This book was quite the adventure, you never knew what was coming and it’s full of precious characters you had to know were okay in the end. Now I have to wait until next year for the sequel after I’m left with that cliffhanger! How will I survive all these long months?

14. Crucio: a book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

This second book ruined me! This series has torn me up so much inside, I’m not sure I’ll ever recover (unless Rutkowski writes me a beautiful happy ending, then all will be forgiven). Kestrel! Arin! I had such a huge book hangover after finishing the second installment. I can’t talk about it much, the pain is still too fresh!

15. Rictumsempra: a book that had you laughing out loud.

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

I mentioned the first book earlier in the list as a great series started, but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how hilarious the series is as well. The characters are sarcastic, sassy, factious, and just delightful to read about. The Lynburn Legacy is the first series I think of whenever I hear anyone asking for a book that will make them laugh.

16. Expelliarmus: a book that made you want to send it (or your ereader) flying.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

As much as I’ve enjoyed this series, I did feel that it took a step back in terms of character development for several of my favorites. And also, khahawriti3u takhksak iy3ityhs jsdnjs iyt3yht fhaih!!!!!! Ahir3it iajrri3qhri urydncm, lrhrkhawk!!!!!! I can’t tell you what else I’m upset about because of spoilers, but know that I’m still really upset about it.

17. Portus: a bookish world you wish to visit.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I’m tempted to repeat myself and say the wizarding world, but I won’t. Instead, I wouldn’t mind visiting the different Londons in this amazing fantasy book, though I might want to avoid White London, those Dane Twins are just crazy!

18. Stupefy: a book with a shocking twist or ending

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This ending! I did not see it coming at all. I remember when I first picked up this book, not expecting much, and then just being in awe of Patrick Ness’s ability to create such a unique story. I’m pretty sure I immediately bought the second book after finishing this one because I had to find out what happened next!

19. Avada Kedavra: a character death that destroyed you.

Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

I won’t say whose death I’m thinking of, just in case they’re some readers who haven’t read/seen the books/movies, but this is the death that most impacted me in the series and I can safely say, I’m still not over it.

20. Finite Incantatem: best series conclusion.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Because this is the most recent series I finished, I’m going to go with Winter. It wrapped up the series rather nicely and I closed this book with a big smile on my face, which is just so nice. Man, I need to read more happy books…

I’m tagging anyone who also associates Harry Potter with this time of year!