29 December 2016

2016 End of Year Book Survey

The Annual End of Year Book Survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner
 2016 Reading Stats

  • Number Of Books You Read: 275 (although I'm not finished reading for the year)
  • Number of Re-Reads: 4..I have to do better with this
  • Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy -- I'm not surprised. 

 Best in Books

  • Best Book You Read In 2016? I'm going to have to cheat with this one and go with genre! 
    • Young Adult: A Study in Charlotte
    • New Adult: Calloway Sisters Series
    • Children: Masterminds
    • Literary Fiction: Homegoing 
    • Non-Fiction: Between the World & Me
    • Historical Fiction: The Nightingale
    • Graphic Novel/Comic/Manga: Saga Vol. 6
    • Fantasy: Game of Thrones 
    • Picture Books: Separate Is Never Equal

  •  Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? I'm really surprised
    but I thought I was going to like Gotham Academy Vol. 3 more than what I did. It was okay, but it wasn't as spectacular as the other volumes. 

  •  Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Okay so this going to really different. I didn't expect to read so many picture books this year. I just started in the summer and I fell in love with them so I know I'll read a lot of them next year. 

  •  Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I actually pushed people to read two books together as a pair. They were The Nightingale and All The Light We Cannot See. The reason why I did this is because they were two great historical fiction books that took place around the same time. I always told people that if they read one then they needed to read the other. 

  •  Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? Best series I started in 2016 would have to be the Mastermind Series by Gordon Korman; Best Sequel of 2016 would be Crown of Embers by Rae Carson; & Best Ender of 2016 is definitely Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. 

  •  Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? Sister Souljah! She was the first author I read in the genre of Urban Fiction and I really really enjoyed her writing. 

  • Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Choices by Skyy. This was an urban fiction book that contained 3 lesbian main characters. I've never read a book like that before and it was AMAZING. 

  • Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? This is a tough one, but if I had to choose I definitely would go with A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. That book was amazing and was definitely filled with action and a lot of drama. 

  • Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? For this I would definitely go with the Heroes of Olympus series. I waited so long to read the last book that I forgot some details of previous books. 

  • Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? I had to choose Food Wars Vol. 3 simply because it contains my favorite character Megumi on the cover. 

  • Most memorable character of 2016? The most memorable character of 2016 would have to be Winter from the Coldest Winter Ever. She definitely stands out to me. 

  • Most beautifully written book read in 2016? There is a tie for this one. I could either go with the Nightingale or All the Light We Cannot See

  • Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016? This one is easy. It definitely was Between the
    World and Me
    . That book made me think about my life and the lives of others around me. 

  • Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? Food Wars! I don't understand why it took me so long to discover this wonderful manga series. 

  • Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? "I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people's interests. The library was open, unending, free." --Between the World & Me-- 
  • Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016? Shortest Book: How Things Grow by Eric Carle (14 pages) Longest Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (838 pages)

  • Book That Shocked You The Most Surprisingly, I didn't have one of those this year. I wish I could say I did, but I didn't. I read some crazy books, but none that really stand out. 

  • OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
    My one true pair of the year would definitely have to be Daisy and Ryke from the Calloway Sisters series. 

  • Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year Definitely all the kids from the Heroes of Olympus series. There were some romantic relationships, but I absolutely love the friendships between all the characters. 

  • Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously Definitely
    Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I fell in love with this book this year and I cannot wait to continue the series next year. 

  • Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Three Times Lucky. My co-workers kept telling me how amazing the series was so I definitely had to pick it up. 

  • Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? My newest fictional crush...to be honest I don't really have one. It was a interesting reading year, but no one stood out to me as a fictional crush. 

  • Best 2016 debut you read? A Study in Charlotte

  • Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? A Game of Thrones and Mistborn are definitely tied for this one!

  • Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? The Blood of Olympus! I was so happy to be back in this world again. 

  • Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? The Nightingale definitely brought tears to my eyes this year. 

  • Hidden Gem Of The Year? Everything I Never Told by Celeste Ng. Definitely a wonderful book that I wouldn't have found if it wasn't for my book club. 

  • Book That Crushed Your Soul? The Coldest Winter Ever

  • Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? Food Wars--this isn't unique in the sense that it's a manga, but it's the fact that it's a battle manga with food and I love that aspect of the story. 

  • Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? L.A. Candy--The main character Jane is extremely frustrating. 

Blogging/Bookish Life

  • New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? I have so many new blogs that I found this year there is no way I can narrow it done to just one! 

  • Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? My review of Anna Karenina is probably my favorite simply because I think that reading that book was a great accomplishment. Link: http://www.bookishrealmreviews.com/2016/10/anna-karenina-by-leo-tolstoy.html

  • Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? "Why I Read Picture Books." So many people think that picture books are simply for children; however, they are also great reading material for adults. Link: http://www.bookishrealmreviews.com/2016/07/reading-picture-books-why-i-read-them.html

  • Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? This year I went to YallFest again and I'm so happy I attended. I still kept up with some memes and tried some new ones including: Book Traveling Thursday & Waiting on Wednesday. 

  • Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? Finding new blogs through the monthly discussion group on Twitter. 
  • Most Challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? I was so inconsistent this year and I wish I was more active on my blog. 

  • Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? My most popular post was a blog tour I was on for the book 100 Days of Cake. Here's the review: http://www.bookishrealmreviews.com/2016/05/blog-tour-100-days-of-cake-by-shari.html
  • Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I didn't discover any new book sites or stores, but I did meet and discover some amazing bookish people. 

  • Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? The only challenge I completed this year was my Goodreads challenge! haha I plan to do better next year! 

Looking Ahead

  • One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? My priority for 2017 will definitely be to finish up the series I was supposed to finish this year and make progress on the series I started this year. 

  • Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? History Is All You Left Me. I must say that I absolutely love Adam Silvera. 

  • 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? The Hate U Give! This book is bound to be exciting. 

  •  Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? The End of Oz by Danielle Paige. 

  • One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017? I need to be MORE consistent. I think I can do great things with this blog if I actually update on a consistent basis. 

  • A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: Once again The Hate U Give! I haven't read it yet, but I think this book is going to be amazing and I definitely recommend it to everyone. 


  1. 275 books!! Omg that's incredible congrats! And also kudos on the wide variety of books you read last year. A Study in Charlotte, Game of Thrones, and Mistborn are all ones that I hope to get to this year.

    1. If you get to them let me know what you think! : )