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End of Year Book Survey 2016


For the past few years Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner has created an end of year survey to recap a year of reading. She didn't do a new one this year, but I enjoy doing it so much I decided to use last year's template for this year. (Edit 12/29: Jamie has put her post up! Go and check it out, along with all of the links to other people's surveys.)

Reading Stats
Number of New to Me Books: 153

Genre I read Most of: MG Speculative

(links are to my reviews)

MG Realistic: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
MG Speculative: The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford
YA Realistic: Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina and Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (I couldn't chooooosssse!!!!!)
YA Speculative: Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas 
Adult: Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

Book I was Excited About Then Disappointed In: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson

Most Surprising in a Good Way: Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick 

Book I Pushed the Most People to Read: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Best Series I Started: The Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne

Best Series Ender: A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty

Favorite New (to me) Author: Patrick Samphire

Most Action Packed Unputdownable Book: A Little Taste of Poison by R.J. Anderson 

Book(s) I'm Most Likely to Reread Next Year: Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner and The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

Favorite Book Cover of the Year:

Most Beautifully Written Book: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Most Thought Provoking Book: When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Funniest Book: Insert Coin to Continue by John David Anderson

Best Book Read Solely On Recommendation of Someone Else: Peas and Carrots by Tanita Davis

Best Debut I Read: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Book That Shocked Me the Most: Phoenix by S.F. Said

Book That Was the Most Fun to Read: A Little Taste of Poison by R.J. Anderson

Book That Made Me Cry: The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford

Hidden Gem of the Year: Pease and Carrots by Tanita Davis

Book That Crushed My Soul: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Favorite Passage/Quote: 
Is it crazy to be disappointed by a monster? He's nothing like what we imagined...I wonder if everything we fear is the same way as unmasking Son of Sam. Maybe the things that scare us seem more powerful than they truly are when we keep them secret.
-Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Book I Can't Believe I Waited Until 2016 to Read: The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

Longest Book I Read: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Shortest Book I Read: Round Midnight by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

Most Unique Book Read: Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Book That Angered Me Most: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler 

OTP of the Year: Adrian "Hawker" Hawkhurst and Justine DeCabrillac from the Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year: Hermione and Polly in Exit Pursued by a Bear

Most Memorable Character: Adrian "Hawker" Hawkhurst from the Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne (If you were following my reviews of these books on Goodreads, you know I got a little obsessed.)

Fictional Crush: Eugene Parsons (and his stupid, beautiful fish) from Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

Best Worldbuilding/Fictional Setting: Tarreton from R.J. Anderson's A Little Taste of Poison

Favorite Review I Wrote: Burn Baby Burn

Best Discussion/Non-Review Post I Wrote: My Favorite Books From Every Year I've Been Alive 

Most Popular Post: MG Holiday Book Gift Guide (views) TTT: Books with Less Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads (comments)

Best Event: Author Event with Stephanie Burgis, Patrick Samphire, Merrie Haskell, and Jim Hines

Best Moment of Bookish Life: Every month when my book club meets. I love those girls.

Best Bookish Discovery: The Fandom Tea Blends at Adagio

Most Challenging Thing: Writing was just hard this year. This year was rough and I had a hard time finding my words.

2016 Book I Didn't Get To That Will Be a 2017 Priority: I'm behind in all my adult books that I really wanted to read: Congress of Secrets, Crosstalk, and The Mountain of Kept Memory

 Most Anticipated 2017 Release:


I also really enjoyed Some Kind of Happiness (really pleased that we were able to put it on the Cybils shortlist) and Insert Coin to Continue. I completely forgot about a Tangle of Gold… I’ll have to check it out! Thick As Thieves also looks like something I might enjoy.

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