By: Celine | December 31, 2015 | (17) Comments

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Hey everyone! It’s me, and I’m back *insert sunglasses emoji* I bring to you my 2015 End of Year Survey to highlight some of my favourite books from 2015 (and also because I love this kind of thing – yay for surveys!). I’ve been absent for quite a while this year, but I haven’t stopped reading. Thus I present to you my 2015 books-wise:

Number Of Books You Read:

Definitely 102, maybe 103 when this post goes up. I’ve been in a MASSIVE reading slump this year which shows in the number – usually I’d have read about 23-24 more by this time (the last two years I’ve consistently read 126 books – before that I hadn’t joined Goodreads so I really wouldn’t know, but I’m guessing it’ll be about the same number).

Number of Re-Reads:

2015 proved to be The Year of the Rereads for me. I really felt like ‘comfort-reads’ this year: books I know are good and that I’m familiar with. So 2015 had a lot of rereads for me. According to my Goodreads challenge… *counts* 50. Whoa, that’s pretty much half of all the books I read this year!

Genre You Read The Most From:

Okay so I’m too lazy to actually count, but as always the two main genres are fantasy and contemporary. Which happen to be my favourite genres. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Peculiar.

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Best Book You Read In 2015?

*cries* Every year I hate this question. Because.. one? Nope, I’m going to cheat:

best reread: The entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor (hey look, I’m cheating within my cheat!)
best fantasy/girlpower hell yeah: QUEEN OF SHADOWS.
best contemporary/ALL THE SADNESS: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
best villainy: reread: Vicious by V. E. Schwab new to me: The Rose Society by Marie Lu
best graphic novel: Maus by Art Spiegelman (okay so I read only one graphic novel but this one would win nonetheless)

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

100% A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was SO excited about this one. Fantasy! Sarah J. Maas! Awesomeness! But alas, I turned out to be a black sheep because I hated the romance which I thought was abusive (and the narrative condoned this).

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

in a good way: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. LOVED that one.
in a bad way: it’s a tie between A Court of Thorns and Roses (see above) and The Ruby Circle (seriously, WHAT happened here? This book was on drugs. Drugs, I tell ya.)

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

Well, I will never stop pushing both the Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Throne of Glass series (I’m already sensing a theme here. I apologise now for the fact that this list will probably consist 50% of Laini Taylor and Sarah J. Maas). But to be fair, I didn’t do that much book-pushing in 2015 due to absence.

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

best series I started: I’m not even sure I read any series starters to be honest! Wait, Vicious is getting a sequel. Then definitely Vicious.
best sequel: OBVIOUSLY Queen of Shadows. With The Dream Thieves as a close second.
best series ender: if I’m not including rereads (if I did include rereads my answer to everything would be the DoSaB series forever): The Rose Society by Marie Lu. Marie Lu went there.

 Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Melina Marchetta.

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

I’m not usually a reader of graphic novels, but Maus was amazing. I’d confidently recommend it to anyone.

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

Bet you saw this one coming… Queen of Shadows. But seriously, SO much happened and I had to read it and I HAVE NO SPACE TO BREATHE SARAH J MAAS

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

I’ll probably reread the Trone of Glass series (again!) in preparation for TOG5. But, just so we have some shred of originality in here: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. This book really resonated with me and I know I want to revisit it!

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Apparently I haven’t read a lot of books with amazing covers this year, because nothing really jumps out at me. However, I still really love the cover of Eon and the super-simple glass-breaking cover of Dangerous Girls.

Most memorable character of 2015?

Aelin Fireheart. Lysandra. Manon Blackbeak. (Okay, so let’s exit the realm of Throne of Glass now.) Victor (Vicious). Ronan Lynch (MY POOR BABY).

 Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series forever and always. Queen of Shadows. (I warned you this list would be 50% of this.) Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. Anything Marchetta. The Dream Thieves. So I’m repeating myself a lot, but I do have to say that beautiful prose is a bookish turn-on for me, so there’s that.

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

The Dream Thieves  and Saving Francesca/The Piper’s Son really made me think about mental health and how it can impact your life and behaviour.

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

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. This book has been SO hyped up and I was scared to read it. Then my wonderful boyfriend bought it for me and I no longer had a choice. And I did indeed agree with the masses that this was a pretty amazing book.

Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

I’m not going to include rereads here (I would probably just quote everything Laini Taylor has ever written) and also I am HORRIBLE when it comes to remembering quotes and stuff, but here we go:

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save for the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

-Queen of Shadows-

She misses him more now than when he was away.

-The Piper’s Son-

He knows bad days. Bad days take him completely by surprise. They make him not trust the good days because it’s likely something is lurking twenty-four hours away.

-The Piper’s Son-

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

shortest: well, if it’s not school-related (because then it would be Sir Orfeo, though technically not really a book) or a reread (then it would be Night of Cake and Puppets): Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer, without a doubt

Book That Shocked You The Most

Paula Stokes’ Liars, Inc. had this amazing plot twist that, I will admit, made me gasp. The ending of Mira Grant’s Feed was shocking and PAINFUL SO VERY PAINFUL

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

This is where I admit that I’m just not really a shipper. I really can ship people but for some reason when they actually get together it just feels… anticlimactic for me? Maybe I just like the tension of will-they-won’t-they a lot, especially because I usually ship people very intensely if it’s not clear whether they might actually end up together…? In some books, the love interest is clear from the start and that’s what I really dislike and I find it difficult to get really invested in the ship. That said, I do like Aelin/Rowan (though my ONE TRUE PAIRING will always be Aelin/world domination) and of course, Ronan/Adam. Those two need to admit that they’re head over heels for each other.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Friendships, on the other hand, I have no problem with whatsoever. Aelin/Lysandra are pure badass together, and also Manon/Asterin from Queen of Shadows. Of course, I can’t not mention the entire gang from the Raven Cycle and all the non-romantic relationships in the Lunar Chronicles. The friendships in Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son are also golden and and and…

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

Queen of Shadows, obviously. And for the sake of originality (well, sort of): The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta.

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

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, which was pushed on me by Ellis. I’d like to thank Ellis for this because it was quite brilliant.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Since I’m not that much of a shipper, I also don’t really do the whole fictional crush thing? I feel so boring answering these questions, haha. That said, everything that Thorne (Lunar Chronicles) says is gold. And I actually quite liked Magiano from The Rose Society!

Best 2015 debut you read?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is ridiculously cute. Like, ridiculously. Go read it.

 Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

No one is going to be surprised: Queen of Shadows. But I really feel like this world keeps opening up more and more and I’d like to see more of it! The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, however, is also brilliant when it comes to worldbuilding. I felt the setting was really vivid and the whole magic/metal system was great and clearly well thought-through.

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

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva. This is a brilliant brilliant contemporary read. It’s super cute and it has FOOD and Rufus Wainwright! This is not something a lot of people know about me, but I adore Wainwright’s music. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him mentioned in a book and it made me with happiness a bit. But even for those of you who’ve never heard of his music: this book is still so definitely worth it – almost everything about it is adorable even though it still deals with serious issues like finding out you’re gay, family (definitely no magically absent parents here), envy, and culture.

 Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

As you may know, I have a heart of stone and don’t cry over books. So no book made me cry or even nearly cry this year. There was definitely a very. very sad moment in The Final Empire, though (and I was SO NOT PREPARED).

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. It was seriously so good and I feel not a lot of people have read it!

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Not because something particularly sad happens, but more of the sadness that is in Tom’s life and ahhh I can’t explain. Just read it, really.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

The Rose Society, because it’s written from the point of view from the villain and it never tries to hide that fact. In the same category, Vicious by V. E. Schwab except that Vicious never outright states that this is the villain’s head but rather makes you question everything you know about good/bad, hero/villain (which I loved), where The Rose Society is just Adelina going full-on villain (which I also loved).

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

Probably A Court of Thorns and Roses, and not because I was supposed to feel like that. The romance just pissed me off majorly.

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Er, none actually. Not because there aren’t good blogs out there (really, all of you have such fantastic blogs) but because I’ve not been the best blogger this year, so I haven’t actually discovered any new blogs this year.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

100% my review of The Last Time We Say Goodbye (I read the book last year, but reviewed it this year). It actually made people cry, and I’d never had anyone tell me that before. Every time I read the comments on that review, I just want to hug you all. You’re amazing, guys <33

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

That moment Laini Taylor thanked me for a post I’d wriiten on the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I’m still flailing a bit because HELLO FAVOURITE AUTHOR

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

Er, just blogging itself haha. I got in a huge reading slump this year (which is also why I’ve read about about 100 books this year instead of my usual 126 – yes, 126. I’m quite consistent in reading apparently), so I really had nothing to review and my blogging mojo was just gone, to be honest. I still don’t think I’ll ever be that one-post-per-day blogger or even one-post-per-week blogger that some people are/I once was, but I’m back 🙂 Let’s hope blogging will be better for me in 2016!

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

I completed my official reading goal on Goodreads, which was 100 books! (However, my Goodreads goal usually is 100 books but I actually plan on reading 126 like previous years – again the consistency – and I didn’t complete that because major reading slump.)

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

This is a good question actually. I still really want to read Marchetta’s Lumatere series and everything Leah Raeder has ever written, but I don’t own those yet and I have no money because December. But I really hope I’ll be able to buy and read them in 2016!

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

Throne of Glass #5, quite obviously. AND STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR BECAUSE !!!!!! new laini taylor book = I am flailing. I can’t wait for 2016 reading-wise just for these two books. Too bad they both apparently come out at the end of the year…

2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

This is where I admit that I’m horribly out of the loop and have no idea what 2016 books are debuting.

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

sequel: you guys know by now don’t you? Of course that’s the fifth Throne of Glass novel! (this must be so boring to read for you guys, haha. I’m sorry!)

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

Reach my usual 126 books read again!

**this survey was created by the awesome Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner**

Sooo that’s it for my 2015 in books! How about you guys? Any favourites? Any recommendations for 2016 books?

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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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17 Responses to Celine’s 2015 End of Year Survey

  1. I haven’t read Made You Up, The Rose Society or Queen of Shadows yet. I just never got to them. I’ve been doing a lot more writing this year and it took up a lot of time I usually spend reading.
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh, you’ve got a treat coming with Queen of Shadows then 🙂 It’s so so good. Happy 2016! I hope you’ll get to read and write loads of stuff 🙂

  2. Love your answers. I am sorry that you didn’t love ACOTAR. I loved that one. But I have not read Throne of Glass (YET) and many people say that series is way better. So we’ll see. The Rose Society was so incredibly good. I do think that it was even better than the first one. I was also pleasantly surprised by Made You Up. That made my list of favorite books read this year. Great answers!
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    • Celine says:

      Aw thanks! Yeah I’m really bummed about ACOTAR. Wish I’d loved it more! Ooh, really curious what you’ll think about Throne of Glass! It’s one my favourite series out there. The first book is the weakest IMO, but they just get better and better 🙂

      Thanks Cynthia! <33

  3. Haha, I loved the moment when you cheated in your cheat XD XD DoSaB was indeed fabulous, although I’ve yet to read the sequel! ALSO VICTOR OF VICIOUS YES. And huh, I didn’t know The Rose Society was told from the villain PoV! I should very much like to read that. If you’re not sure which 2016 debut to read, I would highly recommend Beyond the Red by Ava Jae — absolutely lovely book, comes out March-ish I think?
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    • Celine says:

      Haha yeah, there are no rules when it comes to the ‘favourite book’ question! Ooh, I’m jealous of you – I wish I could read that series again for the first time. That series is my all-time favourite and I think the second and third book are acrually the best of the series 🙂 And yes, TRS is from the same point of view as TYE, but amplified by 100.

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll be sure to check it out 😀

  4. Why is best book of 2015 even a question? How can anyone not cheat on that one? Also, it’s pretty cool that you read 126 books almost every year. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Melina Marchetta so I might just have to try out one of her books even though I’m not really one to read a ton of contemporary. I hear Jellicoe Road’s a good starting point.
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    • Celine says:

      Haha I know right? I don’t know anyone who hasn’t cheated on that question 😛 I think Marchetta is really good! I actually didn’t like Jellicoe road *that* much (is not my favourite of hers) but I do think it’s a good starting point 🙂 The beginning is very confusing, but if you push through it gets pretty good!

  5. Ilona says:

    Hi! I enjoyed reading your answers, thank you for your opinion 🙂 My last year was full of new author – book discoveries, finding new favourite books. I can suggest to read “Conjuring for Beginners” by Richard Milton. It’s a mystery detective that I was crazy about, seriously, it is sooo interesting!
    Another quite opposite was reading nonfiction “Nothing to Envy: “Real lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick it was impressive, real, terrific and good; one of the books I would say everyone should read.
    Of course I also loved all my other book discoveries, such as “The name of the Wind” by P.Rothfuss.

    • Celine says:

      Thanks for the recs! I’d only heard of the last one, so I’ll check them out 🙂 They sound interesting (though not the kind of book I usually read)!

  6. YES! I completely agree to your answers Celine. Vicious and The Rose Society were both absolutely amazing. I loved the psychological angle each book took and how they discussed “good” vs. “evil”. And I’m sad that you didn’t like A Court of Thorns & Roses as much you hoped you would, especially considering how much you love Sarah’s other books. 🙁 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ♥ Glad you’re back! xx
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    • Celine says:

      Yess, I am such a fan of “villain stories”. Give me all the grey areas: I’ll love it.

      And yes, I’m very sad about ACOTAR too 🙁 I really hoped it would be a hit for me but alas. Thankfully there’s still the Throne of Glass series which I love more with every book that gets published 🙂

      Thank you Zoe <33

  7. Yesss Celine I totally agree with QoS, its my favourite of the year and how epic was the ship there! Despite being in a reading slump, you did awesome with your GR challenge still! I’m looking forward to finishing the raven cycle and the DoSAB series too.
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    • Celine says:

      Queen of Shadows was simply amazing. SO MUCH GIRLPOWER. I just loved it. It was ALL about ladies being badass and yup I’m definitely a fan of Rowan (I never liked Chaol anyway..).

      Ooh, you’re in for a treat with those two series 🙂 Hope you love them!

      Thanks Jeann <33

  8. I still need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone (you don’t need to push it my way, lol) and I plan to finally read The Piper’s Son in 2016, I’ve heard the audiobook is good. I remember your verdict after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I loved this book. OMG you’ve met Laini Taylor and she thanked you?! Good luck with you goals in 2016!
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  9. AllyR. says:

    I so know what you mean about being in a reading slump! I read 140 books in 2014 but I started college in the fall and only read 94 in 2015. I’m going to have to really push myself to read more this year!

    I’m not sure whether I want to read A Court of Thorns and Roses or not. There’s so much praise for it, but I’m definitely wary, for reasons you’ve stated.

    But I REALLY want to read Vicious and Made You Up!

    Awesome survey! Happy 2016!
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  10. Tammy V. says:

    I love the Raven Cycle series. Can’t wait for The Raven King

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