2015 Year Summary ~ Bookish Survey!

2015 Year Summary ~ Bookish Survey!

Hello there! 

I’m back from my little hiatus where I went home for Christmas and I had a really good time. I can’t wait to get back into the blogging rhythm of things. It’s almost the new year as well! Perpetual Pageturner usually hosts a blog survey to summarise the year, and I am joining in this year! Here goes :3


BEST IN BOOKS


1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Do I really have to choose? It was hard enough doing my Top 15 reads of 2015 post! So go there if you want to see what some of the best books I have read this year was. 

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


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater definitely takes this place. Everyone talks about how brilliant that story is and her writing style, but I wasn’t feeling it in the slightest.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way) book you read in 2015? 

The most surprising book in a good way had to be Variables of Love by M.K. Schiller which I wasn’t expecting to like at all, especially as it is outside the usual genre I read. But I ended up giving it a massive five stars!


 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?

I don’t really push books at others because they don’t read too much about me, although they do read somewhat. I pushed everything Michael Grant my sister’s way though, and she has gone off into her own fangirling world.

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

 Best series I started? Had to be A Game of the Thrones, although the Lunar Chronicles did give it a run for it’s money. I have to say the best sequel was Ten Thousand Skies Above You! As for series ender, it was the last book in the Snapped series by Ketley Allison. 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?


 Marissa Meyer. Said and done. 

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


 I don’t read NA often, but Variables of  Love by M.K. Schiller has me rethinking that decision because that book blew me out of the water. It was just so amazing and wasn’t only romance but culture in there as well. 

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


I would have to say Never, Never by Brianna Shrum. I loved Hook’s character and the way he was portrayed, and I needed to know if his story ended the same way as in the fairytale or not.

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


I read the Spiderwick Chronicles this year and I can just see myself rereading them when I am in the mood for something light hearted and fun. 

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


 Made You Up by Francesca Zappia is just beautiful!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?


Jem from Clockwork Angel. He can hop out of the pages and marry me because he is such a gentleman. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?


I really thought Dreamstrider was beautifully written because if the book was based on language alone I would drown in its beauty.

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


 Violent Ends by Shaun Hutchinson and various authors. It had be scribbling down so many notes and I couldn’t stop thinking as I was reading. It definitely made me think about my perspective on life and the reasons why some people do what they do, and whether it makes them good or bad. 

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

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to start in on the Anna and the French Kiss series! I loved the first two books and now am anxiously awaiting the time I get to read the last book!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?


“Today is your day! You’re off to great places, you’re off and away!” ~ Dr. Seuss (but I discovered it when I read All the Bright Places.)

 16. Book That Shocked You The Most?


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart hands down. THAT PLOT TWIST THOUGH. I couldn’t get over it for weeks. I tried to find out how I could see it coming but… just, no. I was even writing poetry inspired by this book in the end. 

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

Me + every book boyfriend I have ever mentioned to you. The sad thing is, I’m not even kidding. 
Alright, alright, let’s go with Anna and St. Eclair from Anna and the French Kiss.

18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Even though I didn’t particular enjoy the third Harry Potter book I read this year, I do like the friendship the main trio share.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


I really did like Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I’ve loved the TMI series *eep telly show to come!* so I wanted to try The Infernal Devices. Book one didn’t disappoint!

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


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Sanez was recommended to me time and time again. I constantly avoided it because it wasn’t my genre. This year I read it and quite liked it. 

21. Best 2015 debut you read?


I read quite a few debuts but All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven was so good. I think she even won an award for this category as well. 

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

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith. I know I mentioned this book already but it was so immensely well planned and drawn out that I can’t even with this world building…

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

Open and Read by James P. Burn III always made me smile. And The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud was a lot of fun! Had me laughing at some points.  

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

One that nearly made me cry at the beginning was Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams. It was about prostitution and was so beautifully sad.

25. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

I really did think that The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen was a fun but meaningful read about friendship. I think a lot of people have skipped over it which is why I am making it my hidden gem. 

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

One that made me mad was It’s Not You, It’s Me by Mhairi MacFarlane. I’d been anticipating this since 2014 and it made me so mad because divorce was involved and her ex-husband didn’t know what he was missing out on. 

YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015? 


 I have discovered WAY too many blogs for this. I love you all!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015? 

The more passionate I feel for a book, the longer my review tends to get. You should see my review for We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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

I think that would have to be either my How to Fangirl 101 post of about coming out as a booknerd!

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


 I loved running my first event, which was the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon with Karolina and Inge. 

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


 When I reached 1000 bloglovin followers and when I kicked up my Youtube channel again. I had so much support and it makes me want to squeeze all of you to death with the love I feel! 😀

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

My most popular from this year is my Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon sign up I shared!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My middle grade mini reviews could do with some more love! I don’t usually read middle grade and those reviews got a little overlooked… 🙁

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


I discovered the Book Depository this year. Through entering giveaways mostly, but it was wonderful because FREE SHIPPING TO MY COUNTRY!


10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed popsugar’s 2015 reading challenge which was no easy task, come to think of it…

LOOKING AHEAD


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?


I am so reading Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin next year. You just try and stop me!

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

Can someone just give me the final book in the Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray already? Because I need it! I don’t think you understand. Need it! ;.;

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman!

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

Shoving aside the Firebird trilogy in fear of being repetitive, I am also looking forward to seeing the finale to the Winner’s Curse series come out… even though I have yet to read book two >.> Whoops!

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

My main goal is to read half of my physical TBR! I am so ready to try and do this, you guys. But in terms of blogging I am going to be revamping my Youtube channel and trying to keep up with having original photography on here…

Olivia’s Question: What are your goals for 2016?

Olivia-Savannah x



51 thoughts on “2015 Year Summary ~ Bookish Survey!”

  • This looks like a great survey! I might steal it and do it on my blog too, can I? Book Depository is not a good discovery!!! IT WILL TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE AND WALLET!

    My resolutions are to get into running, be kind and spend less time at the PC!

  • Since you've read the first book of the Infernal Devices trilogy, do you think you can read it without having read all the Mortal Instruments books? I read the first two of those, really enjoyed the first one, but I found the second pretty boring so I don't think I will continue with TMI, but I am curious about TID.

  • Great recap! My goal may be boring, but I plan to stick with my book a week plan. I didn't quite reach it this past year (finishing my Masters Degree took a bit of my time away from reading), but I'm sure I'll be able to make it this year. I'm definitely glad to have met you this past year and can't wait to continue our virtual friendship!!!

  • It looks like you had a fantastic year! We didn't really read a lot of similar books, but there are a few books on your survey that I need to check out.

    Happy New Year!

  • What a great idea to summarize the year. There were actually a few books this past year that I was SO exited to read and then felt they just dumped me. Oh, well! So it goes. I don't think I'm prepared enough to answer most of these questions but plan on keeping better track in 2016 so I can summarize my reading year. 🙂
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    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  • I finally purchased "Game of Thrones". I'm scared to start it. I've heard so many wonderful things, but usually these wonderful things are told to me by people who are still bawling over the heartwrenching loss of favorite characters from the books. It's really intimidating.

    I'm also getting revved up to read the Lunar Chronicles. I read "Cinder" a long while ago, back when it first released, but haven't gotten to the other books yet, even though I've owned "Scarlet" for what feels like forever. In an effort to get excited about continuing the series I went out and bought the other books! So now they're all sitting pretty on my desk waiting for me to read them.

    Looks like you had a fantastic 2015! I hope 2016 is just as, and even more, awesome!

    • You really need to start it! I'm not someone who really cries at books, and I am telling you – this one is the stuff you should be reading. Ooh, that was the perfect plan to get you to read them. I do hope you can like TLC as much as I did!

  • I thought about doing this post. I think I did it last year, but there's just no time to do it and keep up with the other things I want to do. And I loved Anna and the French Kiss! I'll be doing some goals as part of a challenge I think. Great post!

  • Welcome back Olivia! I'm happy to hear you had a great time back home 🙂 Marissa Meyer has also become one of my favourites and I'll buy any book she writes (she's doing an Alice in Wonderland retelling I believe and I need that in my life for sure!) but I guess Game of Thrones is a series hard to top. I mean, Martin's world and story is so complex and the characters just get underneath your skin. I'm dying to see how the story ends but knowing Martin, it's gonna take some years for that to happen *sad face*
    I don't have many goals for 2016. Basically I picked up 24 books (adult ones and classics) and that's gonna be my main goal. However, I do also wanna tackle down my TBR pile and try to buy less, or at least balance my reading and my buying because things always get out of control with me and books LOL

    • Oh yes, I can't wait for the Alice in Wonderland retelling although I don't really like the original fairytale so my take on that may be interesting. Oh goodness, where to start with A Game of Thrones. It is simply amazing and must ave taken so much effort and creativity. Hope you can reach those goals and that bookish balance!

  • Great job with your answers! Lots of questions. I have been waiting to read Shiver forever. I am not sure what I am waiting for, as I have part of the series and I have been wanting to read it. After reading your comment I am thinking I will probably be waiting a little longer to get to it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

  • Oh, I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Shiver, Olivia! It's one of my all-time favourites so it's sad to hear you won't be joining the fan-club. But you loved Never, Never a lot more than I did, and we can fangirl over Anna & the French Kiss together instead. Etienne + Annna = adorableness. And yess, to Jem! Isn't he just gorgeous?

  • I completely agree with #5! I fell so in love with the Lunar Chronicles even though my ass needs to read Fairest and Winter. I can knock Fairest out anytime since it's short, but girl I have to wait for the right moment to dive into Winter lol. Oh my goodness, I received an arc of Shaun Hutchinson's We Are The Ants, and before getting the book, I had no clue he had other titles. After doing some stalking on twitter, people love his work so I'm so excited to dive in!

    • DD: READ THEM! And soon, because you need to. I don't know about We Are the Ants and have held off of that one because I want to see what more people think first, but his writing in that novel was epic so yes, you chose well!

  • You didn't like Shiver either?! I loooove werewolf stories but Shiver was really not good for me. Also, I have an arc of Blackhearts, can't wait to read it! 😀

    I will be posting my end of year survey on the 31st! It was SO hard, though. 😛

  • OMG, I don't know how you do it! I get tired just thinking about all the work you put into this one post, not to mention the blog, the reviews in various formats (written and video, etc). Like maybe, if I kept a copy of these questions taped to the side of my computer and looked at it after every book I'm going to read in 2016…maybe, just maybe, I could have a snowball's chance in #&$(a very hot place) of doing something like this next December.

    I loved Dreamstrider as well. Not too familiar with the others, but there's always room on my shelf/ereader for more. *lol* Non-readers just wouldn't understand.

    Anyhoo, welcome back from your break and best wishes for 2016!

  • Welcome back! Lots of great picks and blogging moments this year. My top 25 list will be up on Thursday and a couple of your picks are on mine! My goals for next year are pretty simple: get my tbr down some more, read less ARCs and more of my own books, listen to more audiobooks, and stop forcing myself to read a book that I'm not feeling and just DNF it. Great year in books!

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