Sunday, 3 January 2016

2015 Reading Survey!

Hello lovelies,
 Welcome to 2016! Can you believe it? I certainly can't. In case you do not follow me on other social media, let me let YOU know that...I'M GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR! (in 6 weeks actually!).

Now that's out of my system let's get on with the actual topic at hand!

Today I am bringing you the 2015 Reading Survey which I found on Books and Lala's channel - Lala has a wonderful channel so please check it out if you haven't already!

Before we crack on, I just want to quickly mention two fantastic read-a-thon's that will be going on next week (Monday 4th January - Sunday 10th January).  The first is Bout of Books 15.0 (#boutofbooks to follow along on twitter) and the second is TBR Takedown 3.0 (#TBRtakedown to follow along on twitter) hosted by the lovely Shannon from Leaning Lights (she's fab, please check her channel out also).

I'm hoping to participate in both of these next week if I'm not too busy so keep an eye out on my twitter page for updates and let me know below if you're participating too! Onto the Reading Survey!

1. How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal?

This year I read 109 items in total, and my final goodreads total was 100, so yes! :) For those of you who don't follow me on goodreads, I explained that I set small targets throughout the year (starting with 12) to make the task more manageable and I definitely think this method works well for me!

2. Most read genre?
I read quite a mix this year, but probably fantasy? I can't figure out how to tell from Goodreads either, if anyone knows let me know below because I'm totally just guessing and I'd love to actually know!

3. Most read author?
At first I was like hmmmm no idea! Then I remembered I read 14 of the 15 Dresden Files books so it was definately Jim Butcher, however since that was all in the one series, John Scalzi was the author I read the most standalone books by. 

4. Longest and shortest books you read.
I think my shortest book is a little cheeky and I don't know if it counts really, but I read Six Geese A Laying by Sophie Kinsella, a short story standalone e-book that was 7 pages long (although goodreads has it at 27, but that is due to it having a lot of adverts for Sophie's other books in it).
My longest book is a bit of a grump, but the longest book I physically read is Winter by Marissa Meyer(?) but see my upcoming most disappointing reads for more information on that one. 
However I also listened the the Final Empire (Mistborn book 1) by Brandan Sanderson which was the longest audiobook I listened to at around 26 hours. 

5. Favourite book published in 2015?
Lumberjanes Volumes 1 and 2, Gotham Academy Volume 1, You're never weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
6. Favourite book not published this year?
Lock In by John Scalzi, Vicious by V. E. Schwab, Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley and The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber.
7. A book that lived up to the hype?
Lumberjanes, Saga, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, We Were Liars by
E Lockhart. I obviously read a lot more great books, but these were the books that had hype to live up to (that I had heard of).
8. A book that did NOT live up to the hype?
Winter, just WINTER.

Well ok not just Winter but yeah, that makes me mad.

Others that I did love as much as everyone else; The Martian by Andy Weir (thought it was great but not near as good as everyone said), and Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

9. Favourite character?
Chris from Lock In, the whole Raven cycle crew, the whole Lumberjanes crew, Katie from Seconds, Victor from Vicious, Harry Dresden (and Thomas, Bob and Karen) from the Dresden Files, Georgina Kincaid from the Georgina Kincaid series. Probably forgetting some but I read about some amazing characters this year.

10. Least favourite character?
Ugh Patrick from American Psycho, everyone from American Psycho. UGH. (Yeah I know I'm supposed to hate them I don't care.)
But in terms of characters that I'm not meant to dislike? Definately Samantha from the Undomestic Goddess. 

11. A book with a shocking plot twist?
I don't think I could discribe any plot twist as shocking as I pretty much always guess it, also I really didn't read a lot of thrillers this year, but some of my favourites twists were; We Were Liars by E Lockhart, The Enchanted by Rene Denefield, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson. OH GOD I nearly forgot The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater like oh my god, yes.

12. Favourite adaptation?
I honestly can't think of one?? Can I say Ant-Man even if I haven't read the comic book? Let's say Ant-Man.

Oh actually, ok I watched Sherlock this year, so let's say that.

13. What book made you cry the most?
I don't cry at books, but Never Let Me Go hit me in the feels, as did Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley and The Enchanted by Rene Denefield.

14. What book made you laugh the most?
I was going to say I don't laugh out loud at books, but I did laugh out loud regularly (embarrassingly as I was eating alone in a cafe on my lunch break) at You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Also, I regularly giggle at the Dresden files. 

15. A new favourite author you discovered this year.

Jim Butcher, John Scalzi, V.E. Schwab, Maggie Sitefvater. There are definitely more, but unless I've read more than one book by the author, I really don't feel I can call them a favourite? but there's definitely a few that I've only read one book by that I will 100% be picking up more, aka Stephen King, Michel Faber and Brandon Sanderson.

16. Guilty pleasure read of the year.
I don't ever feel guilty about reading anything, (why should we?), but I guess if I were to pick something that I wouldn't talk about much because it was just a fun read...hmm...I guess, ha anything by John Green. 
17. Favourite book you re-read this year.
Lock in by John Scalzi, even though I only read it for the first time this year, I've re-read it several times already. 
From previous years the only thing I re-read was Esio Trot and Harry Potter. But I definately loved re-reading Harry Potter in the illustrated edition. 

18. Were you happy with your reading year? What will you do different in 2016?
More than happy, I achieved more than I could imagine. 
I would like to do more re-reading of my favourite books, I'd like to take my time reading. I'd also like to read more classics, short stories and to try find poetry I enjoy (look out for a bookish challenge post soon!)

I hope you enjoyed this post. I definitely had fun doing it! I have three 2015 books in review posts to come (favourite books, most disappointing books and favourite comic books/graphic novels) but it was nice to talk about some of the other books as well.

Since this is a tag of sorts, I TAG YOU. Link me up below if you go ahead!

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