2015 End of Year Book Survey


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Number Of Books You Read:


Number of Re-Reads:

8: The 7 books of the Tomorrow series + Poison Study

Genre You Read The Most From:

Young Adult Fantasy= 22

Young Adult Contemporary= 20


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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Best Book released in 2015: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Best Book I read in 2015 released before 2015: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Best re-read: Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Best debut: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Best YA fantasy: Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder

Best YA urban fantasy: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

Best YA contemporary: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart

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

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound

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

a court of thorns and roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – considering I wasn’t fooled by any of the rubbish written about that ridiculous ‘assassin’ in Maas’ other series, I wasn’t sure I would like ACOTAR, but it was a East of the Sun West of the Moon retelling, so I wanted to give it a try. I was surprised by how much I liked it, even if I didn’t like it as much as other people, and even if I didn’t think the sexytimes were particularly sexy, and even if I had a massive issue with everyone calling it a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling because there was nothing ugly about the ‘beast’ character Tamlin.

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

I’m not sure I was that influential this year.

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

Best series started in 2015: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Best sequel of 2015: Shadow Study (Study #4) (Soulfinders #1)

Best series Ender: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Aya Ling – The Ugly Stepsister.


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

I don’t normally read New Adult but A Court of Thorns and Roses was really good.

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

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon


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

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

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

Storm Siren, Never Never, Illusionarium,

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Ellie from Tomorrow When The War Began and The Ellie Chronicles. Probably because I read 10 books about her.

tomorrow when the war beganwhile i live

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon.

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

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

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

Storm Siren by Mary Weber. It was published in 2014, and Mary sent me a personal signed copy, and I was SO EXCITED to read it I just couldn’t even pick it up. I wanted it to be epic and it was.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“Cameron kills me with his honesty.”

– Soulprint, Megan Miranda.


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Assassin Study: 15 pages.

Longest I DNF’d: White Space: 560 pages.

Longest I actually finished: Ice Like Fire: 496 – according to Goodreads. It didn’t feel that long.

ice like fire

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming, one was very surprising.

the ruby circle

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Sydney and Adrian from The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jonathon and Lockwood from Illusionarium. Enemies turn friendly rivals.

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

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon. I have previously read Entwined, which is still my favourite book.

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I wasn’t really feeling very crush-y this year. If I had to pick one at gunpoint, it would be Venom from the only erotica I read, Saved by Venom by Lolita Lopez. I’m trying to figure out if I like him more than Menace from the previous book. Venom was willing to take things slowly with his bride who came with him willingly, and unlike the two previous books’ heroes, he didn’t pressure Dizzy into doing anything she didn’t want to do. I found that pretty sexy.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Never Never by Brianna Shrum.

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

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon – parallel steampunk worlds.

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

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot. My first Princess Diaries book. Hilarious.

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

Because it was sad: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Because I was overwhelmed by how awesome it was: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Soulprint by Megan Miranda. Highly original, well written, tense, enjoyable.

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

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.

Fuck Kestral, too. At 25%, which is where I put this book down once and for all nearly in tears, she casually suggests murdering a whole herd of horses to save some land and make the people more vulnerable to invasion (and probably slavery). She’s a total doormat too, and completely passive. By 25% through the book, literally nothing had happened except Kestral had a few boring conversations with boring people and Arin rocked up to sexually harass her.

And Arin? Not only is he sexist and elitist, but the way it’s written, Kestral is supposed to have power over him. Yet she never does. He sexually harasses Kestral, and it’s probably more like sexual assault, except that afterwards we find out that Kestral’s emphatic ‘NO’ really did mean ‘yes’. So fuck you, too.

Sexual harassment and assault is NOT sexy, and making the heroine seem reluctant but later ret-conning it so that she desperately wanted the D isn’t helping rape culture. FUCK THIS BOOK AND ITS HORRIBLE ‘ROMANCE’.

The Winner's Crime

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Oh, The Books. Kelley and Asti have had a really rough year (it’s reaching the point of who hasn’t?) but I love popping in on them every now and then to see how they’re going. And I adore their blog design.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

When I re-read Poison Study, instead of another review I did a Dream Cast I’m pretty pleased with!

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

Insta-Love: Why All The Hate?

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

Meeting John Marsden and telling him I was re-reading his Tomorrow series and he said he liked by non de plume.

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

Getting to the bottom of my Netgalley review pile! Strangely enough, due to a glitch I actually had a score of 102%.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’m just finding myself unable to commit to reading lots of books.

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

The Insta-Love one for comments (31). My ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Actors Hate Their Own Film, Each Other for views (428).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Sex in YA Fiction.

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

Book Outlet – cheap hardcovers!

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

Only my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I don’t really consider that a ‘challenge’.


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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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


Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass (Burning Glass, #1)

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

Night Study by Maria V Snyder

Night Study (Study, #5)

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

It’s a secret! There’s going to be an announcement soon!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I was too busy trying to read 2015 releases this year. I have nothing to recommend in 2016. Sorry!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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4 thoughts on “2015 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Prima

    YES SYDRIAN!! Honestly, they’re the OTP that I judge other OTPs by. And yes to The Ugly Stepsister, it’s definitely a hidden gem. I was so excited to read it and it did not let me down 😀

  2. Samantha

    I want to read “A Monster Calls” but I’m not sure I’m emotionally prepared enough to have it crush my soul. That one is going to have to wait a little longer. 😛

    You did well with your re-reads! I only managed to re-read one books, even though I set a goal last year of reading 5 (I think).

    I hope you have a great new year!

    1. Nemo

      You really have to be quite fortified to read A Monster Calls. I thought I was ready, but maybe I wasn’t. I can’t believe it’s a middle-grade book. The flm looks AMAZING.

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