2016 End Of The Year Survey

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I am so excited to be doing this survey for the first time ever! You might notice that I didn’t complete all the questions and I added some of my own, because why not? Mostly I just added some additional stats to the first part because I LOVE numbers – when they’re about books. Before I get started, this survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and you can find all the questions by clicking on the link. Happy Reading!

Reading Stats

23437156Number of Books I Read: 72.
Of those, twenty-one were 5 stars! Most of my reads were 4 stars and there were seventeen 3 stars. You won’t find many books rated lower than 3 stars on my Goodreads because I rarely even finish a book I dislike that much. 

Number of Pages I Read: 27,168.
The majority of those pages were published between 2000-2015. I read 18 books published this year, 3 that will be published next year and 5 published previous to 2000.

Number of Re-Reads: 1 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
I listened to it on audio, which was a fun new experience, in fact 41% of the books I read this year I listened to.       

Genre I Read The Most: Fantasy.
SciFi was the runner up but I also read some Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and NonFiction

 

Best In Books

1. Best Book I Read In 2016

Best Historical Fiction • Best Science Fiction • Best Contemporary • Best Debut

As if I could pick just one!

The Best Fantasy I Read This Year

2. A Book I Was Excited About And Thought I Would Love More: 

  • Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill
    I think I hyped myself up too much for this one, it was okay but it didn’t feel like anything new. You can read my full review here.
  • Finnikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta
    I really wanted to love this book because it was recommended to me so many times and a lot of my friends enjoyed it but it was just missing something for me.

3. Most Surprising Book I Read:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    I really wasn’t sure about this one, infact I put it down after the first dozen or so pages. Then I listened to the audiobook and it was just so enchanting! I want nothing more than to visit the circus with all of its magical tents and delcious treats!
  • Ready Player One
    Another really hyped book, I saw this on a lot of favourite lists at the end of 2015, so I had to try it. OMG it was so good!! Im not a gamer and I can say that you dont have to be to enjoy this book.

4. Best Series I Started (and finished) In 2016, Best Sequel, Best Prequel and Best Series Ender:

5. Favourite New Author I discoverd in 2016:

  • Amie Kaufman
    I read Illumiane and These Broken Stars and Kaufman knows how to write a leading lady and pull at my heart strings. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

6. Best Book Outside My Comfort Zone:

  • Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe
    The first graphic novel I’ve ever read and I loved this sassy gang of misfits.

7. The Most Action Packed Book Of The Year:

  • Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
    I could hardly catch my breath! Seriously, if you want a thrill ride without ever leaving your couch and an adorable new OTP as well, pick up Flashfall.

8. Most Likely To Re-Read:

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    This was one of the first books I read this year and I can’t wait to revisit the world and the characters from the beginning.

9. Favourite Cover of 2016:

  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
    There were a lot of beautiful covers but this one wins hands down and I have a sneaky suspoicion its sequel might win next year!

10. Most Memorable Character

  • Iko from The Lunar Chronicles
    For leaving me in stitches
  • Inej from Crooked Kingdom
    For being beautiful in all the right ways, strong in the face of the toughest challenges and gentle amidst such harsh reality.

11. Most Thought Provoking

  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
    This is a story about how we are all connected in some way. One persons actions, or lack of action, can change another persons day or life and they might never know one the others name. What we put out there into the world is really important. That’s what it taught me.

12. A Book I Can’t Believe I Waited So Long To Read

  • Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson
    Those were my exact thoughts while reading this book, what took me so long? Sadly I didnt feel the same with book two and three but the series started off great.

13. Favourite Quote I Read This Year

“It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box”  The Sun Is Also A Star
This spoke so loudly to me, thank you Nicola Yoon.

14. The Longest Book I Read And The Shortest Book I Read:

15. The Book That Shocked Me The Most:

  • Invasion Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
    I can’t remember any book shocking me with a surprise twist or death but the language and graphic content in this book caught me off guard a little. I listened to the audio book and I think hearing it out loud made it more shocking.

16. OTP of the Year Goes To:

  • Orion & Dram from Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
  • Iseult & Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

17. Favourite Book From An Author I’ve Read Previously

  • Abhorsen
    I love his books and can’t wait to continue with Clariel and Goldenhand

18. A Book I Read Based Soley On A Recommendation And Loved

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    I didnt love the Carry On parts but the rest of the story made up for them. I can really relate to Cath.
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
    When I joined the book community I saw it everywhere and everyone recommended it. I have a habit of thinking that those are the books I will be the black sheep for and at first I was really unsure about Blue and the Raven Boys. A third of the way in though I was SO hooked and long after I finished the first book I was thinking about the characters. That is rare for me.

19. Newest Fictional Crush 

  • I cannot pick just one!
  • Gansey from The Raven Boys
  • Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Rhysand, the BAE of BAEs from ACOMAF

20. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationships

  • The Dregs from Crooked Kingdom – the banter! No Mourners No Funerals!
  • The Raven Boys, well just the whole darn cast of these marvelous books.

21. Best 2016 Debut

  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
    Diverse, action packed and original. All I could ever want.

22. Book With The Best World Building

I really enjoyed the world building in all of these.

23. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read:

  • Anne Of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
    I laughed so much while reading about Anne, I will never forget the experience or the thoughtful passages.

24. Book That Made Me Cry:

  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
    I rarely cry when I’m reading but this one brought on the water works. It was funny, beautiful and real.

25. Hidden Gem Of The Year

  • A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken
    I felt it was a hidden gem because I don’t see many fans of Bracken talk about it. I think it also gets looked over because everyone knows the story from the movies but I really liked her take on things.

26. Book That Crushed My Soul

  • ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas
    It was that sacrifice at the ending. Oh Feyre ❤

27. Most Unique Book

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
    Her concept of evil deeds creating monsters? Creative, insightful and genius! I want more!

28. Book That Made Me Mad

  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
    I want to first say I love Brandon Sanderson’s books but a TEN book series? Of which the first book is more than a thousand pages? I’m sorry I have commitment issues. I just can’t.

 

The Bookish Life

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

  • Alex @ Fiery Reads
    I love her blog, and what caught my attention was her “Review At A Glance”it’s genius!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

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

  • Yallwest 2016!!!!
    It was SO incredible and it was the first time I have been to any bookish event or signing.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

  • All the friends I met up with at Yallwest and the bonds it cemented. Also, of course meeting Leigh Bardugo!!! #lifegoalfulfilled
  • The remarkable friendship that grew from my first round of #otspsecretsister with WriterGrrlReads
  • Towards the end of this year I began working with a few publishers such as Raincoast and now have the privilege of reviewing advanced copies for them!

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

  • This was my first year so the whole experience had its challenges. Also balancing blogging/instagram/reading/life/beingamom was something I’m still fine tuning.

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

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

  • I guess my reviews? Does anyone actually read those? LOL
  • Also even though the first Page 394 was my most viewed, every one since has been a flop? Im not sure that I will continue in the new year.

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

  • Audiobooks! Without them, I wouldn’t have read nearly as many books as I did this year. As a busy mom they made folding laundry great.
    **Obviously I knew about them before 2016 but I discovered my love for them this year.

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

  • Ahahahahahaha!!
    Ahem, but seriously… I knew that I shouldn’t have set goals because I suck at sticking to a reading list. I also sucked at linking up with the hosts for the challenges I did actively participate it. Maybe next year? More about that in another post. I DID however complete, correction exceeded, my Goodreads challenge this year! I aimed for 55 books and finished the year with 72!

Looking Ahead

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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?

  • Balance between all the important areas of my life
  • Reading 70 books
  • 250 Blog Followers
  • 2000 Instagram Followers
  • Only buying books that I have read, loved and would re-read. So that means reading the books I currently own or borrowing from the library or Overdrive. The only exception I’m giving myself is if the book is a continuation of a series I love.

315495136. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

  • I cannot shout this loud enough, The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova!!!!
    It will blow your mind, it is going on my shelf next to my all time favorites and I need the second book ASAP

 

Thank you for reading!

Happy New Year

 

No really, if you stuck with me and read about my entire first year of blogging and all the books I read, thank you so much! It means so much to me to have met all of you this year and I cant wait for 2017, the book community is so incredible. Please leave a comment below if you read any of these books or tell me what you did read. And dont forget to link your survey if you participated.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and how to participate, click the link above.

Best of 2016

Note: these are the best books I read in 2016, not necessarily released in 2016. The categories will be: Best 2016 Debuts, Best Sci-Fi, Best Fantasy, Best Contemporary and Most Beautiful Covers of 2016.

Best 2016 Debuts

Best Sci-Fi

Best Fantasy

Best contemporary

Best covers

 

did you read any of these? did they make it onto your “best of” list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Gifts on my Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and how to participate, click the link above.

Bookish Gifts on my wishlist

I’m not someone who gets a lot of bookish things for Christmas. I have one friend that understands my passion but my family just doesn’t get it and avoids bookish things at all cost. This year I was blessed with a new coloring book and two mystery mini’s (Dumbledore and Hermione!!) as well as a “Good Morning Beautiful” mug from my bestie. But assuming Santa is still checking his list I’d like him to consider leaving any of the following beneath my tree on Christmas Eve.

 

Thank you for reading and please let me know what’s on your Dear Sants list!

The Great Unhaul of 2016

An unhaul –  a potentially sensitive subject because some readers find it very hard to part with a book or delete a book from their Goodreads list. I can relate because I felt some of that anxiety undertaking this project but I have to say that now I feel great! I know that I am more likely to get to books I have really been looking forward to.

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Why did I do an unhaul?

I saw a tweet by someone and I wish I could remember who, about only keeping books on her shelves that she could read by the end of 2017. That really hit me. I love having a TBR full of potentially incredible adventures but I also have that list because I want to read each and every one. I know what my yearly average is so I can easily divide my TBR by my yearly average and get a rough idea of how many years its going to take. That’s if I don’t add more, and lets me reasonable we all know I’m going to. So I had this idea to reduce my TBR to just the books I can’t wait to read. Getting rid of any books I was only keeping because I felt obligated to for some reason. Now there was no way I could reduce my TBR to 60 books (my yearly average) but I decided to aim for twice that, at 120. I think at final count my TBR is now hovering at 130ish and I’m happy with that. For those of you wondering I started with about 220+.

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Some were easy and others much harder. I went through my list on Goodreads and if I couldn’t even remember what the book was about I made myself read the summary. Then I asked myself if I was really even interested in it any longer. I got rid of about two-thirds of the books I had completely forgotten about. Next, I looked at the series that I was in the process of reading, especially the ones I haven’t touched in a few years and again asked myself do I still want to read this? I am notorious for feeling obligated to finish a series because what if it turns out to be the greatest thing ever? Lets be realistic if I didn’t feel that way about the first 2+ books what are the chances it’s going to change? Next, I weeded some books out by way of reviews. I don’t like to pay too much attention to the rating on Goodreads but for some books, I did read reviews from my friends. They enjoy the same sorts of books I do and more importantly are annoyed but the same things in books so I trust their judgment. This helped me cull or convinced me to keep a lot of the books on my list. The difficult ones for me were the ones I own. I felt like if it was a gift or I paid good money for it I should read it. However, I ended up getting rid of about 15 books I own because I realized I’m not interested in them and only keeping them out of obligation. Realistically they would probably have sat on my shelf with good intentions for years. For those of you wondering, yes I felt some anxiety about unhauling these books but at those moments I told myself if it’s truly a great book it will find its way back onto my TBR in the future, be it through a friend recommendation or happening upon it at the library.

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Lastly, there were some really tough choices so I turned to Twitter to ask you all for your votes. There were 45 books grouped in sets of three and you can see the results below. I tried to group books with similarities but towards the end I had to just group them randomly. I also realize that the much older and much newer releases might not be as well read so their low scores might not reflect their quality. I took both of those factors into account in my final decision. I kept all of the winners, and some of the other titles. Honestly, I had no trouble putting the other books behind me. I really appreciate everyone voting, I thought it was a lot of fun to see the votes come in and read all your comments! I think I might use this idea again in the future, maybe for my TBR challenge next year!

 

Voting Results From Twitter (Red won and bold titles were kept!)

  1.  10%Gates of Thread and Stone  37%These Vicious Masks  53%SomethingStrange & Deadly
  2.  27%The Impostor Queen  06%Queen Of Blood  67%The Orphan Queen
  3.  06%Enders Shadow  74%DayOfBlood&Starlight  20%The Infinite Sea
  4.  22%Beyond the Red  15%Broken Skies  63%ForDarknessShowsTheStars
  5.  27%AShadowBrightAndBurning  64%My Lady Jane  09%TheLoveThatSplitTheWorld
  6.  72%BloodSong RyanAnthony  22%Paladin SallySlater  06%Tribesman PaulFreeman
  7.  35%Angelfall SusanEe  42%Scythe Shusterman  23%TheWitchHunter Boeker 
  8.  5%Dark Inside  14%Black City  81%Sea of Shadows
  9.  65%A Thousand Pieces of You  14%Girl At Midnight  21%Ruby Red
  10.  42%Shadowfell  37%Warrior Heir  21%The Naming
  11.  40%Alive ScottSigler  13%FalseMemory DanKrokos  47%WhatsLeftOfMe KatKhang
  12.  0%Below JasonChabot  69%Disruption Shirvington  31%Illusive EmilyLloydJones
  13.  65%StolenSongbird  20%Poison  15%Summer Prince
  14.  57%Dash & Lily  17%You Had Me At Hello  26%Life After Life
  15.  67%Rebel Queen  11%ThePrinceWhoFell  22%TheCastingsTrilogy
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This unhauling business has felt so freeing!! Knowing that I could get very close to the end of my list in two years is exciting! And that wouldn’t be the end of my reading it would just mean time to go looking for new adventures! I know that I want to do a little unhaul at the end of each year because my interests do change over time. I would love to hear some feedback from you guys about your thoughts and experiences with unhauling.

Top Ten Tuesday: Early 2017 Must Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and how to participate, click the link above.

early 2017 must read list

It has been a couple of months since my last Top Ten Tuesday and as a lover of lists, I have missed it! What better way to start back up then with a must read list for the early months of 2017? Some of these are ARCs I requested, new releases I can’t wait for or older releases I’m eager to finally get to. 

P.S. I could not contain myself to just ten. Enjoy!

ARCs To Read

When Dimple Met Rishi – I’ve never requested contemporary but this cover was so cute and I was really curious once I read the synopsis. It’s always good to try new things right? (Releases May 30th)

Bone Witch – Kindly sent to me by Raincoast Books, I hadn’t heard of it but I’m so glad they brought it to my attention. The cover is beautiful and it sounds like a haunting new fantasy. Plus, it has elemental magic so you know I’m all over that. (Releases March 7th)

 New Releases

Wires And Nerve – Iko, need I say more? You all know how much I love this sassy android and I can’t wait to see where her adventures take her. (Releases January 31st)

Heart Stone – First zombies and now dragons? This is one Pride and Prejudice crossover I can get behind and it’s been awhile since I read a good dragon story. No pressure LOL (Releases January 17th)

Dark Breaks The Dawn – seriously, 2017 is killing it with these amazing covers! Dark Breaks the Dawn is about a girl who can shape shift and if I could pick one ability that would be it. The summary also mentions a struggle between the dark and the light which always has the potential for good action and adventure. I have high hopes for this one.  (Releases May 30th)

Continuing Series

The Edge Of The Abyss – Possibly my most anticipated sequel. If you like diversity, action, sci-fi and epic sea monsters you should check out Emily Skrutskie’s first book The Abyss Surrounds Us.

ACOWAR – I’m sure this is making it onto a lot of lists today. I can’t wait to see Feyre’s undercover dealings and see karma pay a visit to some deserving characters. I’m also excited and nervous because it’s 200 pages shorter than ACOMAF, so I suspect a lot of heart pounding, edge-of-my-seat, action!

Our Dark Duet – I honestly thought that This Savage Song was a stand alone, I felt it could have been but I’m curious to see where the story goes. With the promise of new monsters and old faces, this is sure to be another favorite from Schwab.

Now I Rise – Okay I wasn’t blown away by And I Darken but it did intrigue me enough that I knew I needed to read the sequel and I mean come on – that cover! And I Darken was my favorite cover of 2016 and I feel like I can go ahead and say the same for Now I Rise in 2017.

Older Releases

Empire of Storms – No, I haven’t read it yet! and thankfully I haven’t really been spoiled except about a certain new ship. Last January I enjoyed Queen of Shadows so this is sort of becoming a tradition I look forward to.

The Rose and the Dagger – Another sequel I can’t wait to dive into! I love Shazi.

The Midnight Star – I really can’t wait to see how this story ends, it isn’t a long book and I feel like Adelina we left Adelina on a pretty happy/sad note in the second book. What surprises does Marie Lu have for us in this finale?

Morning Star – So many endings! I really don’t know if I’m ready for this one, I think that’s why I’ve been putting it off, I’m not ready to say goodbye to Darrow. This promises to be full of action and intrigue.

Both Windwitch and The Alchemists of Loom are released in January 2017 and would have made the top of this list had I not already read them in December. HIGHLY recommend both of these titles and you will find my reviews for them posted later this month!