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So apparently I didn’t do this in 2014 (LAZZYYYYY), but I wanted to do one this year because it’s about books, and things about books are the best things. I’ve split the survey into two posts because there are A LOT of questions, and I didn’t want to bore you all. So, part two will be up soon, and here’s part one for now.

Let’s get answerin’! (Also, this survey is Jamie’s!)


Number of books you read: 135! (Two were DNFs @ 50%, so technically 134 books)

Number of re-reads: One! Ignite by Erica Crouch.

Genre you read the most from: Speculative fiction, for sure! But there was a growth in my contemporary reads, so that was good :D


1. Best book you read in 2015?

I cannot just pick one. So, my top favourites of this year were: Raven Boys/Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater, Incite by Erica Crouch, and Captive Prince/Princes Gambit by C.S. Pacat.

Honourable mentions to Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, The Marvels by Brian Selznick, and Falling From The Sky by Nikki Godwin.

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

Oh god, there are actually far too many books that fit into this category. But I think I’m going to have to go with Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian, and What We Left Behind by Robin Talley.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book of 2015?

The Marvels by Brian Selznick! I wasn’t expecting anything from this book, really, and it turned out to be one of this year’s absolute favourites!

4. Book you pushed the most people to read (and they did)?

I pushed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda on a lot of people, as well as Captive Prince!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?

Best series I started: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater/Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Best Sequel of 2015: Princes Gambit by C.S. Pacat/Incite by Erica Crouch/Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Best Series Ender: Infinite by Erica Crouch

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015?

C.S. Pacat, and Becky Albertalli for sure. I love both of these authors as writers and people <3

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

I don’t read a lot of middle grade fiction, but I did read one this year – The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, and it was absolutely lovely.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book in 2015?

Hmmm. I think that Captive Prince and Princes Gambit fit into each of these three categories the best.

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to reread next year?

The three books in The Raven Cycle. The two books in the Captive Prince trilogy. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2015?

This is actually really difficult, but I think I’m going to have to go with The Diviners by Libba Bray! So freaking beautiful what even.

the diviners by libba bray

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

A Z A E L. I wrote him a letter, and I also chose perfect songs for him. He’s precious. Ronan Lynch (Raven Cycle) is also a contender, as well as Laurent (Captive Prince).

12. Most beautifully written book in 2015?

This one goes to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. So incredibly beautiful – every word.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?

I don’t know if I had a life changing book of 2015, but a very thought provoking one was None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, because I had a lot of thoughts about how horribly unaccepting people are.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to finally read?

Definitely The Raven Boys! What WAS I THINKING, waiting so long? :O

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?

I have to pick two because they’re so perfect and I cannot choose.

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

– Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

“A kingdom, or this.”

– C.S. Pacat, Princes Gambit

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015?

Shortest: The Recovery by Suzanne Young

Longest: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

17. Book that shocked you the most?

I really don’t have a book that shocked me… I mean, there were books that shocked me because they were so bad or so good, but no actual shocking books. If that makes any sense at all XD

18. OTP of the year?

Definitely a tie between Ronan and Adam in The Raven Cycle or Laurent and Damen from Captive Prince. (And also Azael and myself ;))

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Hmm. I really love the camaraderie between Gansey and his boys (and Blue) in The Raven Cycle, as well as Evie and everyone in The Diviners. FRIENDSHIP GOALS.

20. Favourite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously?

Incite by Erica Crouch.

21. Best book in 2015 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

I read Falling From The Sky because I saw a blogger tweet about how much they loved it! And I read I’ll Give You The Sun because EVERYONE adored it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Azael. I wasn’t in love with him last year, and look where I am now *nervous laughter*

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

This one definitely goes to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! Cutest book in the world.

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

The Diviners and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I seriously feel like I am in the 1920s when I read those books!

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

Falling From The Sky made me SMILE SO MUCH because it’s adorable in every way.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?

One book made me cry this year, and it was The Marvels by Brian Selznick because it’s BEAUTIFUL, OKAY?

27. Hidden gem of the year?

I read a book called Thin Space by Jody Casella this year, and it was actually quite incredibly awesome. I have never really seen it around, and I think it deserves more love!

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Yeah, I’m going to go with The Marvels again because I just got all the feels from that book and it’s now one of my all time favourites. READ, READ IT NOW.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?

There were some very unique books I read this year, but I’m going to go with A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz because literally everything about that book is unique.

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



So, these are my answers! What are yours?


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Posted on: January 1, 2016 • By: Chiara

10 Responses to 2015 End of Year Book Survey! (Part One)

  1. Rebecca @ Reading Wishes says:

    The Diviners cover is gorgeous, right?! It’s not often the Oz covers looks better than the US editions, but this is definitely one of those times. Will be looking into Thin Space and The Marvels, both sound interesting and it’s so important to give hidden gems more love! And yes, Simon is the most adorable book ever <3 One of my favourites of the year, too!

    • Chiara says:

      I KNOW. I think we are SO lucky with this series :D I think Allen & Unwin does a pretty fab job with most of their covers, though.

      Yay! I hope you get around to reading them, they are both quite wonderful :D

      Simon VS is too perfect <3

  2. Prima says:

    I haven’t read most of the books you’ve talked about… Should pick them up this year XD I did read The Raven Boys and really enjoyed the Pynch so will definitely read some more of the series!

    • Chiara says:

      You should! I recommend all the books I mentioned in this post :D Ah, I hope you read the rest of The Raven Cycle ASAP! It is 100% worth it.

  3. Oh my GOODNESS, I just feel like every single one of the Diviners covers are unfairly gorgeous – no matter what country we’re talking about. (I have the hardcover UK version, but I’ve also been drooling over the paperback + Aussie ones… perhaps I’ll have to gift them to myself as a very very early birthday present? ;)) I must admit I haven’t read many of the other books you mentioned here, though considering how often you’ve been raving over Captive Prince, perhaps I have to pick up that one ASAP? x

    • Chiara says:

      I know, right? I love the AUS ones the most, though, because they are just so incredibly gorgeous. I cannot help but stare at them all the time! I think the AUS ones are available on The Book Depository now, so you can get them without spending a million dollars :D Ah, Captive Prince is a fave <3 Although if you DO want to read it, just make sure you know the facts!

  4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is also one of my favorite series, glad you get to reading them this year and enjoyed it! I’m absolutely 100% on the Ronan + Adam ship too (btw which is their ship name, must tumblr that) and the friendship between Blue + the boys is so precious right, love them so much can’t wait to re-read this series this year and get to The Raven King!

    • Chiara says:

      I am so grateful that I finally discovered it! I adore it so much. Adam and Ronan need to get together in The Raven King, otherwise I will be incredibly sad. Pynch is their ship name, by the way! The friendships in The Raven Cycle are some of my absolute favourites <3

  5. Thanks for reminding me about Ignite! I have an ebook that I’m dying to read because you’ve gushed so much about it before. ;) Oh, The Raven Boys was my #4 favorite of the year! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. (And I also can’t believe it took me until NOW to read it!) Simon was my #5 fave. :) Wait — is that the UK/AUS cover of The Diviners? IT’S GORGEOUS!!! I want. And None of the Above was also a thought-provoking read for me this year, it really opened a lot of curiosity in me I didn’t have before. :)

    • Chiara says:

      No problem! I hope you read it soon because I would love to know your thoughts on it :D

      I’m so glad you loved The Raven Boys and Simon VS, as well as None of the Above! I think they are three gorgeous books.

      And yes, that is the AUS cover for The Diviners! And I am ridiculously in love with its perfection <3

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