Number Of Books You Read: Eighteen-ish, not counting unfinished.
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: YA (Contemporary, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi)
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Re-read: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
New to me: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Released in 2015: The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Every Day by David Levithan. I liked it, but it wasn’t the revelation I expected from the way others talk about it. It was my least favorite work by David Levithan. I really enjoy that he is is very experimental and high-concept with a lot of his writing, though.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I don’t usually read romance, and I was expecting a featherweight YA, but this had a lot of heart and genuine family relationships. Very sweet, but not dopey or ridiculous. I’ll be reading the sequel.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Tie between Unwind by Neil Shusterman, and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I gave both to students, and the student who read Unwind went on to read Unwholly.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015?
Best Series Started: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenni Han
Best Sequel: The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Jenni Han, Leigh Bardugo
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, translated by Cathy Hirano
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Last Unicorn or The Scorpio Races
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s just a lovely object that gives a feeling of tidiness and serenity. It’s small and square, with charcoal gray end-papers and an abstract, green watercolor cover. The title is all in lower-case, orange-red, in a traditional serif typeface. Just lovely, and reinforces the drive for both simplicity and beauty in the book.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Tik Tok, the gender-fluid medicine man. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Tie: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Unwind by Neal Shusterman. The ideas were absolutely killer, even if the writing itself is not mind-blowing. He really thought about his premise from all angles.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I loved it so much, and the sample had just been sitting neglected in my Nook for two years!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“…but to the unicorn’s eyes Molly was becoming a softer country, full of pools and caves, where old flowers came burning out of the ground. Under the dirt and indifference, she appeared only thirty-seven or thirty-eight years old – no older than Schmendrick, surely, despite the magician’s birthdayless face. Her rough hair bloomed, her skin quickened, and her voice was nearly as gentle to all things as it was when she spoke to the unicorn. The eyes would never be joyous, any more than they could ever turn green or blue, but they too had wakened in the earth. She walked eagerly into King Haggard’s realm on bare, blistered feet, and she sang often.
And far away on the other side of the unicorn, Schmendrick the Magician stalked in silence. His black cloak was sprouting holes, coming undone, and so was he. The rain that renewed Molly did not fall on him, and he seemed ever more parched and deserted, like the land itself. The unicorn could not heal him. A touch of her horn could have brought him back from death, but over despair she had no power, nor over magic that had come and gone.”
― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
Longest: Under the Dome by Stephen King
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Toward the end, the hits start coming and she doesn’t let up until the reader is gutted.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick forever, duh. Peter Pan didn’t deserve Tiger Lily.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Petra and Geraldine, Ladylike by Maggie Stiefvater, Anatomy of Curiosity
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Anatomy of Curiosity
21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Every Day by David Levithan
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Pine Sap, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Variations on Drowning by Brenna Yovanoff, Anatomy of Curiosity
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Tiger Lily, in several ways.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Anatomy of Curiosity
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Looking for Alaska by John Green
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
I was a very bad book blogger this year, what with getting my teaching credential and all. I don’t think I read any new book blogs. D:
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Easy, I only wrote one: Random Review – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Again, there was only one: Character Study – Dumbledore’s Cruel Intentions
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Nada. So sad.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Completing this survey, and keeping Ink alive.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
A total lack of time. Finishing my credential and starting my first year of classroom teaching left me exhausted, with almost no time to indulge in reading for pleasure. I didn’t quite make my New Year’s Resolution of reading 25 books this year. Weak.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The eternal champ: Character Study – Ginny Weasley vs. Cho Chang
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Character Study: Dumbledore’s Cruel Intentions
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I gave Audible a try, and was pleasantly surprised. Easy to use, and more enjoyable than I anticipated.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Nah. I missed my reading goal by seven books. :/
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Joyland by Stephen King
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Write in my blog more than twice? Read at least five classics and twenty-five books total. I have Plato’s Republic and Don Quixote on deck.