2015 End of the Year Survey with Aleya

Posted December 29, 2015 by Aleya in books / 4 Comments

It’s the end of the year, which means lots of wrap-ups, awards lists, and surveys. And Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner is hosting the sixth annual reading survey. Today Jess takes a turn at filling in the answers.

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Number Of Books You Read: 134
Number of Re-Reads: 5 (the whole Throne of Glass series before Queen of Shadows came out) and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Genre You Read The Most From: Graphic Novels & Fantasy (YA mostly).

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Non YA:

the name of the wind cover the wise man's fear

New YA:

an ember in the ashes

Series:

queen of shadows cover

Graphic Novel:

Locke-and-Key sandman

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

red queen cover

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

every day

Every Day was something I was not expecting when I started it. I don’t know what I expected, to be honest. I just didn’t think it would be so amazing and so worth the read. It has SO many things that I highlighted (in my kindle). I had to buy the print copy so that way I can actually highlight when I reread it next. And I definitely will be rereading this one. There were so many gems within this story and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it this summer.

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

throne of glass us pb cover

I actually managed to convince my boyfriend and another one of my guy friends to read it. They’ve both since become converts to the series. My boyfriend is actually on book two (he’s read the prequels as well as one).

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

Best series I started in 2015:

Locke-and-Key incarnate

Best Sequel of 2015:

seigeandstorm

I know, this one didn’t come out this year but it was the best sequel I’d read all year. It introduced one of my favorite characters!

Best Series Ender of 2015:

locke and key 6

Volume 6 of Locke and Key. Also didn’t come out this year but it was the best series ending that I’ve ever read.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

jodimeadows

Jodi Meadows. I adored her Incarnate series and I can’t wait to start her Orphan Queen series.

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

the readers of broken wheel recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was such a delight to read. It’s an adult contemporary and I rarely read adult books.

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

queen of shadows cover

Hands down number 1!

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

every day

Every Day for sure.

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

everything everything

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Oh man, that’s a tie. Morpheus from Sandman and Kvothe from Name of the Wind. I’d also say Aelin from Queen of Shadows though… or Rowan. There are so many great characters to choose from. The first two though just stick out in my mind. How can you not love Morpheus? He has such an amazing story in the 12 graphic novel series and I still have the prequel story to read (Overture). Kvothe is memorable because… well, he’s Kvothe. My boyfriend and I have quoted him so much this year. And lastly Aelin and Rowan because they’re Aelin and Rowan. Oh, shoutout to Nikolai from the Shadow and Bone series though!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

the name of the wind cover

I started to say one of the contemporaries I’d read (i.e. Every Day, Everything Everything or The Beginning of Everything) but then I remembered just how gorgeous this book is. It’s like reading poetry sometimes and it’s a friggin fantasy book. The way it’s told is absolutely beautiful and boy does Kvothe know how to weave a story.

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

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I reread this but the first time I’d read it was in high school so I definitely didn’t get it all. It’s not exactly life changing but it sure as hell is thought provoking. I loved every moment of it.

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

sandman

Because it’s Sandman and it should be read by all. It’s such an old series too!

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

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From The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Hands down my absolute favorite quote now.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

 

Shortest was a collection of Oscar Wilde’s Epigrams at 62 pages.

Longest was The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss at 994 pages.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Locke-and-Key

This series in general because they did SO much that left me with my jaw hanging.

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

Queen of Shadows // Throne Of Glass ~ Sarah J.  Mass   Aelin and Rowan I love these two:

Aelin and Rowan from Queen of Shadows.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Aelin and Dorian, hands down.

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

a court of thorns and roses

I know, I know. Sarah J. Maas keeps getting a lot of credit but she deserves it.

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

Locke-and-Key

Locke and Key is also getting a lot of praise, but it also deserves it. I only picked this one up because my friend wouldn’t shut up about it. I’m SO glad I did.

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

Nikolai Lantsov: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo:

Nikolai Lantsov.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

an ember in the ashes

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

Oh man, that is tough… but I guess I do have one in mind.

The name of the wind map

The Name of the Wind. 

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

the readers of broken wheel recommend

This book made me smile so much. I loved the little town of Broken Wheel.

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

everything everything

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

spinning starlight

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis. It was such a well done little book. I was very surprised by it. It’s a fun science fiction to read and introduces you to a whole new fairy tale (well, it was new to me).

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

the wake

The Wake in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. If you’ve read it, you know.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

the wicked and the divine

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

hunter shattered blue

Hunter I was mad about because I wanted it to be so great, but it was packed way too full with information and the character was bland. Shattered Blue made me mad because it was just like another Twilight with how it was done and it irritated me to no end.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

http://www.bookrambles.com/

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Every Day — A Review

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

Chaos Fridays: Poetry

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

Back in February I got to meet George R. R. Martin and got my book signed!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

The day I became an official member of Such a Novel Idea. I just know it was sometime in May and I’m so glad I got this chance.

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

Not fangirling super hard? But seriously, coming up with reviews where I’m not just freaking out about the amazingness of the book the whole time is so tough.

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

I’m not sure how to find this. I’m sure we had a bunch of really popular ones.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Chaos Fridays: Poetry

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

Book Outlet

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

My Goodreads challenge was 85 books… obviously I overdid that.

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

Oh man, there are way too many. My list never seems to end! But I guess I’ll go with this one:

orphan queen

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

a court of mist and fury unofficial cover

Not the official cover but oh my goodness, I need this book.

 

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

rebel of the sands

This one just looks so good.

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

I just really want the third book of Name of the Wind and the sixth book of A Song of Ice and Fire. Is that too much to ask?

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

I have a whole list of challenges, which you’ll see on my post on New Years. I just hope I’ll be able to keep up with all my reading while working full time and going to school.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I have only read one 2016 release and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of books.

the readers of broken wheel recommend

If you could, I’d love you to leave some feedback for any questions you’d LIKE to see on this survey in the future that perhaps I don’t have on here!

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4 responses to “2015 End of the Year Survey with Aleya

  1. Sam

    Great list! I added The Readers…. to my TBR 😉
    I love D Levithan, and LOVED Every Day. I found the story so interesting and thought DL did an amazing job with each new person A inhabited.
    I have to agree with you about Queen of Shadows! Whoa! What a ride! Rowen is growing on me too, but I was really excited about Manon’s possibility there at the end, and I was ok with the direction Maas was taking the characters (I love Nesryn)
    I added 22 books to my favorites this year, but if I had to pick two stand out books, I would pick The Accident Season and The Love That Split the World.

    • Thanks! My review for The Readers of Broken Wheel is actually available if you’d like to give it a read. It’s linked up below.

      Every Day was beautiful. I adored it! I had to buy it in print.

      Rowan has become my favorite in that series, easily. He’s just so sweet and amazing. You can’t help but adore him. Manon’s possibility is definitely something awesome. I can’t wait to see what she does with the next book. I liked Nesryn, but not gonna lie, Chaol annoyed me a bit in QoS.

      I still need to read both of those. They’re on my list!

  2. I am so glad to see An Ember in the Ashes on your list! I’ve heard such good things about it but still haven’t purchased a copy. I definitely need to buy it soon so I can finally know what all the hype is about. I also need to check out ACOTAR! It looks like you have had a great year. 🙂
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • I loved both of them. My copy of ACOTAR is ridiculously tabbed up. I loved it so much. I loved An Ember in the Ashes so much that I’m going to buy it in print when I get the chance. They’re both amazing. Thanks for reading!

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