2015 End of year survey
Back in 2010 Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner posted a survey of her reads that year. This seemed to have morphed into a yearly event that is growing in size as many bloggers from around the world are joining in to record their reading year; I am using the format but tweaking it a little here and there to suit my own purposes.
End of year stats
Number of Books I Read: 172
Genre I read the most from: I am an eclectic reader and the genre I read this year were Historical, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Dystopian, Chick Lit, Horror, Adventure, Young Adult (over 12), and Children’s (under 12). The top genre was Mystery (21%); this was closely followed by Romance (19%) and Young Adult (18%)
How many new authors I read: I read 95 new authors this year – and 54 of the authors were Australian
How many eBooks I read: 101 books where in the electronic format
How many pages turned: 48,887
Best in Books
1. Best book I read in 2015?
Best overall book of 2015: Has to be a tie between Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale and A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell
Best Mystery: Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell
Best Romance: Is a tie between Only We Know by Victoria Purman and The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns – I love the work of both these ladies.
Best Young Adult: The Last Place by Michael Adams
2. Book I was excited about & thought I was going to love more but didn’t?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I was so excited when I heard about this one and while I enjoyed the plot I was not fond of the style it was written in. Having said this, I can SO see this on the big screen. It would make a fantastic Sci-Fi action movie.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read?
Popeye Never Told You: Childhood Memories of the War by Rodney Hall – I was expecting a memoir, which it was, but what took me by surprise is the way it was written – the author wrote as he was still a 4 or 5 year old and the novelty of him using little punctuation and childlike phrasing quickly wore off and became irritating. This is a shame because I was interested in what he had to say but the whole experience was spoiled for me by him using this technique.
4. Book I “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
I am not sure I ‘pushed’ anyone to read a particular book. I know that during the year a few books I raved over in my Goodreads discussion groups I had a few people commented that they’ll push one or other up in their TBR piles.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Best New Series: The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – 1st in the ‘Magisterium’ series.
When he turns twelve, Callum is summoned to attend the entrance exams, or Iron Trials, to study magic at The Magisterium – a school for mages. The one thing I have learnt from this book – expect the unexpected! Thoroughly recommend it was unputdownable. I have the second book ready to go!
Best Sequel: No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie – 9th in ‘the ghost hunter’ series.
I love this paranormal cosy mystery series – sadly the last one has just been released.
Best Series ender: The Last Place by Michael Adams – the 3rd and final book in the ‘Last’ trilogy
It is an edge of your seat series set in Australia after the end of the world as we know it. The main character, Danby, after the events in the first two books, has finally turned feral – kill or be killed is how she is living – and there is a lot of killing. There is absolutely no hope – the cavalry is not going to arrive!
6. Favourite new author I discovered in 2015?
I read 95 new authors this year, and out of these the top new favourite is Julian Leatherdale.
However the following authors I will certainly read more of their work – Deborah O’Brien, Jonas Karlsson, Christina Jones, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Gai, Jessica Brockmole, Kristen Painter, Nikki Edwards and Dinah Jefferies
7. Best book from a genre I don’t typically read/was out of my comfort zone?
Anything with even a hint of horror takes me out of my comfort zone – fortunately nothing I read this year came close to horror!!!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Last Place by Michael Adams wins this hands down, with honourable mentions to Pandora Jones: Reckoning by Barry Jonesberg and Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
9. Book that I read in 2015 and I am most likely to re-read in 2016?
I rarely re-read any books, except my collection of children’s classics, all of which I read over and over and over again. This year I re-read The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Gouge – I won’t read it this year, but I will re-read it in a few years.
10. Favourite cover of a book I read in 2015?
The cover of The Room by Jonas Karlsson – as it perfectly sums up the plot just by the simple cover.
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Again two firstly Harold Fry in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce; and secondly Don Tillman from The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – each are wonderful men who have the best of intentions and hearts of gold, they just aren’t aware of the nuances of life around them
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale
13. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book of 2015?
I can’t say any of them changed my life – some made me cry, some made be angry and lots made me laugh – but none of them changed my life.
14. Book I can’t believe I waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
15. Favourite passage/quote from a book I read in 2015?
“…When it comes to terror, reality’s got nothing on the power of the imagination…”
From My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
16. Shortest & Longest Book I Read In 2015?
Shortest book – 52 pages – Waking the Dragon by Rinelle Grey
Longest book – 599 pages – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
17. Book that shocked me the most
A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell – it was fabulous, thought provoking, confronting, heartbreaking, unputdownable, all in all an absolutely amazing story about teen pregnancy, family relationships and mental issues.
18. Favourite book I read in 2015 from an author I’ve read previously
The Lake House by Kate Morton and Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell
19. Best book I read in 2015 that I read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – I read the follow up book as well and it didn’t come close to this one.
20. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting I read this year?
Across the Universe by Beth Revis – Wonderful world building within a spaceship that is off to build a new world!
21. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most fun to read?
I read books written by Kristen Painter, Gail Carriger, Sarah Gai and Victoria Laurie that were such fun to read – many LOL moments.
22. Book that made me cry, or nearly cry, in 2015?
A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell
(also posted over in Book Charmers)
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