We’ve never managed to complete one of these surveys in the two other years we’ve been blogging, but next year we’re planning a lot of thing for our blog and one of them was to get more involved in the community! We get really interested in these kinds of things – stats are so fun to analyse (well…bookish stats!) – so we thought we’d do one too! As there are two of us, Maddie’s answers will be either in pink or on the right and Bee’s answers will either be blue or on the right. Get ready. It’s a long one.
Number Of Books You Read: 238 | 230
Number of Re-Reads: 21 | 28
Genre You Read The Most From:
For Maddie that’s out of 213 and out of 195 for me. Any books we didn’t include we probably uni texts or we just didn’t know how to categorise them! We both read quite a lot of middle grade this year and while my most read genre was fantasy, Maddie’s was contemporary (other) (sounds about right!) which we classified as any contemporaries where romance wasn’t the main component. We probably classified the same books differently too, depending on our individual genre specifications but it’s still really interesting to compare them!
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
We have a video of our top 10 ! Our #1s were The Serpent King and This Savage Song.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
See How They Run by Ally Carter – After an explosive first book, I was pumped for the sequel, but I was completely let down. It was nowhere near as good as the first book, although I did appreciate the continued representation of PTSD.
Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery – I wanted this to be centered on the reality TV side of things, but that was only a quarter of the narrative! I also didn’t really care about the main character, so I didn’t care whether she was persecuted or not. Also, the ending was WAY too Hunger Games-esque.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew – Bee read it first and didn’t make much of it, but we were going to a signing with Julie Mayhew, and I wanted to read one of her books beforehand and ended up loving it! The Big Lie is an alternate history of what would have happened if Germany won WWII, and I found it beyond interesting. There’s a really good friendship dynamic between the main girl and her best friend, and a secret lesbian relationship I didn’t see coming as an added bonus!
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I might have talked about this before, but I really haven’t got on with Black’s writing in the past, but I picked this one up from our local library because I hadn’t read a book with faeries in a long time and I was intrigued by the fact it was a standalone, and I have to admit, I LOVED IT! It makes me want to give all her books a second chance now, so who knows…
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – We love both of Alice’s books, but this one spoke especially to us for its representation of someone on the asexuality scale, with lots of other diverse and wonderful characters, concerning race, sexuality and mental health! It ticked all the boxes, and we did a whole video about our reading experience to share how cool it was!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
The Lone City series by Amy Ewing – It’s a miracle, but somehow it answers all of these questions! I fell in love with The Jewel, that I couldn’t wait to get to the next books and devoured them all within 48 hours! If you like The Selection or Wither, this is the next series for you, with a great female protagonist, a magic system and a romance that doesn’t inhibit Violet from doing what she needs to do to save the world!
The Young Elites series by Marie Lu – I haven’t been let down by Marie Lu yet, with Legend being one of my faves from last year! The Rose Society is definitely one of my favourite sequels and the more I think about the ending, the more I think it fits! I didn’t end up starting and finishing many series this year because I had a lot on the go already that my focus was mostly on finishing.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
We made a whole video about just this because we couldn’t just pick one!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I don’t read a lot of historical books, but all the ones I do end up reading, I really enjoy, so it’s definitely something I want to look into more in 2017! This book also won a Goodreads Choice award this year, so it definitely deserves the ‘best’.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I know it’s not really a genre, more of a specific thing, but I’m not really a fan of books that are compared to Harry Potter (other examples being The Magisterium series). It’s like everyone knows you can’t touch wizard schools, and yet some people are prepared to try. Carry On even had a two boys one girl dynamic and was set in England, but it was one of the only Rainbow books I haven’t read so I gave it a shot and ended up liking it! Not really liking it, but I liked it all the same.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield – Although this was an absolutely tragic story that had me in tears by the end, there was always a glimmer of hope amongst all the bad things, and I just had to know if June made it out okay! Definitely a book I stayed up late to finish!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I was devastated every time I had to put it down to go to class or eat. I just wanted to read the whole thing in one sitting, so that’s practically what I did with Crooked Kingdom.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Head Over Heels by Holly Smale – There are so many that I read and thought, wow, I’m definitely reading this another six times, at least, but this is one I know for sure is on my 2017 TBR. We plan on reading all the Geek Girl books on the run up to the final book’s release!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch – The contrast of rainbow versus white and grey is just gorgeous, and there’s just something about that little pink car I can’t get over! If you Google the cover, there are so many that didn’t make the cut, but are just so pretty, I don’t know how the final cover was chosen!
The Unexpected Everything – Although I’m devastated that the publishers in the UK didn’t decide to stick with the cute typography covers like the ones I have for Amy & Roger and Second Chance Summer, this cover is still beautiful! So beautiful in fact I paid extra for the US hardback so I could get this cute retro-ish many dogs ice-cream cover. I mean it matches Since You’ve Been Gone at least!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
River from The Graces by Laure Eve – The only problem is, she’s memorable for all the wrong reasons! One of my least favourite characters of the year, but one I can’t stop thinking about.
Alucard from A Gathering of Shadows – What an addition to the cast of characters, am I right?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – I’ve never read anything quite so strange and beautiful. If you liked Miss Peregrine’s Home, then you’ll love this!
George by Alex Gino – A book that EVERYONE needs to read.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Wonder by R. J. Palacio – It’s so eye opening, with so many different perspectives, I consider it mandatory reading for book lovers everywhere!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – This had a lot of hype and love when it first came out, but it was another book that Bee read and didn’t like, so I wrote it off, but I’m the bigger contemporary fan, and I think I read this at the perfect time during the year that I loved every second!
Winter by Marissa Meyer – Ohmygosh, ohmygosh, ohmygosh. It’s finally done. I’m finished. After over 800 pages I’ve made it to the other side of the Lunar Chronicles…and I want to go straight back in!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
We don’t actually tab passages or quotes from books, so I guess we could’ve skipped this one, but that’s just like a little extra fact about us!
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
SHORTEST: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt | Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan at 166 pages
LONGEST: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at 896 pages!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – I saw the plot twist coming, but that didn’t make it any less of a ‘what the heck?’ moment!
The Deviants by C. J. Skuse – Although the ending was pretty guessable, the actually content and some of the twists were just generally shocking, and it’s a story that I think about every now and again – it just creeps up on me!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Steffi and Rhys from A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. Perfect pairing.
Nina and Matthias from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. My fragile heart.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
MALE AND FEMALE: Frances and Aled from Radio Silence. There is literally NO romance between these two and it’s glorious! We loved their text messages and the way they support each other but also how they don’t always get along or understand each other was really touching.
FEMALE AND FEMALE: The Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne, complexly representing girls!
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
That has to be The Secret City by C. J. Daugherty. I also read her Night School series this year, which I didn’t really like but the Alchemist Chronicles were brilliant! I gave both books four stars!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Bee loved this book when she read it from the library, but not immediately, she had to read fifty pages before she really got into the story, and because she loved it, I loved it too!
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven- everyone loves Jennifer Niven and I refuse to read All The Bright Places but Maddie read this book really early and said it was a lot better than she was expecting. It’s not one of the best books I’ve read this year, but I read it on a recommendation!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Everyone from The Serpent King.
Everyone from Six of Crows.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner. I’ve already got my hands on his 2017 release, so I’m raring to go and see what his next heart breaker is going to be.
I’m looking forward to more stuff from Harriet Reuter Haploid author of The Square Root of Summer!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
How many of these am I allowed to answer with Six of Crows?
I found it really easy to imagine the setting of The Lone City series by Amy Ewing. Usually, I find dystopians hard to map in my mind, but this one formed really easily!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Head Over Heels by Holly Smale – We were really anticipating this release being HUGE Geek Girl fans. We were smiling throughout the entire thing – the characters had come so far, it was truly wonderful. Forever Geek is one of our most anticipated releases of next year!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani – I adore The School For Good and Evil series, and when Soman announced on EverNeverTV that there was going to be another series that would follow on from The Last Ever After…well, you can guess my reaction!
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – we got to hear Lauren talk about her next book when we met her in November. It sounds incredible but it doesn’t come out until September – how am I meant to wait that long?!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
We’re really not sure, if you have any debuts that we should be looking out for, please tell us about them!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A lot of my favourite series ended either this year or last year, so I’m really pumped for their new releases, like Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer, which is a spinoff rather than a sequel, but oh well!
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab – This one needs little explanation, because A Gathering of Shadows was my favourite book of the year. I have so much faith in Victoria Schwab that this is going to be the best sequel I’ve ever read.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Get more involved in the blogging community for sure! If you have any blogs that you’d like to recommend then please send them our way!
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The survey is hosted by Perpetual Page Turner, and if you want to have a full look at the questions go here!