2015 End of Year Book Survey

I know I'm a little late to the party, but since I had so much fun filling out The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Book Survey in 2013, I wanted to fill it out for 2015 as well. It's fun to reminisce about the books you've read, especially when you had a reading year as plentiful as mine.



1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Hands down The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. I'm such a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables, so I knew I'd love to read L.M. Montgomery's only adult-oriented novel. I was right.


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Everneath by Brodi Ashton. It's so popular on Goodreads, and it had all the makings for a fun read, including an interesting mythology and romance, but the writing was so generic and boring that I couldn't get invested.


3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones. This is a children's book, so you'd think it would be light and simple, but it actually tackles the complicated subject of depression. It's really powerful.


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don't really push people to specifically read books I've read; I usually just push people to read books in general. The one book I really raved about all year, however, was the badass graphic novel version of Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch.


5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best Series: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Best Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
Best Series Ender: I didn't read any.


6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Marie Rutkoski
, author of The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Poetry, Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski


8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Spread, Vol. 1: No Hope by Justin Jordan.
It's this crazy dystopian/horror/fantasy graphic novel that I couldn't put down. There are monsters, cannibals, religious fanatics, and a little baby. So good.


9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? 
I'm not likely to re-read any book ever-- there are too many books in the world to have time to re-read any.


10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by

 

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
The delightful Pip Bartlett from Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefavter.


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister.



13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Luna's Red Hat by Emmi Smid.
Another children's book. It's a picture book about a little girl coping with her mother's suicide.


14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
. I'd wanted to read this book for years and years. I should've read it in elementary school, probably. But I read it for the first time this year and loved it so much that it's definitely become an all-time favorite. 5/5 stars for sure.


15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“I’m the Doctor, not a companion; Buffy, not Bella; nobody’s sidekick, love interest, or token female. I’m driving this ship. I’m a fangirl, a feminist, and a force to be reckoned with.” --Sam Maggs, The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Jingle Bells by , 14 pages
Longest: The Chicago Manual of Style by


17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Wytches by Scott Snyder.



18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn. Kinda predictable, I guess. But I don't usually come up with my own OTPs. I like canon.


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
All of the cute lil animal friends from Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland.


20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Spellbound by Nora Roberts.
Good ol' Nora. Her older works rarely let me down.


21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.
It's a beautifully creepy horror graphic novel with gorgeous illustrations. A few of my friends recommended it highly, and I'm glad I listened to them.


22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Christopher Heron from The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. I love me a tortured hero.


23. Best 2015 debut you read?
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. Really great historical gothic fantasy from an awesome debut author.


24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.
I'd like to meet the Man Who Bends Light one day.


25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Cat vs Human: Poems about Cats by Yasmine Surovec
. Self explanatory, I think.


26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Yes, Let's by


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson.



28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt
. It's about a bug who gets stuck in a vacuum... and it made me question life and the universe. If you want to read a children's book that will make you feel feelings, read this one.


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
For sure Lauren DeStefano's A Curious Tale of the In-Between. Awesome middle grade fantasy about ghosts and magic.


30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Things I’ve Learned from the Women Who’ve Dumped Me by Ben Karlin. There's a disturbing essay in this collection involving animal cruelty, and I was ready to toss the audiobook out of the car window when I heard it. I'm not one for book burning, but in this case...



I am linking my survey up at the Perpetual Page Turner's blog.

Let me know if you've filled out the survey,
I'd love to read your answers!

6 comments :

  1. i havent read most books you mentioned there!! which one woud you recommend to me, if i say im a fantasy and contemporary reader?

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    1. I'd definitely recommend The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson: The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal.

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  2. I haven't stumbled upon many of the books you mentioned and I think I might event try some of the fantasy books mentioned. I've heard great things about The Kiss of Deception, it makes me curious hahaha
    I also don't ever reread books! Yay for not rereading. TBH, I don't know if it is a good thing or not, but I'm hoping it is because I literally barely have time to read my books in the first place to be able to reread them!

    PS, I'm a new follower of yours :) Your blog is pretty cool♥
    Jumana @ Books by Jay

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    1. Thank you so much, Jumana! I'm also following your blog (via GFC).

      -Rosie

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