Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 End of the Year Survey

2016 End-of-the-Year Survey
Annual End of the Year Survey, Hosted by Perpetual Page Turner

 2016 Reading Stats

 Number Of Books You Read: 45 - and my goal was 50. #soclose

 Number of Re-Reads: 7 

 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy as usual

Best in Books

 Best Book You Read In 2016?

It's a toss up between The Raven King and A Court of Mist and Fury but I'm going to go with The Raven King because it was glorious and PYNCH!

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

Talking to Dragons. I enjoyed the series as a whole even though the first book was easily the best one but the conclusion well especially lackluster and a disappointment on the whole.

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

Mistborn: Secret History was the most mind-blowing, followed closely by Illuminae! Just. Wow.

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

I'm still raving about The Old Kingdom books and since I read Clariel and a few novellas in the series this year, let's go with that^^ I've shamelessly pushed that one on EVERYONE.

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

The Bartimaeus Sequence is my new favorite fantasy series of the year! Best Sequel has to be A Court of Mist and Fury (!!!) and The Best Series Ender is obviously The Raven King. Sigh.

 Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Both Jonathan Stroud (The Bartimaeus Sequence) and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) have got a new fan in me. I can't believe I waited so long to read either!!

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

Yet again, I barely strayed away from the fantasy/sci-fi genre this year but I did read Every Word (contemporary) and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  Oh and Illuminae was a first for me in terms of the found-documents-format and the style - that one definitely deserves a shout-out too!

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

Illuminae. Hands down. I'm surprised I didn't dream about that book from the way it consumed my every waking moment.

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

Well, I reread the Harry Potter Series for the first time in 5 years and was reminded why it still is my all-time favorite story. ♥ I hope I can make time for a reread again in 2017! I'm also hoping to reread the Throne of Glass Series to prepare for the finale. #ImNotReady

 Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

The Raven King

 Most memorable character of 2016?

Aelin. Manon. Lyssandra. Elide. Basically if you're a character in Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass Series, you're unforgettable. I know I focused on the ladies because they're so bloody kick-ass but the same can be said for Rowan and Dorian ♥

 Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

That might just be A Court of Mist and Fury. Gawd that was beautiful!

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

Hands down, Deathly Hallows. That book will never cease to have a soul-altering impact on me.

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

Again, I have to say The Amulet of Samarkand and Artemis Fowl.

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

I have three. I shippy one, a funny one and a classic I can't help but be moved to tears by:
*caution: spoilers!*

“When Adam kissed him, it was every mile per hour Ronan had ever gone over the speed limit. It was every window-down, goose-bumps-on-skin, teeth-chattering-cold night drive. It was Adam’s ribs under Ronan’s hands and Adam’s mouth on his mouth, again and again and again. It was stubble on his lips and Ronan having to stop, to get his breath, to restart his heart. They were both hungry animals, but Adam had been starving for far longer.” - The Raven King (shippy quote)

“Or you could be a serial killer who specializes in reading books, then seeking out the authors and murdering them in horrible ways. (If you happen to fall into that last category, you should know that my name isn’t really Alcatraz Smedry, nor is it Brandon Sanderson. My name is in fact Garth Nix, and you can find me in Australia. Oh, and I insulted your mother once. What’re you going to do about it, huh?)” - The Scrivener's Bones (funny quote: when my two favorite male authors joke about one another, it makes me one giddy geek!)

“ I don't need luck, I'll be with Dumbledore.” - Harry Potter + I am not worried, Harry, I am with you.” - Dumbledore. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ The Half Blood Prince

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

The shortest book I read is Shimmer, A Charley Davidson novella that was just 7 pages LOL! The longest was Order of the Phoenix at just under 900 pages.

 Book That Shocked You The Most

Empire of Storms because of that damn ending. I'm still not ok!!

 OTP OF THE YEAR (I will go down with this ship!)

PYNCH!!!! Enough said.

 Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Raven Boys + Blue

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

Deathly Hallows might be too obvious but I've said The Raven King and ACOMAF multiple times already so there you go.

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

Illuminae. I doubt I would have read this so soon if not for the insane buzz generated by most of my blogger friends.

 Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Rhysand ♥  Oh.My.Gawd.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Night Court in ACOMAF hands down for the most vivid setting. Just WOW!  I'm also beyond impressed by the World-Building in The Bartimaeus Sequence and have been raving about it for months!

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

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was weird and random and made me laugh out loud more times than I could count. Nothing beats a book like that! The Alcatraz Books also really cracked me up and were all around entertaining!

 Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

Are you fucking kidding me?  2016 was a book-crying year!  The Raven King? Check. A Court of Mist and Fury? Check. Empire of Storms? Check! And I'm pretty sure I cried throughout my Harry Potter reread but especially during Deathly Hallows

 Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Empire of Storms for the ending that shall not be mentioned because it was TOO damn CRUEL. It took months for me to get back to my usual reading habits after that!

 Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Illuminae by far and wide!

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

Empire of Storms because of that fucking life-ruining ending.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

 Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

It's a toss up between The Raven King and ACOMAF

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

I had a lot of fun chatting about reading habits with Do You Get Stuck in a Genre or Are You a Fan of Variety?

I also had a blast geeking out when I discussed Hybrid Hogwarts Houses

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

Hands down my most popular post this year in terms of views and comments was the Harry Potter Month House Cup post

My most viewed review was Mistborn: Secret History. My most commented on review was Illuminae, followed closely by A Court of Mist and Fury.

My most viewed discussion post was Has Blogging Changed Your Bookish Self?  My most  commented on discussion post was Do You Read Older Books or Focus on New Releases?

 Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My review for The Golem's Eye - I know it's a sequel and that's to be expected but I was so excited for this series...I wish it'd gotten more love!

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

My GR reading challenge was all set to be a success at 50 books for the first time in a few years...but then I reread the Harry Potter Series and ended up falling behind on my reading and reviews because of it. #sorryNOTsorry I also hit a slump after finishing EoS so it is what it is I guess?

Looking Ahead

 One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

The Cursed Child

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

Oathbringer, Throne of Glass 6 & A Court of Wings and Ruin  - a.k.a: the books that will ruin my in 2017

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

See above^^

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

More discussion posts and get back to being organized with my reviews, posts, commenting and general blogging life.

Share your thoughts on 2016 with me:
What do you think of my bookish year?
How was your bookish year?
What are you looking forward to in 2017?


  1. It sounds like you had a successful reading year, even if you didn’t reach your Goodreads goal. I read Illuminae and Gemina this year and liked them. I’m hoping to reread Harry Potter next year.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I am loving reading through all of these End of Year Surveys. It looks like you have had a wonderful year of books. :) Illuminae definitely took me by surprise as well, it was such a well-written book that was impossible to put down. Awesome survey!

  3. Fun! You're making me want to read some of these. :) And I agree about Illuminae- I probably wouldn't have read it either if not for all the buzz. I'm hoping to get back to more fantasy this year after deviating a bit in 2016. And that cover of Raven King IS awesome. I have to admit you have me REALLY curious now about that Empire of Storms ending...

    Happy 2017!

  4. So close to your goal! But that's okay, it looks like you read some fantastic books this year and that's what matters. Happy new year and here's to a great 2017! A lot of amazing looking releases next year :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  5. Oh my god, I'm so glad you discovered Eoin Colfer! He's my favorite author of all time and I don't know nearly enough fans of his. :D

    Happy New Year! ♥

  6. Love seeing ACOMAF up there. That book was wonderful! And Empire of Storms really does crush you. I'm re-reading it now and I've kinda stalled because I'm dreading reliving that ending.

  7. Wow! You've read a lot of Harry Potter and Throne of Glass this year! I wish I could re read my Harry Potter books.

    Here’s my 2016 End of Year Book Survey!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  8. A Court of Mist and Fury made it's way into my heart this year as well. So many feels. I am SO scared to read Empire of Storms. I don't think I can handle it. I am a little shocked you haven't read The Cursed Child yet. But I get it.

  9. I've had both the Raven King and A Court of Mist and Fury on my TBR for a few months, so I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed them so much! I'm definitely going to try to get around to them in 2017. I hope you pick up as many great reads in 2017!

  10. GAH- you were so close to making your GR goal! We're totally making our 2017 goals; we've got this! :D

    TRK, ACoMaF, and EoS defined my 2016 in reading, especially TRK, of course, LOL. Thank you so much for pushing the Old Kingdom on me, hehe. Otherwise, Sabriel would've continued to linger on my TBR, and who knows how long it would've taken me to finally read this gem! :D

    I'm super, super eager for your thoughts on Cursed Child; we DEFINITELY need to chat about that one when you get to it. And how are we EVER going to survive ToG6?! Maas had better make that EoS ending right, dammit! XD

    I hope you have a wonderful 2017, Micheline! ♥

  11. Congrats on reading 45 books this year, that is so good. I also read fantasy more than any other genre, which did not surprise me at all. I still need to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue & The Raven King, which I should hurry up and do. I LOVED ACOMAF!!! Such a beautiful book, so excited for ACOWAR now. The Illuminae Files books are so good, you can't put those down once you start.

    I'm with you, need a TOG reread before the final book. I always had to reread them all in the past, so I cheated and reread before QOS and then wrote myself a chapter by chapter recap of each book so I don't have to reread every one. I plan to read the recaps up to QOS and then reread Empire of Storms before the final book, which I am so nervous about.

    I hope you have a great reading year in 2017! :)

  12. I love reading end of the year posts! Feel free to link this up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up if you want---I'm hoping to get both December and year-end wrap-ups this month. :-)

    I was happy to see the Alcatraz books on your list---I just bought the first couple of those for my son for Christmas, and of course I'm going to read them too!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  13. You were SO close to your goal, but you got to reread HP so WHATEVER. You win. I do hope to reread them this year as well. And to start ACOTAR and Mistborn finally :D

  14. Your enthusiasm for all those books completely shine through in your post, Micheline! And I still need to read Illuminae, and Gemina as well.
    I hope you'll have some great books to fill your mind in 2017, and that your discussion posts will make both you and others think :)
    Have a great weekend and happy reading!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  15. Ah, so many thoughts I had to open your post in two tabs, one to comment on and one to scroll through while I commented ;)

    You had a great reading year, congratulations! I haven't filled out my End of Year Survey yet but Fantasy was my most read genre this year too, and we definitely shared some favourites this year.

    Haha your enthusiasm for The Old Kingdom is what has me determined to read Goldenhand this year! I read the first Bartimaeus book years ago but haven't read any of the others, maybe I should work on that... I loved The Raven King and A Court of Mist and Fury too though.

    Like you, I might re-read Throne of Glass ready for book six, but I'm hoping to re-read Game of Thrones too (you know, just in case Winds of Winter appears!). Pynch as OTP is a fabulous choice!

    Aah I LOVED your Hogwarts Hybrid House post. Speaking of Hogwarts, have you discovered Hogwarts Running Club? I'm most definitely NOT a runner (yet!), but I'm hoping earning points for Slytherin through the HRC might motivate me ;)

    I wasn't particularly looking forward to The Cursed Child but oh my word it surprised me and I can't wait to discuss it once you've read it!

    Good luck with all your 2017 goals, I have total faith in you! xxxx

  16. Agreed on all things The Raven King and PYNCH!! I'm so glad you also enjoyed Illuminae -- I loved that book! So unique. That's awesome that you reread HP! I want to reread it again too! I last reread in 2015 for the first time in FOREVER and it was amazing and emotional. Wishing you the best reading in 2017!

  17. I've just finished Illuminae and am still not sure what I think of it. It was very confusing at first, but then I got into it and couldn't put it down. But the ending.... I can't help thinking maybe it's a bit trite.

  18. I have Illuminae waiting for me to read. I want to check out the Evil Librarians books too--I love humor.


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