End of Year Survey: 2015 #MyYearInBooks

This popular end-of-year survey is hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. To join in, click the link to visit the original post. 

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  1. Number Of Books Read: 66
  2. Number of Re-Reads: 0!
  3. Genre You Read The Most From: YA

 

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2015? 

    Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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

    The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

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

    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

    Erm either The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, or The Lunar Chronicles!

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

    Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
    The Kiss of Death – Marcus Sedgwick
    Winter – Marissa meyer

  6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015? 

    Ahh so many…either Benjamin Alire Sáenz or Rosamund Lupton

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

    Fearless by Devon Hartford

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

    Red Queen

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

    The Darkest Part of the Forest/Ari & Dante/ Red Queen

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

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  11. Most memorable character of 2015? 

    Ruby from The Quality of Silence

  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015? 

    The Darkest Part of the Forest

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

    Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

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

    The Kiss of Death – Marcus Sedgwick. Published in 2008

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

    “There are worst things in life than kissing boys” – Ari & Dante

  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015? 

    Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan: 64 pgs
    Winter by marissa Meyer: 824 pgs

  17. Book That Shocked You The Most 

    The Quality of Silence

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

    Ari & Dante / Cinder & Kai

  19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year 

    Hazel & Ben (Darkest part of the Forest) and Celaena & Rowan (Heir of Fire)

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

    Winter

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

    Uhm none really. Though, a lot of people recommended James Dawson (Cruel Summer), and Rebel Belle to me.

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

    Rowan (Heir of Fire), follwed closely by Prince Cal (Red Queen)
  23. Best 2015 debut you read? 

    Red Queen

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

    The Darkest Part of the Forest

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

    Both Rebel belle (Rachel Hawkins) and Vengeance Road (Erin Bowman), were SO much fun!

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

    Ari & Dante, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Golden Boy…too many!

  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? 

    Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bellfrozencharlotte

  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? 

    Golden Boy

  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015? 

    The Light That gets Lost by Natasha Carthew

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

    Red Queen!

 

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  1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2015? 

    There were quite a few but My Tiny Obsessions was the first one that came to mind.

  2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2015? 

    The Darkest Part of the Forest, I think.

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

    I was really rubbish at doing discussion posts this year – none spring to mind!

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

    I really enjoyed Horror October again this year.

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

    I was really pleased to be invited to the Vulieo Blog Awards, and a bloggers picnic – although I couldn’t attend either due to work and sickness 😦 Nice to be invited though!

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

    Finding the time/motivation to keep going!

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

    Despite being published in August 2014, This is Endgame was also my most viewed post of 2015

  8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? 

    All guest posts!

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

    Oh, I dunno! I checked out Audible for the first time but I still haven’t subscribed.

  10.   Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?Uhm no, I pretty much failed…but that’s OK!

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

    Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

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

    The Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

  3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 

    Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer

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

    The glass Sword!

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

    Keep going!

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

    n/a

Woah that was long, but fun! Feel free to leave the link to yours if you joined in. 

Goals & Resolutions…How Did I Do?

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Although I’m not one to make resolutions, last year I set myself 10 goals. How did I do?

2015 Goals

  1. Find a good job (sounds simple right?): Success! Sort of. I found a job that I really enjoy. I work in a prison library, which is completely crazy, and challenging but also lots of fun, and very, very interesting. The only downside is that it pays terribly and I’m really struggling to stay afloat. 😦
  2. Be more organised, especially with blogging: I think I did achieve this to some degree, but I’ll continue to work on it.
  3.  Request less ARCs and read more of the books on my real-life shelves: I don’t think I achieved this at all so I will be challenging myself to actually do it this year!
  4.  Promote my etsy shop: I did do this, sporadically, and after a slow start my shop did make me some much needed spending money.
  5. Go to the dentist/doctors more: Complete success! Go me!
  6. Save money (after I’ve found a job of course): So this never happened, and probably won’t for as long as I’m on the wage I am, living where I do…
  7. Change the look of my blog: I’m not sure if I did that at the beginning of 2015, but I do feel like a change again….
  8. Work on more original content – less memes: I had a good run of doing Friday Features which were really fun, but I found it too time-consuming to keep up with those and all my other regular posts once I got my new job and they kind of fizzled out. Must.Try.Harder

Well that wasn’t too bad!

2016 Goals/Resolutions

As well as working on the above, I would like to achieve the following this year:

  1. Be more active in the blogosphere: I love reading and commenting on other people’s blogs, but that really took a backseat this year as I don’t have my phone or access to the internet at work, and I’m usually too tired in the evenings to spend long on it. I really want to make more time this year though. I miss reading my favourite blogs.
  2. Get a promotion/ Pay Increase: I’m holding out for a possible promotion at work, but it’s all up in the air. If it doesn’t happen, I may have to look for another job, which is really upsetting because I don’t want to leave at all!
  3. Get back to writing: This is basically a pipe dream because I never seem to have any time…but I want to make it happen.
  4. Post reviews on Amazon & Waterstones: I’m really rubbish at posting my reviews anywhere other than my blog. I usually remember to copy them to Goodreads, but I always forget to put them elsewhere, and I know I should.

That’s about all I can manage this year I reckon!

Happy New Year to You All!