I complete this survey every year (check out my End of Year Book Survey 2014 and End of Year Book Survey 2015), and think it’s a great way to round off your reading and blogging year. Thanks to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner for inventing this Survey, and THANK YOU to all of you who read my blog, comment on my posts, and visit me here in my cosy corner of the Internet! I hope you had an excellent 2016, and wish you all health, happiness and love in 2017!
Number Of Books You Read:
Every year I set my Goodreads Challenge to 52 books. In 2014 and 2015, I was able to achieve and exceed this goal, but 2016 was the first time I haven’t hit it since I started blogging. In the last week of the year I tried to squeeze a few more in (which was greatly helped by the super-easy-to-read and very addictive Selection series!). But in the end, I managed to read 48 books.
Number of Re-Reads:
This year, I reread just one book, which was The Time Traveller’s Wife. It’s still a goal of mine to reread more each year, but with my toppling TBR, I rarely manage to get around to it.
Genre You Read The Most From:
Contemporary (in all of its forms!) was definitely my most-read genre this year, followed by mystery-thrillers and fantasy, which is probably standard every year.
I’m pleased that my YA and Adult reads are about even, but this year I’m really surprised and loving the fact that my Non-Fiction reads are higher than normal. I’m really wanting to keep that up.
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
I did a Top Ten Tuesday post highlighting my favourite ten books of 2016, but for this question I’ve narrowed it down to my absolute favourite books from those ten. The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh (Historical, based on true story), A Court of Mist and Fury (Fantasy), Me Before You (Contemporary Romance), On The Other Side (Contemporary Fantasy), It Ends With Us (New Adult Romance), Empire of Storms (Fantasy).
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
There were quite a few disappointing reads this year. Eleanor & Park certainly wasn’t a bad book, but based on ALL of the hype surrounding it, it wasn’t what I was expecting either. The Versions of Us missed the mark by a mile, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? I was expecting good things from Jam and Roses, but it was a laborious read, and The Year I Met You was just a bit “meh”.
3. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) Book You Read In 2016?
The Secret History really surprised me. Although I can’t say I really enjoyed it (it was a difficult read at times, and very slow), I found I couldn’t put it down and HAD to find out what happened to these characters. A real strange one for me. Dangerous Girls just blew me away and left me reeling! The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh far exceeded all expectations to become my favourite read of 2016, and Empire of Storms – that ending! The Selection series I picked up at the end of the year to try and hit my Goodreads Goal. I’d heard they were quick, fun reads. That’s exactly what they are, but they had a little more depth than I was expecting, and I ended up really enjoying the series much more than I thought I would.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (and they did) In 2016?
5. Best Series You Started In 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
6. Favourite New Author You Discovered In 2016?
So far, after reading Me Before You and After You, I’m LOVING Jojo Moyes, and I’m really excited to read more from Marina Fiorato, author of The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh.
7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone?
This is a contemporary novel, so the genre wasn’t uncomfortable for me, but the topic certainly was. This book has a romance story line between brother and sister, but handles the topic amazingly well.
8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Un-put-downable Book Of The Year?
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I usually pick really re-readable books for this section that are either information-rich, or ones that you benefit from by reading it multiple times. But I never reread, and my picks for this are already mentioned multiple times!
10. Favourite Cover Of A Book You Read In 2016?
11. Most Memorable Character of 2016?
Kit Kavanagh from The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh really stands out. She’s such a kick-ass female. I’m really fond of the two main characters from On The Other Side too.
12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read In 2016?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016?
14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2016 To Finally Read?
I didn’t read any books this year that have been waiting about on my shelves for ages, or classics that I wish I had have gotten to sooner. Maybe next year!
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I still don’t keep a quote notebook. I should really address that this year so I can be more mindful when I’m reading!
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Longest: Empire of Storms @ 693 pages
Shortest: Before and After @ 122 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
18. OTP OF THE YEAR.
Ohhh, controversial with this one. Sarah J Maas has done some excellent shipping in both of her series this year, and I’m going to leave it at that in case some of you haven’t read the most recent releases!
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I really liked Hattie and Gloria in How Not to Disappear.
20. Favourite 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:
22. Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read In 2016?
Interesting… There was minimal crushing going on this year. I was fond of Travis from Something Like Normal, and definitely beginning to crush on Rhysand from the ACOTAR series.
23. Best 2016 Debut You Read?
24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
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?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
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)?
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most Popular By Views: What is the POINT of Pre-Ordering?
Most Popular By Comments: Books That Give Me Bookish-Indecisive Syndrome
It took me forever to finally get around to posting this, and I only did the first section! Have you done an End of Year Survey? Leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! Happy Blogging, Book Geeks!
I think 48 books is pretty close to your goal that you can totally count it as a success. Cursed Child seems to have been received less than enthusiastically by the community. I pretty much agree with everyone’s issues with it, but still enjoyed it. I need to look up The Double Life of Kit Kavanagh since you mention it several times in your post. I love what you did for the cover graphics in this post. So glad we both enjoyed The Dark Days Club. Have you picked up the sequel yet? I need to soon. Great answers!
Thanks, Alicia! Always make me feel better! I wasn’t too far off I guess.
Yup, when I first finished it, and while I was reading it, I was on a bit of a HP high. It was only after the comedown I realised there were actually lots of problems with it. I own it, I doubt I’ll reread it, and it is not my canon. Ahhhhh, YES, seriously check out The Double Life, I really think you’ll enjoy it. SO good. I’d totally reread it many times! I just got the sequel in this post this week. Have you got a copy? Buddy read??? R xx
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I don’t have a copy of The Double Life, but maybe we can work something out during the summer. We totally need to have a buddy read!
Oh, I meant a buddy read of Gods in Ruin, the follow-up to Life After Life. Though I would totally buddy read The Double Life too, SUCH a good read! R xx
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We should do a buddy read of something.
Agreed! R xx
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