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Kristin’s Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 Edition!

This is the second year that I’m participating in Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s annual end of year survey (and the 6th year that Jamie is hosting it!).  I love having another excuse to write about books and my reading habits throughout 2015!  I really enjoyed my time completing the survey last year and it’s a great way to reflect on what I’ve consumed.  If you’re interested, you can read my 2014 survey answers here!

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Number Of Books You Read: 109

Number of Re-Reads: 4 (All Harry Potter!) A big increase from last year, but I’m planning on re-reading even more (see My 2016 Reading Challenges).

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult (Fantasy / Contemporary mix, same as last year!)

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015? 

(Not counting re-reads because Harry Potter) The best book I read in 2015 is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.  I just loved everything about it so much.  You can read my full review here!

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

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Everyone seems to rave about this series but I just wasn’t so into it.  You can read about why in my full review (here).

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

The Selection series by Kiera Cass.  I was expecting to dislike these books but I flew through them in almost no time! They’re really fast paced, addicting, and I enjoyed the story so much more than I ever expected to.  You can read my reviews of The Selection, The Elite and The One for more information!

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

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas! Throne of Glass is the first book I read in 2015 and I loved it! I convinced my two best friends to read it and they also loved it enough to get completely caught up with the series while I still haven’t read Queen of Shadows yet even though I got it on its release date!

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

The best series I started in 2015 is the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, also by Sarah J. Maas.  I read the first book in one day and I cannot wait for the second installment!  You can read my full review here.  The best sequel I read is The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.  The story is unlike any other YA that I’ve read and I love Kestrel and Arin’s storyline.  You can read my reviews of The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime or watch my video about the heartbreak I’m experiencing regarding the cover change.  And finally, the best series ender is definitely Winter by Marissa Meyer which concluded The Lunar Chronicles series.  You can watch Cassie, Melissa and I’s Spines With Wines Book Club episode for all of our feelings on the last book or you can can read my review here.

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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Brandon Sanderson! I read Steelheart and Mistborn this year and I love them both! I want to read everything Sanderson has ever written and ever will write and luckily, I have a long way to go with that goal :-)

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

I don’t think I have a comfort zone.  I used to be fantastic at being a well-rounded reader, making sure to switch genre after every book I completed, but I really love YA so this year I read an overwhelming amount.  I read one non-fiction book this year (You’re Never Weird on the Internet…Sometimes by Felicia Day) but I didn’t like it at all so I can’t even count that one!

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

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.  Another series starter that left me dying for the second book! Luckily, there’s only another month of waiting!

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

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.  I read the first book in 2014 and I’m definitely planning a 2016 re-read.  The third book has yet to have a release date but I know I’m going to want to re-read the first two just beforehand!

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

Definitely the cover of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass.  I fell so deeply in love with the cover the moment I laid eyes on it.  I love the black, white and red coloring and the outfit Feyre is wearing is so appealing.  In fact, I love the cover so much that Melissa Grey designed nail art based on it and we made a DIY BookTube video about it!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Echo from The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey.  Echo is super sassy and she doesn’t take crap from anyone. I loved spending time inside her head!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

I’m torn between The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler.  The prose in both books is so gorgeous that both stories have really stuck with me since I’ve read them.

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

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness.  For exactly why, you can read my reviews of The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer.

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

Also, the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness! After meeting Ness at BEA this year and realizing that he is one of the nicest humans ever, I decided to finally read one of his books.  I couldn’t put down The Knife of Never Letting Go and I read The Ask and the Answer very soon after.  Then I finished out my year with the conclusion Monsters of Men.  The series deals with so many serious social and political issues and I still think about it to this day.

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

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.” – Carry On

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16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Longest: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.  Everything about this book kept me on the edge of my seat.  I can’t believe how it ended and it felt like my heart was being torn out.

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

Simon and Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kelsier and Vin from MistbornI really loved the teacher / student relationship between the pair.  I thought it was adorable how Vin looked up to Kelsier and I loved that he looked out for her like a big brother would.

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

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.  This third installment of The Raven Cycle is so full of action.  I cannot wait for the series ender which is being released in a few short months!

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

The Nantucket Blue and Nantucket Red duology by Leila Howland which was recommended by Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide.  It’s the perfect summer read and I instantly felt very invested in the characters.

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

Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  I have a thing for talented artists (I’m marrying one next May!) and I love that Josh is so into comics.  He’s sweet and protective and he seems like such a great guy.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I adored this book! It is such a fun and unique contemporary and I love the illustrations that were incorporated into the storytelling.

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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  Her description of the world (especially Prague) is so beautiful<3

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

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell by far!

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

The One by Kiera Cass and it was SO unexpected.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Undertow by Michael Buckley.  I barely heard anyone talk about this book but I really enjoyed it!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Heir of Fire without a doubt.  That’s why I’ve been so hesitant to pick up Queen of Shadows!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

The Marvels by Brian Selznik.  The first 400+ pages of the story were told solely through illustrations.

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

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.  There were some issues that were handled really poorly in this book.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I love this question because this is the year I discovered book blogs! I made a video a few months ago of the top 5 book bloggers I read but after I filmed it I discovered another blog that I fell in love with which BookMark Lit by Lauren.  I love her color scheme, her beautiful graphics and her unique content.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

My review for P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han because I love the conclusion so much and I had a blast explaining why!  Jenny Han even quoted and RT’ed my ARC review which totally made my day!

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

My favorite non-review post this year is obviously my Harry Potter Engagement Story!  My fiance planned an elaborate 7 day engagement beginning with my acceptance letter to Hogwarts and ending with him popping the question at The Strand bookstore so this question is a no-brainer<3

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

I attended so many great book events this past year! I think my favorite would have to be BEA because it lasted for days and I got to connect with so many people that I usually only see online.  I’m sad it’s being held in Chicago this year but I’m looking forward to its 2017 return to the Javitts Center!

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

I feel like 2015 was such a great blogging year for me that it’s hard to choose just one thing! I was really able to focus this year and start writing about the things that make me the most happy without feeling like I have to cater to a certain niche.  I posted some feelings about that early on in the year (How I’ve Been Upgrading to Kristin 2.0 Through General Life Overhauls).  I started blogging a lot more about books, fashion, and beauty and I started a BookTube channel in February.  I also won a photo challenge for Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You series which made me really happy! Regardless of winning or not, I had such a great time perfecting my photo and trying to make my vision come to life.  One of my favorite artist also surprised me by posting an illustration she drew of me on instagram.  I started posting some Outfit of the Day photos which have been so much fun! I already have a bunch of ideas for 2016 once the weather gets warmer and it’s easier to take photos outside.  And most exciting, I started learning Photoshop and I’ve been so much happier with my blog posts :-D

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

I think the most challenging part of my online life this year (besides feeling as connected as I used to) has been posting as much as I would like to on instagram.  It’s been four years since I started blogging and as I’ve progressed I’ve begun to hold myself to much higher standards which is great but also frustrating.  I have so many things that I want to take photos of and post but sometimes I don’t feel like setting up lighting equipment after a long day of work and I end up forgetting altogether.  I’m planning on getting better about that.  I used to just post what I love without caring about lighting, composition, etc. but now I cringe when I see those old photos.  The struggle is real.

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

This one is also without a doubt my Harry Potter Engagement Story!  I also got a lot of positive feedback on my magical bridesmaids<3

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I made a video about my mug and teacup collection for BookTube and it didn’t get nearly as many views as much Funko video which has since surpassed 10,000K.  So crazy!

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

The past couple of months I’ve discovered some great bookmark shops on Etsy and and some wonderful bookish shops on Society 6!  I’m planning on posting about them more during the coming year so I’ll outline them there :-)

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

The only goal I set for myself was a Goodreads challenge of 100 books and at the time of posting I’ve surpassed that goal by 7 books.  I’m participating in a lot more challenges in 2016 and I outlined them all on my blog last week!

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

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas before Melissa or Cassie kills or spoils me for not having already done so.

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

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh which is the conclusion to The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.  It’s Julie’s debut YA novel (she’s previously published two other books) and I love the cover and plot synopsis which you can see on Goodreads.

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

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater which will conclude The Raven Boys series.

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

I really want to focus on joining in on as many bookish challenges as possible and to build a stronger relationship with bloggers within the community.  I’ve felt a bit disconnected from social media since 2014 and I really want to get back into the swing of things because I know how great it can be if you only put in the effort.

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

PASSENGER BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN.  Without a doubt.

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11 Responses to “Kristin’s Annual End Of Year Survey – 2015 Edition!”

  1. B says:

    Your engagement story was my favorite post of the year by far! It was just too sweet and perfect for you!
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  2. Loved following you on Youtube/the blog this year! You read some amazing books (and provided me with plenty of recs for 2016!)
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  3. Alice says:

    I watched all your videos and I love this blog so much! I know what you mean about Instagram, sometimes I feel that way too. Too much pressure!

    Wish you the best for 2016 and I can’t wait to live another blogging year together. <3
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  4. Alexa S. says:

    You’re seriously one of my favorite people in this community! I’m such a big fan of your enthusiasm, your kindness and your aesthetic <3 <3 <3 So glad we got to meet this year and that we've become friends! (I also love all the Sarah J. Maas love in this post. And I need to check out more of your fantasy reads that you've mentioned!)
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  5. Rachel says:

    109 books?! Damn girl!! I’m hoping to read more in 2016. Textbook reading took up a big chunk of my time this year!
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  6. Kay Nyman says:

    Loved following along this year, both on your blog and Youtube! I’m excited for what 2016 will bring – wishing you all the best for the coming year!
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  7. I loved all of your answers and let me tell you. READ QUEEN OF SHADOWS!!! It is AMAZING! <3

    Also, very exciting to see that you have a blog, I watch your youtube videos but I always forget to see if booktubers have blogs, too. haha.

    xo
    Stephanie @ In Wonderland
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  8. I LOVED your engagement story! That was so adorable and wonderful!!
    I’m still SO GLAD you enjoyed Nantucket Blue/Red! And YAY for Throne of Glass! I took a while to read that series too and binged it last year so it was awesome to read QoS this year after the WAIT!
    So glad we found each other/ended up chatting more this year! Looking forward to a fab 2016! :D
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  9. Sara Strauss says:

    Holy crap, you read so many books! So impressed! I just picked up The Girl at Midnight because there was a signed copy at B&N! Can’t wait to read it! I want to read Passenger so badly!
    ~Sara
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