2015 Reading Stats

I came across this at the Perpetual Page Turner, and thought it’d be fun!! Plus, who doesn’t love a (second) good book list? I read enough that I should be able to do this without repeating any books, and you might even get more than one per question.

Number Of Books You Read: 105
Number of Re-Reads: None
Genre You Read The Most From: Cozy mysteries! Followed by young adult.

1. Best Book You Read In 2015? Oh gosh. This is a toughie, because I read a couple really really REALLY good ones. But, I can’t cheat on the very first question, so I’ll go with A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.

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

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Still Alice by Lisa Genova was definitely not one I thought I’d even like, much less love.

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

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015? Hmm. I started a lot of new series, but let’s go with The Wishcraft Mysteries by Heather Blake. Not sure about the best sequel, and I only ended one series.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015? Fredrick Backman. Margaret Atwood would be a close second, though I only read one of hers (The Handmaid’s Tale).

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? I don’t read a lot of horror/urban fantasy, so I’ll go with Dying Is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I don’t typically re-read so I’m skipping this one.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015? Oh that’s easy. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Jack from Room (Emma Donoghue)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015? Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015? We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo was definitely thought-provoking. Quiet by Susan Cain was the most life-changing.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and The Help (Kathryn Stockett)

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? I can’t pick just one for this question. “Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” From Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

And, “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” From Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015? Longest – Winter by Marissa Meyer (824 pages); Shortest – Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit (130 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most? I can’t really think of anything that shocked me, but I didn’t guess the ending for Girl On a Train so let’s go with that (Paula Hawkins)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)? OTP = one true pairing – I didn’t know it either. Anyway, against my better judgement I’m going to go with Shazi and Khalid from The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year? Oh I love this one! Bella and Kate from Tracy Weber’s Murder Strikes a Pose and Elsa and the Wurse from Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (yeah, I have a thing for dogs)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure? This one is a little weird – I didn’t LOVE Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, but it was one of the few recommendations I got unsolicited that I actually got around to reading!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015? So I don’t exactly develop crushes on characters, but let’s go with Chaol from Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

23. Best 2015 debut you read? Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. It wasn’t a debut, but it was one of the few books published in 2015 that I read.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) and Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mantel)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? A Taste Fur Murder (Dixie Lyle)

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015? Oh good lord. Several that I’ve already mentioned, and Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. Spoiler – there’s a dog.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Picked it up on a whim, never having heard of it. Loved it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I don’t even know. I’m taking this question to mean something depressing….and I generally try not to read depressing books. Even sad books can be good books. So I’ll just go with a book I found utterly miserable, and that’s John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015? Salad Love (David Bez) was the only cookbook/food book I read….other than that, I’m not really sure what else might be considered unique.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad? Again, I try not to read angry books. And I don’t count the books I don’t finish as “read” so this one is actually one I abandoned. Signs Point To Yes was such a disappointment after Sandy Hall’s debut, so that made me mad. Ish.

 

There were two more sections to the survey – one about my bookish blogging life and one about looking ahead. I don’t have a clue what 2016 holds for reading, and I don’t like planning books in advance unless it’s for book club. I read whatever strikes me, so we’ll just see where the year takes us!

I’d love to see your answers to this survey, so please let me know if you fill it out!!

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  1. I’ve been meaning to read The Martian but haven’t gotten around to it yet! I also read Station Eleven at the end of 2014 and loved it! It really stuck with me and I’ve been wanting to re-read it. Since you enjoyed After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Ried, have you checked out Maybe in Another Life? So good!