Best of the Year

Annual End of the Year Survey

The end of the year is almost upon us, and a lot of people are probably making ‘best of 2015’ lists. I am one of those people, honestly, because I love making lists and I love talking about the things I loved most this year. Jamie, from the Perpetual Page-Turner has been making a Book survey for the past six years already, and it has become very popular the past couple of years. I’ve been posting this list for two years now, and I am definitely not skipping this year! Here is my Annual End of the Year Book Survey!

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Number Of Books You Read: 123 (at the moment of writing this)
Number of Re-Reads: 21
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy or Science Fiction

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Definitely Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! I was super excited for it to come out, and I loved it so so much when I read it. Then, Leigh came to my country and I had to go there to get my book signed. I ended up bringing Shadow and Bone instead to sign (because I was bringing my sister’s copy of SoC) but while there, I bought the A M A Z I N G hardcover edition of the book with the black sides. I got that signed (ánd both books I’d already brought) and now it’s my favourite thing of the year!

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

There are a couple of books actually, the first one being Ruby Red and its sequel Sapphire Blue. I had heard so many good things about the books, but when I read them myself I really didn’t like them. Then there was The Winner’s Curse, which I also didn’t like, and the latest one was Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison; another book that was super hyped but one that I didn’t enjoy much.

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

From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion was definitely a book that surprised me in a good way. I had had a couple of not so nice books from Netgalley recently and when I read this book, I really enjoyed it, even though I’d expected not to like it so much. As for a book that surprised me in a bad way, it’s definitely Endgame by James Frey and that other guy whose name I keep on forgetting. I had thought the summary sounded interesting and the whole actual scavenger hunt got me more interested, but it was a huge disappointment. When I was at the Best of YA event in Tilburg where I met Veronica Roth we got a goodiebag with a book, and I actually groaned when I found it it was Endgame. Ugh.

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

Well I went as far as to give my best friend a copy of Six of Crows for her birthday so she could read it. She hasn’t read the Grisha trilogy but I figured that it would be okay. I honestly loved that book so much, and I hope she will too!

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

I started reading the Talon series for the first time this year, and I really liked the first book! I love reading about dragons, and this book was just a bit different from the usual book where a main character is a mythical creature. In Talon, Ember already knows she’s a lethal dragon! I don’t really have one book that I’d call THE best sequel, but I really loved Frostbite and the second Ms. Marvel comic – they are both among my favourite sequels and I loved reading them. I never thought I’d say that about a vampire book though. And the best series ender definitely goes to Library of Souls. That ending was just so satisfying and gods I loved it so so much!

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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Teri Terry, even though I had bought Slated two years ago already, I didn’t start reading it until January this year, and I loved it so freaking much! I bought and read the other two books as well very quickly after each other (though the third book took me a while to get into, I even put it down because I was in a reading slump). I then also bought her new book, Mind Games, who also has a sequel out already, I believe?

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

I don’t read romance a lot, because I just don’t really like romance books. But Anna and the French Kiss was really one of my favourite reads of this year. I really liked reading this book and though I was a tiny bit annoyed at the obvious romance between two characters, it was nice and fluffy and I needed that!

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

There are too many! I love action-packed books, so there are quite a lot of those on my list, but one of them is definitely Panic by Lauren Oliver. I told myself I’d buy it as soon as it came out, but still I didn’t do it. And then I just bought a digital copy of it, but I enjoyed it so much that when I saw it on Bookdepository with a huge discount (almost 50% off), I bought it and now I have a physical copy of the book that made me unable to sleep for two nights in a row!

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

I will probably, definitely reread Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, because ugh that book is just so amazing, okay?!

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

The Winner’s Curse really has an amazing cover, but I didn’t enjoy the book that much unfortunately. I heard there was some uproar about the coverchange, which is just really stupid. Why change covers in the middle of a series? Why?! Anyway, this original cover is just gorgeous, I love the dress (the colour not so much, pink isn’t among my favourites) but ahhhhhh it’s so beautiful!

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?

I still think about how awesome Celaena Sardothien aka Aelin is every day. She’s just so badass and beautiful and amazing and oh I think I have a huge girlcrush on her. Wow. <3

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

This award definitely goes to Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, because that book is just wow. The way this book is written is by means of emails, chat messages, confidential files and all that kind of stuff, it’s just wowowowowowow, amazing, okay?!

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

We Were Liars really made me realise that as much as a book can get hyped by everyone, it won’t always mean that I’ll like it. I have read several super hyped book this year that I just did not like. Next year, I’ll probably be a bit more weary about hyped books and will just pick the ones that are really up my alley instead of just mindlessly getting all those popular books.

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

The Heroes of Olympus series, the first book came out in 2010, FIVE years ago; and I never picked it up until this year. I loved Percy Jackson so I don’t get why I didn’t pick it up. Maybe because I thought the original characters wouldn’t be in these books, but I was so so so wrong!

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

“The internet is amazing because it connects us with one another. But it’s also horrific because . . . it connects us with one another.”

I really like this quote by Felicia Day in her book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). I love it because this year was full of hate on the internet. Hate for white people, hate for straight people, hate for directors/authors/actors/famous people in general because some people just didn’t agree with how they did things, and it just made me feel awful. All this happened on the internet, and it kind of made me want to turn off my computer for a couple of days and not have to live between all that hate. Because when I dislike something, I usually don’t talk about it a lot. Unless I write a review about a bad book or if someone asks me for my (honest) opinion. But I don’t just go and make a post about how I hate this person because they did this thing that I didn’t like and then tag it with their name. That’s just asking for attention (and trouble), in my opinion.

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16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

I think the shortest ones are the Avatar the Last Airbender comics I got from the Boekenfestijn. They’re each a little less than a hundred pages long and they’re really nice. I just flew right through them. And I guess the biggest book I read is Winter by Marissa Meyer. It’s 827 pages long and as much as I loved it, I also found it way too big. I wouldn’t have minded if the story had been cut in half.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

That is definitely An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I hadn’t known what it would be about, but it was based on the ancient Roman culture. SO I had been expecting some bloodshed but I had not expected all of the things that happened in this book. Some of the things really made me put the book down and stare at the wall for a minute wondering ‘did that really just happen?!’

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

Basically every (canon) ship in the Lunar Chronicles; Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, Winter and Jacin – I just love them all so much and I really love that they all ended up together, yay! Also, even though there isn’t really that much hope for them, I still ship Celaena and Chaol veryyyyyyyy much. Ugh.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Again a Lunar Chronicles one, but I loved the friendship between Cinder and Iko so much. They were just so amazing together, and I really felt for them when they lost each other a couple of times throughout this series. Ohhh babies!

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

A couple of years ago I read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and I really enjoyed it; this year I read Since You’ve Been Gone, whose titel every time I see it makes me sing that song by Kelly Clarkson in my head. I really enjoyed this book a lot and I will definitely read more of Morgan’s books now!

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

A couple of missers: We Were Liars, The Winner’s Curse, Lobsters; all books that were super popular but that I didn’t like. Books I did like however were: Talon, An Ember in the Ashes and Illuminae; most people who’d read them really loved them and luckily so did I! So peer pressure isn’t that bad after all!

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

Well honestly I never really had much of a crush on Thorne when I read the first couple of Lunar Chronicles books, but I think that it crept up on me when I was rereading the series this year. Now I just really love him, stars.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

I am going to cheat and say the Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Because it did get released this year, even though the story is almost twenty years old. But gods it was such an amazing book with the most amazing illustrations. I practically drool over them every time I look at them, ahhhhhh! <3

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

Again this one goes to Six of Crows, not just because the island of Kerch is based on my country (The Netherlands) in the 17th century, but because I just love Leigh’s worldbuilding in general. I love the little nods to my country (hutspot and the dutch names for a lot of things) and I really wished she had kept the stroopwafels though; she said she’d used them in an early draft but the changed it into normal waffles instead.

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

Definitely all of Rick Riordan’s books; the Heroes of Olympus books and his new book The Sword of Summer. He just writes such amazing jokes and sarcastic characters and I love it so much. The return of the chapter titles in Sword of Summer made me cheer when I opened the book and I just cannot wait to start Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (which I bought very recently).

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

It’s actually a reread, but the book that made me cry the most in 2015 is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Because of that goddamn ending. I got it signed by her this month because this book broke my heart the hardest when I read it. Another book that made me cry, at 2am while I had to get up early the next morning because I was going to the Efteling was Frostbite by Richelle Mead. WHY DID THAT THING HAVE TO HAPPEN? WHY?!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, I don’t know how I found it (probably through one of Rick Riordan’s books), but when I saw the title, and when I saw it was about Norse demigods, I knew I had to get myself a copy. It’s really an amazing story, and it’s not only about Thor and Loki and Odin, yay!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Well that didn’t really happen, because I don’t have a soul… Okay just kidding, I guess my annual reread of Harry Potter did the soulcrushing this year. It does every year, actually.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

I bet you can guess the answer already, right? RIGHT?! Of course it’s Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, it was so amazing and so unique and gods I loved it so so so so so so so so much!!!!

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

Well the only book I can think off is Endgame, because it was just so crappy, idk.

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

I really wanted to read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell even though I am not usually a fan of same-sex romances (sorry not sorry); but I never picked it up (because every time I was in a store where they sold it, I already had my eye on other books, and it was a bit too expensive for a paperback to be honest. Yeah I’ll order it from the internet soon).

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

The sequel to Six of Crows; Crooked Kingdom which comes out in September. And the sequel to both A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass and basically all the sequels of all the books that I loved this year. Yeah.

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3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

It’s probably Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, I keep hearing such great things about it and I want it now! Luckily it comes out very soon in January already, yay!

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

Well I already talked about sequels I am most excited for, so I guess I’ll talk about series enders. The Last Star by Rick Yancey is coming out somewhere in January or February? I really liked that series, so I can’t wait for this last book (I think it’s the last one?) Though I am not too happy with my books, my Infinite Sea book is so much taller than my 5th Wave book! *sobs*

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

I really hope I’ll get more people commenting on my posts, which of course means I have to comment more myself. I will really try to do that more next year, but I am just really bad at it. I think I’ll just put a post-it on my computer saying ‘COMMENT ON PEOPLE’S POSTS!’

So this was my Annual End of the Year Book Survey! Did you fill it in?