Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 End of Year Book Survey

Friday, January 1, 2016 with 7 comments

Every year, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner hosts this end of year book survey to highlight the awesome books we've read throughout the year -- and, of course, to add a million more to our TBRs as we discover them on others' surveys. ;0)

We read so many great books this year...this task is going to be difficult! Also, it's likely that you'll see the same books repeated over and over. =) Because that's how we do..,

Number Of Books You Read:

Jen: 251, though this may actually have changed by the time this posts
April: 58

Number of Re-Reads:

Jen: 76 -- I'm a little impressed by that! :D
April: 0 -- I'm not so impressed with my number. lol

Genre You Read The Most From:

Jen: fantasy...the answer to this question will always be fantasy
April: Contemporary

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Jen: Right off the bat with the hard questions, huh? :P Okay, I'm cheating...

The Anatomical Shape of a HeartSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Contemporary | LGBT/Diverse | Sci-fi/Fantasy

April: Oh jeeze, that's a loaded question. I'm not gonna cheat like Jen, though. I don't think I read enough books this year to cheat.


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

Jen: I only had a few major disappointments this year, but they were both books that I finished even though I probably shouldn't have.

Oblivion (Nevermore, #3)The Trouble with DestinyTangled Webs (Tangled Webs, #1)

April: I really thought I was going to love this one but it bored me to tears. No lie. :(

Ps I still love you

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

Jen: I hadn't planned on reading this one because it just sounded too cute, ya know? And it was, but in the best most adorably possible way. =)

First & Then

April: I had heard great things about this one... but I was on the fence for a while on reading it. Ended up getting the Audio book, and even early on I wasn't sold, but it really surprised me and I ended up loving it.

Jellicoe Road

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

Jen: I don't think I did a lot of book pushing this year -- besides shoving a stack at my sister and saying READ THESE -- but I did recommend this one to anyone who would listen...

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

April: I honestly didn't push anyone to read anything this year. Sad, but true. Well, I lie, there was the Kricket series.. but I only talked Jess into reading them.

Under Different Stars

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

Jen: Cheating a bit on this one, too. :P

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

Series I read from start to finish in 2015 | Series started in 2015 | Best sequel of 2015 | Best series ender(s) :D


Red QueenFairestThe Ruby Circle

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Jen: Jenn Bennett -- I loved her YA contemporary debut and I am determined to read her adult novels now, too! :D

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

April: I have another of Heather Demetrios's books I'm just dying to read now.

Something Real

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

Jen: I don't like books that make me cry. Like, at all. But this one made me ugly cry, and yet it still somehow found its way onto my favorites list. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

All the Bright Places

April: I got nothing for this one.. I haven't had as much time to read these days, so when I do pick up a book, it's one I've been wanting to read, and that doesn't usually include books out of my comfort zone. :/

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

Jen: You're probably already getting tired of seeing this book on my list, but it is what it is.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

April: This book doesn't quit from stop to end. I could almost say the same for the whole series. I blew through these suckers.

Under Different Stars

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

Jen: Heh. I could go with the obvious here and say SEE ABOVE, but I won't -- even if it's true. Instead, I'll definitely be re-reading this series because holy wow was it freaking fantastic!?!

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)

April: None... sad but true.

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

Jen: Oof! You're gonna make me pick just one? Too bad. There were just TOO many gorgeous covers this year! You're lucky I narrowed it down to just two.

Crimson BoundTheir Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)

April: I loved this cover, it's so pretty. :) And the book is really cute too.

Suffer Love

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Jen: AIDAN, the insane AI from the ship in Illuminae. Or Han from the Seven Realms series...goddamn I loved him. He really knew how to manipulate a situation to suit himself.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)

April: LEVENA!!!!! I absolutely loved reading her story. I'm currently reading Winter, but pretty sure I won't be finishing that until 2016.


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Jen: Tamara Ireland Stone's books always hit me right in the feels.

Every Last Word

April: I love me some Colleen Hoover. I especially loved this one with all of the confessions.


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

Jen: I just love how this book was styled, with all of those different perspectives and the use of mixed media to tell the story, but most of all, I love how it explored the fact that your first love isn't necessarily forever...and sometimes it might be. This book was about grief and guilt and growing up and apart. And I'm kind of making myself want to read it all over again. I'll shut up now.


April: This book really makes you consider home schooling, that's for sure. While it was a bit over the top with how it all goes down, it still had my blood running cold.

This is Where it Ends

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

Jen: Like, what even was I waiting for...with BOTH of these series?!?

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

April: I have had this book on my TBR for so long.

The Truth About Forever

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

Jen: “He needed to tell her...what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn't pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he'd begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

“I'm not going to die," she said. "Not till I've seen it."
"Seen what?"
Her smile widened. "Everything.”
― V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

“since i will not send this, i also feel it is my duty to inform you that almost six months on I think I still love you and that makes me sad becaue love shouldn’t feel this way. is like getting kicked in the stomach every time i think of you and it makes me want to roll my face across this keyboardbiu;///ubEWdcfhugiov’byhi;.//////-=‘-0i9juh8ygtfdcsaazs34defg7uefg7u8hi9o0p8hi9o0p-[[09ju8dcsaazs34d9o0p-[[09.”
― Jay Kristoff, Illuminae


“That was just it. You never knew what lay ahead; the future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything. One minute you're walking through a dark woods, alone, and then the landscape shifts, and you see it. Something wondrous and unexpected, almost magical, that you never would have found had you not kept going. Like a new friend who feels like an old one, or a memory you'll never forget. Maybe even a carousel.” 
― Sarah DessenSaint Anything

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

Jen: Shortest was Never Never: Part Two, at only 158 pages, and longest was Winter, coming in at a whopping 824 pages, or nearly 24 hours of audio. :) Really got my money's worth with that one, lol. (I don't count short stories or novellas for this one, but I read plenty of those, too.)

Never Never: Part Two (Never Never, #2)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
158 pages | 824 pages

April: Shortest was Taken by the Toaster, and let me tell you, if you want to laugh, that one is a winner. The longest would be Identical.. though I went with Audio on that one, and now that I think of it, it was from the library and might have been the abridge version, so maybe that doesn't count, but I'm too lazy to change my selection.

Taken By The ToasterIdentical

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

Jen: I can't remember any book really shocking me this year. Hmm. Maybe this one, though, BECAUSE THEY STILL HAVEN'T KISSED. *pushes faces together*

Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)

April: Holy shit to that ending. That is all. I'm going to say on that.

Golden Son

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

Jen: Kady & Ezra, obvs. And Kaz and Inej. And Aelin and Rowan. (Ha, I looked at my survey from last year, and they were my fave platonic relationship of the year in 2014. Oh, how times have changed. :P) Oh, and Lia and Rafe.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

April: Beth and Lincoln <3 They were just perfect, in a totally awkward way.


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jen: Agnieska and Kasia - true friends till the end ;) And I like Maeve and Aelin as frenemies. :P

UprootedQueen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

April: Sydney and Layla - Loved their friendship.

Saint Anything

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

Jen: Books are like potato chips, you can't choose just one! Especially when it comes to favorite authors with new series out...

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

April: See above's answer. Year after year, I add a Dessen book or two to my belt and it's always like coming back home. <3

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

Jen: I can't remember who recommended this -- I think it was Christina -- but I know tons who've loved it and told me to give it a try. It's been on my TBR since 2011, and I finally broke down and read it this year. And I pretty much loved it.


April: The only reason I purchased Stolen was because Jen said it was so good. It ended up being my favorite book of the year.


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

Jen: EzraEzraEZRAAAAAAA!!!!!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

April: Nerdy IT guy. It's my thing. <3 Lincoln. Well, I guess he doesn't look nerdy, but he acts nerdy and that really gets me going. lol.


23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Jen: I actually don't feel like I read all that many debuts this year, which is kind of sad because I usually read a ton. But then I looked at the list on GR and maybe I read more than I thought. :) But this one is tops. I have the sequel and I can't wait to dive into it!

The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1)

April: This book really blew my mind. I was not expecting it to be this awesome.

This is Where it Ends

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

Jen: This book features, like, FOUR different worlds and all are equally amazing to behold. I can't wait too read the next book.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)

April: While I didn't like this one as much as the first, it still took me to the most outrageous lands. I can still picture them vividly. Cannot wait for the conclusion in 2016

Golden Son

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

Jen: This book probably could have rivaled Illuminae for most unputdownable/action-packed, but it was also SUPER FUN to read.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

April: I know I've added this one alot, but it's so funny. I mean, laugh out loud funny. Really enjoyed listening to this to and from work. Made me smile my whole commute.

Under Different Stars

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

Jen: And yet, somehow, I still loved it.

All the Bright Places

April: Oh this book made me cry so much. but not always in a bad way... Loved it more than the first.

Where She Went

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Jen: More people should know about this book.


April: This book isn't talked about as much as it should be because it's amazing.


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Jen: How could Mary leave us hanging like that?!?

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

April: I'm gonna copy Jen and say the same as above except I'll slip Pierce's name in there.

Golden Son

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Jen: Am I sounding like a broken record yet?

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

April: Yup, I'm leaving this one here again... I've never read any book like it. I think that may be why it's left such an impression on me.


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

Jen: So, maybe not mad, but this book frustrated the hell outta me. It's one of those where the reader knows what's going on, but the characters have no idea what each other plans and just nothing goes the way you want it to.

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

April: This book pissed me off so bad, because I looked forward to it for months... and then I could only get through 20 percent of it. It was terrible.

We all looked up

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Jen: I'm sure I followed some new blogs this year, but I've been very bad at actually visiting anyone's blog this year, so I don't have a favorite new one to tell you about. :(

April: I don't have one. That's really sad, I know :( I just haven't had the time I used to have. I keep thinking, I'll get back into reading blog posts, and I'm trying, but life just doesn't agree.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Jen: My Review in a GIFfy for Heart of Betrayal. Those are always the ones that are most fun to put together.

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

April: My review of Tyler Tiger Has Tonsillitis. We had a very rough summer with Aubrey being sick and having surgery, so that post was like happy closure for me.

Night before Surgery

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

Jen: Either That Time My Husband Asked Me If I Was in the Middle of a Book or The Trouble With Being an Introvert. Apparently, at the beginning of this year, I was in the mood to be deep. :P

April: I don't even think I was a part of any discussion but the post listed above fits the bill too, because its not completely book related.

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

Jen: I basically checked out this year. Like, no signings. No festivals. No conventions. I participated in some blog tours, but nothing really stands out. Am I at the end of my blogging rope? Or was it just one of those years? Oh, wait!!! I did participate in #otspsecretsister this last round and it's been an absolute joy. It kind of made up for the rest of the year being a little rocky and a whole lot blah.

April: I did go to YA fest this year to help, but it was just that. They had the books in a separate section, so we weren't really a part of the action. I didn't get to interact with the Authors much and to be honest, I just wasn't into it.

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

Jen: Probably the interactions with some of my favorite authors online. Their gratitude for us as readers and for spreading the word about their books simply knows no bounds.

April: Definitely when my Sims Fifty Shades of Grey parody video went a little viral. I posted about it back in January, I'm still blown away by all the websites that posted articles about it. Fifty Shades Parody Post.

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

Jen: Just trying to find time to fit it all in and still spend time with my family. Pretty much why I basically took the month of December off from the blog.

April: This year was my first full year at my new job. I thought after a year I would know everything and be caught up, an just have all my shit together so I could blog regularly again, but it just didn't work that way. I'm exhausted when I get home and then there is Aubrey. She's now in second grade, and that's no joke. So needless to say, when I have free time, blogging is not on the top of my list now. :(

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

Jen: My Latest Obsession...Fell From the Sky, in which I gush my reactions after bingeing The 100 for the first time.

April: I don't know.. I didn't really have any popular posts on the blog this year, but that's my own fault.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Jen: Any of the reviews I've spent countless hours putting together. :(

April: I can't really say I wish my posts got more love, because I don't feel like I put much love into them when writing them up. I strive to do better this year.

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

Jen: #otspsecretsister, Society6, and Etsy - it's unreal how out of the loop I can be sometimes o_O

April: Instagram. There are a lot of bookish people on instagram posting bookish stuff. It's pretty amazing. Who would have known?

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

Jen: Just this one...

April: Same here...

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

Jen: I even ordered a copy from a foreign bookseller so I could get to it stat, and yet I still haven't cracked this bad boy open yet. I think subconsciously, I'm hoping for the time to do a series re-read.

Every Move (Every, #3)

April: I am currently reading this one, and making it a priority to finish first in the new year. :)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

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

Jen: I'm pretty sure that if this book had released in 2015 like originally planned, it would have been all over this list. As it stands, it's already my favorite of 2016. =)

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

April:  I cannot freaking wait to dive into this.            

Morning Star

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Jen: Time travel novels get me like...

The Love That Split the World

April: This cover is beautiful, and I I know the subject material doesn't sound exciting or even happy. It sounds downright depressing and a total tear jerker, but I like books that make me cry.

The Way I Used To Be

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

Jen: I want them BUT I DON'T WANT THEM TO END!!!!

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

April: Can't believe it will all be over in February. :(

Morning Star

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Jen: Well, I've pretty much given up on the Review Archive, lol. So...maybe just actually visit and comment on other blogs next year. Not stress so much about my own blog.

April: I'd like to continue buddy reading with my friend Jess. We started up with that again this fall, and I've really been enjoying it. As for the blog, I would like to start participating more and that includes visiting other blogs. I can't make any promises though. life just gets in the way.

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

Jen: These...all of them. :D

Wink Poppy MidnightTell the Wind and FireThe Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2)Passenger (Passenger, #1)These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)Tell Me Three Things

April: I haven't read too many 2016 releases yet. This one was the best of the few though. :)

This is Where it Ends


  1. Hi ladies. Happy New Year. You're the first blog I am commenting on this year :) Woohoo!

    I loved seeing the differences in your lists compared to each other and compared to myself. I did this survey too. I posted mine on Christmas so a few books were read after that post. For example I read a total of 112 books in 2015. Also Confess....yes fricking loved that book so hard (finished it yesterday). I also filmed my best & worst books of 2015 yesterday before completing Confess so that missed my list but hey Hopeless made the list so I probably would have just switched them out.

    Anyway I hope both of you have an amazing year that brings you lots of joy and great books!

  2. Happy New Year! Great survey post! I didn't do my own survey because I'm lazy and it just looks like too much work, lol. I love to look at everybody else's though, and you guys did such a great job, I just had to comment. I can't wait for The Raven King either, Jen. This waiting really could be labeled a form of torture, lol. Take care, ladies. I hope you both had an enjoyable New Year's!

  3. This was awesome. The books that make you cry...yah, me too! I just loved Foreman's series. And I got to meet Jennifer Niven at BEA and she was awesome and her book totally made me ugly cry. If you liked that one, you should give The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand a try. WOW! That was such a fantastic book. I'm looking forward to a new year! Would love for you to stop by my survey Happy New Year!

  4. 76 rereads! That's amazing! That's almost all the books I read this year lol (81). I want to reread more next year for sure, got 9 in though. LOVED Simon!! The Trouble With Destiny was really disappointing for me too and I didn't read PSISLY bc of all the bad reviews from people I trust :( Oh I loved First & Then! Love the Seven Realms series (each book gets better!) and Winter was the best ender! Can't wait to see where the Red Queen series goes. RONNNNN! I want to reread Seven Realms also, before Flamecaster comes out!! Can't wait for that book! (It's set 20 years later in the same world, with some of the same characters.) I read Alanna for the first time this year too! So glad I finally did, it was amazingggg. #otspsecretsister really was fun this year; I'm not participating next round but I'm glad I did for the past two! EVERY MOVE IS SO AMAZING, YOU HAVE TO READ IT IMMEDIATELY! But a series reread wouldn't be so bad either ;) Make way for The Raven King *raises hands* Happy reading to you both in 2016!

  5. YES re: Vision in Silver! BUT I can't wait for book 4. Definitely want to read The Anatomical Shape of a Heart now! Great year in books!

    My 2015 Survey!

  6. Hi, ladies! It has been a while, hasn't it? I've missed y'all so dearly. I understand what you mean about life getting in the way of reading and blogging. It happened to me too. I had to give up blogging last year, and I'm still trying to piece my life together. lol! Not that I'm in bad shape or anything, but I still have ways to go -- growing to do. But anyway... I haven't forgotten you two, and even though I'm not part of the blogging community anymore, I do want to be an active reader around here again. I hope you're good with that. ;)

    Reading your answers made me realize how much I missed out on last year! MORNING STAR comes out soon, and I have yet to read GOLDEN SON. I mean, what am I doing with my life? amiright, April? I'll have to commit to a reread of RED RISING, because I could use the refresher, and I'm sort of wondering if I'd love it even more the second time around! I keep hearing great things about A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and SIX OF CROWS, but I have yet to finish up THE GRISHA TRILOGY. So, yeah, I'm so behind with the times. I also have my eyes set on UPROOTED and V.E. Schaub's A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. I'm MISSING OUT...

    But... I'm not completely out of the loop. THE RAVEN KING and THE WINNER'S KISS are at the top of my reading list too, Jen! It's going to be an epic year for Series Enders! I'm currently reading WINTER right now, and I NEED to get to THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT sometime soon, so yeah... I've got a lot of series finales to look forward to this year! It's gonna be great! :)

    Jen, you mentioned ILLUMINAE a lot, and guess what? I'm the first one in line to check it out from my library. I'm just waiting for it to come in! April, you mentioned STOLEN quite a bit, and I've had this one on my bookshelf for more than year now. The fact that you LOVED it, makes me feel like I need this one in my life and PRONTO!

    I'm determined to make 2016 an amazing reading year, and I can't wait to see what other rec's you girls have in store for me along the way! It feels good to drop by again. <3 Thanks for letting me in on your reading year! *hugs*

  7. Wonderful post, congrats on getting through it. I feel these surveys can take us so long to finish each year, we kinda all deserve a medal for managing to get through it! WOW 251 is an amazing amount of books to get through, congrats! I loved Night Owls/The Anatomical Shape of the Heart and I can't wait to see what Bennett writes next. Illuminae is one I read this year, just finished it two days ago and I LOVED it. Such a wonderfully unique read, I am so excited for the next book in this series. I still haven't read Stolen but I really need too. I got Their Fractured Light for Christmas and am so excited to finish that series. Also very excited to finish the Red Rising series, Morning Star can't release quickly enough.

    Great answers. I hope you have a wonderful 2016 and happy reading! :) Here's my survey if you want to check out my answers.


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