Polina’s End-of-Year Book Survey

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Number Of Books You Read: 202
Number of Re-Reads: 26? I think?
Genre You Read The Most From: I’m too lazy to count, but probably fantasy.

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

*cracks knuckles*
Okay. Let’s do this.

2015 Backlist
Children’s Books George The Little Prince
Adult Fantasy Uprooted The Stormlight Archive, Mistborn
Classics n/a Emma
YA Fantasy Six of Crows Heir of Fire
Sci-Fi Winter, Illuminae Unwind Dystology, the other Lunar Chronicles
Paranormal The Darkest Part of the Forest Penryn and the End of Days (the first two books)
Magical Realism Walk on Earth a Stranger A Monster Calls, The Scorpio Races
Contemporary Not Otherwise Specified, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Saving Francesca, Aristotle and Dante
Historical Lair of Dreams …does The Song of Achilles count?
What Even is this Genre? The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Posterchildren

…I’m pretty sure that was cheating but I don’t care.

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

  • The Witch Hunter had such a fun premise, but ended up falling really flat.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses was okay, but not as good as I was expecting. The characters didn’t really click with me, both sides of the love triangle had some icky aspects, and nothing really happened until the end of the book.
  • While I appreciated the representation of trans male characters and different perspective on relationships in What We Left Behind, I felt really weird about how genderqueer identities were portrayed, and the pacing of the book in general left a lot to be desired.

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

  • The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, both in the “what even WAS that plot twist” sense and the “I got really attached really fast” sense.
  • Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer, in the “it’s been months and I still can’t believe this book is real” sense

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

  • The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. One of the highlights of the year was when a bunch of my friends were reading/livetweeting/having emotional breakdowns over the series at the same time and I was just watching them, doing an evil giggle.

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

  • Series I Started: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Sequel: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • Series Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

  • if you’ve even remotely been paying attention to my twitter and blog, you know it’s Brandon Sanderson

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

  • I read a biography of Oscar Wilde over the summer–that was very out of my comfort zone, but I learned a lot, and Oscar Wilde is an even more amazing human being than I had originally thought, and reading about the last years of his life made me very sad.
  • I finally read all of Jane Austen’s books! (Well, I read Northanger Abbey at the end of 2014, and I’m reading Persuasion now). I’m not as in love with them as I know some people are, but her books are sharp and intelligent, and her protagonists are varied and awesome. (that said, I’m pretty sure none of her protagonists, except maybe Catherine Morland, would like me very much, and that makes me a little sad.)
  • The Secret History was…interesting. I liked it well enough, but I probably didn’t take it as seriously as I should have.

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

  • Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee. Her books are so short, and somehow so much happens.
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer. Most of the book was so stressful, what with everyone getting captured by Lunars and almost dying every few pages.
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I wasn’t able to read it as fast as I wanted to due to personal circumstances, but that book was…a lot.
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I swear I had an adrenaline rush while reading it.

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

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’m surprised I haven’t reread it yet, actually.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, especially given the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates the audiobook.
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan. I’m going to reread it when it comes out for real.
  • The Mistborn Triogy by Brandon Sanderson. Self-explanatory.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Again, self-explanatory.

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

  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

  • Etta from Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz (a dancer with an unforgettable voice who fights against the labels that keep being forced on her and is brave and compassionate and honest)
  • Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (adventurer pirate queen of my heart and I fangirl over her on a regular basis)
  • Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (he may be a little shit but he’s MY little shit)
  • Vin from The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (grows from a scared girl only trying to keep herself alive to a confident woman who accepts all the conflicting parts of herself and can kill you in .5 seconds)
  • Kaladin from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (even with everything he’s been through he just will. not. give. up. and he fights with everything he has to protect people and I just want him to be happy, okay?)

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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

  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (definitely changed how I view the concept of happiness)

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

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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

Because humans are complicated beasts, the monster said. How can a queen be both a good witch and a bad witch? How can a prince be a murderer and a saviour? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can a parson be wrong-thinking but good-hearted? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen?

“I don’t know,” Connor shrugged, exhausted. “Your stories never made any sense to me.”

The answer is that it does not matter what you think, the monster said, because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day. You wanted her to go at the same time you were desperate for me to save her. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

  • Shortest: Accepting Me by Jo Ramsey (30 pages)
  • Longest: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (1081 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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

  • Linnea and Vanessa from The Engelsfors Trilogy (I had to wait YEARS for book three, but my OTP is finally together!)
  • Vin and Elend from Mistborn (look at these two idiots growing so much separately and together and becoming the ultimate power couple)
  • Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows (no words. only dying whale noises.)
  • Kai and Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles (I don’t think this one needs explanation)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

  • Mal and Zip from The Posterchildren (“two very different people forced to work together eventually become best friends” gets me every time, I swear)
  • Aelin and Lysandra from Queen of Shadows (and so does “women who used to be rivals realize how similar they are and develop a mutual respect and friendship”)
  • Hazel and Ben from The Darkest Part of the Forest (and so does “siblings who protect each other at all costs)
  • Cinder and Iko from The Lunar Chronicles (Iko has been with Cinder from day one and the “I love you” in Winter brought happy tears to my eyes)
  • Nina and Inej from Six of Crows (can they please not suffer anymore? can they just go on their waffle date?)
  • Henry and Ling (and Henry and Theta) from Lair of Dreams (my heart melted a thousand times because of them)
  • Vin and Kelsier from Mistborn (my heart is very much broken)
  • Kasia and Agniezska from Uprooted (I was so happy that this friendship ended up being as important as it was)

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

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (the Grisha trilogy was all right but. Six of Crows. SIX OF CROWS.)
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (the best sequel I could have asked for)
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (gorgeous and heartbreaking)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (is anyone surprised here?)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (best writing and setting and characters and relationships and EVERYTHING)

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

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (as I said before, I didn’t exactly fall in love with it, but I enjoyed it a lot)

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

  • Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic (from the moment she appeared I was aggressively fangirling)
  • Elend Venture from Mistborn (he reads at balls! how do you expect me to not fall in love with him?)

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (intense, pulls no punches, awesome characters. I read the whole thing in under 24 hours)
  • Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (the cutest book ever)
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (compelling main character, great blend of genres, broke my heart)
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (the writing sent chills down my spine, I swear)

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

  • Best Worldbuilding: All of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere books! The individual worlds are awesome enough (especially Stormlight Archive), but when you get to the fact that they’re connected? so much excitement!
  • Most Vivid Setting: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray and Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

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

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Posterchildren by Kitty Burroughs
  • The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • I cried a lot this year, okay?

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz (some of the most raw and honest writing I’ve seen, plus various issues handled well and an unforgettable main character)
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (addresses racism and police brutality in an honest and powerful way)
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (a really fun adventure feat. girl friendship and the Oregon trail)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  • More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Spooner (which will probably be listed here on a lot of book tags, but oh well. The format was so different and I loved it.)
  • A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (recommend if you like weird worldbuilding and unreliable narration)

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

  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers and All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (which, of course, they were meant to do)

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

  • Probably my review of The Rest of Us Just Live Here because (a) it’s the one where I was the most open about myself, and (b) I totally worked a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference into it
  • or my Queen of Shadows review because I’m still surprised by how freaking long it was

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

  • I didn’t post as many discussions as I would have liked, but I liked the Asexuality in Books post I made recently

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

  • ALA! I had a lot of fun and got a huuuuuuge pile of new books
  • but Leigh Bardugo and Brandon Sanderson’s signings were a close second

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

  • as previously mentioned, watching my friends livetweet and have feelings about The Demon’s Lexicon was a lot of fun

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

  • finding the time and motivation to write reviews
  • being confident enough to share my thoughts even when I wasn’t sure they were the *right* opinions to have
  • talking to people

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

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

  • maybe the Fangirl Fridays? we didn’t do too many, but they were a lot of fun.

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

  • the fact that a book store near my apartment has a box for exchanging ARCs! I got my ARCs of Walk on Earth a Stranger and A Study in Charlotte there and I’m very excited about it.

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

  • I set my Goodreads challenge up for 100 at first, then 120, then 200, and I met them all!
  • I also challenged myself to read all of Jane Austen’s books and I almost did that! (currently reading Persuasion!)

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

  • Demon Road by Derek Landy
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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

  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera will break my heart, probably
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley (Macbeth with lesbians, yes, good)
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (a book about monsters by my one of my favorite authors!)
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (these last two need no explanation)

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvey

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

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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

  • blog more regularly and write more discussions!

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

  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (please read if you want your heart broken)

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