Number Of Books You Read: 103
Number of Audiobooks: 12
Number of Re-Reads: 4
What a beautiful and honest book. I picked this up on a whim at the library, and I’m so glad I did.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This was a hard read, mostly because Rosie was completely terrible in the book, and I was so frustrated with her and her characterization. Everything is explained via psychology, but I still spent most of the book angry with her. For starters, the whole premise of the book is that Rosie is pregnant and shuts Don out because she doesn’t think he’ll make a good father because he acts the way he always does. HOWEVER, (view spoiler)[she gets pregnant ON PURPOSE without telling Don (she stops taking her birth control because she wants to have a baby and only tells Don AFTER she’s already pregnant). But then she’s mad because he’s not excited about the baby and being a father (hide spoiler)]. Are you kidding me?
Two stars because I liked the friendship stuff with the guys and seeing some of the situations Don gets himself into. Also, the book was pretty easy to read (except when I was blinded by fury, obviously). I also liked the ending, which I thought was going to go one way but then went the other (though it worked out predictably enough).
Disappointing overall, but not terrible enough to warrant one star.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
2.5 stars, rounding down
Really quick read with engaging characters, but, MAN, was that ending a cop out and also there are so many plot holes–oh, look, a truck just drove right through one.
Well, that was intense in the feelings department. What a sad and lovely book. It reminded me a lot of The Untelling.
Yessssssssssss. This book is great. It reminds me a lot of Rapunzel’s Revenge except with a brown girl which kicks it up, like, 1000 notches. A+++. Fine holiday fun.
5b. Best Sequel of 2015?
Right book at the right time. I enjoyed reading this so much. I would read another book about these characters, especially Kitty. LOVE KITTY.
THAT ENDING. I was planning to give this four stars and then that happened. So.
5c. Best Series Ender of 2015?
I love this series.
It’s age-appropriate and matter of fact but also wise beyond its years–just like good children’s literature should be.
6. Favorite new
author audiobook narrator you discovered in 2015?
3.5 stars, rounding up because of Bronson Pinchot. Seriously.
The audio of this is A++++. Bronson Pinchot is everything. I give it a 5.
The story itself is a 2.5, so you know, rounding up.
I tried this in print and couldn’t get into it. Pinchot sold me on the audio right away. Even still, I found that the middle of this book dragged a bit, and I wanted the story to hurry up and be over already. It also suffers from being a little too clever for its own good, which is a shame.
That said, I would highly recommend Pinchot as a narrator for everything, ever.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
This book would have to be the worst book ever written for me not to like it. It’s about the power of literature and teacher(s)/teaching to change lives, which is MY LIFE, so.
I really like that Bates (for the most part) privileges Newton’s voice over her own. It reminded me of The Freedom Writers (movie, not book since I haven’t read the book) that way.
I read this as part of the big library read, which I didn’t even know was a thing until I went to Overdrive to pick a book. More info here: http://biglibraryread.com/
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The best part of this series is that everyone is so competent. Even Winter. They’re also constantly in danger, which is good since the stakes are so high. NO ONE IS SAFE. (That is not a spoiler.)
So, yeah, I dug it.
9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Life-changer. Will review on the blog.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Levana is nucking futs. Like, homegirl is a true psychopath.
Will review on the blog.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I read this story because Walter Dean Myers said it gave him permission to write stories about his own life and the people in his neighborhood.
All I can say about it is WOW. Just…wow. Baldwin is amazing and that ending. Oh man.
So yeah, I get why it was transformative for Myers and also I need to reread it and savor it. Amazing.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Life-changer. Will review on the blog.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to FINALLY read?
Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute. Neville Longbottom is totally the Mildred of Harry Potter, so I’m pretty sure this is where Rowling got the idea. PRETTY SURE.
I read this because of the movie. So I feel I should point out that the movie is actually darker.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
From As If!: The Oral History of Clueless… by Jen Chaney
Donald Faison: That was my go-to when I wanted to be with a girl. I’d say, “Come over and let’s watch Clueless.” Absolutely. Clueless was the ultimate wingman. They love the movie. They didn’t give a shit about me being in the movie, they just loved the movie, period. I didn’t start getting girlfriends until Clueless came out. It worked well for me. It’s true. It’s because I kept it real. That’s exactly right. Because I was keepin’ it real.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
2.5 stars, rounding up
The artwork is gorgeous, and the characters and storyline are interesting. I just have to admit that this is not to my taste. Mostly because The Stalk CREEPED ME OUT, and I know there will be more of that type, and I just can’t get with it.
Definitely great for people who are into sci-fi/fantasy and weird creature things. Also, good storytelling, etc.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Michael & Mia from Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11), obvs.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Big Ma & Miss Trotter from Gone Crazy in Alabama
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Junie B. Jones is the GOAT, and I will not hear otherwise. My daughter (who is 16) and I laughed SO HARD at Junie B. and Grace creeping on Lucille’s nanna’s Cadillac and the girls’ behavior at the sleepover.
Oh, Barbara Park. You are sorely missed.
21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The best thing this novel has going for it is its voice, for real. I read this after I saw the movie, and I have Thoughts.
Will review on the blog.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
23. Best 2015 debut you read?
This was awesome and funny!
I related to every single experience Shonda had (except running an empire and being proposed to).
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Delightful story about a girl on a quest with a dragon. This book is a love letter to stories and gratitude, and I dug it.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Adorable! A really fast read and super cute and fun. Also? The reporter on the newspaper’s name is Akilah, so clearly she’s the best character in the book.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
This is a really fast read — I read it in about two sittings.
My heart broke for Naila about a million times during this book. Man.
While that is true, I wanted a lot more character and relationship development out of this book.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
This was super cute and fun.
The only thing I had an issue with is that Betty somehow didn’t know Jughead (her next door neighbor and friend since at least elementary school) had a dog until she wanted to start a pet business. Yeah, that made no sense.
OTHER THAN THAT, everything was gravy. A bunch of cute little vignettes that all somehow connect to Betty trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Love.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
This is honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read about a person who doesn’t think she deserves to be happy.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Attolia is a badass. I love her.
I don’t know why this story is so engaging, but it is even though it contains some of my writing pet peeves. Great characters, some unexpected twists. A lot of heart, definitely.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I liked the science of this, but I didn’t buy the love story or particularly care about the characters.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
The best bloggish thing I did this year was quitting my blog because it made me de-stress about it and figure out how I want to use it going forward. Yes, I only quit for a couple of week, but still. In my mind and heart I was done for good. So. That was very good for me.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I over-complicate everything. It’s my way.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I switched hosts midway through, so based on current stats: Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
It’s time for Battle of the Books! — mostly because my library is AWESOME.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Adding bookmarks on Overdrive. Seriously. It changed my whole using my phone for audiobooks life.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes! I successfully completed Diversity on the Shelf (47 books), and I read at least 15 adult novels. We don’t mention the ones that weren’t completed.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
I don’t really pay attention to this.
3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
A Tangle of Gold, Book 3 in The Colors of Madeleine. I’m so excited I don’t even care that the third cover doesn’t match the first two.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Actually have fun blogging. It can happen. Also, I think my layout is beautiful but I am not satisfied with it. So I hope to simplify it a little bit.
6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
I do not read ARCs.
Tell me about your bookish year or link to your survey answers in the comments. Bookish fun for everyone!