Annual End Of Year Survey- 2016 Edition!

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I absolutely love thinking about my reading in the year.

 

 

Number Of Books You Read:  So far…134
Number of Re-Reads:  2 or 3!
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Oh my goodness, that’s hard. I think it would have to be Highly Illogical Behaviour, One or Paper Butterflies. I couldn’t pick one.

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

I thought I was going to love Ballet Shoes more than I did.

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

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

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

I still push Me Before You wherever possible. I can’t help myself.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Ooh. I’ll go for series. This is a tough one because I have two I have really enjoyed. I’ll pick two! The Spinster Club by Holly Bourne and Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Holly Bourne

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

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Hmm… I’m not a big re-reader but I’ll say Harry Potter. I read the first book this year and it’s made me want to continue with the series.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Made You Up

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Jeannette from The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Last Act Of LoveCathy Rentzenbrink

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

A Boy Made Of BlocksKeith Stuart

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

One by Sarah Crossan. I know it only came out in 2015, but still… I should have read it then!

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“He was afraid of the world, afraid it would find a way to swallow him up. But, maybe everyone was sometimes.”   -John Corey Whaley- Highly Illogical Behaviour.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest- Carry OnRainbow Rowell- 518 pages

Shortest- To DanceSiena Cherson Siegel- 64 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Crush by Eve Ainsworth

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

Celeste and Justin- Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sam and Alex- A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

One by Sarah Crossan

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Hmmm… this is a tricky one. I’m not one for fictional crushes. Justin from Flat-Out Celeste was adorable, I guess!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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

The Love That Split The WorldEmily Henry

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

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzinbrink

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

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1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I am so bad at remembering how long I’ve been enjoying blogs, so I’ll pick a blog that I’ve enjoyed in 2016. That has to be Megan at Love, Literature, Art and Reason.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?

I never like reading my own reviews as I always find flaws with them! I did enjoy writing A Boy Made Of Blocks.

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

I haven’t had very many this year. Definitely need to get my thinking cap on for 2017.

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

The Transatlantic Book Project with some other wonderful bloggers.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Winning an award at the UKYA blogging awards. A surprise to me that’s for sure as I didn’t ever anticipate winning!

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

Balancing blogging and reading with a full time hectic job!

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

Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Highly Illogical Behaviour– John Corey Whaley

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

I really love the Reading Year subscription from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath that my sister and my mum got for my birthday.

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

At this point not all of them, but by the end of the year I anticipate that I would have made my 140 book challenge and completed the series that I wanted to! I have completed the British Book Challenge that challenges its readers to read 12 books by British Authors. I’ve nailed that one with 64 read so far!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I’m so bad at keeping up with series so I’ll mention one I’m anticipating to finish… What’s A Girl To Do? by Holly Bourne.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Continue to add different features to keep my blog fresh!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I’m just starting my 2017 ARCS so can’t comment on that yet. I have high hopes for The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles though!

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The Love That Split The World

The Love That Split the World

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Thoughts:

I remember being so excited about this book when it first came out and then I started to see a lot of mixed reviews. I tried not to read any as I like to give a book a fair chance. However, seeing a few mixed reviews put me off reading this book. I’m glad I decided to pick it up though as I thought it was a really decent read and I’m intrigued to see what Emily Henry writes in the future. I thought this was a great debut!

The Love That Split The World centres around Natalie. Natalie, we find out is adopted by a loving family. During the summer after graduating from high school, Natalie begins to have some very strange experiences. She is visited by ‘Grandmother’ who she believes is God and who her parents believe is a hallucination. Grandmother tells Natalie that she only has a few months to save ‘him’ and then disappears without a trace. Natalie doesn’t know who ‘he’ is. Admist that confusion, Natalie experiences some more strange goings on. Buildings change, the environment around her changes and buildings disappear. Then, there’s Beau, someone that she’s never come across in her life, even though she lives in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Natalie spends some time with Beau and really gets to know him over the summer. She also spends time trying to unravel the mystery that’s going on in her life alongside some help from a psychologist.

It’s really hard to describe this book because it’s so many things. It’s romance, it’s time-travel, it’s mystery and magical realism. I found the writing to be utterly beautiful and compelling. It didn’t take me long to read at all. Yet, a few days after finishing this book I’m starting to see its flaws when I think about it. I think the major flaw that prevented me from rating this book any higher was the instalove. The relationship was cute, sure, but it happened so quickly.

Instalove aside, I really enjoyed reading this book. Much more than I had anticipated. It won’t be for everyone. It’s not perfect, but in my opinion, it’s a good reading experience and a very promising debut!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A very unique debut! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books on our Spring TBR. I’ve decided for this Spring, I’m going to try and get to new releases that I haven’t yet read. I’m trying to keep on top of new releases, but as most bookworms know…it’s somewhat impossible.

The Year We Fell Apart- Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart

I have read that this book is incredibly sad, but well written. I can’t wait to sink into it!

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

I have heard such good things about this book. It’s definitely on my radar to read ASAP!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

I am so intrigued by this book. I can’t wait to see what it’s like!

Symptoms Of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I have heard amazing things about this book by bloggers with similar interest to me.

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I do love a bit of Katie McGarry’s writing. I’m excited to see where this series goes.

Into The Dim- Janet B.Taylor

Into the Dim

Time travel seems to be quite popular this year. I’m intrigued to see where this book goes! 🙂

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed

I am excited to read Cecelia Ahern’s YA debut. I know I will get around to this book this month as I have an ARC and I’ve become ever so organised with my ARCS these days! 😉

Truthwitch- Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

I preordered this book, but still haven’t read it. I need to change that. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, so I’m excited to form my own opinion!

Passenger- Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

I have seen this book around everywhere! I can’t wait to read it and see what all of the fuss is about.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Emery Lord is one of my auto buy authors. I can’t wait to read her latest book. I expect big things!

What’s on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #136

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:

The Year We Fell Apart

I am so intrigued by this book. It has the most gorgeous cover. It may not look like it does in the picture, but I think it’s simple, stunning and it feels lovely. I’m really looking forward to the story inside though. I think it’s going to be heart-breaking.

Symptoms of Being Human

I have heard great things about this book. I adore the cover! I can’t wait to get stuck into it!

The Love That Split the World

I have been excited about this book for a while now. I hope I get around to reading it soon.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading 😀

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

January Releases

This Is Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I have read this book already, but I can’t wait for it to be out officially!

The Year We Fell Apart- Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart

This book sounds incredibly sad, but moving at the same time. It is about a teenager who is struggling with the loss of her mother.

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

I am so intrigued by this YA thriller. It sounds like a promising debut!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

I don’t know a lot about this book, but the cover immediately intrigued me!

February Releases

Symptoms of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I have already heard some good buzz around this book! I can’t wait to read it.

March Releases

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I do adore Katie McGarry’s writing. I’m looking forward to her next release!

Into The Dim- Janet B.Taylor

Into the Dim

This sounds like another intriguing time travel read!

April Releases

Tell The Wind and Fire- Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire

I absolutely love Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing, so I can’t wait to read more from her!

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Emery Lord is another favourite. I can’t wait to read this! (Hopefully by the time this list comes out I’ve read her second book! 😉 )

May Release

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

I’m very much looking forward to Morgan Matson’s newest release. She has become an auto buy author for me.

Feel free to enter my 3 year blogoversary giveaway! Chrissi Reads turns 3 today!

What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be adding lots of books to my TBR this week!

Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels that we are looking forward to. I always have a love/hate relationship with these lists as my TBR always expands without fail. However, I am ALWAYS excited about debut novels. Who knows, there could be a new favourite auto buy author lurking within this list!

This Is Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

This book is a bit of a cheat because I’m reading it very soon, but I want people to have it on their radar!

Fear The Drowning Deep- Sarah Glenn Marsh

Fear the Drowning Deep

This sounds fascinating! Historical fiction, paranormal and fantasy. I’m intrigued!

Into The Dim- Janet.B Taylor

Into the Dim

I really like this sound of this science-fiction/time travel story!

These Vicious Masks- Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

These Vicious Masks

I have to say Jane Austen meets X-Men intrigues me.

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

This book sounds like a great YA psychological read!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

This cover immediately intrigued me. It looks like a fabulous fantasy read!

Symptoms Of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book already! So intrigued!

Bookishly Ever After- Isabel Banderia

Bookishly Ever After

Yes, this title totally got me straight away. It’s a paranormal read. I’m intrigued!

The Way I Used To Be- Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be

This book has been compared to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. I’m intrigued!

Save Me, Kurt Cobain- Jenny Manzer

Save Me, Kurt Cobain

LOVE the title of this book and again… intrigued by the synopsis! Can’t wait to check this out.

What debuts are you looking forward to? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.