Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 2016 End of Year Book Survey: 3rd Edition

Number Of Books You Read: 69 (+1  2015 Wrap Up Book)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy and Science Fiction

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Young Adult / Adult Read: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Picture Book : I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Graphic Novel: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

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

 Limbo by Dan Watters.  I thought it was going to be a good sci fi thriller, but it ended up being a huge disappointment to me.

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

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis.  This book was surprising to me in a really good way!  I never would have thought that I would read a contemporary romance novel that really twists our perceptions on how we view romance heroes!

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

I Hate Fairyland Volume 1 by Skottie Young.  I was some of the first few people who read this book when it came out on NetGalley and after I read it, I was encouraging people left and right to check this comic out and they did!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

 Best series I started: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Best Sequel of 2016 : Scary Stories 3 by Alvin Schwartz

Best Series Ender of 2016: Thankfully, I haven't read a series ender!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

 Pierce Brown from the "Red Rising" series.  I was actually introduced to his work in 2016 and I'm so glad that I was finally introduced to the "Red Rising" series since it was one of the best books I've read this year!

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

 Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I rarely read any Science Fiction books and this book really got me into Science Fiction!

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

 Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan. This was easily the most action packed volume of "Saga" and I seriously couldn't put it down after I read it!

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Archie: The New Riverdale Volume 1 by Mark Waid. I really enjoyed this graphic novel and I would definitely see myself re reading it next year!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

 Red Rising by Pierce Brown

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

 Most memorable male character: Darrow from "Red Rising"

Most memorable female character: Kamala Khan from "Ms. Marvel"

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

 The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis. I just loved how the fairy tale portion of the story was so beautifully written!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

 Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch.  I just loved the way that they tackled with the theme of what it means to have a true family no matter how different you are!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

 The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.  These two books have been on my shelf for years and I haven't gotten around to either one of them until 2016!  I can't believe I didn't read these two years ago!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? 


From Red Rising:

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."

"I live for you," I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."
~ Darrow and Eo

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest Book: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood ~ 32 pages

Longest Book: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman ~ 499 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis.  The fact that it twisted what we believed about dashing heroes in romance novels really shook me to the core.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Mackensie and Carter from "Vision in White" by Nora Roberts.  The fact that you have a smart and sexy hero and a fiery heroine seriously made them into one of the most intriguing couples ever created and one couple I hope to see stay together!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 Mac, Laurel, Emma and Parker from "Vision in White" by Nora Roberts.  They are seriously some of the best girlfriends I had ever read in any romance novel!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Saga Volumes 5 and 6 by Brian K. Vaughan. I had read Brian K. Vaughan's works before and his series "Saga" never fails to excite me!

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

 The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis.  It was recommended to me by a friend on Goodreads and I just never had the chance to read it until now!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

 Darrow from Red Rising!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

 I Hate Fairyland Volume 1 by Skottie Young. Such a wild, destructive and hilarious little graphic novel about a little girl laying carnage on Fairyland!

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

 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.  I just loved the fact that the world is inhabited by dragons and humans alike!

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

 I had a lot of fun reading "I Hate Fairyland Volume 1" by Skottie Young!  It was so hilarious in a black comedy sort of way as the little girl in the story caused so much destruction to the land of Fairyland in the most hilarious ways possible!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

I sort of teared up during "The Storyteller" by Antonia Michaelis because just as I was getting into the characters' world, there was a sudden cruel twist in the story that nearly made me cry a bit!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. I just loved the 1980s references throughout the story and the time traveling aspect that I hope that more people will give this series a chance!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Once again, "The Storyteller" by Antonia Michealis.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

 Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch due to how they handled the story line of a little girl being born to a family of ravens.

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

I was a bit mad at "Limbo" by Dan Watters for not being the science fiction thriller I was looking for.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

 Alyssa from the Eater of Books!  I just loved how organized and ambitious this blog is and I can't wait to see more from this blog!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

 Red Rising by Pierce Brown. That was the review that got the most votes this year and one I really enjoyed writing!

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

 My Top 10 Tuesday post on "Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to For the First Half of 2017."  I really enjoy seeing what kind of books would be released in 2017 and it was fun discussing this topic with other eager readers who want to know what books are coming out in 2017!

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

I really enjoyed participating in the Waiting on Wednesday memes because I'm always excited to see what new books will be coming out in the future!

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

When I got my first guest post called "5 Great YA Novels That Should Totally BE Made into Movies" by Isa from Culture Coverage.  Also, me getting interviewed by both Sugar Quills and Downright Dystopian was quite a treat this year too!  Also, me jump starting my own meme Book Photo Sundays was quite memorable for me, especially since it's already getting interest from other Book Bloggers!

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

Trying to find the time to read books this year, even though I've managed to read more this year than last year.

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

 The most popular post I had this year was the "Make Me Read It Readathon Sign Up and Voting" as I had over 39 comments and a lot of people (even from blogs I've never been to before)  were giving me suggestions on what book I should read next!  I found it really enjoyable!  Also, my Waiting on Wednesday post on "Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh" got a lot of comments going with over 32 comments!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 I wish a lot of monthly wrap up posts got more love, especially my August Monthly Wrap Up and my Mid Year Book Stats.

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

I can't believe I just discovered both NetGalley and Reading Alley  this year!  They were such a big help to me when trying to reach my reading goals!

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

I've actually completed several reading challenges this year, which was awesome, but I still wasn't able to complete my goal of reading over 100 books, but I've managed to read more books this year than last year, which was fantastic!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  I've been telling myself over and over again in 2016 that I was going to read this book, but I never got the chance to and now I'm making it my number one priority to read this book in 2017!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

 I'm looking forward to continuing Alice by Christina Henry!  It's pretty interesting so far and I can't wait to see where this book goes!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I've been hearing so much excitement surrounding this book and I can't wait to dig in this book!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

 A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I still need to get through A Court of Thorns and Roses first before tackling this book, but I'm really excited for this latest installment!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

 For my blog, I'm hoping that my new book meme "Book Photo Sundays" will attract over 50 people!

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

I've read Another Castle: Grimoire which is set to be released in 2017 and it's a really good read if you are into strong female protagonists!


  1. Happy New Year!
    Great stats, I'm so impressed with all you've done :) Hope you get to read those books you want to in 2017.
    Have a great year ahead :)
    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  2. Happy New Year, and good luck with your goals! You need to read Simon Vs. It’s so sweet and funny.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I might be taking a look at Red Rising at some point though it isn't my typical kind of read. It sounds interesting though.

  4. Great wrap-up.

    I used to read Archie in the supermarket and picked up several of them there.

    Sadly I haven't read the other books you recommended.

  5. Wow, lots of mentions of Red Rising, I see. I really ought to get to that one! Hopefully this year :)

  6. Great wrap-up post! Very comprehensive - I might start doing this survey again. I hope you have a great year in blogging, in 2017!

    THANK YOU for the mention! I am flattered and I appreciate it so much! <3333

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!