Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Own Review of 2015 and goals for 2016

Sorry for the flood of posts today, Lovelies! I just have so much I want to talk about with 2015!!!

Last year for goal setting, I used a Top Ten Tuesday post.  I'll recap each goal and tell you if I met them or not!

1. Comment on 5 blogs a week. Fail. I did okay for the first six months or so, but I petered out. I still try to keep commenting or at least looking at 5 blogs a week! But this will definitely be a 2016 Redo.

2. Get better at design. Ehhhhh. I don't know if I really met this goal, but I worked on it! So another 2016 Redo. 

3. Write one review post and one discussion post a week. Fail. I definitely didn't come close to hitting this one. I think for 2016 I'm going to do One Review Post a Week and One Discussion Post a Month. 

4. Finish any Dangling Series left from this year. Fail. I basically went the wrong direction with this one. So for 2016 Finish half of the series I have on my current "seriesly-finish-the-series" shelf. For those of you who are curious I have 28 on there and these are what they are

  • Mortal Instruments
  • Ten Tiny Breaths
  • The Diviners
  • Amulet
  • The Darkest Minds
  • Bone
  • Alvin Ho
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Vampire Academy
  • If I Stay
  • Throne of Glass
  • The Giver
  • The Curse Workers
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • Graceling
  • Octavian Nothing
  • Shades of London
  • Darker Shade of Magic
  • The Others
  • Akata Witch
  • Alex & Ada
  • Lumberjanes
  • Tir Alainn
  • Persepolis
  • Reboot
  • Enchanted Forest Chronicles
  • Micah Grey

5. Read 150 books. Fail. I tried but I fell behind with classes. I got to 132. So...2016 Redo.

6. Read 1 book I own for every 1 new book. Ehhhh. I read 24 books I owned and 29 books I bought new (and 63 I borrowed). The books I borrowed were almost all for class or I would count them as a new book. So I call this one pretty well done.  Read 1 for 1 in 2016. 

7. Actually participate in a readathon. Fail. What blog should I follow to do this one? I definitely want this as a 2016 Redo.

8. Reread 15 books. SUCCESS!!!! I actually reread 21 books this year. I think about half of them were for class, but I'm still really excited that I met this goal. I think I'm going to lower it to Reread 5 books in 2016.

9. Work on culling. Ehhhhh. I'm trying to be good about it. But it's kind of hard to take used books to used bookstores in Boston. Gotta drag the bag on the subway and go out of my normal route to get here. I'm still keeping this on my list for a 2016 Redo. 

10. Start a weekly thing! Ehhhhh. I actually started two new weekly things for my blog -- that aren't really that new or inventive (WCW and TBT) but I stopped actually doing them about half way through the year. I don't know that I loved them that much either. So Think of a new monthly thing to do.

What goals do you have for 2016?? Let me know in the comments! I don't think it's a bad thing to not meet a goal. It gives me a chance to try again. So here we go 2016, I'm coming for you.

2015 Statistics Survey

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Yes, another survey. I love them so much! And last year Andi and Brittany put this one together but I didn't participate. So this year, I'm giving it a shot!

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  • Number of books read… 132
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 47
    • Between 400-449 pages: 8
    • Between 450-499 pages: 3
    • Over 500 pages: 17
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 0
    • Re-reads: 21
    • DNFs (did not finish): 2
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 40
    • One/Two Stars: 22 
  • Number of authors met in 2015: 6
  • Number of book events attended in 2015: 5
  • Number of books you read in one day: 2
  • Number of books that made you cry: 17
  • Number of 2016 books you have on pre-order: 0 (But will eventually do 2 at least)
by the books statistics survey
by the books statistics survey
  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): (At my parent's house) The Amber Spyglass, The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
  • Book that took you the longest to read: The Shadow Cabinet ( Sorry Maureen!)
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Book that made you love the villain: Nimona (who's the villain???)
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: The fourth in the City of Bones books (since like a year and a half ago whoops)
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Apparently Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward (it keeps getting pushed back!)
  • Book you read on your birthday: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey or Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis
  • Book with a character who shares your name: didn't read any (only know of The Impossible Knife of Memory)
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): Proust and the Squid ( I don't think I read every chapter, we skipped around reading it for class)
  • Book you read in 2015 but already want to re-read: The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series or Visions in Silver
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: Cloud Atlas (still haven't read it whoops)
  • Book you wish you could go back and read for the first time again: Any of my rereads from this year (including the one I don't like much).
  • Most books read by one author this year: For rereads, J.K. Rowling. For new (to me) books, Sarah J. Maas
this & that statistics survey
this & that statistics survey
  • Happiest & saddest: Fortunately, the Milk and The Circus Fire
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: Friendship to the Max and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    • By title: Liar/Fade and Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia (not including subtitles) 
    • From buying to reading: The Shadow Cabinet and The Wicked and the Divine
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: 3.7
    • Books you read/your rating: Nimona (5 stars) and A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (1 star)
    • Series enders: Days of Blood & Starlight and Mastiff
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2015: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev and The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): awww I'm not at home so I can't see this. Maybe I'll update when I get home.
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: I'll Meet You There and Deerskin
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: Daughter of Smoke and Bone & (I was never in it but...)Fables?
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: Throne of Glass & A Wizard of Earthsea
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: I can't tell. I feel like I rate according to how I feel so I can't be like oh that was lenient or oh that was harsh.
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Throne of Glass & My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy 
grab bag statistics survey
grab bag statistics survey
  • Book you read that is red: Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: None!
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: Aristotle and Dante, Vision in Silver or El Deafo
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: Fade
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Pizza and suckers (Saint Anything)
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: Nimona
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: The Radioactive Boy Scout
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself):  Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
  • Forced yourself to finish: A Kiss in Time and Fairest of All (class books booo)
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Throne of Glass
That's it lovelies! Let me know if you did the Statistics Survey too! 

2015 End of the Year Survey


Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner is the absolute coolest and puts together this survey every year. It was one of the first major things I did back when I started this blog in 2013, so this is my 3rd time completing this survey this year!! I love taking the time to look back on all the amazing books I read and how they affected me and my perception of life. 
So here's to another great year of reading in 2015 and to a great year of reading in 2016. 
 Also all the images are Jamie's as well -- she's seriously so cool. 
Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2015!!

Number Of Books You Read: 132
Number of Re-Reads: 21
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/Science Fiction


1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)
I read a lot of incredible books and series this year (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, The Lumatere Chronicles, The Throne of Glass series) and I reread a lot of my favorites this year (Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Ella Enchanted), but I think my favorite book has to be... Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. 

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

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. Everyone who I usually agree with in the book blogging world loved it!! I came close to completely hating it. 

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

In a bad way: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey or Mastiff by Tamora Pierce. Those were both authors who I adored and they let me down in major ways with those books. In a good way: Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us. I hadn't read anything by her, and I loved The Walls Around Us; it was so incredible.

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

It might be Nimona or The Wicked and the Divine. I got several friends into graphic novels this year (or they were willing to be pushed into it finally).  Which was exciting.

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

 I think the best series I started was Throne of Glass or A Darker Shade of Magic.  The Best Sequel was probably Shadow Scale. I enjoyed Seraphina a lot, but Shadow Scale took the plot/world to a whole new level. Best Series Ender was either Quintana of Charyn or Days of Blood & Starlight.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

 Hm...Laura Lam, Laini Taylor, V. E. Schwab or Sarah J. Maas. I read books from all of them this year and adored them all.  I don't think I can pick until I read a second book (or a book outside the single series).

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

 I don't typically read historical fiction but Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein was incredible. And I read four non-fiction books this year--The Circus Fire by Stewart O'Nan was particularly upsetting and amazing.

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

 Probably Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop, or else the entire Throne of Glass and Daughter of Smoke & Bone series.

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

 Probably Vision in Silver. I cannot wait for the next book in that series.  Or Nimona. Or Nightbird by Alice Hoffman.

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

 Okay best four here (I'm terrible at picking things).
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 11. Most memorable character of 2015?

 Hmmm. Probably Nimona.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

 Ohmygosh. I loved how Deerskin by Robin McKinley was written. Also Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

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

 I've spent a lot of time thinking about Kaitlin Ward's Bleeding Earth. (Because it really freaked me out). Also Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorofor (can't wait for the sequel in 2016!!) and Melina Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles. 

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

 Probably The Throne of Glass series, The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series or Aristotle and Dante.

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

"What had she thought, that love was a toy, something easy and sweet, just to play with? Real love was dangerous, it got you from inside and held on tight, and if you didn't let go fast enough you might be willing to do anything for its sake."

"Misfortune never waits to be invited in. He comes to the door and takes off his hat, pretending he's welcome. He sits at your table and never leaves until he sees your bones."

"I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat.  Some people you just didn't get--and never would get."

Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is. You are a lord of ashes, a lord of char. You are filthy with your victory. Enjoy it, Joram, for you will never know another. You are lord of a country of ghosts, and that is all you will ever be.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

 Shortest: Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Probably The Wicked and the Divine.

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
 Karou and Akiva (Daughter of Smoke & Bone)
Celaena and Chaol (Throne of Glass)
Meg and Simon (The Others)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Hm...I love Meg and Henry (from The Others). Also The Lumberjanes crew and Nimona and Sir Blackheart. The Rat Queens crew. Flora & Ulysses. So many good non-romantic relationships.  

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

 The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. Pillars of the World and Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop. Deerskin by Robin McKinley

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

 Melissa pressured me into reading The Lumatere Chronicles which I loved a lot. 

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

 Hmmm probably Chaol. Or Akiva. I love them both so much but in different ways. Probably Chaol though.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

 Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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

 Daughter of Smoke & Bone series.

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

 Unfortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. I could not stop smiling reading it!

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

 I'm a huge crier, so this could be a long list. But I think I'll stick to The Circus Fire cause it made me ugly sob like every paragraph for a solid 200 pages.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 There could be a lot of these, but I think Pantomime by Laura Lam hasn't gotten nearly as much love and attention as it deserves.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Rose Under Fire, Quintana of Charyn or Crown of Midnight. Those were all really hard to read for various reasons. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

 I would say A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall for format and Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward for concept.

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

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce. I can't get over how much it betrayed me.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

 I'm terrible at keeping track of new blogs, but I did start following a lot of Bookstagrams this year. So I think I'm going to go with that format as a whole. 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

 I really enjoyed writing the review for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It inspired me to switch up my format and I loved the book so much.

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

 I didn't do many non-review, non-event (like TTT) posts, but I did one which was by default the best haha.

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

 I met Sarah Dessen at an event which was awesome. And I met Libba Bray at an event which was also super awesome. 

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

I tried to post to Twitter more which got author responses which made my life every time. I just get so excited.

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

 My school took over my life this year. It was hard to keep up with blogging (or reading books that weren't required for school) But I'm done in May and then I can redevote my time to my blog!

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

 By both comments and views, my top ten Tuesday about adding diverse reads to your book diet!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 I love when people comment.  I'm happy to see my view count go up, but when I get a comment it makes my day. I try to always comment back and check out the commentor's blog.

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

I guess technically this is where I should put Bookstagram. :D

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

Uhhh one? I'm doing a review of my reading goals next! Keep your eyes out for it!


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

 WINTER. And Queen of Shadows. I bought them both basically the day they came out but didn't have a chance to read either of them. 

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

 Hmmm Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop? It's the next in The Others series. Or The Winner's Kiss?? 

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 I haven't been in tune to what's debuting! I know a lot that are coming out from familiar authors, but can't think of any debuts. So if you know ones I should take a look at, leave it in the comments!

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

 Marked in Flesh and The Winner's Kiss!

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

 Read 150 books!

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

I haven't really read any 2016 releases except for Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward ( which keeps getting it's publication set back :( But it's good and creepy so I do recommend it!)

Let me know if you did Jamie's survey and I'll check it out!! Happy New Year's Book Bloggers!!

Popsugar Challenge Not Quite Completed

Hello Lovelies!! Perhaps you remember at the beginning of 2015 this little graphic going around the internet (or I posted about it here on my blog): 

Well I didn't quite finish the list, but here's what I read for each category.

1. A book with more than 500 pages: The Diviners by Libba Bray

2. A classic romance: Persuasion by Jane Austen

3. A book that became a movie: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (READ THE BOOK SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE)

4. A book published this year: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

5. A book with a number in the title: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

6. A book written by someone under 30: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

7. A book with nonhuman characters: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

8. A funny book: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

9. A book by a female author: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

10.  A mystery or thriller: Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Hetzel

11. A book with a one word title: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev 

12. A book with short stories:  (Started Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tulcholke but didn't finish it -- and I can't even finish it today because I left it 2500 miles away.)

13. A book set in a different country: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

14. A non-fiction book: The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein

15. A popular author's first book: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet: Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

17. A book a friend recommended: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

18. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel: (I don't care about the Pulitzers so I never even found one for this category...oops.)

19. A book based on a true story: The Circus Fire by Stewart O'Nan

20. A book at the bottom of your TBR list: Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

21. A book your mom loves:  (Started Phantom by Susan Kay for this one, but I put it on-pause because I had to return it to the library.)

22. A book that scares you: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

23. A book more than a 100 years old: Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

24. A book based entirely on its cover: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

25. A book you were supposed to read in school and didn't:  (I never didn't read a book in school, so I used one that a lot of people read when they were younger but I somehow missed) Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

26. A memoir: Blankets by Craig Thompson

27. A book with antonyms in the title: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

28. A book you can finish in a day: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

29.  A book set somewhere you've always wanted to go: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (London)

30. A book published the year you were born: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

31. A book with bad reviews: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

32. A Trilogy:  The Hunt Trilogy by Tamora Pierce

33. A book from your childhood: Harry Potter

34. A book with a love triangle:  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

35. A book set in the future:  The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

36. A book set in high school: Liar by Justine Larbalestier

37. A book with a color in the title: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

38. A book that made you cry: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

39. A book with magic:  Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

40. A graphic novel: The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

41. A book by an author you've never read before:  Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

42.  A book you own but never read:  Graceling by Kristin Cashore

43. A book that takes place in your hometown: (There are like 0 books that take place in my hometown, so I was going with the state as a whole--MT-- and started The Miseducation of Cameron Post, but my library ebook expired. 2016 Read for sure!!)

44. A book that was originally written in another language: (While some of mine were originally published outside the US, I didn't read one that was originally non-English)

45. A book set during Christmas: The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

46. A book by an author who had your same initials:  White Cat by Holly Black

47. A play: Poker, A Short Play by Zora Neale Hurston

48.  A banned book:  Fade by Robert Cormier

49. A book based on or turned into a tv show: The Wicked and the Divine

 50.  A book you started but never finished: The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

So close!! 45/50 isn't too shabby. If they do a 2016 one, I'll definitely be trying again! What about you, lovelies? Did you try the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge? Did you finish it? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know in the comments!!