I absolutely love participating in Jamie’s (@ The Perpetual Page Turner) End of Year Book Survey; this is my third year in a row! And even though we might be two months into 2017, it’s always worth talking about amazing books. FYI the reviews/posts mentioned below are all from my posts on Gone with the Words. Without further adieu, here’s my End of Year Survey!
Number Of Books You Read: 105
Number of Re-Reads: 12
Genre You Read The Most From: fantasy
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne- if I’m absolutely forced to choose one book, this is it. It was everything I’ve always wanted in a contemporary romance and I read it twice in one week.
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?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I was sure it could never live up to the hype but once I got my bearings a few chapters in, it was incredible. Burnt cinnamon rolls ftw!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Melina Marchetta. Ellis will be so proud of me.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
When A Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare. I hadn’t read adult historical romance before and this book was hilarious and sexy!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This duology is the definition of thrilling and action-packed, yet somehow there are enough quiet & humorous moments for us to really embrace the characters.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Starflight by Melissa Landers. Shiny!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Kaz Brekker is pretty damn memorable.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. It was so lovely and I like epistolary novels.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (and the rest of the Lumatere Chronicles)
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“I heard your song the moment we were born.” Froi of the Exiles, Melina Marchetta
“My body and brain are conditioned for combat whenever I’m in his immediate radius. When he looks over, I jerk back. He puts his hand between us on the couch, palm up, and then looks back at the TV. It’s like he’s put out a dish of seed and is now sitting very still, waiting for the cowardly little chicken to make a move. And it does take me a while. I tentatively pick up his hand and lace his fingers into mine.” The Hating Game, Sally Thorne.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta shocked me because I didn’t think I would like Froi at all based on the previous book and he turned out to be a remarkable character. And Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake actually left me with my mouth hanging open.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
JOSH AND LUCY from The Hating Game. The definition of OTP you guys. I love them so much and they are so perfectly suited for each other. I’m tempted to write all of my 2016 OTPs though…maybe I’ll do a twitter thread 😉
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It blew the Grisha trilogy out of the water.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson. Nerdy, shippy perfection.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I was so angry at Catherine and so shattered when everything came to a head (pun intended. Har har).
My Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I need to keep better track of book blogs I discover and when… I definitely followed a bunch of new bloggers from twitter and often click links from there! I did really enjoy finding Maren’s blog The Worn Bookmark and Jade’s blog Bedtime Bookworm 🙂
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
For pure clarity, I really liked how I formatted my review of And I Darken; it’s clean and easy to read. Content-wise, I LOVED The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You and I had a lot of fun writing the review and picking the gifs!
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
BEA! BEA was as magical as I hoped it would be. I had an excellent time at the conference, I got to meet some of my best friends, and I got to explore a new city. It was awesome.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater at BEA and tell her how much The Raven Cycle means to me. Omg. I was shaking. It was awesome and she was so nice.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I think keeping your blogging motivation throughout the year is always a challenge at certain points; keeping up with commenting because I love reading other blogs; and since I tend to review books I enjoyed on the blog, it’s a challenge to phrase to reviews differently enough when I always like similar elements, to make sure the unique essence of that particular book is really shown.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The post I wrote with the most comments was my Top Ten Historical Settings post, which is awesome because I loved writing it!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My review for The Raven King – I worked so hard to make it compelling but spoiler free, and it’s filled with Seb gifs!
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Copperfield’s Books that opened in my town!
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 by a wide margin and also reread quite a few books without guilting myself about it.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Read more of the books I already own, complete my reading challenges, keep my Netgalley percentage at 80%!
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller- the pirate book I’ve always wanted!!! Action-packed from the first page, a compelling mystery, romance, hints of fantasy, badass women, and a wicked MC best described as Elizabeth Swann meets Celaena Sardothien.
Frostblood by Elly Blake- a fast-paced book with fantastic characters, lots of magic and action, and the best hate-to-love slow burn romance! I SHIP IT. The strength of the writing makes you care about well-worn fantasy tropes, and it was a lot of fun to read.
How did your 2016 reading year go? Any 2017 books that you’ve read and I should be on the lookout for? Let me know!