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2016 End of Year Book Survey

Hi lovely people! I can’t believe there’s only one day left of 2016! As we all know, it hasn’t been the most fabulous of years, but I’m sure we can all agree we’ve at least read some fabulous books during 2016.

I saw this tag over at Ann’s Reading Corner and thought it looked fun. The survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner, who also created the graphics for this tag. Make sure you go check out both of their blogs, asap.


Number of books you read: 104
Number of re-reads: 10
Genre you read the most from: Contemporary, apparently! Which is news to me because I swear I hardly ever read contemporary…


Best book you read in 2016?


This book blew me away with feelings (many of them lustful), Feyre’s character development was epic and inspiring, and the worldbuilding was flawless. A Court of Wings and Ruin is going to RUIN me. #punintended

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?


I thought I was going to fall in love with this book, but the beautiful cover had me infatuated. I liked it, but I didn’t love it, and it was way, way too long.

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


I love horror, so I expected to enjoy this book, but I had no idea it was going to hit me so hard in the feels; it totally blew me away.

Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?


Hmm, I don’t really have an answer for this… But I have been gradually buying The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices books for my friend Tash over the past few years (a couple books at Christmas, a couple more at birthday, etc.) She now loves them as much as I do!

Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series-ender of 2016?

Best series started in 2016:


Lady Midnight was one of my favourite books of 2016. I will never get bored of the Shadowhunter world. As far as I’m concerned, Cassie can keep on writing spin-offs 5eva.

Best sequel of 2016:


Gotta be ACOMAF again.

Best series-ender of 2016:


Such a fabulous ending to the Spinster Club trilogy. Thoroughly recommend this wonderful series centered around friendship and feminism.

Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?


Jennifer Niven! Technically I’ve only read one of her books (Holding Up the Universe) but I loved it, and can’t wait to finally read All the Bright Places which I already own a copy of. Her characters are so authentic and relatable.

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

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I don’t read much historical fiction, but I finally finished The Book Thief this month and thought it was outstanding. And yes, I did weep a million tears. 5 stars, no question.

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


I’m Thinking of Ending Things was unbelievably tense and creepy (possibly the creepiest book I’ve ever read) and I finished it in a single sitting.

Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?


There was so much meaning and wisdom packed into this tiny little book, and I feel like The Little Prince is the kind of book you’ll gain even more from the second time around.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?


My special edition of Lady Midnight. *swoon*

Most memorable character of 2016?


Libby Strout from Holding Up The Universe. Libby is smart, funny, kind, brave, and completely herself. She’s everything I aspire to be.

Most beautifully written book read in 2016?


This book was written with a lovely, magical, storyteller kind of voice which stirred my imagination and filled it with wonderful pictures.

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?


I mention this not because it’s a good book (it isn’t, I detested it), but because I disagreed with it’s approach to anxiety so fundamentally that it helped me realise I know far better what’s right for me, and I’m going to ignore the advice of this crappy book.

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

the book thief

It honestly sat on my shelf for about 10 years. Why did I wait so long?!

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read In 2016?

This comic strip from Sarah Scribbles’s Adulthood is a Myth spoke to me on many a level:


Shortest and longest book you read in 2016?

Shortest: The Little Prince (83 pages)


Longest: Four Past Midnight (930 pages)


Book that shocked you the most?


THAT TWIST though. I can’t even EVEN.

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


Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?


Ollie and Moritz’s friendship in Because You’ll Never Meet Me was EVERYTHING.

Favourite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?

I can mention ACOMAF again, right?

Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?


So many people recommended and raved about this book. and it totally lived up to the hype. What a fabulous book!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

C’mon, y’all must know the answer is Rhysand by now?!

Best 2016 debut you read?


This was such a brutally honest depiction of agoraphobia, and the descriptions of Norah’s anxiety really resonated with me.

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

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I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter books, and tbh I don’t think wordbuilding better than J.K Rowling’s exists 🙂

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?


Sounds like a weird choice, but I have so much fun reading ghost stories. Creepy things excite me!

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?


Me upon finishing this book:

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Hidden gem of the year?


This is only really “hidden” because it hasn’t been released yet. My review is coming soon, and you’ll get to discover this gem for yourselves from 12th Jan.

Book that crushed your soul?


Every single one of the books in the Chaos Walking trilogy DESTROYED me.

Most unique book you read in 2016?


The Vegetarian was bizarre and intriguing and disturbing and like nothing I have ever experienced before.

Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?


Me upon finishing this book:

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New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I discovered so many incredible blogs this year, but a special shoutout goes to Sammie, Lauren, and Amanda. These ladies have fabulous blogs you should all be following, and are also fabulous humans themselves.

Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?


My review oHarry Potter and the Cursed Child. I had much fun reliving the memories of watching this magical piece of theatre. Wish I could go and see it again!

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

I’m proud of my post about Book Blogging with Anxiety. I was nervous about posting it, but the responses from fellow bloggers really helped me feel less alone.

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?



Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?


I was so excited to discover that a quote from my review of Frozen Charlotte was chosen for the praise page in the new Zoella Book Club edition of the book!!!! I jumped around and squealed A LOT. 🙂 🙂

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Keeping up with reading, blogging, and replying to comments in my lowest moments. It can feel so overwhelming sometimes.

Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I wrote a post about Why Adults Need YA and was blown away by the number of people who took the time to comment and join the discussion.

Post you wished got a little more love?

My review of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough because I’m dying for you guys to pre-order this book! I DESPERATELY need to talk about that ending.

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Jesse drew my attention to BOOKBEAU book-sleeves on his post about bookish gifts, and I need one of these in my life. There’s nothing worse than a beautiful book getting battered inside your handbag.

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




One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017?


This was my most anticipated book of 2016, so I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet! Getting on that ASAP.

Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?

You know the drill:


2017 debut you are most anticipating?


This book sounds so magical and intriguing, everyone is saying the hype should be believed, and the cover is stunning. I NEED IT LIKE NOW.

Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?

Hmm, let’s see if you can work that one out for yourselves based on the series I have namedropped the most in the post… 😛

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?

I want to spend more time chatting with you guys and reading all of your wonderful blogs!

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2017 is a fantastic one! 🙂 xxx