End of Year Survey 2015

2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984

This is one of my favourite surveys to do, by one of my favourite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish. For some reason, I hadn’t noticed her post this year, but was pleased to see another blogger do the tag, so of course I jumped on board.

The links either go to my review of the book or Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed it already!

reading-stats-2015-1024x278

Number Of Books You Read: 144
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

best-YA-books-2014

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda– Becky Albertalli. This book warmed my heart. I can’t speak highly enough for it!

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

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley. After devouring her debut, I really wanted to like her sophomore novel. I didn’t. I was very disappointed.

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

I didn’t expect to like Cruel Beauty as much as I did. I had heard so many bad things about it that I was expecting not to like it.

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

Still Me Before You. I will ALWAYS push that book.

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

Started: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Sequel: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E.Pearson

Series Ender- Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Becky Albertalli!

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

Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green. My second graphic novel of the year.

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

I Let You Go– Clare Mackintosh

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

I’m not so sure I’ll re-read a book so soon. I tend to leave it a while in-between!

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

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Simon (from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). I’m totally the heart emoji over that.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I really resonated with this book!

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

Reasons To Stay Alive– Matt Haig

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

Rites of Passage– Joy N.Hensley

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

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.” – Err… Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (again, sorry!)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Dream A Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher- 69 pages

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Ice Twins– S.K Tremayne

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I’m sorry not sorry- Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going for friendship and I adore the friendship in The Ladybirds series by Jenny McLachlan

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

Ensnared by A.G Howard

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

The Last Leaves Falling– Sarah Benwell. I’m not sure this book would’ve been on my radar otherwise.

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

I don’t have one! Sad times.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon Vs…. you get the idea!

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

I’m loving the worldbuilding in the Throne of Glass series. I read Queen of Shadows this year.

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

Lily and The Christmas Wish– Keris Stainton. All the cuteness.

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

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. Highly intriguing but it made such an impact.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman. It totally lives up to its title!

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

Hmmm… Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This book just really didn’t sit right with me. At all.

book-blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I haven’t discovered many new book blogs this year, but I need to get on that. I’m looking forward to seeing how Outlook on a Book grows.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I liked how I did Reasons To Stay Alive.

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

Unhauling Books. I need more discussion posts this year!

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

YA Shot by far. I loved being part of a blogger workshop.

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

Continuing to blog even though my life got a hell of a lot busier.

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

Balancing it with teaching. I had one day where I almost forgot to schedule a post.

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

Top Ten Books For Readers That Like Plot Twists.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Gracefully Grayson– Ami Polonsky

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

I haven’t really discovered much bookishness this year. A goal for next year?

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

I’ve read more of the series that I wanted to and I think by 31st December I should have completed my Goodreads challenge. Fingers crossed!

looking-ahead-books-2015

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

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle

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

When We Collided by Emery Lord

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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

A Court Of Mist and Fury– Sarah J Maas.

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

Find some sort of schedule that I can keep to for visiting other blogs.

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

This Is Where It Ends– Marieke Nijkamp!

Feel free to leave me a link to your survey if you’ve done it too. I love reading these!

Advertisements

Top Ten Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten authors who have me looking forward to their sophomore novel. Most of these authors are authors I’ve discovered in 2015. Their sophomore novels may even be out yet, but I’m yet to read them… Story of my life!

In no particular order, here they are (click on the book image to get to goodreads!)

Everything, Everything

Everything EverythingNicola Yoon- I adored this book. I thought it was a real page turner. I hope Nicola Yoon has a sophomore novel!

I Let You Go

I Let You GoClare Mackintosh– I thought this was absolutely fantastic. It’s a brilliant thriller. I highly recommend it if you’re into adult thrillers!

My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black HolesJasmine Warga– This book is so well written. It’s raw and real.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli- This is hands down one of my favourite books of the year. I adored it!

Pointe

Pointe- Brandy Colbert- I was very impressed by this book too.

The Book of You

The Book Of YouClaire Kendal– Another thriller which I lapped up!

The Last Leaves Falling

The Last Leaves FallingSarah Benwell- A beautifully written debut!

Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully GraysonAmi Polonsky– I’m hoping there will be a sophomore novel from this author too. I really enjoyed her debut novel which was a very important story to tell.

Faking Normal

Faking Normal- Courtney S. Stevens- This was another really raw read, but it’s so well written.

The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl- Sangu Mandanna– I adored this book recently and desperately want to read more from this author!

What authors have you looking forward to their sophomore novel? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters. I could mention so many wonderful books that do this, so it’s been incredibly hard to narrow it down!

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book has diverse characters and deals with suicide. I was absolutely blown away by this book, especially the ending. Oh my goodness!

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

There is a big secret involved in this story, but I don’t want to give it away. You’ll just have to read it to see why it’s got diverse characters!

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

This book features a wonderful character who goes through so much and grows massively throughout the course of the story. I will always recommend this book!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

This is another diverse and bloomin’ wonderful book. It revolves around an inter-sex character.

Gracefully Grayson- Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson

A beautiful story which deals with prejudice and ignorance!

The Art of Being Normal- Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

This book was recommended to me by several trusted book bloggers. I could see why. I think it’s a fabulously diverse book which has a transgender character at the heart of the story.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I absolutely adored this book. The main protagonist is dealing with serious issues. It’s so well written!

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book deals with mental health/suicide in an incredibly raw, honest manner.

She Is Not Invisible- Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible

Marcus Sedgwick’s book has a character who is living without sight. I think this is a beautifully written book.

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

This book involves race and LGBT. It’s wonderful.

What are your Top Ten books with diverse characters/diversity? Feel free to leave a link to your top ten post and I’ll stop by!

Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

lunaspciks2

My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

12458914 6728643

February

1335293610836484

 March

985943620561195

 April

1312167813043239

May

20359867 17696973

May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

757576216280557

 July

1805306015726915

August

129629249460487

 September

186637225983694

October

66097488428195

November

17612596 20873172

December

13188003

17290261

As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

Gracefully Grayson

20873172

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.

The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.

Debut author Ami Polonsky’s moving, beautifully-written novel shines with the strength of a young person’s spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.

Thoughts:

Ami Polonsky’s Gracefully Grayson was picked for me for Luna’s Picks to read by my blog readers. I was supposed to read it back in November, but I had trouble getting hold of a copy. I’m so glad I persevered though as it was a stunning and beautifully realised debut novel.

Gracefully Grayson is about a boy named Grayson who is hiding a secret. He believes he is a girl on the inside. He doesn’t feel like he ‘belongs’ in his body. It makes him feel different to the rest of his classmates. Grayson has always been intrigued by girls clothes and princesses. He thought that he could hide this from his peers and family members, but throughout the course of the book, Grayson soon starts accepting his uniqueness when he tries out for the role of Persephone in the school play. Of course, and can be unfortunately anticipated- it takes a while for his peers and some of the adults surrounding Grayson to accept that he is playing a female part.

I found Grayson’s Aunt incredibly frustrating when she tried to put him off the play. Perhaps she meant well, maybe she wanted to protect Grayson from harm, but in fact, to me,  she symbolised all the close minded people out there who aren’t willing to accept change or difference from others.

The ending of this book is particularly powerful. Gracefully Grayson makes a huge impact despite it being a short read. I felt like Grayson gained the confidence to show the world how he felt on the inside. Grayson seems tired of people’s opinions and is ready to show the world who exactly he is!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful story of finding identity amidst much confusion!

Stacking The Shelves #100

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!

Bought for my Kindle:

13576132

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but I do want to try it for myself!

Bought:

1804765120873172

My copy of Gracefully Grayson finally arrived! I was meant to read this book a while back, but I’m going to prioritise it now! I also purchased a copy of The Miniaturist which I’m reading very soon. I will be ‘Talking About’ this book with Bibliobeth later this month.

What have you added to your shelves this week?  Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I shall stop by at some point this weekend!