2016 End of Year Book Survey

2016 End of Year Book SurveyHappy 2017, my friends! It’s the start of a brand new year, and you know what that means – it’s time for the End of Year Book Survey! Founded by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, the survey is a fun way to take one last, fond look at the previous year. Everyone is welcome to participate, so feel free to link up on Jamie’s blog!

2016 Reading Stats

Number of books you read? I read 83 books and listened to 24 audiobooks.

Number of re-reads? I reread ALL the time; 20 of the books I mentioned above were rereads.

Genre you read the most from? I don’t really keep track of genres much, but I suspect fantasy.

Best in Books

Best book you read in 2016? Kings Rising, the final book in C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy

The Raven King on a bench at Ladew Topiary GardensBook you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (though it pains me to admit it)

Most surprising book you read in 2016? The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen; I didn’t see that ending coming.

Book you “pushed” the most people to read in 2016? The Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (read my review of the first book here)

Best series you started in 2016? C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy

Best sequel in 2016? A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Best series ender of 2016? Morning Star by Pierce Brown – it was everything I wanted and more!

Favorite new author(s) you discovered in 2016? Jennifer Niven – I read All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe and LOVED them.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward; I don’t typically read adult fiction, especially vampire erotica, and I wasn’t a fan of the rest of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but this particular book was surprisingly good.

FavoriteTimekeeper by Tara Sim cover of a book you read in 2016? Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year? Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Most memorable character of 2016? Laurent from C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016? If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – it was amazing and deserved all of the hype.

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016? Only the people you love can scare you witless enough for true courage.” – The City’s Son by Tom Pollock (read my review here)

Shortest and longest book you read in 2016? American Ballerina by Nancy Lorenz (shortest) and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (longest)

Book that shocked you the most? The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater almost got thrown across the room at one point, which is a pretty good indication of how surprised I was by one of the plot twists.

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski with bouquet of lilies and rosesMost beautifully written book read in 2016? The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

One true pairing of the year? I will ship Laurent and Damen, from the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat, until the day I die.

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? Temeraire and Laurence from His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak

Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously? Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure? This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? The Fetch from Erika Johansen’s Queen of the Tearling trilogy

Best 2016 debut you read? Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read last year? The City’s Son by Tom Pollock (read my review here)

Book cover for Why We Came To The City by Kristopher JansmaBook that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016? Shifter by Alma Alexander (read my review here) and Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma (read my review here)

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read? The whimsy and nonsense in Heartless by Marissa Meyer were delightful – and so were the delicious food descriptions.

Hidden gem of the year? The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Book that crushed your soul? Alice and the Fly by James Rice

Book that made you the most mad? I wouldn’t say it made me mad, necessarily, but I lost patience with Gena Showalter’s Firstlife pretty quickly.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? I participated in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon this year and discovered a ton of great blogs, including Reader Rayna, Alexa Loves Books, and Book Scents. Tashapolis is another great blog I found outside of the Love-a-Thon.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? So, uh…I just looked at my stats and realized I only wrote nine reviews in 2016. (Oops. Gotta do better than that in 2017!) Of those nine, I’d say my favorite was of The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors (read my review here).

Angela's photo with Pierce Brown and Morning StarBest event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I got to meet Pierce Brown and it was amazing!!! My husband and I drove to New York last January for Brown’s Morning Star signing/Q&A session at Barnes & Noble. It was a surprisingly intimate gathering – not overly crowded – and was a fantastic experience.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? I started receiving solicitations for book reviews/promotions from major publishers in 2016, which was super exciting!

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life in 2016? I got promoted to Sr. Analyst at work in 2016, and as proud as I am of this accomplishment, it’s definitely required me to dig deeper professionally. The work is harder, the expectations are higher, and I’ve been putting more hours and energy into my job. This has made it really difficult to find an appropriate balance for work and my personal life, and my blogging has taken a hit. I’m hoping I’ll learn to juggle everything better as 2017 progresses.

Most popular post in 2016 on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)? My review of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall (read my review here) was my most popular post, even though I wrote it in 2015. The most popular post that I wrote in 2016 was my review of Why We Came to the City (read my review here).

Post you wished got a little more love? I was really excited about my Valentine’s Day post on 10 Messy, Unconventional, Thought-Provoking Romances, but it didn’t get as many views as I expected/hoped.

Cold As Ice: A Snowmageddon Book ListBest discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I’m actually quite proud of all the non-review posts I did in 2016! I tried really hard to be creative and original, and I came up with a lot of ideas that I thought were pretty good. Here are my top three:

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I finally started watching the Outlander TV series on Starz, which is based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon, and I am ADDICTED. I follow the actors on Twitter, have watched/read countless interviews, and started reading the books that inspired the show. I am ravenously awaiting Season 3, which should come out this year!

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I participated in the Retelling Challenge hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. I read nine retellings, not as many as I originally anticipated, but still not too shabby.

Looking Ahead

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer with sleeping coonhoundOne book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017? I received a review copy of David Dyer’s The Midnight Watch from St. Martin’s Press, but I haven’t finished reading it yet. It’s about the sinking of The Titanic, and it’s going to be my top priority this year.

Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut, non-sequel)? The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

2017 debut you are most anticipating? Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017? The Gauntlet by Megan Shepherd

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017? I’m way behind on writing reviews for ARCs that I received in 2016 and need to catch up. I’d also like to be able to dedicate more time to blogging in general.

2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? I haven’t started it yet, but I’m excited to read my ARC of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, which will be published in March 2017.