Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 End of Year Book Survey {Heather}

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 94
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: YA & memoirs  

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Tiny, Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Add all of these to your TBR lists immediately. I promise they are all worth reading. 

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

The Girls by Emma Cline
Ok so this was on so many lists as one of the best books of the year. I was so excited to       read it since it seemed right up my alley. Cults and murder, I'm down. However, it fell so         flat for me and ended up being something I didn't enjoy at all. 

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
A book I preordered to read in October and it wasn't nearly as creepy as I hoped it                 would be. The last 50 pages were great, but it took so long to get to that greatness and it       didn't quite make up for how slow the rest of the book was 

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

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 
I was expecting this to be a light, funny read that touched on feminist issues. It was so           much more than that. So deep and thought provoking and made me angry multiple               times. It's a must read for every woman, especially if you identify as feminist

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

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter 
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

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

Best Series Started: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Best Sequel: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Best Series Ender: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle) 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Caroline Kepnes 

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

I don't really have a bookish comfort zone. I feel like I give everything an equal chance. So maybe I didn't read out of my usual zone this year? 

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

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
You by Caroline Kepnes 
Both of these books blew me away. I found myself reading them in like a day, I literally         could not put them down. I would say that You fits more in the thrilling/unputdownable           and Maybe in Another Life would be just unputdownable.

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

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, to prepare for the next book to be released! 

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

The Vegetarian by Han Kang 

11. Most memorable character of 2016?


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 
This book you guys. I think about this book weekly. One of the most touching and                 thought provoking books I've ever read in my life. 

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

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes 
Presence by Amy Cuddy 

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

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 

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

“I think I have to believe that life will work out the way it needs to. If everything that happens in the world is just a result of chance and there’s no rhyme or reason to any of it, that’s just too chaotic for me to handle. I’d have to go around questioning every decision I’ve ever made, every decision I will ever make. If our fate is determined with every step we take . . . it’s too exhausting. I’d prefer to believe that things happen as they are meant to happen.” 

“You want to know what weakness is? Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.” 

“If you're going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.” 

“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.” 

“You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt with. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding and my dear one, you and I have been granted a mighty generous one.” 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: Lumberjanes Vol. 4    112 pages 
Longest: It by Stephen King      1,116 pages 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elites by Suki Kim 
This was recommended to my by one of my favorite people. I listened to it on audiobook and would highly recommend that. It's shocking to get an inside glimpse in North Korea, a place that's notoriously locked down. It was so powerful. 

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Feyre & Rhysand in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Susan, Esther, and Daisy in Giant Days

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

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

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

The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison 

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

Elias Venturuis in An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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

This comic series is one of my favorites! I'm so glad Jen let me borrow it. The world               building is really fun and cool. I would be so into going to a kick ass camp for kick ass           ladies. 

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

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy 
Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch 

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

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Replica by Lauren Oliver 

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

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer 
This book was amazing and powerful, definitely a must read. Just be prepared to get             supes outraged at all the rape culture bullshit that is not only prevalent in our everyday         lives but especially on college campuses. 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

Both of these are new blogs to me this year and they would probably be better described as lifestyle book blogs, which are my favorite kind honestly. I need to become better at commenting on blogs because these two are some of my favorites. Both ladies are so wonderful and have insight into life and books that I find completely relatable

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

Probably our Summer of Harry Potter reread discussion. It was so fun rereading Harry Potter with Jen this summer. It was also something I really needed, as my mom passed away right in the middle of this reread. Harry Potter brought me comfort after losing my mom. It means more to me now than it ever did, if that's possible. 

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

I really loved the post on hard to style pieces that we did this summer. I got to wear a lot of things I love that at first seemed like they wouldn't work together but totally did. 

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

BookCon, hands down. It was such an amazing bookish experience that I'm so glad I got to share with Jen. I don't think we will make it to BookCon 2017 in NYC, so I'm really glad we got to go when it was in Chicago and close to us. 

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

Once again, BookCon. Definitely the best bookish blogging thing to happen to me this year. 

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

Consistency. Jen is legit the best because she is just always down for us to do this as fun, despite not being as consistent as I want it to be. It's one of my top blogging goals for 2017. I want to start planning ahead content and posting 2-3 times week consistently. 

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

I decided to go by most views, and it was our outfit post all about overalls. I love our outfit posts so this makes me really happy! 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any book discussion post! I love talking books but those just aren't as popular. We recently decided to revamp the way we do book discussion so maybe that will help? Feedback is also appreciated! 

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

BookBub! They send you emails every day with all the book sales they can find. It can be hit or miss, sometimes I don't see anything I want for days. However, at least once a week there is a book or two I've had on my TBR that is on sale for Kindle for $1.99. Totally worth signing up and it's free! 

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

I did the Goodreads challenge and blew it away! My goal was to read 75 books and I finished at 94. I honestly didn't think I'd hit 75 so it was a nice surprise to get to 94. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep 75 as my goal for next year or if I want to up it a little, to like 80 or 90. 

Looking Ahead 

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

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 
This has been on so many best of 2016 lists, I wish I had gotten to it sooner! I'm adding it to my Amazon cart to add to my bookshelf that can't hold any more books. Yay! 

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

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter 
I was so impressed with The Serpent King that I already pre-ordered Jeff Zentner's next book. 

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
Another book that's getting a lot of positive buzz for focusing on the Black Lives Matters movement 

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

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 

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

-Consistent posting
-Defining our blog style (more bookish posts and outfits!)
-Growing a little more in our niche
-Making more blogger friends 

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

Still not cool enough to have gotten any 2017 ARCs, maybe next year! 

1 comment:

  1. So many awesome books that I need to add to my list. Seriously going to get Homegoing right now!