Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015 End of Year Book Survey and Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's topic is "Top 10 Resolutions for 2015"

My resolutions for 2o15:

Get fit--try to exercise every day or move more (with the help of my Fitbit and #FitReaders!)
Eat healthier--Eat less prepackaged and processed foods
Learn how to cook more healthy meals
Cut back on coffee shop drinks
Be wiser about how I spend my money (no more daily trips to the coffee shop!)

My bookish resolutions for 2015:

Be more selective in books I request for review
Try to catch up on writing reviews
Read a classic
Read more library books
Read more books I want to read as opposed to those I have to review

End of Year Book Survey

I love participating in this annual survey created by Jamie at Perpetual Page-Turner

Number of books I read: 142
Number of rereads: 17
Genre I read the most from: a tie for 30 each in historical, fantasy and young adult

Best book I read in 2015: 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Book I was excited about and thought I was going to love more but didn't: 

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan and Soundless by Richelle Mead

Best series I started in 2015? 

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine and The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Best sequel? 

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski and Invaded by Melissa Landers

Best series ender?

Winter by Marissa Meyer and The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Favorite new author I discovered in 2015?

Lisa Genova

Best book in a genre I don't typically read?

Invaded by Melissa Landers. I think YA science fiction is not so scary to me anymore. Also The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma because I don't usually read New Adult but I really liked this one.

Most action packed/unputdownable book of the year?

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Favorite cover of a book read in 2015?

So many great covers but these are some of my favorites.

Most memorable character(s) of 2015?

Willowdean Dixon a.k.a. Dumplin', Ove from A Man Called Ove and Odette from The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Most beautifully written book?

Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Most thought-provoking book of 2015?

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern and When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi

Book I can't believe I waited till 2015 to read?

Still Alice by Lisa Genova and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Best 2015 debut I read?

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert, The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Best worldbuilding/vivid setting?

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Book that put a smile on my face/was the most fun to read?

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Book that made me cry/nearly cry?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Still Alice by Lisa Genova and Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova

Hidden gem of the year?

Not technically published in 2015 but The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book that crushed my soul?

All the Rage by Courtney Summers, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Still Alice by Lisa Genova


  1. The Nightingale was my favorite as well! Such a good book and it definitely brought tears to my eyes. I liked your resolutions for 2016. I definitely want to do some of the same, especially when it comes to reading what I want vs. what is for review.

  2. I have not ready any of the Marissa Meyer books but maybe this is a good time to start! I love your bookish resolutions - and I am going to try to get healthier as well!

  3. Lisa Genova is brilliant, so glad you have tried her, I need to read her newest but I have read all the others, you won't be disappointed. I am reading Nightingale now, halfway through. I agree Ove is a hidden gem but I would say it took forever for me to appreciate the characters and begin to enjoy the book.

  4. Coffee shop drinks. :) I hear you on that one. And I want to read some classics in 2016 as well. I have a few on my shelf waiting for me, but just haven't taken the time yet...

    Fun survey. I agree about that cover of Along the Infinite Sea, every time I see it i like it. And I still need to read the new Riordan.

  5. Great post. This survey takes so much time to do every year, I feel we should all be awarded a medal for completing it. Congrats on reading 142 books, that is a rather impressive amount. The Winner's Crime was such a good sequel. But now I am just desperate to get my hands on the next book in the series.

    Great answers! I hope you have a great reading year in 2016! :) Here's my survey if you want to check it out.

  6. Good luck with all your 2016 resolutions!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-38/


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