Annual End of Year Survey 2015

Posted December 29, 2015 by Liza in Giveaways, Year recap / 18 Comments


This is a survey created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner that I’ve done the last few years


Number Of Books You Read: 77 (but I might finish one more this week)
Number of Re-Reads: 3

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy!


best in books1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

immortal heights

The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


Confess by Colleen Hoover – I did liked it, but somehow I was expecting more from this book.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove – I listen to the audiobook for this book because Kelley from Oh the Books! loved it so much.  It is such an unique premise and a intricate plot and I loved it 🙂

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I’m not sure people pay any attention to me, but I did recommended a lot Sherry Thomas’ Elemental trilogy.  Seriously, go read it!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?


court of thorns and roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Another hit for Maas! Beauty and the Beast retellings are always a must for me and it has fey too!


golden son

The Golden Son by Pierce Brown – WOW! This series is something else! I cannot wait for the last book…


Crimson crown

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – Granted that I read the whole series this year, but what a journey!  Absolutely amazing.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Juliet marillier

Juliet Marillier! She writes fantasy for adults and YA and I read the first two books of her Blackthorn and Grim series and they are epic.

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

 lost angeles2

I haven’t been very adventurous this year, but I did read Lost Angeles which is an adult urban fantasy and it was awesome! Actually, I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Strange skies

Strange Skies by Kristi Helving was a non-stop-action-packed sci-fi for sure!

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


I read Radiance by Grace Draven a few years ago and now I’m listening to the audibook. And you know what?  It’s even better the second time!

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

six of crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Not only the cover, but the whole book is beautiful!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

burning sky titus

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas – Titus is by far one of my favorite male characters ever!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

wrath and dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – Ahdieh’s writing is lyrical, enthralling, thought provoking, and breathtaking in its beauty.  Honestly, the prose contained within the book was just impressively sweeping.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?


How would you live your life if you were allergic to everything?  That is the question this amazing book tries to answer.

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

demon king

Honestly, what was I thinking?! Awesome series!!!

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

“I love you, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. There is nothing I would not do for you. Nothing I would not consider if it meant keeping you safe. The world itself should fear me if it stands between us.”

– From The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: (that is not a short story or novella)


The Enchanted Rose by Nadia Nader


Crimson crown

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima – worth every single word!

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

thousand nights

I’m not sure it’s exactly “shocking”, but A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston it’s certainly different and more than a bit strange

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Brishen and Ildiko from Radiance by Grace Draven are such a great couple!  The one true paring!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year


The characters from Prudence by Gail Carriger are all a hoot!  From Akeldama, Pru’s adopted vampire father to her best friend Prim, they are all so funny and good to each other 🙂

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

ink & bone

In and Bone by Rachel Caine  was a very interesting, original, steampunky, mysterious, trilling read.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

lark rising

I have a lot of these since I have very pushy friends!  No, not really, but I do tend to listen to my blogger friends and their recommendations.  I think Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh is one of those. Thanks Alyssa!

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

six of crows

 Kaz from Six of Crows is a complex and not nice character, but somehow I really loved him 🙂

23. Best 2015 debut you read?


Hello? by Liza Wiemer (it’s her first fiction book) is A story of loss, love, redemption, pain, abuse, fate, strength, friendship, hope and a lot more.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

This award can go to many books since I read a LOT of fantasy this year.  The Covenant of Muirwood series takes place in a different world, with a different religion, and different settings, from mountains, forests and abbeys to castles and prisons; it’s all vivid and quite amazing.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

trouble is a friend of mine

Trouble is a Friend of Mine was so funny! Not the most original story line, but a great reading experience regardless.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

golden son

The ending of Golden Son made me cry! It’s not fair!!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I feel like The Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg is a misunderstood series.  I love the world building, the magic, and the relationship between Ceony and Emery.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

They made me cry for different reasons!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?


Uprooted  by Naomi Novik fills the bill to the tee!  There is magic, an original story, wondrous lyrical writing, a fantastic world building, and great characters.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

orphan queen

I LOVED this book but the cliffhanger was a killer!

If you’ve followed the survey you know that it’s longer than this, but I just ran out of juice!  Sorry guys




This giveaway is for any ONE book that I will mention in last weeks of Top 10 of 2015 plus a this post.  The giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository delivers to you.  I will send the prize from TBD or Amazon, depending on where the winner lives.  For all other rules, please see my Policies page.

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I'm an avid reader (since I learned to read at age four) and a book blogger (since May, 2011).I read mostly YA, but I also read romance, new adult and some middle grade.

Born in Puerto Rico, hola :), military wife for 22-years, and mother of three boys.I work full time doing something else that I love (sadly I don't get paid for reading!)


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18 responses to “Annual End of Year Survey 2015

  1. Great post!!! These always take so long to finish, I feel we should all get an award for completing it. I have the first two books in the Elemental series, but I still need to start them. I’ll probably buy the third first and then I can binge read them together. Confess, I love all things Hoover but have to admit to being a little disappointed with that one too. I loved ACOTAR, I am so excited for the sequel. I also loved Golden Son and that end has me desperate for the final book. Kaz is one of my newest fictional crushes too.

    Happy reading in 2016!!! Here’s my survey if you want to check it out.

    Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm recently posted: 2015 End of Year Book Survey
    • Liza

      Right? I couldn’t even get to the whole survey! It seems that we liked a lot of the same books, I’m so happy that the last book of the Red Rising series is going out soon 🙂

  2. I read The Paper Magician last year and really really liked it, even when it took a turn for the weird! 😀 I’m looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy and like you, I love the relationship between Ceony and Emery! Have a fantastic 2016! 😀

    • Liza

      The strangest of the books was The Paper Magician and I think that Holmberg used the “heart” part to make Ceony and Emery connect and “know” each other at a deeper level and faster 🙂 It’s a great series!

  3. Nikki Ooi

    Lotsa good books this year it’s kinda hard. In random order, Naked in Death by JD Robb, Throne of Glass by Maas (of course!), and Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    Thanks! Happy 2016!

  4. Nicole Anaya

    I’m definitely checking the books on your top 10, there’s some of them that I’ve been wanting to read and the other ones I want to read them now!
    My top 3 are:
    1. Oblivion by Jennifer Armentrout, 2. November 9 by Colleen Hoover and 3. When I was yours by Samantha Towle <3
    Thanks for the chance!

  5. So many great picks! I read Radiance this year and absolutely loved it. I’m likely to re-read it next year too. Especially with the second book coming out.

    I haven’t heard of Sherry Thomas’ Elemental trilogy! I’m going to have to check that out. Six of Crows is currently waiting for me to pick-up from the library (finally!) and I’m super stoked to start it. I keep hearing so many wonderful things about it and Kaz keeps being mentioned on different blogs.

    Uprooted is another one I’m looking forward to that I’m currently “in line” for at the library.

    As for my top 3 favorite reads this year, Radiance is definitely one. I also really loved Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh and Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

    • Liza

      When is the Radiance sequel coming out! I can’t even find it in Amazon 🙁 I highly recommend the Elemental trilogy, especially if you like fantasy, all three books are published so put a hold on the at the library!

      I will check on your favorites 😉

      • The Radiance sequel was supposed to come out at the end of this month, but Draven just announced on her blog that she’s had to push the publish date back a little. So now I’m guessing we’ll probably get it in Feb or March.

        I’m glad to hear that the Elemental trilogy should be at the library. I’m definitely going to add those to my hold shelf at the library. 😀

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