I’m so happy Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner brought back this nice survey! It was too late when I discovered it last year and I couldn’t wait to join it this December, since 2016 has been pretty good in my bookverse, I challenged myself to read a lot (for me, since I know people who manages to read 15 books per month!).
Number Of Books You Read: 27
Number of Re-Reads: 3, the first three Harry Potter books!
Genre You Read The Most From: probably non fiction, which is very surprising for me!
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
- Best re-read: Harry Potter and the Phylosopher’s Stone
- Best non-fiction: Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Best YA: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, everybody on the internet LOVED that book, but I’ve been rather disappointed by it!
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Probably Getting Things Done, in a good way, since I didn’t realize I needed to learn this stuff before reading about it, one of the concept that I loved the most is the one that says: “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them”.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Not sure about this one.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? I only started one new series and I didn’t enjoy it very much, it was A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, so I’m not sure if I’ll continue it.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? Rainbow Rowell, hands down.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Radical Self Love by Gala Darling, I want to reread it soon!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Sadly, nothing beated Harry Potter!
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Again, Radical Self-Love and Getting Things Done, because they are so useful and packed with information.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? Love the cover of Red’s Untold Tale!
11. Most memorable character of 2016? Cath of Fangirl, because she’s adorable and I totally get her. She’s my favorite introvert 🙂
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016? All the prizes to Fangirl!!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016? I’m a broken record, Getting Things Done, it really changed the way I plan and organize my life, even if I tweaked the system a little bit. I’m so happy I’ve read this book, but I know it isn’t for everyone. If you’re not into productivity and organization, you might find it a little boring.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? Pride and Prejudice, I’ve purchased the italian edition ages ago and it was just sitting on my shelf. Shame on me! I loved that book.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.” Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016? The shortest has been Kindred Spirits with 96 pages and the longest Pride and Prejudice with 592 pages.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, it shocked me because it was very well written but the things and events described there were insane! I still don’t have the courage to pick another book by this author. Here you can read more of my thoughts about it.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Cath and Levi of Fangirl!!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Considering that I’ve mostly read non fiction, I’d go with the classic answer: Harry, Ron and Hermione.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, I loved this story and I’m going to read more by this author, I even written a complete list of all her books inside my reading journal.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Fangirl! All my internet friends recommended it to me and I’m so glad I finally give it a go.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? N/A
23. Best 2016 debut you read? N/A
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Even if I didn’t enjoy it so much, I would say A Darker Shade of Magic.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Nimona was such a funny reading!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? N/A
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Red’s Untold Tale, I’m such a fan of Once Upon A Time that I really enjoyed reading some back story of my favorite character!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Not sure…Fangirl? Haha.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? Let it Out by Katie Dalebout, because I had never read a book like that before. It’s all about journaling and journal prompts.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child…I DIDN’T LIKE IT AT ALL AND COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTED ME.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? I discovered the world of book blogs in 2016, so basically all my new favorite people are book bloggers, but I feel like despite her huge number of followers, I never see people mentioning Modern Mrs Darcy. I totally love her blog! I’m going to join her reading challenge for 2017.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? Red’s Untold Tale, because it was the first one. I’m still not sure if I’m going to review more books in the future though.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? The one about all the books I own and haven’t read yet.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Love-A-Thon 2016! It was the thing that made me realize how much I love talking about books on my blog. I really hope Alexa and the other girls will host it again next year.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? Reaching my goodreads Goal in time.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? I already talked abou that, but what burned me out was my attempt of following all the blogging rules, treating it like a job and comparing myself to the other book bloggers. I decided to step back to only a list of ideas now, rather than a full editorial calendar.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? The post that got more view in 2016 was How I Organize My Books and Music with Trello. Glad that books and productivity made it. 🙂
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? I’m A Seasonal Reader.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Reading challenges, I always knew about the Goodreads one, but I didn’t know there were others hosted by bloggers.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I managed to consistently read more or less through the whole year. Sure, I had my moments, but not like the ones in the past.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? N/A
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? N/A
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? N/A
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017? I’d like to complete Modern Mrs Darcy’s reading challenge and, most importantly, blog only when I want to and not because I feel like I should do it.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: N/A
That’s it! As you probably noticed I’m not very interested in new releases and things like that. What I didn’t mention during this survey is that my biggest goal for 2017 is to finally read a good part of the books I already own on my Kindle that I bought during some Amazon sales.