2016 End of Year Bookish Survey

Posted January 2, 2017 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Tags & Surveys / 4 Comments

So it is that time of the year again, to wrap up this forsaken year and take a look back at all of the books I read in 2016! Thank you to Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner for hosting this survey for seven years!

Number Of Books You Read: 45 – way under goal, but this hasn’t been my best year.
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult – Contemporary

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

I’m giving my ten five here, since I missed out on all of the top lists for 2016 (not in any order!):

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluless
Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
And I Darken by Kiersten White

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

Kingdom of Ash and Briar by Hannah West. It has so many elements I loved but it just fell flat for me.

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

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I’m always shocked when a contemporary book can utterly wreck me!

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

The Others series by Anne Bishop – I did get some people to read them, including my sister. And now she’s hooked.

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

Started: The Others series by Anne Bishop
Sequel: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Ender: No series finished this year

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Susan Dennard – love her!

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

The Others series by Anne Bishop – I know I keep preaching, but I never read A) adult books or B) urban fantasy, and I’m not a “werewolf” type person, so this series was a huge risk for me. I’m not sorry I took the risk, and it paid off.

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

I’m going with The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. As soon as I started it, it was very hard to stop that book.

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

I’m not good at rereads, sad to say. My TBR pile is already too big as it is.

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

I read Our Chemical Hearts because I just adored the cover.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Lada from And I Darken. Her quotes were the best.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

No contest here – The Star-Touched Queen.

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

The Impostor Queen. It was a very pro-feminist book without choking the audience to death. It addressed some real issues without making them seem silly and trite, and I will always love Fine’s approach to IRL problems in her own stories.

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

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Matson does contemporary and sick lit right.

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

Time to cheat – I am going to pick an older quote and a newer quote:

Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson (2012)

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas (2016)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: Fall for Anything – Courtney Summers (224 Pages)
Longest: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas (640 Pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

It is a tie between A Court of Mist and Fury and Three Dark Crowns. I was screaming during both of them


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


Credit: Taratjah on Deviantart

Feyre and Rhysand and I do not care how “common” it makes me – I love them.

And there is one in The Fixer that is getting the side eye from me right now – it is a S L O W   B U R N…..

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Located at: She Reads Too Much

Safi and Iseult from Truthwitch– GIRL POWER

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

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – outstanding novel. Her Of Metal and Wishes duology series was wonderful as well.

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

Pixie recommended The Fixer as a group read, and I am thankful every day.

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

Vlad from The Others series (Mine, Kara. Mine)

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

I’m going with A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluless. That series was fun, and such a great way to approach “The Chosen” trope!

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

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I didn’t so much enjoy the story, but how she merged the mythology of Sherlock Holmes and reality was very brilliant.

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

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

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

Second Chance Summer – that one wrecked me for a long time.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Released in 2016: The Reader by Traci Chee – that book was very overlooked, and I loved the premise
Non-2016: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’m not much of a political thriller person, but DAMN.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – be prepared to get shattered after that one.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

I’m going with And I Darken – I love the gender-bent historical novel. A kinda “what if” approach to real history.

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

All the Feels by Danika Stone. I hated that book so much, even though the story sounded so cute. Here were the list of issues:

-Fat Hate/Shaming
-Girl-on-Girl Hate
-Characters were “good” because everyone else was horrible
-Supported hate (girls wearing tight yoga pants were “unfeminine”, all the males were horrible, mother’s new boyfriend was horrible only to further plot, nice guy turned down a date for MC so was made out to be a nasty guy, etc etc)
-Supported abuse (actors should serve the fans, their own needs came second, death threats against people online
-Immature, unrealistic goals – MC fails school due to hobby, is rewarded in end and doesn’t see consequences

This book was one of the worst books I have ever picked it. It hit every problematic issue of contemporary novels.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I did a bad job branching out this year…

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

I loved my And I Darken review – I put a lot of heart into it, and I love the reactions from this one.

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

I loved this tag – Myself as Five Characters. It was such a great way to express some parts of me and help identify myself through literature.

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

I went to ALA this year in Florida, and it was seriously the highlight of my year. I even got to meet Marcus Sedgwick – my FAVORITE male author!! I came away with so many signed books, and I met so many wonderful authors. It was just great. <3

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

Making Story Sprites. I love it!

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

This is going to become a discussion on the blog, but I fell into a horrible depression, and started to question why I was even here this year, and I just started to lose my way. So I failed to meet my reading goal or blog at all in the last half of the year. Hell, I even missed setting up Blogger Trick or Treat.

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

Out of my personal posts, the Blogging in a Plastic World post got a lot of feedback and hits at the start of the year.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I really hope Story Sprites takes off!

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

Nothing new on this end.

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

I pretty much failed every goal I had set up this year.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Finish Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I’m so scared to finish it!!

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

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I even have a signed copy coming in the mail (YAH!)

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A tie between The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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

Ending: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Sequel: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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

Find my inspiration again.

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

I haven’t read it, but Angie Thomas is so awesome, so please add The Hate U Give to your list!!

4 responses to “2016 End of Year Bookish Survey

  1. I hope you’ll find your inspiration again, too, Lyn! I actually read a lot less than planned last year as well, as did very many bloggers I know. I wonder why this is? It can’t be only because we have been busy in real life, can it?
    I hope 2017 will be a great year for you!!
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  2. I read lots of contemporary this year too, more than I thought I did! Loved And I Darken, ASBAB, Three Dark Crowns, ACOMAF, and The Impostor Queen! I still need to read The Fixer, I’ve heard excellent things! Sounds exciting. Oooh Crooked Kingdom is so good, you must finish!! 🙂

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