It’s time to wrap up 2015! It was another amazing year in terms of reading (and making bookish friends! the thing I’ll cherish the most when looking back at 2015) and even though I can’t believe it’s over already, I’m also very excited to start a new year (new spreadsheets and awesome releases for the win!).
This year I’ll make it easy for myself and participate in Jamie’s End of Year Survey. I mostly limited myself to books that I read for the first time this year, or I would answer every question with one out of my few all-time favorites.
Number Of Books You Read: 142
Number of Re-Reads: 32 (really proud of this number and want it to be even higher in 2016)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (with SciFi close 2nd)
Usually I would have a problem with choosing just one book, but I re-read so much this year and overall less than the few previous years so that it is a lot easier to choose. There are a few books that I loved almost as much, but A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab was definitely my favorite of the year.
I was really excited that the sequel to The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig was finally out but I didn’t actually enjoy The Hellsblood Bride a lot.
Call me stupid for doubting if I would love The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but I really wasn’t so sure if I would BUT I DID!
There are a few books that I pushed quite a lot this year but when it comes to 2015 releases, I think it was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.
I’m just going to answer this question with just one series: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. This series was so painful, it completely wrecked me and I loved it.
Melina Marchetta! I wish she would write more Fantasy though because I’m out of books to read and I’m not sure when I’ll be in the mood to read her Contemporaries.
I don’t usually read Contemporary anymore, but sometimes you have to make an exception, especially when it’s Patrick Ness. The Rest of Us Just Live Here wasn’t 100% Contemporary but definitely a book I wouldn’t have read if it had been written by somebody else.
Is anyone not going to answer that question with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff?
I’m going to re-read a lot of books in 2016 but the book I’ll definitely re-read multiple times next year is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
The cover of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is STUNNING and I can’t wait to get a finished copy.
August, my precious little monster, from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Lady, you need to write more books! Pronto!
Definitely The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I love its message, that not everyone has to be the Chosen one, but that we are all important.
There are a lot of childrens’s classics that I haven’t read but I’ve been meaning to read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie for SO long, it was about time I finally did.
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, that he felt human only after doing something monstrous.”
from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
The shortest I read was Leave the Window Open by Victoria Schwab (<3) and the longest was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.
Definitely Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta. After two book one might think the third in a series can’t shock anymore but the things that happened to Quintana…
Pynch excluded as TRC was only a reread, I’ll go with Scarlet and Wolf from Winter by Marissa Meyer.
The friendship between Cinder and Iko in Winter by Marissa Meyer.
No surprise here: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.
I don’t think I would have read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern anytime soon if it weren’t for certain people telling me to read it.
I don’t really have fictional crushes but a few characters that I call “my precious boys”. One of them was Jared from The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan.
I absolutely loved Updraft by Fran Wilde. Such a unique setting. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
Nothing can beat multiple Londons: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Gail Carriger’s books always make me laugh out loud and Manners & Mutiny put a smile on my face with its perfect ending for this series.
I cried over a lot of books but the one that made me cry the most was definitely Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.
I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about Bone Gap by Laura Ruby even though it is such a beautiful story and definitely needs more attention.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. One should be used to getting your soul crushed by Schwab but THIS. BOOK.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, a book that is told in files and interviews and such and IS. SO. GOOD.
I think I’ve never been as angry as I’ve been while reading Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.
I’ve wanted to read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr since it came out but wanted to wait until the PB comes out ad then didn’t get to read it when it finally did. Top priority in 2016!
No contest: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m really excited about Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee.
My most anticipated sequel is definitely A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.
I’ve already mentioned two 2016 releases that I already read and loved in other answers, one of them being This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books
I really hope you get to All the light we cannot see next year! I absolutely loved that one. I just started Illuminae today and I am loving it so far.
That is so many rereads! I want to reread more so I think that’s what I’ll focus my audiobook listening on next year.
Team Fantasy ftw!
I had the HARDEST time choosing my best book of the year. It ended up being Uprooted for me, but ADSOM was so close.
I ADORE The Night Circus. It’s one of the books I hoping to reread via audio next year actually.
ADSOM was my most-pushed book as well. Excellent taste we have, clearly.
OHHHHHHH YES THE LUMATERE CHRONICLES IS EVERYTHING.
UGH I’M SO JELLY YOU’VE ALREADY READ THIS SAVAGE SONG. I’m saving it for tomorrow, so it can be my first read of 2016.
THE RAVEN KING IS NEVER GOING TO COME JUST FACE IT.
Did Erin Morgenstern announce a new book recently, or did I dream that? XD
I didn’t count novellas/short stories in my Year In Review, but “Leave the Window Open” was so good, despite it’s length. I want the last book now!
Not being able to include Pynch and TRK in this year’s Review was the worst. :(
Wow, you are so much better at not cheating than I am! I didn't count re-reads, either, and I still had more than one answer for almost every question, haha.
Rachael Turns Pages
Here’s my wrap up for the TBR reduction extreme. I did manage to get quite a few books off my goodreads TBR list. Thank you for hosting this challenge.
I really enjoy statistics also. I always love looking at the book that everybody plans to read in the next year. I didn’t get to mine last year, which I talk about in my book survey that I haven’t posted yet. I hope you get to All the Lights We Cannot See
As always, I failed to finish my survey, but we’ve got some things in common: Hands down, The Night Circus is just the most beautifully written book (EVER)! I loved it even more the second time around.
There’s also A LOT of Lumatere Chronicles on my list. I kind of feel the urge to reread them soon. On the other hand, I’m not sure I could handle it. The pain’s still all too real.
Plus, I also have Cinder & Iko up for the best favourite non-romantic relationship. Iko is just one of my all-time favourite characters and their friendship is so beautiful!
I’m definitely going to reread the Lumatere Chronicles this year! I like being in pain too much XD
High five for having so many books in common in our surveys! :D