Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Heather's End of the Year Book Survey {2015}


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Number Of Books You Read: 97 (I might squeeze in another 1-2 books)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: YA (obvi) 


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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

 
I couldn't pick just one but these are the top books I read this year that made my heart happy and sad and just were all around wonderful.  
 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To

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

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn. This was a free Kindle First book, where if you have Prime you get to download one new release each month. It was surprising that I wasn't expecting much from this book, I downloaded for free, and ended up being really into the story! It was very eerie and had supernatural elements that I loved. I remember it kind of scaring me at the time too!  

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The only book I remember recommending someone read (besides Jen) was The Martian by Andy Weir and my boyfriend read it and loved it. I have let other people borrow books but I can't remember recommending one that was as on point as that one!



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


Best Series I Started: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Best Sequel of 2015: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Best Series Ender of 2015: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Stephanie Perkins. Jen and I read Anna and the French Kiss in January and the rest of the books in that series and fell in love with the way Stephanie Perkins writes romance. I'm not on board to buy anything Stephanie writes.

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

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This book was huge and I wouldn't say it was necessarily out of my comfort zone but it wasn't something I would have picked up without seeing it all over the internet. It was fantastic and something I found hard to put down.

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

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. This book definitely had Gone Girl vibes but with each twist I found myself sucked in and not expecting the ways the story was twisting. The ending was so unexpected and just the whole thing was fantastic.

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I'm 100% sure Jen and I will do a reread before the next book is released in May.


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



11. Most memorable character of 2015?


 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?


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


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


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

“There are moments when you can't believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening.” 
 Rainbow Rowell, Attachments
 
“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” 
 Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
 
“He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because she was beautiful. And before that, because she was kind. And before that, because she was smart and funny. Because she was exactly the right kind of smart and funny. Because he could imagine taking a long trip with her without ever getting bored. Because whenever he saw something new and interesting, or new and ridiculous, he always wondered what she'd have to say about it--how many stars she'd give it and why.” 
 Rainbow Rowell, Attachments



16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?



17. Book That Shocked You The Most


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



19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Eli and Charlie Sisters from The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt


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


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

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. I read this book only because Kaylah from The Dainty Squid mentioned in a post that is was her favorite book ever. The book was weird and crazy but ended in a super interesting way.

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


23. Best 2015 debut you read?


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


 

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



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


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?



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

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. This book made me so mad in the worst way. The cover is so cool and the premise interesting but this book is not one I enjoyed at all.


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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I recently discovered Twirling Pages and Paper Fury. Both blogs are fantastic and I can't wait to find some more bookish blogs to follow in 2016.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

My favorite discussion would be the Rainbow Rowell discussion that we did after we did the reread of all her books before Carry On was released.

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

My favorite non review would have to be the scary movie list I put together in October. Horror movies are my jam and it was so fun to make a list for people to check out.

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

Definitely the Rainbow Rowell/David Leviathan event I went to with Jen. We got to meet our favorite author and she was just as nice and cool as she seems online. It was a huge fangirl moment for us for sure!

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

Starting the blog! It was something we talked about for over a year so finally paying a graphic designer to design something for us and getting started this summer was a dream come true.

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

Blogging takes so much time and planning. I am the designated planner and scheduler of posts, and I can be so guilty of falling behind. I'm hoping to work on getting a more consistent blogging schedule together for 2016 so we don't go weeks between posts.


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

Going by views, it was our first ever outfit post with rompers

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of our book discussions! They were the inspiration for the blog and our favorite part of blogging, hands down.

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

I think one of my favorite bookish discoveries would be our local bookstore Left Bank Books in St. Louis. They put together the Rainbow Rowell event and they have a store cat! I'm planning to try to get there more often next year and not utilize my Prime 2 day shipping sometimes.


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

I set a Goodreads challenge to read 75 books this year and have read 97! That's so crazy to me! Most of my reading actually gets done between calls at my job in a call center, so I'm thankful to have a job that helps me reach my reading goals!




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

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I've heard a lot of good things and Sabaa Tahir will be at BookCon in May so I really want to check out this book before we go.


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

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. ACOTAR was one of my favorite books of 2015 so I'm really excited to see where this series goes in the second installment.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins. I loved My True Love Gave to Me so this anthology is at the top of my list for sure!



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

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is my most anticipated book of ever!! The release has been pushed back a few times and it's just making me more anxious and excited to finally get my hands on that book! All hail queen Maggie and this gorgeous book!

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

*I'm really hoping to reread a book every month as part of my birthday goals. I have so many books on my shelf that I would love to revisit. 

*Host a blog giveaway!
*Get a more consistent posting schedule
*Get better at sharing posts on social media
*Take more bookish themed pictures!
*More book discussions from stand alone books Jen and I read individually

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

I'm not cool enough to read any 2016 releases yet but maybe one day! :)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Jen's End of the Year Book Survey {2015}


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Number Of Books You Read: 94
Number of Re-Reads: 8 books (2 series & everything Rainbow)
Genre You Read The Most From: YA, duh


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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

This year was a great year for books. I'm going to list my top ten, in no specific order:
1.   The Winner's Curse & Crime.
2.   A Court of Thrones & Roses.
3.   Queen of Shadows.
4.   I'll Meet You There.
5.  Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda.
6.  An Ember in the Ashes.
7.  Snow Like Ashes.
8.  None of the Above.
9.  The Start of You and Me.
10. Carry On.

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

Finnikin of the Rock.  It seriously let me down.

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

The Improvable Theory of Ana & Zak.  I really didn't have any expectations going into it and it was super quirky and cute!

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

The Stand by Steven King, but my mom read it, does that count? haha!

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

Best series I started:  A Court of Thrones and Roses
Best sequel of 2015: Queen of Shadows
Best series ender: Re-read of The Lunar Chronicles

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

 

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

Bad Feminist. Not that feminism is out of my comfort zone but non fiction can be stressful for me to get through. I would always rather be reading a story.

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

Queen of Shadows!  That book was so intense and was basically how I spent my Memorial weekend.

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

Oh man, We've designated 2016 being the year of rereads so I think there will be a bunch, but definitely A Court of Thrones and Roses.

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

The Winner's Curse & The Winner's Crime.  I'm a sucker for a gorgeous dress cover and she has a sword. Come on.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Annie Wilkes from Misery. Bitches be crazy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Dante and Aristotle Discover the Universe.

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

I Am Princess X. This might sound like a silly life changing thing but this book was half comic book which I never really thought I'd be into, but man, I LOVED it and now I can't get my hands on enough comics.  2016 will be the year of the comic book!

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

Vampire Academy. I read the first 4 books and I seriously need to finish up this series.

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

It's from our Rainbow reread of Landline.  This will always be my favorite book quite. It just resonates.
“You don't know when you're twenty-three.
You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
She didn't know at twenty-three.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: The Deadly Dozen: American's 12 Worst Serial Killers by Robert Keller.
Longest: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Probably Six of Crows. There was so many times I thought they were doomed and they squirreled out of the situation.

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

Alex & Miles from Made You Up. If you didn't have a chance to pick this one up this year, do it in 2016! Such an great read!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Start of You and Me. This book is friendship to the max! The relationships between the 4 girls made me heart eye emogis all over the place.

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

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I'd read Smoke & Bone a few years back and it was super good and is a planned reread for 2016!

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

I don't think anyone really peer pressured me into reading anything. But a book that was super hyped that I had to read was Simon vs. the Homesapiens Agenda and it did not disappoint!

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

St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

An Ember in the Ashes.

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

A Thorn of Courts and Roses. I think Sarah J. Maas should win every award for anything to do with worldbuilding.  

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

Lumberjanes!

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

None of the Above.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 Snow Like Ashes. That one surprised me.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot. If you haven't read The Princess Diaries you have failed at life. Get on that because Royal Wedding had me in a puddle of goo.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Rainbow Rowell, Carry On. If you read it, you probably get what I'm saying.

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

Dorothy Must Die. And I really didn't like it even though I thought it had the most potential!
book-blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

To be honest, sometimes I get so wrapped up in my hobbies I forget to stay fresh in the blog world.  I don't think I've stumbled across any new book blogs this year, but my all time favorite book blog is The Perpetual Page Turner.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Rainbow Rowell reread. Rainbow Rowell always.

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

I'm super into our outfit posts. I enjoy every step that goes into those posts. 

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

Obviously this would be the Rainbow Rowell event we attended this fall.  She complimented my cat sweater, it was amazeballs. Maybe the best moment of my life.

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

Obviously this would be starting TheBestFriendBookClubBlog with Heather! We'd been scheming about this for a while and it was so exciting to make it happen! It has been such a fun friendship journey!

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

 I think the most challenging thing was just establishing a blogging rhythm and a blogging voice. I really struggled with the blogging voice. How do you not come off sounding like a robot? 

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

The one with the most views was Summer of Rompers. But rompers are pretty damn cute.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Book discussions, always.

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

 Comic books, hands down.  I'm not certain if this absolutely fits this category but I'm still floored by how much I fell in love with them in the last few weeks of this year.

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

1.  I set a goodreads book challenge to read 75 books and I've read 93 and I bet I'll finish a couple more before the end of the year. That number is bananas.
2. At the beginning of the year I wanted to discover the world of Steven King.  I read 3 of his books this year and every one of them were amazing and creepy as hell. 
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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

A Thousand Nights by .

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

A Court of Fury & Mist.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A Study in Charlotte by  .

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

Oh man, I'm DYING for the conclusion of The Raven Boys. They've teased us with the release date a couple of times and I'm seriously jonesing for that series reread.  That world is so mysterious.

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

I think maybe do some individual reviews about the books we are reading independently instead of discussing everything thing we read together. For the most part, Heather and my tastes are pretty similar but I think it is always interesting when one of us stumbles onto something that the other might not pick up without the other's guidance. 

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

I wish!