How is this time already? 2015 definitely went far too quickly for my liking. I think a lot of this is due to my offline life (mainly work) and sadly the blog hasn’t been as up to date or on schedule as I had hoped. However, I still got a good amount of reading done and I’m excited to fill out The Perpetual Page Turner’s 2015 End of Year Book Survey for the first time!
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 137 (I forgot to log a lot of my books on goodreads and then had to try and remember and trawl through my kindle and shelves a lot later so there may be more)
Number of Re-Reads: I didn’t log all of my rereads on goodreads but I have about 10 rereads, including some Courtney Summers, Sarah Dessen, Louise O’Neill, Sarra Manning, Amy Poehler and Brigid Kemmerer.
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Contemporary (45 approx)
Best YA Books 2015
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Non-Fiction – Tie between Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer and Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
YA Contemporary – All the Rage – Courtney Summers for breaking me into a hundred tiny pieces.
YA Sci fi or Fantasy – Illuminae – Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Non-YA Fiction – I think The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller definitely springs to mind
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Thicker Than Water – Brigid Kemmerer. I truly adore the Elementals series, seriously it’s so fun and keeps you reading and caring about the characters, and Thicker Than Water really had me at the start, however View Spoiler »as the plot developed and shifted from a contemporary thriller to more otherworldy, it sadly lost me a little « Hide Spoiler I still thought the book was okay, but I didn’t love it like I hoped to.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I recommended All The Rage a lot.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series started – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Sequel – Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series ender – Urban Legends by Helen Grant
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?
Into The Wild-Jon Krakauer
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Illuminae. I was so excited to get this book (it’s on my review list so should be on the blog shortly) and it lived up to my high expectations and was so good. I read a large section of it on the train and was just sitting there with my hand to my mouth in at many points.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I think Yes, Please is a book I’ll reread in part yearly. I read it twice last year and while the autobiography side is a section I may not reread every year, Poehler’s essays and life-advice definitely could be.
From a YA side,
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine has a gorgeous cover!
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Romy from All the Rage.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Oh, this is hard and I’m honestly not sure if a book has been ‘life changing for me’ this year.
I think Asking for It, All the Rage and What We Saw all raised thought provoking questions about the society we live in and how we look at and treat young women.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer. A relative gave me this book years ago and I only got around to reading it this Autumn.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
Okay, so having gone through my kindle highlights for the year and trying to jog my memory on the physical books I remember particularly loving the writing on, I’ve come to the conclusion I need a better system to note passages in for next year. That said, following a brief search on Goodreads and scan through my kindle highlights, these three stood out to me:
“I didn’t want a world in which I had to choose between blind human babies and tortured monkey ones. To be frank, that’s the sort of choice I expect science to protect me from, not give me.” We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
“Can you break your heart by accident, I wonder, like you can break your wrist? If so the accident season has me bruised and broken inside and out.” The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle
“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.” The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: It’s Not Summer Without You – Jenny Han
Longest: Lair of Dreams – Libba Bray
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Hmm, well The Devil You Know by Trish Dollar definitely was not what I expected having read her last two books. It’s great though 🙂
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Hmm, while in TV there were definitely a few for me this year, I’m not so sure I had an OTP of the year in books. I did love Samantha and Jase from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick though.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Benton and Chloe from Something Real by Heather Demetrios had a lovely sibling relationship.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
These Shallow Graves – Jennifer Donnelly.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller.
I saw it discussed on my twitter timeline a lot, including by Liz who has fantastic taste so I knew I had to try it.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Awkwardly no-one comes to mind here. There are definitely characters I’ve liked though.
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle. I read this way back in January so while I can’t remember every single detail, the book stayed with me overall and it is beautifully written.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot
I adored the Princess Diaries as a teenager so to get to go back to that world and see how those characters were doing was brilliant.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Asking for It – Louise O’Neill. Oh wow, was that a truly harrowing read.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Big Lie– Julie Mayhew. A fascinating and chilling concept.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
YA: Although I could repeat All the Rage or Asking for It as they both broke me in some ways, in the interest of not repeating myself too much The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.
Non-YA: Everything I Never Told You-Celeste Ng
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Illuminae. It just was brilliant and awesome and so so fun to read. I knew I’d love it and I did.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
All the Rage by Courtney Summers and Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. Both made me feel sick and angry at the society we live in.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
It’s terrible, but I did not read enough book blogs this year, something I hope to remedy this year. That said, through blogging events and meeting new bloggers I discovered Books of Amber and Once Upon a Bookcase (though I was aware and had visited it a little before last year, however this year began reading it much regularly) Both are fantastic blogs 🙂 Oh, and through twitter Dahlia Adler’s blog.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
I didn’t review as much as I wanted to, I have a lot of notes for catching up in 2016 though so hopefully we’ll get back on track. With that said, I choose my review of I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson as I loved that book.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
As with reviews, I didn’t get as many posts as I wanted on the blog last year (I have notebooks full of ideas and beginnings though) however bringing back Chooseyatrope and my post looking at grief, loss and suicide in YA was quite a difficult post to write as I wanted to avoid triggering or glamorising difficult subjects.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I was lucky enough to attend some lovely blogger events with Macmillan, Hot Key Books and Walker Books. Online was, I think #ukyachat is a fun online event.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Blogging events and seeing my blogging friends.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Balancing it with my work life. As my work life involves staring at a computer screen a lot, when I get home it can be hard to get the motivation to load up my computer and blog. I’ve a plan to try and change this a bit in 2016 though!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
In terms of views it’s a 2014 post. For a post published this year, it’s my review of Lockwood and Co #2 The Whispering Skull.
The post that generated the most comments was my review of Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I would have liked more of a discussion on my Chooseyatrope post mentioned earlier in particular.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I finally caved and got the Ultimate Book Blogger Plug-In and it makes formatting and blogging a lot quicker so Nosegraze was a great book blogging resource I discovered and she has tonnes of fantastic blogging tips.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Formally, only the Goodreads challenge. I did enter a few challenges however didn’t keep up with them like I hoped. However, I wanted to read a wider range of book this year and I did do this and really enjoyed it.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
So many books! However I finally finished Cress by Marissa Meyer and received Winter for christmas so I think that will be a fairly high bookish priority.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
When We Collided – Emery Lord. I’m so excited she’s finally get published in the UK and I loved Open Road Summer.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Girl Out Of Water by Nat Luurtsema. I heard Nat read an extract at the Walker Blogger Brunch in October (it was called Goldfish then) and it was hilarious; I don’t think there was anyone in the room not laughing.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Raven King – Maggie Stievfater.
I love this series and I really, really need to know how it all ends. Even if I don’t want it to end.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Get some balance back in blogging, blog more regularly. In a way I feel I’m back at the beginning as I feel a little out of the thick of the community now and I’ve not been posting so much, however this is an opportunity to and I look forward to kickstarting ChooseYA again.
I’d like to continue to read widely, this year for the first time in a while I read several non fiction books (usually I average about one a year, outside of when I was studying at university) and I really enjoyed them. Well, as much as one can enjoy a book about an Everest disaster or a young traveller dying in the wilderness (both examples are Jon Krakauer books)
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Ooh, this is a tough one as I haven’t read that many yet. However The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood should appeal to YA Contemporary fans and The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman to Cassandra Clare fans.