Thanks to Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner for providing this survey. This is my first year doing this, so without further ado…
- Number of books I read: 73. My initial goal was 91 but I discovered Frasier on Netflix and I didn’t read for 2 whole months, so I dropped it to 70. #lifegoals
- Number of ReReads: 1-Winner’s Crime because I had to for a tournament of books. I don’t reread books.
- Genre I Read Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book I Read in 2015: Six of Crows. Sat at a table with Leigh for an entire day, it was awesome. The girl next to her is one of our teen patrons.
2. What Book Was I Excited about & Thought I was Going to Love More But Didn’t: Dumplin’. I didn’t like the boy she chose.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read? The Rose Society by Marie Lu. I didn’t like Young Elites but after I realized I the protag was also the antag, I loved it.
Marie Lu Signing my Book
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? An Ember in the Ashes.
Some of my teen patrons met Sabaa!
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
- Ember in the Ashes
- The Rose Society
- None (I read Winter but I didn’t like it)
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015? Adam Silvera. We went to a Julie Murphy event and he magically walked it. I approached him to just fangirl for one minute because I was going to see him the following day. He talked to us for 15 minutes and he’s so approachable and engaging.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Salt of the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I don’t like historical fiction but this book was beautiful.
Skyping with Ruta over a year ago where she showed us the manuscript for Salt to the Sea. She even asked the teens for title suggestions.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Six of Crows by Bardugo
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015? Beautiful cover; horrible book
11. Most memorable character of 2015? Yael from Wolf by Wolf by Graudin
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015? Challenger Deep by Shusterman
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015? None
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Awesome Book!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? “Count your blessings…And if you count less than ten, cut off the remaining fingers.”-Challenger Deep
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
- Shortest: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Longest: Winter
17. Book That Shocked You The Most– Little Peach by Peggy Kern-It’s too shocking to say why.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Kaz & Inej from Six of Crows and Magnus & Cleo from Falling Kingdoms
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year–Feyra & Rhys from ACOTAR
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously-Six of Crows (I love this book, can’t you tell?)
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was recommended by a colleague and I really liked it.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015? Oskar from Impostor Queen
23. Best 2015 debut you read? More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
He spelled Damn instead of Dawn
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Heart of Betrayal by Marie E. Pearson
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015? Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Annie & Andrew Smith
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? More Happy Than Not (I feel like I keep repeating myself)
We were so mesmerized by Sabaa, I didn’t realize Adam was at ALAMW until now.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015? Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? An Ember in The Ashes because when we read it, 7 months prior to its release, there was not a book 2. So many unanswered questions!
My colleague Elise & Sabaa
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
YA Interrobang & Roulette Reader (I have to plug my co-podcaster)
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015? Bone Gap because I took lots of notes and I was excited to blog about my theories.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My teen discussion group took a road trip around WI like All the Bright Places. Jennifer Niven saw it and put it on Germ Magazine.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? ALA Midwinter in Chicago. We took 9 teens to their first library conference and to see their little faces…aw. We were also invited to a publisher event with Sabaa Tahir and nothing was going to stop us not even the worst snow storm of the year.
They couldn’t believe they got free books. Fun train ride home.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015? I went to an author event that I planned to blog about and Sabaa Tahir, who I met three months prior, was sitting in the audience about two rows up. She turned around and mouthed, “Hi, Dawn.” OMG, she knew my name.
Also, at the author visit with Leigh, she recalled my review being one of the earliest for Six of Crows when I told her my blog name. WHAT!?
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Launching my podcast series with my colleague. It’s been difficult to get listeners. I think people prefer booktube but I think that market is saturated so we wanted to podcast.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? So, I did a post on an author visit I went to where the authors were doing a little author-bashing-fun. The post was meant to be light but some bloggers took it badly. I was nervous about backlash.
I think the girls have a crush on Adam Selzer-Chicago YA Lit Fest
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? We got BAM at my mall! YES!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I had a goal to read more contemporary and realistic fiction and I did.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016? Vicious by Schwab
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)? Beauty of Darkness by Pearson
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Honestly, none because I’ve read several debuts and they haven’t been great. One debut I did read and enjoyed IMMENSELY was Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016? Raven King by Stievfater
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016? I go to a lot of conferences so I’d like to do more Periscopes and posts about them.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I recommended Shallow Graves in Q3 but A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro is also very good.
Now it’s your turn