My reading life 2015

Got the idea to do Jamie’s 2015 End of the Year Reading Survey from my best friend Brittany. If you fill this out, let me know, I would love to read it!

 

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Number Of Books You Read: 42
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From:

best-YA-books-20141. Best Book You Read In 2015?
•Stand alone: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
•Book in a Series: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I hate to say that I really did not enjoy this book. Not the story but the way the story was told. I didn’t like that the author kept butting in and saying things like “we’ll see what happens..”. That bothered me so much.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
•The Girl on the Train
surprising because I did not expect that ending

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
•Mistborn
by Brandon Sanderson
I push everyone I know to read this book and I only know of 2 so far that have. I’m hoping everyone will just read it so they can fall in love with it already.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
•Started: The
Rithmatist
•Sequel: Queen of Shadows
•Ender: Library of Souls

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015
Sabaa Tahir

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Tampa
by Alissa Nutting
I think this is just considered Fiction which is a genre I always read. I chose this for “was out of your comfort zone” which is putting it mildly. I wouldn’t say it’s a “best book” but it was interesting.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
•Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
by Sarah J. Maas

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
•All the Light We Cannot See —
I loved this book so much and I feel like it’s one that I will be re-reading for years to come.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
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11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Helene from An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
Talk about a character with a lot of depth.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
•Tie between All the Light We Cannot See and The Snow Child.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
All the Light We Cannot See
This book. THIS BOOK.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
•The Rithmatist

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

“What we read as adults should be read, I think, with no warnings or alerts beyond, perhaps: enter at your own risk. We need to find out what fiction is, what it means, to us, an experience that is going to be unlike anyone else’s experience of the story.”
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

“I sometimes imagine I would like my ashes to be scattered in a library. But then the librarians would just have to come in early the next morning to sweep them up again, before the people got there.”
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

“In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees.”
Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
•Life of Fred Apples
by Stanley F. Schmidt at 124 pages.
•Queen of Shadows 
by Sara J. Maas at 648 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
•Tampa
by Alissa Nutting
By shocked I mean “wtf, omg, this is messed up, why did I decide to read this?”

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
•Adam and Ronan! pynch forever *begs for it to be canon*

•Gansey and Blue

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
•Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak. Yes these are real people and yes their friendship is perfect. Soupsnakes. If they decided to steer their relationship into romantice waters I would be on board that ship also.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
•Saga, Volumes 1-4

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
•Dorian from Heir of Fire by Sara J Maas.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
An Ember In the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
•Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law and also The Rithmatist. His world building is the best, hands down. These two books take place in two different worlds with two different magic systems and they are both amazing.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling This book had me in tears from laughter almost the entire time.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
•I will preface this by saying…I cry over everything. EVERYTHING. If it’s sad, I’m crying. If it’s funny, I’m crying. If it’s sweet, I’m crying. So I will list a few that brought tears to my eyes for sad moments because I think that’s what this question wants…
All the Light We Cannot See – I am shocked it did not take all of my tears.
Queen of Shadows- my heart could not handle the Dorian chapters.
Everything, Everthing – more tears
The Snow Child-
Everything was beautiful. Everything was sad. Everything was happy and hopeful.
Why Not Me?-
My tears are endless. I cried reading a book that is labeled “Humor”. In my defense, some chapters got real. I can’t help myself.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
•The Snow Child I seriously cannot believe I just heard about this gem in 2015. So beautiful

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Soul crushing because it made me realize how unorginazed and untidy I am. x______x

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
•Trigger Warning
by Neil Gaiman

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. Addison was such a special snowflake. Get that shit out of here. I want my $11 back. Nothing makes me more angry than wasting money.

 

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Priceiswong. I can definitely relate to her feelings towards our mutual books

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
•uhhhhh I have really sucked at keeping up with this blog like I had planned. The reviews on this blog are few to choose from so I would have to go with my review of Paper Towns because I really let all my hate out.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
•cough….crickets…..
like I said….this blog has been neglected.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
•When I went on a road trip to Nashville with my best friend Brittany to meet Sara J. Maas at her book signing tour for A Court of Thorns and Roses. Nothing beats singing the entire Les Miserables soundtrack at the top of your lungs, good food, listening to one of your favorite authors discuss her books, meeting one of your favorite authors and having her sign your book all with your best friend at your side.

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
•…………………………more crickets…………………………

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
•Most challenging thing about blogging is actually finding the time to blog. I started homeschooling my daughter this year and working part time so that took up most of my time. Maybe this year will be better?

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
•I am pretty sure it was my review of Paper Towns.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
• not even going to answer this one…

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
•The Overdrive app that lets me check out books on my iPad and Kindle from my library. *Angels sing*

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
•I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge by reading 42/40 books!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
•A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston. I made sure to make this my January book club pick so that I could go ahead and read it. I’ve actually already finished it 🙂

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
•The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
•I am not sure I am anticipating any 2016 debuts. It may be slipping my mind at this moment.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Throne of Glass, #5. I am anticipating it but I don’t know if I’m emotionally ready.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
•I really want to keep up with reviewing books and posting on this blog.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
• none

This was a lot of fun to fill out! It really got me thinking about each book I read last year…I don’t think I have missed any but I am sure I will find one that I should have added.

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Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

 

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The blurb:

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I had been waiting for this book for what felt like a lifetime, it was actually a little over a year but when you’re completely invested in a story that feels like a lifetime. This is probably a review for those who have already read the first  two books as this is the third book in The Raven Cycle series, I will try not to spoil too much if you haven’t read the first two books but I’m sorry…there are just some things I have to get off my chest.

Initially I felt that this book was a little slow to start in the beginning but that could have just been me finding my groove back into this world after the long break..  I have come to realize that one of the things I love about this series is that although it has love stories in it, they do not take precedence over the main story line. This book first and foremost is about Glendower and their quest to find him; this is so very refreshing to find in a Young Adult novel nowadays. Even after 3 books the mystery of Glendower is still there, it doesn’t feel old or boring; if anything, it is more intriguing now that they have discovered Cabeswater and figured out that Ronan is a Greywaren. In this book it picks up from when Maura disappeared, Adam is taking lessons from Persephone on how to access Cabeswater/scrying so that he can help locate her and also so he can know what it is that Cabeswater needs from him now that he promised to be its eyes. Ronan is disappearing to do mysterious and dangerous things involving his dreams on a desperate quest to find a way to keep his creations alive even if he were to die. Strange things are happening to Noah that has him acting unusual and quite evil. Gansey is busy being perfect trying to discover a cave system that leads to Cabeswater where Glendower may be resting. Of course, Blue is right there with him since she is trying to find a way to her mother since her only clue is that she is underground. We also get to meet the guy who sent The Gray man after the Greywaren,  there are a lot of new discoveries and plot twists that this book brings, just when you think they are getting closer to waking Glendower.

Although I like my books to have a story line that can stand on it’s own, I am a complete sucker for a good love story. Maggie definitely delivers on this point; the late night forbidden phone calls between Gansey and Blue, The sneaky hand holding in the car, the lingering glances…heartbreaking and yet, they make your heart pound because you want nothing more than for this to work out for them. Why can’t it just be simple?! One day they can kiss, right? RIGHT?
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One love story which captivated me completely, Ronan’s unrequited love for Adam. Gah! my heart could not and still cannot contain my love for these characters. You have Adam who feels he is undeserving of love and then you have Ronan who loves Adam so much and thinks he is so amazing. One of my favorite quotes in the book was when Adam noticed (and he keeps noticing) Ronan watching him.

“Adam felt Ronan’s eyes glance off him and away, his disinterest practiced, but incomplete. See, Adam Parrish is wantable, worthy of a crush, not just by anyone, someone like Ronan, who could want Gansey or anyone else and chose Adam for his hungry eyes. “

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These two had me reading way too many fics after the book was over.
Maggie herself picked the best 6 words to describe this book,

 

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This book had so much mystery, suspense, danger, sorrow, humor and love. All in all a great book, a great addition to the series, I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book!