2016 Reading Superlatives

  1. Number Of Books You Read: 54 (58 if you count individual short stories)
  2. Number of Re-Reads: 4 (The Cask of Amontillado, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, and The Choice)
  3. Genre You Read The Most From: I read 13 Classic novels/short stories this year and 21 Young Adult books (divided into contemporary, sci-fi, and fantasy categories)

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2016?: THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE! If I have to pick just one, excluding rereads, it would have to be Time’s Edge, because I kept thinking about that book for weeks afterwards.
  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid. I didn’t even finish it…
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?: The Husband Secret by Liane Moriarty. I was totally expecting some dark mystery novel and it was really a romance novel with some suspense. I read it with my book club and I think we were all disappointed. Some of us didn’t even finish it.
  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?: I got at least 2 friends to read Timeline by Michael Crichton :)
  5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?: The Chronos Files series by Rysa Walker has become a new favorite of mine! I devoured all three books (plus most of the novellas). Winter by Marissa Meyer was a fantastic series ender, as well.
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?: Probably Rysa Walker.
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?: I read a lot of high fantasy this year, which was sort of new for me. Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake were intriguing.
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?: I guess I’d have to say And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I read the whole book in a day because I had to know “whodunnit?”.
  9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?: It’s a toss up between Timebound by Rysa Walker and Winter by Marissa Meyer. Although Pride and Prejudice is a book I could reread every year.
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Look at it!
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  11. Most memorable character of 2016?: Demelza Poldark! New role model for me :)
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. It will pull on your heartstrings. (Honorable mention: Graceling by Kristin Cashore has a very beautifully written love scene, despite the fact that I thought the majority of the book was written very bluntly).
  13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?: I read some very good books this year, but none that I would define as “life-changing”; however, the Poldark books introduced me to two amazing female characters (Demelza and Verity) who I would now consider as fictional role models.
  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?: Timebound! Ugh, why didn’t I read it when I bought it back in 2014??
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?: I’ve been so bad at writing down favorite quotes! Here’s one of my favorites from The Secret Garden that really spoke to the Anne Shirley side of me:

    “I’ve seen the spring now and I’m going to see the summer. I’m going to see everything grow here. I’m going to grow here myself.”

  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?: Shortest: 2092 by Rysa Walker (48 pages), although The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe is only a few pages long, but I read it as part of a collection of his work. Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer (832 pages).
  17. Book That Shocked You The Most: The ending to Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake really surprised me (in a good way). It’s probably the only reason I’ll read the sequel.
  18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): I was a huge Kate/Kiernan shipper while reading The Chronos Files series.
  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Cinder and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles Series.
  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Timeline by Michael Crichton. I read that book and then read two others by him because his writing is fantastic.
  21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: There were several, but Graceling is probably the one I enjoyed the most.
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?: Kiernan Dunne from The Chronos Files. He’s Irish and from the early 1900s so double win.
  23. Best 2016 debut you read?: I didn’t read any 2016 debuts (I don’t usually)!
  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?: I hate repeating myself so many times, but I loved all the time travel in The Chronos Files. So well researched.
  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?: Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith was a fun novella! I love her writing.
  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?: Speaking of Jennifer E. Smith, her book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight had me crying at one point. There’s a sweet moment between the main character and her father that was really touching.
  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?: Civil War: The Amazing Spider-Man. One of two 5-star rated reads I haven’t mentioned yet! (The other is also a graphic novel: Out of the Past (Once Upon a Time #3). I love Spider-Man, and I really liked Captain America: Civil War, so I shouldn’t have been surprised at how great this comic book was. It was just a collection of the Spider-Man Civil War editions, but it’s by far the best comic book/graphic novel I’ve read since I started reading comics and graphic novels a few years ago. I couldn’t put it down and my mouth was literally hanging open after the cliff hanger at the end. SO good.
  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?: The Light Between Oceans, as expected. I wonder if I would have felt the same way had I read this book before I became a parent.
  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, not because I enjoyed it a lot, but because it was one of the first (if not THE first) detective stories ever written.
  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?: Hmm…it didn’t make me extremely mad, but Forbidden by Ted Dekker had a really stupid death it that I haven’t entirely gotten over. Maybe that’s why I haven’t finished the series, yet.

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  1. One Book You Didn’t Get to In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer! I’ve already started it :)
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut): I really want to read the Time Trial graphic novel (part of The Chronos Files universe).
  3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?: Write a book! I’ve had a couple of stories rolling around in my mind, and I think 2017 is the year I’m finally going to stop being afraid of not getting them right and just write one of them already. I’m also taking a few online writing classes which I’m excited about. In my reading life, I plan on branching out of my comfort zone by reading more non-fiction and literary books. Last year I read a lot of YA, so I think I’d like to read more books directed towards adult readers.

 

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End of the Year Survey!

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It’s the last day of the year! A.K.A. the perfect time to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished this year as we make resolutions for the new year. I posted my ten New Year’s resolutions yesterday, so today I’m sharing this fun survey from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner about the books I read this year. Feel free to fill out your own survey, and share it with me so I can see it too! Also, make sure to post it here so you can be entered into a book giveaway!

 

 

2014 End of the Year Book Survey

Number Of Books You Read
82! I challenged myself to read 45, so I’m pretty impressed with myself :) (granted, I was unemployed for a few months so I had tons of extra reading time).

Number of Re-Reads
Only 2!

Genre You Read The Most From
Young Adult but I also read quite a few Classics (not surprising for me).

Best Book You Read In 2014?
I’ve read so many amazing books this year! If I had to pick THE BEST, I’d say North and South BUT Attachments is a very, very close second.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I read this right after reading Attachments and I just did not connect with the story or the characters very much at all.

 Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I heard raving reviews about this book, and then we read it in book club and none of us liked it. Creative idea and intriguing writing style, but the characters were just not for me.

 Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Probably Jane Eyre or a Jane Austen novel (I’m always raving about them).

 Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
I finally read The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series this year and I loved the 5th, more adult book, Sisterhood Everlasting.

 Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
I discovered SO MANY! If I had to pick one, I’d probably say Rainbow Rowell.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Before I Go To Sleep. That book creeped me out, but it was a really intriguing novel–I couldn’t put it down.

 Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Again, Before I Go To Sleep.

 Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably Attachments or Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. I can’t obsess enough over this cover.

Most memorable character of 2014?
Either Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey (because I am her), or Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird (because I want to be a parent like him)

 Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin was definitely beautifully written.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Little Women!!

 Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
The last half-chapter of North and South *swoon*

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Longest: Allegiant by Veronica Roth; Shortest: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Book That Shocked You The Most
Paper Towns by John Green, and NOT because it was suspenseful. I was shocked by how unimpressed I was after reading my first John Green novel. I felt like the Walt Whitman metaphor was shoved so far down my throat that it left a bad taste in my mouth after I finished the book.

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Lena and Kostos from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I was SO anxious about the whole “will-they-won’t-they” end up together thoughts that were constantly rushing through my head. I love Lena and Kostos.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The mother-daughter and sister-sister relationships in Little Women. My heart swelled with happiness while reading that book :)

Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Kostos from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
By FAR, Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. She makes you feel like you are literally walking around London.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and If I Stay by Gayle Forman made me cry sad tears; North and South made me cry happy tears.

Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Falling For Her Fiancé by Cindi Madsen. That book had me laughing and smiling way more than I was expecting.

Book That Crushed Your Soul?
If I Stay, of course. So many tears.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Book Blogging:

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
love Lisa & Becca’s posts at Lost in Literature

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
Much Ado About Nothing because of the movie gifs :)

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I love writing a Top Ten Tuesday post each week because it gives plenty of opportunities to chat and compare lists with fellow bloggers!

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

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Getting to connect with fellow bloggers through Twitter, comments, and YALL Fest :)

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most Viewed: Visiting Ever After’s Château de Hauteforte
Most Commented: Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite New-to-Me Authors

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I finished the Back to the Classics Challenge and I nearly doubled my Goodreads challenge, but I didn’t read 3 or more Shakespeare plays like I had wanted to for the Shakespeare Reading Challenge (I only read 2).

New Year’s Reading

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (I got it for Christmas and it is our current book club book!

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015?
The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Read half of the unread books on my shelf! I’m dying to put a huge dent in my TBR list!

Whew! That was a long one! If you read any of the books from my list, what were your thoughts? And what were your most memorable reads from 2014?? Tell me in the comments or fill out your own survey! Remember to share it on the main post to be entered into a book giveaway!

Everyone loves a survey!

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I came across this fun little bookish survey over at Covered in Flour and it reminded me of my MySpace survey-posting days (Ahh, high school). I had some time to kill this evening so here you go!

Author you’ve read the most books from: Lucy M. Montgomery. I’ve read her beloved Anne of Green Gables series (8 books total) multiple times.

Best sequel ever: I adored Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I remember staying up all night to read it, and even having to take pauses to deal with all the feels. That was probably my favorite novel in the series.

Currently reading: I read Jane Eyre last week (started and finished…I couldn’t put it down), so I am currently in between books. But I will be starting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a few days.

Drink of choice while reading: Tea, in a nice mug, or water, if it’s hot outside. Sometimes very rarely I will drink coffee if it’s rather early in the morning or late at night and I need caffeine to help me stay awake.

E-reader of physical book?: I love the smell and feel of physical books, yet I love my Kindle as well. Most of the novels I read are on my Kindle, and I love not having to pick and choose what books stay in France and what books stay in the U.S. Every now and then I will buy a paperback, and of course I have hardback editions of my favorite series (except for Anne of Green Gables…I only have the paperback box set that I received as a Christmas present when I was 12. I love reading those copies the best, but I have the series on my Kindle as well).

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My husband, knowing my quirky love of smelling books as I read them, brought me home this edition of Jane Eyre earlier this week. Guess I have to reread it! ;)

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school: Ahh, I was always intrigued by the mysterious, yet charismatic guys the most in high school, but I don’t know if I would have actually dated one. Possibly, but I think I’d be more inclined to date a Captain Wentworth or Gilbert Blythe.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Jane Eyre, definitely. I was turned off by it for the longest time and fortunately I came across this read-along last month and now I will consider it one of my top 5 favorite novels.

Hidden gem book: I think I’ll go with The Giver by Lois Lowry. I love those types of dystopian novels.

Important moment in your reading life: Just the fact that I was so encouraged to read by my elementary school teachers. They made it fun, we had challenges, and we were always encouraged to read if we finished our lessons early. That stopped once I got to middle and high school, but it was too late by then because I had already become an incurable bookworm!

Just finished: Jane Eyre! I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Kinds of books you won’t read: Game of Thrones and 50 Shades of Grey type books. I read the first three A Song of Ice and Fire novels and I would be happy to never read another book like them again. I have a hard time getting past the violence, crudeness, and graphic imagery in those types of reads. And do I need to elaborate on my reasons for not reading 50 Shades of Grey type novels? I read the Twilight series in high school and that is already over my limit.

Longest book you’ve read: Moby Dick.

Major book hangover because of…: There are three answers that complete this sentence: Jane Eyre (I am still on that hangover…), Pride and Prejudice (finally got off that hangover after 3ish weeks), and the Anne of Green Gables series (was on this hangover earlier this summer). I only seem to have book hangovers after reading classics. I think it’s because I get all nostalgic and wish I could time travel back to somewhere between 1700 and 1900.

Number of bookcases you own: A lot of my books are e-reader format, but I would say I have at least 4 bookshelves of various heights.

One book you have read multiple times: I’ll pick one that I haven’t yet mentioned, and that will be Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer. My guilty book pleasure (but I don’t really feel guilty about it) is reading historical Christian fiction, and this is my favorite, along with To Win Her Heart by the same author and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I love the period-era atmospheres, the entertaining characters, and the positive themes. It’s my pick-me-up genre.

Preferred place to read: right now I love reading on my living room couch with the back door wide open and fresh autumn air blowing through the curtains.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: one of the few favorite quotes I have that I can actually recite from memory is this one by John Keats from his “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (my favorite poem): “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard / Are sweeter: therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;” It’s become one of my life mottos.

Reading regret: Besides Game of Thrones, like I previously mentioned? Probably waiting so long to read Jane Eyre. It was never assigned to me in high school or college, but I had heard of it sometime after reading Wuthering Heights in 9th grade and just never desired to read it. Shame on me.

Series you started and need to finish: Percy Jackson. I own the first three installments, in French, and that is why I have not yet finished the first book *guilty and lazy*

Three of your all-time favorite books: I have already mentioned four of my top five favorite novels (Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), so I’ll give you the last one: Persuasion.

Unapologetic fangirl for: My first fictional crush, Gilbert Blythe (sorry Miss Shirley) and Peeta Mellark of Hunger Games fame. Yep, unapologetic.

Very excited for this release more than all the others: You know, I do not read a lot of modern novels. When I do, it’s only after it’s been out for a year or two. I remember waiting for Harry Potter sequels to come out while I was in high school, and the anticipation was excruciating! I would love any recommendations for books/sequels that are being published soon!

Worst bookish habit: probably looking up things about a book before I’ve finished reading it. And I don’t mean I go and look up the endings, I mean I just go to Pinterest and type the title of the book in, especially if it has a film adaptation, and then things get ruined…

X Marks the spot (start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book): Super Stitches Crochet. Yay for reference books!

Your latest book purchase: Most of the novels I read are free because–classics! But the last book I bought, which I have not yet read, is another by Karen Witemeyer: Stealing the Preacher (spin-off from Short Straw Bride).

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late): I consecutively spent multiple evenings last week reading Jane Eyre until 2 in the morning…