2016 End of the Year Book Survey

Monday, January 9, 2017

I'm a bit late in posting this, but this amazing survey was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner! I participated for 2015 and enjoyed it so much that I decided to do it again for my 2016 reading year :)

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 60
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Fantasy DebutThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fantasy Non-Debut/Backlist: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
ContemporaryThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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

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

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Starter: Everland by Wendy Spinale
Sequel/Ender: The Rose and the Dagger by RenĂ©e Ahdieh

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Roshani Chokshi (if you didn't already figure that out). But also Tara Sim because Timekeeper was one of my favorite books this year - her writing is so vivid and the concept was so extraordinary.

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

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

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I just love this poetry collection so much (plus it's being re-released in 2017 with several new poems and I'm so excited!!!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Nightblood from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (I've been trying to not repeat too much, but I have to give credit where credit is due, because Roshani's debut is absolutely gorgeous, vivid, and perfect)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

"you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

you will remain a dragon
long after he's left"
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Longest: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Lightsong and Llarimar from Warbreaker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Kash from The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Apparently 11 books made me cry this year (I have a Goodreads shelf where I keep track), but the only ones that made me ugly cry (like full on bawling) were The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
(see #26)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I honestly barely even remember what blogs I started following this year versus last year, and I haven't been blog hopping lately, so I'll just name one of my favorites: Maha's blog, Younicorn Reads.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
One of my favorites is my review of Everland by Wendy Spinale! Check it out here.

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

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
There were so many amazing events I went to this year that I can't possibly choose. I met some of my blog friends for the first time this year, and also met several of my favorite authors at different events.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
So this has not technically been published yet, but I'm included in the acknowledgements of one of my favorite authors' books *heart eyes* I am so so so humbled and grateful and still kind of flailing even though I found out over a month ago.

And one of my other favorite authors surprised me by sending an ARC of her newest book. Even as I write this a week later, I still can't believe it.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding time to actually read and blog...

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I honestly have no idea why, but this SST interview with Becky Allen, author of Bound by Blood and Sand got the most views, with my random rambling about my Hogwarts House identity crisis close behind.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My discussion about epilogues.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This may sound silly now, but I discovered Owlcrate last year (and got my first box this December!) It's such a fantastic subscription service and I can't wait to get my next box!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Pretty mixed, honestly. I ended up being 17 books behind for my GR challenge and only finished 1 out of the 4 series I planned on finishing, but I think I did okay/reached my goal for Flights of Fantasy and possibly Backlist Books...

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I got maybe a third of the way through before getting distracted by life things... I was really enjoying it, but I only had time to read a chapter every few weeks and it wasn't an enjoyable experience (I'd rather be able to read it in a span of a few days and fully immerse myself).

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Top 2: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Top 2: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
To actually post at least once a week... I feel like this shouldn't be too difficult, but who knows at this rate.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I actually haven't read any 2017 releases yet!


  1. I'm so missed out on the Star Touched Queen! It's on everyone's best book list but I haven't read it yet. Which is why I put it on my priority list and plan to read in it January :D I also expected more from Carry On... And I also can't wait for Strange the Dreamer!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  2. Amazing wrap-up!! I so thrilled to see all the love for some of my favorites! The Star-Touched Queen, Dreamology, The Rose and the Dagger, Everland--all wonderful and I'm so happy you have such great taste in books ;D I hope you do give Stalking Jack the Ripper another shot, it was also one of my 2016 favorites :D

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles