2015 | Favorite Books and End of Year Survey
I read a lot of books in 2015 so I thought instead of doing the normal Top Ten or Favorites post, I would do this awesome survey. There are a lot of books that I read this year that I wouldn't put in my top 10, but were awesome or disappointing for some of the reasons below. I hope you like this format! I saw this tag/survey originally on Jamie's blog, Perpetual Page-Turner, so make sure you check hers out.
1. Best Book(s) You Read In 2015?
My Top 10:
10. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
9. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
6. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
4. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
3. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
2. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
1. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I'm still thinking about that ending...
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
A Song of Ice and Fire. I frequently have discussions with people at work about the books vs TV show. I've gotten several people pick up the books.
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Technically, I started ASoIaF in 2014, so for this I have to answer The Mistborn Trilogy. I started and finished this series in 2015. The Hero of Ages is the best series ender I've ever read (waiting for ASoIaF to take this spot)
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Edward "Nailbiter" Warren from the Nailbiter comic book series.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
SO many. Here are a few:
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. This book contains some of the most beautiful writing I've ever read and has so many quotable passages. One of my favorites:
16. Book That Shocked You The Most
Blindness by Jose Saramago. There are some extremely brutal and disgusting passages and descriptions in this book.
17. OTP of the year
Marko and Alana from Saga <3
18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The father-son relationship in The Road by Cormac McCarthy
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I read mostly new-to-me authors in 2015, so I didn't have too many choices in this category. I have to go with Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi.
20. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Honestly, I don't have book crushes. So... skip? :)
22. Best 2015 debut you read?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Obviously, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. How could I pick anything else?
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
A Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
So many of them! The one that hit me the hardest was A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin
26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
All of the adult dystopians I read this year: Blindness by Jose Saramago, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Adult dystopian is DARK. If you are planning to read any of these books anytime soon, make sure you have a light read to follow it, as your life will get really
28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Such a strange premise, but really well done. I seriously thought I hated this book for the first third. Really glad I gave stuck with it, as it become one of my favorite books of the year.
I took out a few questions, because let's face it, this was a REALLY long post as it was. What was your favorite book was from 2015?