It’s the most wonderful time of the year, thanks to the lovely Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner! I live for this Annual End of Year Survey, even though it hurts my soul to have to narrow down responses.
These are always a little weird for me to do because writing the preview posts for B&N means that I read a lot of books far in advance – my reading schedule isn’t like most other book bloggers’ – and being an author means I might’ve beta read books two years before they come out. So, I’m sticking to books that were published in 2015 and that I read in 2015 (except where noted)!
2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 177
Number of Re-Reads: Only partial ones
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA
Best Book You Read in 2015:
Clearly I am going to employ the breakdown option:
- MG: George by Alex Gino (also the only one, but still)
- YA Contemporary: All the Rage by Courtney Summers
- YA Fantasy: I read the entire Winner’s Trilogy in 2015 and honestly I would give any of them this spot
- YA Sci-Fi: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
- YA Dystopian: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
- YA Steampunk: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
- YA Historical: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
- YA Magical Realism: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
- NA: Second Position by Katherine Locke and Cam Girl by Leah Raeder
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster, which is f/f NA that turned out to be terribly biphobic. That was highly unfortunate.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
This releases early enough in 2016 that I feel okay using it! Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn was so, so bold, I was completely shocked that it got published as YA. Usually when you see storylines like that, you’re getting them at the tail end or something, when the MC is putting that behavior behind her. In this case, noooope.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I actually asked on Twitter, and the most common response was Cam Girl by Leah Raeder.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Ender: The Winner’s Kiss (I know it’s a 2016, but I didn’t read any others this year!)
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. Sometimes I try to clear my ARC shelves quickly by reading the first couple of chapters of things I’m pretty sure I won’t like, then giving them away to someone I think will, and I’m pretty sure I picked this Steampunk up in one of those fits. I then proceeded to read the entire thing in one sitting, tell my husband he needed to read it too, and buy the hardcover.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Actually, when I think about the book that made me feel the most incredibly tense the longest, other than The Winner’s Kiss, it’s Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. It’s neither action-packed nor a thriller, but I found it highly unputdownable! And I definitely have to mention The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which had me guessing (wrong) the whole time.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, because I’d like to read it over with different expectations. It was too hard to appreciate it while waiting for it to turn into the bisexual love triangle the blurb seemed to promise, but there’s so much obvious good in it, too. Also, for happy-making reasons, The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Etta from Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Hmm, in YA, probably The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore? In NA, everything by Leah Raeder and Katherine Locke.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
All the Rage by Courtney Summers. So much about Life As a Girl I had just never unpacked until I read that book.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Ash by Malinda Lo
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“Her eyes widen and she shoves me back and then there’s a space between us, enough to paralyze me with all of the things I could do to her next. I could raise my hand and hit her in the face or bring my knee into her stomach, take a fistful of her hair and rip it out of her skull. You don’t get to do this when you’re a girl, so when the opportunity for violence finally presents itself, I want all of it at once.”
—All the Rage by Courtney Summers
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson (160 pp) (Pre-2015 title)
Longest: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas (464 pp)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
There is a point I probably should’ve seen coming in More Happy Than Not that I didn’t, and it just threw me and wrecked me and gutted me and everything you want from a book, basically.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
My #1 OTP that appeared in a book this year = Arin and Kestrel
OTP introduced this year = Shazi and Khalid
OTP that appeared previously but only coupled up this year = Julep and Dani
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Ollie and Moritz in Because You’ll Never Meet Me
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, which I would never in a million years have picked up if Melissa Albert, my editor at B&N, hadn’t pushed it on me.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Liv from The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Either Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert or The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I loved a lot of debuts like burning, but those were the two whose writing made me say “I cannot believe these are debuts” over and over again.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
How to Be Brave by Kathy Kottaras, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley, and Cam Girl by Leah Raeder all did. And, they’re 2016s, but Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker and This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang did as well.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Play On by Michelle Smith. I know it’s so hard for a small press book to get the love and attention is deserves, and I wish I could do more for this one, because I think the way it represents depression is so, so important and lacking in YA. Also This Side of Home by Renee Watson, which discusses gentrification and different expectations on and approaches to being a black girl. This book is criminally under-read and oddly under-recommended by diversity advocates, in my opinion.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa. There was a lot in that one I’ve never seen in YA before. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I keep finding new things to appreciate about it.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
All the Rage by Courtney Summers, and no, it definitely does not mean I didn’t like it!
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul, which reads, in its entirety:
|THANK YOU FOR BEING EXACTLY THE HOMOEROTIC TOXIC FRIENDSHIP YA I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED.|
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Ehhh I don’t really have these, so instead I’m gonna go with a guest post I did for Queer Romance Month, calling Becoming My Own Audience.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I loved doing a panel at Teen Author Festival on series with Marie Rutkoski, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kass Morgan, Seth Fishman, and Barry Lyga, with David Levithan moderating.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Oh man, I did a lot of new and cool stuff this year – I gave my first workshop, moderated my first panel, released two books…2015 was scary but good to me. Probably my favorite was the LGBTQ YA panel I did with Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, Lindsay Ribar, and Michael Barakiva at McNally Jackson, though.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
YA: As I Descended by Robin Talley
NA: Bad Boy by Leah Raeder
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Reading: I’ve been waiting to try the Raven Boys series until it was all released, so I guess there’s no more putting it off!
Blogging: I actually have been big plans on that front I’m gonna keep hush hush for now, but you’ll know it when you see it.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (which I also blurbed as an author), The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and of non-debuts, The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore.
That’s my year! How was yours?