Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Reading Stats




Hey there, Bibliobabes!

This will be my first year doing the "Reading Stats" hosted by Perpetual Page Turner. Even though I wasn't able to reach my reading goal of 100 books this year, I still put quite a dent and made several decisions (including only reading books that I WANT to read in 2016) about my next years goals.

Thanks for being a reader in 2015! Let's enjoy the rest of this year and start a new and beautiful 2016 full of hopes and bookish dreams!




Number Of Books You Read:  80. I missed my goal by 20 books. I know that there's still some days left in 2015, but with the holiday business and the work I'm focusing on another very special project, there probably won't be too many more read.

Same goal for next year! Eventually I'll reach that 100 book mark! I've got lots of really great readers/bloggers to inspire me.


Number of Re-Reads: 6. I re-read a lot of children's classics this year. "The Giver" and a few from Roald Dahl. Also re-read "Coraline", "Graveyard Book" and "Fortunately, the Milk" all by Neil Gaiman. I didn't do too bad on my re-reads this year, so hopefully I'll add a few more to the pile in 2016.

Genres You Read The Most From: Suspense/Mystery & Fantasy. I knew Fantasy was going to be close to the top, but I was surprised about Suspense/Mystery being the most prominent genre in my reading pile this year! There were actually quite a few great MG and YA reads that fell into this category. Bravo book world. 



 Best Book(s) You Read In 2015?

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These four were by far the best. So much so that they actually tempt me to read them again. These were the four books that had me thrashing around in giddy glee (I was over caffeinated at the time). While "Mechanica" was the only 1 of these that didn't get a 5 star, I still very much enjoyed the book but I'll be so disappointed if it turns out to be a stand-alone.

Book(s) You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

ALETHEA KONTIS! WHY?! "Dearest" was the first Kontis book I didn't just gobble up. I'm really hoping that it's because Friday isn't at all my favorite character and not because this series is being derailed.

"Splintered" tried too hard to be edgy and grungy and the awesome story got kind of lost in that. Hoping the next book will be better. 


"Jackaby" has such a great premise! But the secondary female character was so boring I could hardly stand myself. Again, hoping the next book in this particular series will be more appealing. 


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

 
I knew I was going to love it. I just didn't realize how much I was going to love it. I figured there'd be some kind of smoozy romance between Grace and Dr. Thornhollow but there wasn't at all (though there was high regard on both ends) and that absolutely took this book way through 5 stars! Not that I don't love Romance. I do. However, understated affection (and not necessarily lusty/Romantic affection) can be so flipping great and refreshing.

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

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Okay. So even though I didn't re-read these two particular books this year, I advertised the heck out of them to friends and family. Really, anytime someone asks me for a book recommendation I'll throw out a Diana Wynne Jones title (depending on their tastes). Thankfully a great friend of mine took my recommendations and read both of these titles and FLIPPING LOVED THEM. Which made me very happy. 


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


 

Series Started: "Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas knocked me on my keister! Not only is it an AWESOME retelling (though I disagree that it's a B&B retelling. I really fancy it as a Tam Lin retelling) it's wonderfully written with a great female lead and a nummy love interest. I can't wait for the second book!



Best Sequel: "Mary Unleashed" was absolutely horrifying. Since that was kind of the point of the whole "Bloody Mary" premise, then I suppose that being horrifying is a positive mark! It was a solid ending to a really well put together horror story that began with "Mary: The Summoning". 



Best Series End: "Son" by Lois Lowry  will DESTROY YOUR HEART and also give you hope. It is probably one of the most poignant books I've ever read, which isn't surprising considering that "The Giver" tore me up just the same. Overall it's a fantastic ending to a thought provoking and emotional journey. Loved it.


 Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

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This author definitely isn't new, but I finally picked up one of her books this year and FELL IN LOVE! Planning on reading the entire "Throne of Glass" series in 2016, and then of course picking up the second installment of her "Court of Thorns and Roses" series early in the year. 

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

Normally I don't read the futuristic - Sci-Fi techy stuff. However, I fancy myself a huge geek (especially when it comes to the 80s) and after hearing that this particular book was filled with 80s references I had to give it a try. VERY surprised! It was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. 


 



Book(s) You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


 
These two are DEFINITELY being re-read next year. I've read Coraline a number of times just because I enjoy the story. As for "A Court of Thorns and Roses" - I plan on rereading that one before I start the second in the series (Squeal of joy)


Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?


Beautiful costumes, beautiful setting, fantastic colors. This one is hands down the best cover of 2015.



Most memorable character of 2015?

Dr. Thornhollow from:

I will never forget Dr. Thornhollow. I have sincere doubts that the author is planning on continuing this story. This is a stand-alone as far as anyone can tell, though I ACHE for more of Grace and the Dr.!



Most beautifully written book read in 2015?


Absolutely phenomenal. I could gush about it all day long, but it's better if you just read it for yourself. Right now is preferable.


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




Finally got around to reading this and just CRIED MY EYES DRY. Though the ending was a happy one for the most part, there was so much suffering. Fantastic message, beautifully written. Katherine Applegate hit a homerun with this one.


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

For same reasons cited above. It was really fantastic! I'm sorry I let my genre prejudices get in the way of me reading this one until now!


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


"It's a madness so discreet that it can walk the streets and be applauded in some circles, but it is madness nonetheless."  ~ A Madness so Discreet


*shiver* Now THAT is creepy. Yet, so true. Trying to think of a joke to make here, but can't. It's too honest to be funny.


Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?


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Longest - "Crimson Bound" 448 pages
Shortest - "Edward Scissorhands V. 1" 23 pages

When I purchased "Edward Scissorhands V.1" I had zero idea it was only 23 pages. I purchased it on a whim via my Kindle. I was not a happy girl at the time.


Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
This entire book was filled with shock, but it was lovely.


OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Feyre and Tamlin
They must stay together forever.


Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Grace and Dr. Thornhollow

Their dynamic was wonderful. They both respected and trusted each other despite their differences in status ("Crazy" woman and Doctor who treats her.)

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


I will always love love love love this book.  Eee!

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


I never had any interest in reading Sarah J. Maas. Not that her storylines didn't seem interesting, but there were so many other books that were on my radar. Thankfully I'd been seeing lots of love for A Court of thorns and Roses and thought I'd go ahead and give it a go. SO GLAD I DID.


Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Dr. Thornhollow

*shrugs* I know there wasn't any romance happening, but that almost made it all the better. Dr. Thornhollow is nummy. Intelligent, kind, kind of spacey. Oh, and he's got an awesome sister (that we meet for like five seconds, but whatever, she rocks).

 Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?


Air cities, airships, alternate realities where you can bend the elements while you're hallucinating?! COME ON! If people would not love to live on a floating city then I just don't understand humanity.

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


Hands down the cutest thing I read this year (or ever).

Book(s) That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?


It went from little trickling tears to big gulping sobs. Mostly the sobbing came from "Son", but these others got my waterworks going too.

Hidden Gem Of The Year?


WHY IS THIS NOT MORE POPULAR? I practically threw this book at people in 2015.

Book That Crushed Your Soul?


Just read it. Read it and let it destroy you and then build you back up. 



Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?





 New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I can't say that I discovered these two this year, but I definitely started visiting them a ton more. My two favorite book blogs for the year are: 

The Daily Prophecy PAPER FURY




Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?



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




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



Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Probably the best moment was when I received my very first owlcrate! 





Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog





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

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I'm holding off on this one particularly so I can start off my 2016 with complete magical amazement.

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

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I'm shaking in anticipation of this book. I feel like I'm having withdrawals. I need Feyre, Tamlin, and all the others to bring sass, adventure and romance back into my life.

2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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There actually aren't too many that I've seen that are really making me thrash with joy, but these two in particular DO appear to be very very promising.

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

 Surpass my goal of 100 books - It was really difficult this past year and I dropped the ball on several occasions with reading. Not only that but I picked up a gigantic new project (eeeee!!!) that took up the majority of my time closer to the end of 2015.

Hopefully with better scheduling I'll be able to conquer my 100 book goal in 2016!



So how about it? What was your 2015 bookish year like?

 

Let's Be Friends!



Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.





9 comments:

  1. It is really obvious from your post that I must read The Illusianarium and Madness So Discreet. I consider signing up for OWL Crates but decided I would get saddled with too much junk I don't really want. What did you think of yours?

    Here is my End of the Year Survey

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    1. Yes! You must absolutely read "Madness So Discreet" and "Illusionarium"! Stat! I hope you love them, and if you do read them let me know so I can check out your review!

      As far as OlwCrate, I was really pleased with the first one I got. I'm very new to the crates, so I don't have a lot of experience to negate the fear of junk. The first OwlCrate I got was 90% full of very neat things that are totally useful, with only two small items (temporary tattoos and a small mirror) that I won't ever utilize.

      You can always just try it out for a month or two and then cancel if it doesn't please. Luckily there are a lot of Book Crates out there now so you'd probably easily be able to find one that suited you perfectly! It's just fun to get a surprise every month!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. You can do it next year. I will cheer for you, so you will get to 100 books :D!

    A court of thorns and roses + A madness so discreet are so good. Feyre + Tamlin shipper too! I'm happy you loved them as much as I did. I was also disappointed by Dearest :(

    Awhhh, you *hugs* I'm also a big fan of Paper Fury!
    Everland & A court of mist and fury, can't waaaaaait!

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    1. Yay! Having encouragement is always helpful!

      I'm hoping that Ms. Kontis will bring back her impressive storytelling for another book in the series. Right now I don't think there's another one set to be published (though I could be wrong). I think that the next one will be better simply because there are only interesting sisters left!

      I found "Paper Fury" through you! So thanks thanks thanks!

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  3. I notice that Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner says she doesn't read much in December. What about you? I know that I do a good chunk of reading during the holidays, so I try to leave my wrap-ups until January. Perhaps that's because it's summer here?

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    1. I don't think I usually read too much in December, either. There's just so much going on usually. Before I finished grad-school December was full of finals and then went right in to the Holidays with family.

      This year I have an ongoing project that I'm trying to finish by Jan 1, so my time has been spent with that. Yeah. I don't know, I think that December is almost like a little break before I start over fresh in Jan with lots of ambition!

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    2. There is certainly a lot going on at this time of year, so I can understand wanting a break!

      Good luck with the project.

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  4. I read Mechanica and really liked it too so I'm glad to see it on your list! Ready Player One is one of my all time favorite books, so I'm glad to see you really liked it. :D Happy reading in 2016!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  5. I'm seeing A Madness so Discreet popping up quite a bit but I will say, that book was definitely surprising in a good way and I did like it a lot. Oh, and I really want to read ACOTAR which you seem to have loved a lot this year too!

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