2016 End of the Year Book Survey!

Hi guys! I know a lot of people did this last year, myself included, so when I saw an updated version I knew I had to do it. πŸ˜‰

This will be a long post, so I won’t ramble. Let’s get into it!

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Note: Featured image is mine but other graphics in this post pertaining to the survey were made by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner, who also created this tag.

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Number of books read: 109

Number of rereads: 0, I think.

Genre you read the most of: YA fantasy.

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Best book you read in 2016? There are so many! I’ll go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. (Full favorites list coming soon!) ❀

Book you were excited for and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. *hides*

Most surprising book you read, in a good or bad way? Off the top of my head, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I wasn’t expecting to absolutely adore the series!

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)? I don’t know if they actually read it, but I almost always “suggest” A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass, both by Sarah J. Maas, to innocent bystanders in the YA section of Barnes & Noble. XD

Best series you started? Best sequel? Best series conclusion? Started: ACOTAR, sequel: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, and conclusion: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. πŸ˜‰

Favorite new author you discovered? Richelle Mead, David Arnold, I.W. Gregorio, and Roshani Chokshi. ❀

Best book from a genre you don’t normally read / that’s out of your comfort zone? The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin! I’ve never been a fan of psychological thrillers, but this series convinced me to try more.

Most action-packed/thrilling book of the year? Let’s go with one I haven’t already mentioned 482 times… Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! πŸ˜›

Book you’re most likely to reread in 2017? ACOMAF or Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, to prepare for their respective sequels. πŸ˜€

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? *tries to remember covers* XD Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember! The colors. *heart eyes*

Most memorable character? No, I’m not going to name a character from an SJM book. Why would you think that? I’ll go with AIDAN from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you want actual people, then Noah Shaw from Mara Dyer and Daemon Black from Lux. πŸ˜€

Most beautifully written book? The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. ❀

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book? None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio. It wasn’t necessarily life-changing, but it was the first book I’ve read with an intersex character. It was gripping, raw, and informative too.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to read? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read? Don’t resort to ACOMAF. Don’t resort to ACOMAF. Don’t resort to ACOMAF. XD (There are a ton of quotes I could use, but I chose the first one that came to mind.)

β€œMany boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.” – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Shortest and longest book you read? Shortest: Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember with 160 pages, and longest: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout with 1,005 pages. I read the digital edition of Oblivion, as the physical is much shorter. πŸ˜‰

Book that shocked you the most? The end of Shadow Kiss,Β Blood Promise, and Spirit BoundΒ by Richelle Mead, and the end of ACOMAF and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I bet you’re all really surprised by that! *not* XD

OTP of the year? (You will go down with this ship!) This is tough. *thinks* OOH. Feyrhys, Rowaelin, all the Six of CrowsΒ couples, Kate and Vincent from Revenants, Cleo and Magnus from Falling Kingdoms, Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy… THERE’S SO MANY, BEING A HOPELESS ROMANTIC IS HARD. XD

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? Rose and Lissa from Vampire Academy, Maya and Kamala from The Star-Touched Queen, and Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children. They all warm my heart. πŸ™‚ (If you need to know what series the last group is from, HOW.)

Best book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously? Do series continuations count? …no? Okay. Pass. 2016 was the year I seriously caught up with the hype, so I’m skipping this.Β Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation / peer pressure? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. One of my favorite Booktubers adored it and it was going to be a movie soon, so I had to check it out.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? What do I do if all my options are already in a relationship that I love?? >.<

Best 2016 debut you read? Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers! It’s a YA modern spy thriller and you need it in your life! πŸ™‚

Best world-building / most vivid setting you read? The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig and The Star-Touched Queen. 1800’s Hawaii and an Indian-inspired fantasy world. What more can you ask for? *heart eyes*

Book that put a smile on your face / was the most FUN to read? Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli! So fluffy and cute! There’s Harry Potter references and Oreos! YES. ❀

Book that made you cry or nearly cry? Come again? Cry? I’m not familiar. I have a heart of stone over here. Plenty of books have broken my heart and crushed my soul, but none have made me cry. XD

Hidden gem of the year? THE REVENANTS TRILOGY BY AMY PLUM. IT’S A PARANORMAL ROMANCE SET IN PARIS AND IT WILL DESTROY YOU. PLEASE READ IT. πŸ™‚

Book that crushed your soul? Every Sarah J. Maas book of ever, and 96% of the other books mentioned in this post. I love soul-crushing books almost as much as fluffy ones. πŸ™‚

Most unique book you read? Unicorn Tracks. It’s a YA fantasy set in an African-inspired fantasy world with a girl-girl romance and UNICORNS. Super unique, and you desperately need it in your life. πŸ˜€

Book that made you the most mad? (doesn’t mean you didn’t like it) Probably Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It’s the final book in the Grisha trilogy and the big battle was confusing. Also the end wasn’t what I hoped. It didn’t make me mad, but it’s all I can think of currently.

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New favorite book blog you discovered? My friend Erika started her blog and it’s amazing!

Favorite review that you wrote? MyΒ Empire of Storms review. I think it’s my longest yet, at almost 2.2k words.

Best discussion/non-review post on your blog? I enjoyed writing my list posts, like my 11 favorite trilogies, 8 book series I’d love to see as TV shows, and 15 anticipated releases of 2017! πŸ™‚

Best event you participated in? BookCon 2016! πŸ˜€

Best moment of your bookish/blogging life in 2016? Reading so many hyped books and making a bunch of online friends! πŸ™‚

Most challenging thing about your blogging/reading life in 2016? Balancing it with school. Such an unfortunately necessary inconvenience. πŸ˜›

Most popular post you wrote? No clue. I don’t keep track of that stuff.

Post you wished got a little more love? I’m perfectly content with the love and support I’ve gotten already. πŸ™‚

Best bookish discovery? The Melting Library shop! I’ve never owned any of their candles but they look gorgeous and I’ve heard glowing things! I need all of them in my life! πŸ˜€ (no pun intended)

Did you complete any reading challenges/goals you had set for yourself? I succeeded on my Goodreads goal (109/100) and did really well on my other reading resolutions, other than adding no books to my TBR. I failed that one. XD

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One book you didn’t get to in 2016 that will be your priority in 2017? A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which I should be buddy-reading this month, and a bunch of sequels!

Non-debut book you’re most anticipating in 2017? A Court of Wings and Ruin and Throne of Glass #6 by Sarah J. Maas, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, The Dark Prophecy and The Ship of the Dead* by Rick Riordan, and Wires & Nerve and The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer, to name a few! There are so many! *heart eyes*

* Even though I haven’t read The Hammer of Thor yet. Hahah, oops.

Debut book you’re most anticipating? Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Frostblood by Elly Blake, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and The Color Project by Sierra Abrams, to name a few! Again, there are so many! *heart eyes*

Series conclusion / sequel you’re most anticipating? Off the top of my head, all of the ones I answered in the non-debut question. I’m also excited for Enemy Exposure by Meghan Rogers and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi! πŸ˜‰

One thing you hope to do / accomplish in your reading or blogging life in 2017? Post 2-3 times each week, come up with fun and original post ideas, read 80+ books, and read more diverse books! πŸ™‚

2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? The only 2017 release I’ve read so far is The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (out 2/14), and it wasn’t a favorite but I’d still recommend it. I’m also currently reading As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (out 1/17), which is already out internationally but not in the US, and I’d recommend it!

Wow, that took a long time! But it’s done, and arguably the best 2016 recap you could ask for!


What were your 5 favorite reads of 2016? What are your 5 most anticipated releases of this year, debut or otherwise? Did you do this survey too? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

I’m off to read some more and enjoy my last night of Christmas break. πŸ˜› I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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11 thoughts on “2016 End of the Year Book Survey!

  1. I love these posts! I might end up doing it myself. But congrats on reading 109 books! That’s quite an accomplishment πŸ˜€ And I’m so glad that you gave Richelle Mead a try. I adored the Vampire Academy series when I read them in high school. Also, Lady Midnight was an awesome choice for most action-packed. ACOMAF is always a great choice for best 2016 read, and I love all things Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom ❀ Awesome post, Olivia!

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    1. Hahah, thanks! I’m surprised too, honestly. ☺️ I think you should, it’s a fun post to write. Just time consuming. πŸ˜† VA is an awesome series and I’m currently in the middle of Bloodlines. LM and ACOMAF were some of my favorites of the year, and SOC is good for everything! πŸ˜„

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