It’s the end of the year, and it is time for the first Best of the Year post. Like previous years I will start off this series with the Annual End of the Year Book Survey created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. It gives you a preview of what is to come in the upcoming twelve days!
Number Of Books You Read: 111/100 Number of Re-Reads: 15 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/Science Fiction
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Without a doubt, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I also reread my favourite book of last year, Six of Crows, so yeah my favourite duology of all time I guess!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Well, I think The Cursed Childdefinitely earns the spot this year. I was rather excited for an eighth Harry Potter story, a little less so after finding out J.K. Rowling wasn’t even writing it, and my excitement went down the drain as soon as I heard the opinions of people around me. And indeed, I didn’t like it all too much, and I can honestly say it’s the biggest disappointment of the year.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I think that would be Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I picked up this book a couple of years ago but put it down after not more than 20 or so pages. This time, I kind of pushed myself to read past that, and I really enjoyed the rest of the book!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Well, I didn’t really push people to read the book, but I just recommended both the Six of Crows duology and the two books in the Illuminae files that have been released so far to lots of people, because they are just great.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series started (and finished) was The Kane Chronicles, another great series by Rick Riordan; this time about Egyptian mythology and two siblings having to stop the world from ending. Because I don’t want to repeat myself, I will choose The Hammer of Thor as best sequel of this year, and I thought both Crooked Kingdom and The Raven Kingare worthy the title of best last-books-in-a-series!
6. Favourite new author, you discovered in 2016?
It honestly took me a while to pick up this book, but when I finally did I enjoyed Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton so much, so she is definitely one of my new favourite authors!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I believe I haven’t read that many out of my comfort zone this year, but I did enjoy Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, though I didn’t think it was the best book in the series. But still, it was a great fluffy read and I will definitely pick up more of Stephanie Perkins’ books, no matter the genre!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Yeah, gonna repeat myself and say Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Also, Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas had me on the edge of my seat at the end of the book. Damn those two can write!
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Well, obviously I will reread Harry Potter again because I reread it this year and I loved it. And I think I’ll reread Illuminae and Gemina as well before the third book comes out, though maybe I’ll do an audiobook reread like I did with Illuminae this year!
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the screenplay has the. best. cover. It’s so pretty and blue and gold and it has a Niffler on the front, and the naked hardcover has a gold Niffler as well and ahh yes I love it!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Can I just say the whole group from Six of Crows? Because they are my babies and I love them so so so so so much! Also, not a book, but Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is such a cutie and I’d like ten.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I am trying really hard not to repeat myself because I have a perfect answer to this question, but I have literally just named that book in the previous one. But I do think that Illuminae and Gemina are written in a beautiful, unique way that I haven’t seen in a lot of books yet.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Pff, honestly I’m not really the person that thinks a lot about a book after reading it unless I really loved it – but it’s not really a life-changer for me. A book that made me really think hard was Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. I finished the last hundred-or-so pages in one sitting and even after finishing it at 3 am I couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about it too much.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have no idea why it took me so long to finally read it, but I did and I really loved it.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
My favourite thing to read is still the first sentence of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’, and The Hobbit: ‘In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit’.
Vanishing Girls, Crooked Kingdom, and Glass Sword were all books that made me go ‘oh shit’ because of various reasons. Crooked Kingdom was the only book that literally made me sob this year. (Apart from the obvious Potter sobbing but I don’t even count that anymore).
18. OTP OF THE YEAR
WANDA MAXIMOFF AND VISION. Oh my god their interaction in the Civil War movie made me so happy and I love them so much and oh my god I want them together forever. And yes it counts because they are comic characters, shhh.
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Ms. Marvel vol. 3, by G. Willow Wilson, was definitely one of my favourite graphic novel reads of this year. I just love Kamala so much and I really cannot wait to continue this series because I neeeeeeeed more!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016, that You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Well, I literally got the first three books of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater from a friend to borrow so I could read them because she loved them so much. It put a little pressure on me because I really felt like I should read them asap because she would want them back, but so far I still have two of her books at my place. I did really enjoy the books, though, so all was well!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I now have a special place in my heart reserved for Newt Scamander. I didn’t really think much of him before the movie/screenplay book came out, but after watching that movie and reading the book I started loving him so much more!
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
For me, that was definitely Rebel of the Sands. I thought it was a great book with amazing characters, good world building and great mythology!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Well like I said to the previous question, I loved the worldbuilding in Rebel of the Sandsvery much, but for me, the obvious answer will still beCrooked Kingdom. We finally got a map of Ketterdam in this book and it looked just like I imagined!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most Fun To Read?
The Deadpool comics I read, I believe there were five of them. The first volume in his own series, then there was a Hawkeye vs. Deadpool comic which was hilarious; and then Deadpool Killogy, where Deadpool basically kills a lot of people. It’s all very graphic and maybe a bit too much at some points, but Wade is just a hilarious character and I really enjoyed these comics!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
CROOKED. KINGDOM. Of course. Damnit.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I really loved All-New X-Factor, which is a three-part comic series about a new group of mutants lead by Polaris; I hadn’t heard of this before, but as soon as I saw it featured Polaris, Gambit and my favourite of favourites, Quicksilver, I bought the first volume. And then the second. I still need to pick up the third volume, but I am already bummed it’ll be the last one!
Again, going to have to pick Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Just the way this book is put together with all those different types of messages and stuff, it’s great and I had no idea I could love a book written like that so much!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad
Because this list is all about repeats, let me mention The Cursed Child once more. Ugh. Also, Asylum by Madeleine Roux made me a little mad, because it had such potential, but it fell so so flat.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Ever since the book was released, I’ve been meaning to read The Last Star by Rick Yancey, the last book in the 5th Wave trilogy. The problem is that I just cannot remember anything from the second book, so I really want to reread the first and second books before diving into this one.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
At the moment what I am looking forward to the most is the new graphic novel by Marissa Meyer, called Wires and Nerve; a continuation of the Lunar Chronicles but with Iko as the main character!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’ve been hearing pretty good things about Caraval by Stephanie Garber, so I think I’m going to pick that one up as soon as it comes out! IT’s been compared to The Night Circus, which wasn’t my favourite book, but I hope this one will be great!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
I believe the last book in the Throne of Glass series will come out next year, as well as the conclusion to the Magnus Chase trilogy. Those are the ones I am most excited about. Or well, excited… Maybe scared?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I really hope I will be able to bring my TBR down to maybe a hundred books? I have way too many unread books on my shelves, and I just keep on buying more.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Haven’t read any 2017 releases yet, though I do have Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton on my shelf already.
And we’ve come to the end of another End of the Year Book Survey. As usual, I have decided not to answer the blogging questions, maybe in the future. For now, I hope you have a nice day, and I’ll see you tomorrow for the second Best of the Year post!