So, when Eden posted this, I read through it and immediately loved this survey (see Eden’s 2016 survey here). This is our first year of blogging and if you had asked 2015-me what I thought I would be doing in 2016, let me tell you blogging was on the lowest part of the list… Alas, here I am and I can’t imagine doing anything differently with my life right now and I’m so happy that you guys have welcomed us so willingly and lovingly and we will keep chugging along and doing what we are doing!
# Books Read:
56 (even though I’m sure it’s more because I didn’t start keeping track until about June…)
# Books Reread:
Most Read Genre:
It’s a good mix of YA fantasy and psychological thrillers.
Best book you read in 2016:
A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s at the number one of all books read currently…
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
I have to agree with Eden on this one, we were all SO excited for The Glittering Court and it wasn’t anything like what we expected… and not in the good way.
Most surprising book you read?
The Wrath and the Dawn. I wasn’t like displeased that we were going to read it but I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea. Boy was I wrong!
Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
Red Rising. I got both my father and my boyfriend to read that series.
Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series ender of 2016?
Best series: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Best sequel: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (for real, I changed my rating of ACOTAR because it lead up to ACOMAF so freaking well…)
Best series ender: Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Almost all of the books that I read in 2016 were new-to-me authors! I would have to say my favorite would have to be a three-way tie between Renee Ahdieh, Susan Dennard and V.E. Schwab.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. I’m not a typical adult horror book person, but I might be after reading that book!
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Court of Mist and Fury. I did not want that book to end AT ALL.
Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
And I Darken by Kiersten White orrrrrr An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I think my favorite is Six of Crows or And I Darken, they are both just such beautiful covers.
Most memorable character of 2016?
Aelin Galathynius. (Stealing Eden’s answer)…
Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I’m going to give this one to A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I was so surprised with how much I loved that book and McGinnis’ writing is what sets it over the top for me!
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?
A Cour- ok fine! The Sun is Also a Star was definitely the most thought-provoking book of this year for me!
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The Raven Boys!
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?
“The world will be saved and remade for the dreamers” – Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms.
Shortest and longest book you read in 2016?
Shortest: Devils Unto Daughters by Amy Lukavics
Longest: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
- Book that shocked you the most?
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon shocked me because the ending was phenomenal and I was amazed by it.
- OTP of the year?
Feysand, the only correct answer to this question for 2016…
- Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
The whole gang of The Raven Boys!
- Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?
Empire of Storms.
Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
The Raven Boys, I was pretty hesitant to start that series!
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Hello August Flynn, you monster, you.
Best 2016 debut you read?
I’m not sure if I even read any debut novels this year…
Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Raven Boys. This series made me want to live in VA…
Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
P.S. I Like You by Kasey West. It was such a great read!
Book that made you cry in 2016?
“The Sun is Also a Star really got me.” – Eden’s answer…
Me too, Eden, me too…
- Hidden gem of the year? It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.
- Book that crushed your soul? Aren’t you guys so glad that I won’t be able to talk about ACOMAF next year? Ya done good Maas, ya done good.
- Most unique book you read in 2016? The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. It was a unique psychological thriller and I enjoyed it immensely!
Book that made you the most mad?
All the Bright Places.
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
There really are so many amazing blogs that we discovered in 2016, if I’m forced to choose, which this question is obviously making me, I would have to say Brittany over at Her Bookish Things. She’s a fantastic person and we are so glad to have met up with her at YALLFest. Be sure to check out her Etsy page, because her bookmarks and prints are amazing!
Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard! That books was so good, check it out here.
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I seriously love doing book tags, book bloggers/booktubers come up with some of the best questions and the TBR pile tags are some of the most fun!
Best event that you participated in?
I would love to say the Rick Yancey signing event at our local B&N because that’s what started this whole amazing, wonderful, time-consuming thing in our lives. But also, let’s be real, YALLFest was easily the most fun that I’ve had in 2016 all together!
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Again with YALLFest the Fierce Friday event was the most amazing and we were so lucky to be able to grab tickets for it! Talking to Susan Dennard, Caleb Roehrig, V.E. Schwab, Veronica Rossi, Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and Justine Larbalestier one-on-one was AMAZING.
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Time management, 100%. We have a special sort of situation where we discuss a certain book each week, so somehow I have to manage to get two books read in a week if I want to post a review for you guys and not to mention working a full-time and a part-time job and my womanly duties at home (hah, just kidding, we all know that crap don’t happen! 😉 )
Most popular post this year on your blog?
“Haha, this one goes to Caitlynn’s Truly Madly Guilty review. We continue to joke about how this post is always showing back up even months after being published.”
I actually laughed out loud when I read Eden’s original response to this question. It’s so true though, this post has gotten almost more traction than the home page of our blog!
Post you wished got a little more love?
SO many posts, mainly review posts because I want someone to talk to about these books that I am going crazy about!
Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc)?
So many! Fairy Loot, Her Bookish Things bookmarks and prints, umm… my love for books…
Did you complete and reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
Yup! I left the original goal of 50 books and I’m currently at 56.
One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your #1 priority in 2017?
The Martian. I am SO pumped to read this book, bring it on!
Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?
ACOWAR and Windwitch are my top two!
2017 debut you are most anticipating?
Ummm…. I have no idea, give me some ideas in the comments!
Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?
Now I Rise by Kiersten White.
One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?
I would really like to hit 75 books next year! I think it’s doable.
A 2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone?
I’m currently reading Gilded Cage by Vic James and I’m enjoying it so much right now!
That’s it guys, please feel free to copy this survey and complete it yourself… make sure you have Goodreads open in another tab! 2016 has been so good to us over here at Thrice Read and we cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for us.