The End of Year Book Survey is created by Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner, and is a way to sum up your year in books with some questions! I absolutely love this idea, and when I saw it, I knew I just had to do it too! So here is my end of year book survey!
Number Of Books You Read: 74
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
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?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I didn’t know what to expect from this, but after reading the synopsis I wasn’t really expecting too much. However then I read it and I was amazed at how good it was! It completely blew me away, and I went and bought the next books as soon as I’d finished because I was in awe of how amazing it was! Check out my full review here!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I loved this book and I told my friend to read it, and luckily she did! She also loved it too so that was a bonus!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best Series – Definitely The Infernal Devices. I just love them so much!
Best Sequel – I could say ACOMAF, but I’m going to mix it up and say Starr Lost by Kim Briggs! She’s an amazing author and this book was everything!
Best Series Ender – Winter by Marissa Meyer! I LOVED this book so much, it was everything I’ve ever wanted in a finale book, and I just wanted to reread it instantly!
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?
Joe Hill! I read NOS4R2 earlier last year and as soon as I finished it I went and bought basically all his other books because I was hooked!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I never read poetry, it’s never really been my thing, but this book was absolutely gorgeous! I loved every poem and ended up saving a couple to look at later!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Everything just kicked off and happened and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I read it whenever and wherever I could (even before a lesson at university) just so I could see what happened next. It is definitely one of the most addicting books I’ve ever read!
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling! This book cover is absolutely stunning and is genuinely one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites trilogy. The character development of her character and the reasons behind why she does what she does just really stuck with me, and even when you’re meant to not like her I always just had a soft spot for her character!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I ended up crying on a train whilst reading this because I was so heart broken by it, it was so beautifully written and I just can’t believe how beautiful the story was as well!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. My mental health wasn’t great last year at all, and my best friend bought me this book in hopes it would help. It was everything. I bought a notepad to write down all of the beautiful quotes from it because it was just amazing. It really helped my frame of mind and inspired me. Check out my full review here!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I love retellings and this is one of the best Wizard of Oz retellings I’ve ever read, why did it take me so long to get to!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“Depression is a dark cloud passing across the sky, but – if that is the metaphor – you are the sky. You were there before it. And a cloud can’t exist without the sky, but the sky can exist without the cloud.” from Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest – Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell – 62 pages
Longest – IT by Stephen King – 1116 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Quite a lot of books shocked me this year, but so I don’t answer with the same books all the time I’m going to go something different and say The Last Star by Rick Yancey. This book completely shocked me as I never expected it to go in the direction that it did! It was so good.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Emma and Julian from Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. JULIAN IS AN ADORBALE HUMAN BEING and he deserves the entire world, and I will forever dream that these two will be together forever. No matter what the series throws at me.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Newt Scamander & Jacob Kowalski from Fantastic Beasts! They’re both so cute, and they get on so well it’s actually adorable.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Pet Sematary by Stephen King. I love Stephen King anyway, so wanted to read some more of his books this year, and picked up this one. It’s now become my favourite of his books (that I’ve read so far), it kept me on the edge of my seat and I just loved it, even if it was so creepy!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. My friend Mariam was reading the sequel, so I started the series so then we could discuss it, and I’m so glad I did because it changed my life. I read it in like 2 days because I just couldn’t put it down and I had to message her after everything happened to cry with her. I need the sequel!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Jem from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare! James Carstairs is literally the fictional love of my entire life.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Call by Paedar O’Guilin was so good, action packed and it was such a nice and unique story!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The setting in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I loved the setting of Luna, it was so immersive and really made you feel as if you were there! Not that you’d want to be!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day. I love Felicia, and this was her autobiography that I’ve been meaning to read forever. I read it last year and it made me laugh so much! She’s so down to earth and funny, and I had so much fun reading about her inspiring life!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes! I think it’s pretty obvious why this made me cry, but it’s safe to say I was a pretty big wreck after finishing it. My review is here!
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I wasn’t sure again what to expect with this, but I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was hooked from the first chapter and read it unbelievably quick, I just wanted more! It was such a surprise and definitely a hidden gem of the year.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. I can’t actually say why it crushed my soul, but let’s say I was very angry at a character and it broke my heart. Same goes for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I’ve never read a book that uses photographs rather than illustrations to tell the story before but this book does just that! It’s such a unique book, with such a unique way of story telling! Check out my review here.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling. This made me mad because I really didn’t think it was necessary. Deathly Hallows finished the series off so perfectly, I just felt like it wasn’t needed to have this, and kind of ruined it! I know a lot of people liked it, and I respect that I just felt it didn’t need to be, and definitely didn’t feel like the ‘8th Harry Potter book’. My review is here!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Austine & Tia over at NovelKnight! Their website is absolutely stunning, and they have the best posts about everything! I look at their site so often, they’re so amazing!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My Top Ten Tuesday of reasons why I love Sarah J. Maas! It seemed to get a lot of people talking, which was so great! I love finding people who love the same authors as me, or letting them find new ones!
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Getting asked by Kim Briggs to review her book Starr Fall! It was such an honour to be asked, and everything I’ve dreamed of and more!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Balancing writing reviews as well as university. I sorely underestimated the amount of time university would take out of my free time, and therefore ended up lacking with writing reviews! Balancing them both out was extremely difficult, but I’m getting there!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My Top 10 Bookish Merch Stores post got a huge 170 views (the most I’ve ever had on one post) this year, which was amazing!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My Starr Lost by Kim Briggs review. It was such an amazing book as I’ve said before, and Kim deserves all the love in the world.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Wordery.com, bookdepository.com & NetGalley! They’re all so amazing, especially NetGalley to get pre-release review books! I love reviewing so that was the best for me!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I set a Goodreads Challenge at 50 books for the year, and I read 74 so I definitely completed it! Which makes me happy!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
So many! However my first priority is definitely Heartless by Marissa Meyer! I am so excited to read it!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber! I already have it on pre-order and it sounds amazing! I honestly can’t wait for it.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Okay I’m linking these together because they’re the same author (shock horror). A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (3rd book in the ACOTAR series) & the final book in the Throne of Glass series also by Sarah J. Maas – I CAN’T WAIT!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I really hope to interact with a lot more bloggers and book lovers this year! I love the community and I’d love to make more friends and just communicate with more people! So please feel free to message me or comment on here that you want to talk! You can find me on Twitter – @MegsTyas, or Instagram – @betweenthe_pages so feel free to talk to me!
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
Starr Lost by Kim Briggs! I definitely recommend this book so much, and Kim is an absolutely amazing person too! Check out my review here!
That’s my End of Year Review for 2016! It was such an amazing reading and blogging year, I feel truly honoured to be a part of the book community! I hope you liked my answers, feel free to comment if you agree/disagree, or with what your answers would be!
Leave a comment if you’ve done this survey too, I’d love to see your answers!
Happy New Year!