2016 Reading Survey

Well, it’s officially February of 2017. What. The. Hell. How did that happen? A whole month of 2017 is already gone and I feel like I have no idea how that happened. At this point, though, I’ve had time to process everything I read during 2016, and although it may have made sense to post this end of year survey (adapted from the one Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner completed) a little closer to the end of the year, I dragged my feet a bit because apparently that is just what I’m destined to do with everything in 2017, so here we go! Better late than never.

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  1. Number Of Books You Read: 72 (this doesn’t seem like enough, but was 22 more than the previous year, so go me!)
  2. Number of Re-Reads: 1 – An Ember in the Ashes (I think – I don’t track re-reads, so I’m relying solely on brain power)
  3. Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary. This is super strange to me because I used to be such a fantasy fanatic and I really veered this year and fell in love with contemporary. I just found myself getting exhausted with investing in new fantastic worlds and theories all the time. Contemporary offered a lighter and easier to follow genre.

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2016? Just one? Come on! Fine. I’m going to go with A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Suffer Love by Ashely Herring Blake.
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. I had some serious reservations about reading this book, but ended up LOVING it.
  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
  5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? The best series that I started was The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. The best sequel would be A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. The best series ender would be Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? Ruta Sepetys, hands down. I read Salt to the Sea this year and immediately purchased Between Shades of Gray (which I’ve already read) and Out of the Easy.
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Defending Jacob by Willian Landay.  
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? I’m going technical with this and going to list the books that I physically read the fastest. There were four books this year that I read in two days: When We Collided by Emery Lord, Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
  9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. This series is literally one of my favorites of all time, so I will re-read both of the books before the next one is released.
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? I have to admit that I don’t always notice book covers, it’s not the most important thing for me. Going to be completely lame and have to just say that I really liked the colors of the Summer of Sloane cover.
  11. Most memorable character of 2016? GIRLS NAMED PENN, and that is my pick only because of the name, which I fell in love with. I read Summer of Sloane and Girl Against the Universe back to back, and both featured female characters with the name Penn.
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016? Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.
  13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016? This has to go to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? Everything by Rainbow Rowell (reviews here and here) and the Anna and the French Kiss series (here, here, and here) by Stephanie Perkins. I’m equally ashamed of both.
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? Is this real life? Out of 72 books I have to pick one? Alright, let’s go with: “You are so worried about what’s happened before and what will happen next that you forgot there’s a now.” from The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron.
  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016? The shortest book that I read was Chased Dreams by Lacey Weatherford (213 pages) and the longest was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (698 pages).
  17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – I still shake my head and smirk in astonishment about this book.
  18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Going to go with Julian and Emma from Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Safi and Iseult in Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. “Sister” bond and all that… I dig it.
  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: In an effort to avoid saying Sabaa Tahir again (I mean, lady is QUEEN and totally deserves to be the answer to almost everything), but I’ll go with The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I found it incredibly enjoyable.
  21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Definitely Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. When I first heard about it, I was like yeah nope, I don’t have gallons of tears to spare so I’m going to not do this to myself. BUT, this book was effing EVERYWHERE and EVERYONE was talking about it and I was getting serious FOMO from not having read it, so I caved and read it and indeed cried gallons of tears.
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.
  23. Best 2016 debut you read? I don’t think I read many debut books in 2016 (I know, I suck). I’ll go with Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider.
  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? This will probably have to go to Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I WANT TO LIVE IN THE WITCHLANDS.
  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? I really enjoyed reading P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.
  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, definitely. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick also had me balling like a baby, as did Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? I’m not sure how to define hidden gem, so I’m going to make up my own definition and go with a book that I picked up on a whim and ended up liking. For that definition, I shall go with Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford.
  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Please refer to question #26.
  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? The most unique book would probably have to be This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, based solely on its subject matter.
  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Oddly enough, this also goes to This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, based solely on its subject matter.

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  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 and The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? TBD. Nothing is jumping out at me right now. A lot of what I’ve got on my TBR list for 2017 are sequels or new books my authors I’ve already read and love.
  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading Life In 2017? I did a whole post on book resolutions for 2017, and I hope to achieve them all! If I had to pick just one, though, it would be realistically purging my TBR list to get rid of books that no longer hold my interest.

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