I was thinking of an original way to discuss the books I’ve read in 2015. Then I remembered that I’m really unoriginal and currently have the creativity of a paper bag, so I decided to link up with Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner again, because it’s really an awesome and comprehensive way to discuss books!
Number Of Books You Read: 135
Number of Re-Reads: 12
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
- Best Book You Read In 2015?
I have a bunch of 5-star books, but I’m going with The Martian, because it’s the one that surprised me the most and pulled me out of a massive reading slump.
- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
- Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – I kind of picked it up by accident, but I loved it to bits.
- Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The Martian, I think. I don’t remember really pushing anyone, but I squeed over it a lot.
- Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best series has to be Percy Jackson, without a doubt. I finally got my hands on it!
Best series ender: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson)
- Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Jenny Lawson. I read Furiously Happy and it was absurdly amazing.
- Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Suffering. I don’t really read horror, but this was AMAZING.
- Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Dark Places was insane. I read nearly the entire book in one day!
- Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, because obviously.
- Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Furiously Happy. I mean, it has a crazily ecstatic taxidermied raccoon on the cover. I don’t know how you could possibly beat that.
- Most memorable character of 2015?
Mark Watney from The Martian and Luke Castellan from Percy Jackson. Mark because he was incredibly funny, Luke because of FEELS.
- Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I always love the way Cecelia Ahern writes her books.
- Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Percy Jackson series. Seriously.
- Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“There will be moments when you have to act like a grown-up. Those moments are tricks. Do not fall for them.”
“With great power . . . comes great need to take a nap.”
“Sometimes people need to be told they’re amazing, to drown out the negativity and fear. […] They need you to tell them that they can cope, they can get better, because so much of healing is about belief, about positivity and determination.”
JPL: You’re cleared to start drilling.
WATNEY: That’s what she said.
JPL: Seriously, Mark? Seriously?
“Kids who master trick-or-treating go on to become successful world leaders. Kids who don’t could do the same but have less chocolate to show for it. The point is that chocolate is delicious, and you should fill your pillowcase with as much as possible.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The Egg (4 pages)
Longest: A Clash of Kings (770 pages)
- Book That Shocked You The Most
Life and Death. You know what shocked me the most? THE NAMES. Beaufort? Edythe? Royal? SERIOUSLY?
- OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Ryiah and Darren. THEY ARE AMAZING and you should all bow down to them.
- Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Fred and George Weasley. Sorrynotsorry.
- Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
- Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
V is for Virgin, which I read because my friend Rachel said I’d love it. Which I did!
- Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Luke Castellan from Percy Jackson.
- Best 2015 debut you read?
- Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Harry Potter. Is there any other possible answer?
- Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Deal and The Mistake by Elle Kennedy. Pure blissful joy.
- Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
The Battle of the Labyrinth – I don’t cry a lot, definitely not with books, but this one… GAH.
- Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Child Thief. Such a chilling story, and based on the original story of Peter Pan!
- Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I remember being absolutely heartbroken after The Battle of the Labyrinth.
- Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Seven Ways We Lie, because each character was based on one of the seven deadly sins, which was really good.
- Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The DUFF, I think. I just couldn’t stand the main character.
- New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Jenny in Neverland – she’s always so sweet and positive and every blog post leaves me with a smile.
- Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
- Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I really enjoyed writing the post about why fans make great friends. I made my cousin cry.
- Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I hosted the Shattering Stigmas event with Shannon and Kayla, which was absolutely amazing. I also really enjoyed Jillian’s Blogger Positivity Campaign. And, of course, our Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon with Olivia!
- Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Why, Aly joining our blog, of course!
- Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Juggling my mental illness, the therapy for my mental illness, and trying to muster up the energy and will to blog.
- Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
We got a lot of response on the post in which we returned from our hiatus and introduced our new co-blogger, Aly. Clearly, people had missed us a lot. I also got a lot of comments on what I like to read on blogs.
- Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My post on the Percy Jackson series didn’t get as much reaction as I thought it would. Then again, there are spoilers, so I do get it. I also would love to hear more about your favourite fictional worlds!
- Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Only my Goodreads reaching challenge of 100 books, which I totally aced!