The 6th Annual End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Even though the year isn’t over, I decided to tackle the survey and divide it into two parts..
Number Of Books You Read: 66
Number of Re-Reads: 1 (Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret? by Judy Blume)
Genre You Read The Most From: Literary fiction
1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
It’s so hard choosing, but here goes …
Best Fiction: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
Best Nonfiction: Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew (but admittedly, my non-fiction reading this year was dismal)
Best Fiction (Canadian): Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Best Nonfiction (Canadian): Nellie McClung by Charlotte Gray
Best Classic: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Best Backlist: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Best Audio Book: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Funhome by Alison Bechdel – In a good way.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Does The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon series) count?
6. Favorite new author(s) you discovered in 2015?
So many wonderful new-to-me authors! I really enjoyed Cinda Gault’s This Godforsaken Place, Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun, Nuala O’Connor’s Miss Emily and Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid. This book was controversial during Canada Reads and there was plenty of interesting blogger discussions about the story.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Martian by Andy Weir.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
None. Too many books still on the TBR!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Why fiddle dee dee, it’s Miss Scarlett O’Hara! From Gone With the Wind, of course.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Euphoria by Lily King
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
The Woman in this Poem (anthology by Plumleaf Press, poetry selected by Georgia Heard) because I never read poetry, but all of the poems in this anthology either soothed my soul or made me cry or gave me something to think about.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Persuasion by Jane Austen
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“After all, tomorrow is another day!” by Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind. It reminds me a lot of Anne from Anne of Green Gables when she says, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest = The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (63 pages)
Longest = Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1,051 pages). I think it took me six months to read!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I’m Coming by Selma Lønning Aarø – It’s not every day when the plot centres around trying to orgasm.
18. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Armada by Ernest Cline. I know, many found this book underwhelming, but I liked it.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
David from Caught by Lisa Moore. Bad boys, bad boys … whatcha gonna do?
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
Ugh, so hard to choose! But I’m going with a Canadian and picking Cinda Gault’s This Godforsaken Place.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It wasn’t just a case of world-building, but connecting worlds through time and space.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I’m not even finished, but the book wins hands down.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
The Woman in this Poem anthology made me cry a lot. I would read a title and cry.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor. More beautiful poetry.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Woman in this Poem anthology
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Even though it’s fiction, When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid made me angry about hateful, ignorant people who would hurt or even kill other people they perceived as “different”.
Overall, I read many amazing books this year! What were your faves for 2015? Stay tuned for Part 2 of the survey.