2018: The Year-End Book Survey

This Year End Survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.

I love this opportunity to look back over the last year of reading.
Going through my list of what I’ve read usually makes me smile as I remember some of the great stories and characters I’ve encountered over the last 12 months.

2018 Reading Stats

Number of books you read:  42

Re-Reads:  0

Most Popular Genre:  It’s all been a great mixture this year!

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)

           

               

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Someone Like Me by M. R Carey

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

The Pisces by Melissa Broder and The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, although I do know someone who absolutely loved the latter.

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

Someone Like Me by M. R Carey had many unexpected twists. I really enjoyed it.

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

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I wouldn’t say they did, but the intent was definitely there!

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

     

A Time of Dread by John Gwynne was the first book in a new series, Of Blood and Bone, and my first book by this author.

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams is the second book in the Winnowing Flame series. It’s really good (and has talking dragons!).

I’m not sure I’ve finished a series this year.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

     

Stuart Turton. The plot to Seven Deaths… is so complex and detailed, it must have taken a lot of time and attention to detail to get it all sorted, and the writing was really good. I can’t wait to see what he writes next.

And an honourable mention to Agatha Christie. I know she’s not a new author, but she’s new-to-me and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

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

Adrift by Rob Boffard. I haven’t read much sci-fi so far, but I really enjoyed this book, describe it, so I’ll try more.

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

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan. It’s the second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder series and continued the story begun in Sins of Empire really well. Can’t wait for the next book!

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t re-read very often at all. There are so many new books and backlist books and library books that I want to read that my TBR pile seems endless.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

           

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

            

Hercule Poirot. I can’t believe I’d never come across this detective in my reading life before.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower

13. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I also can’t believe that I saw the new movie version without a clue as to whodunit.

14.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

    

The shortest, at 213 pages is Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie.

The Longest, at 639 pages is Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan.

15. Book That Shocked You The Most?

            

Almost any of the Agatha Christie books I’ve picked up leave me shocked because even though I concentrate and try and pick out the clues, I’m usually wrong and it takes the great Poirot to sort it all out in the end.

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

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik featured Miryem and the Staryk. I loved that dislike and resistance and a great battle of wills eventually led to mutual respect and affection.

17. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

Fran and Jinx from Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey. There MAY have been a tear or two at their final exchange. Maybe.

18. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?

The Outsider by Stephen King.

19. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse seemed to be everywhere at one point earlier this year.

20. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Count Rostov from A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

21. Best 2018 debut you read? 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I had a feeling this book would make several appearances during this year-end survey.

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

The toyshop in The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale was pretty magical and vivid.

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

Sounds strange but I loved reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I’d seen the new movie, and know whodunnit, but reading Poirot for the first time was memorable.

24. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I’d not read anything by this author before, but I really enjoyed the tale of Count Rostov.

25. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Have a guess? No ideas? It’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I’ve named this one as I’ve been looking for something similar to read because I enjoyed it so much but I haven’t found anything that has that unique twist to it so far.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

I’ve followed quite a few new blogs this year, and they’re all great. I enjoy reading about all the great new books out there, but my TBR list is NOT thanking me at all.

2. Favorite reviews that you wrote in 2018?

            

               

       

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey
The Corset by Laura Purcell
Adrift by Rob Boffard
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
The Outsider by Stephen King
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

If it’s not book reviews then my favourite posts to write are Top Ten Tuesday topics. I enjoy the chance to think back about books I’ve read, and make lists about books I’ve still to read. I also like engaging with other readers about the things they’ve read, and TTT gives the opportunity to do this. Here are some of my recent favourite Top Ten Tuesday posts…

Falling Into Fall
Hidden or Not-So-Hidden Gems
Poolside Reads AKA My Summer TBR List

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

As always… Bout of Books. I love a readathon.  I also enjoy Readers Imbibing Peril, it’s the sign that Autumn is coming!
If there’s one thing I would like, it would be to know about readathons before they start so I have time to plan and participate. They’re great fun.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Taking part in readathons.

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My Falling into Fall Top Ten Tuesday post.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any review posts.

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Unbound Worlds. This site is devoted to all things Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I can’t believe I’d not come across it until very recently after I saw it mentioned in a blog post.

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed my Goodreads challenge, but I did set a fairly low target.
I participated in Beat the Backlist and read 14 books, which was more than I was expecting.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

This list could be endless. I’ll just mention a few of the first titles that come to mind, but this really is only the beginning…

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Circe by Madeline Miller
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

I’m always on the look out for something new by Stephen King.
I believe John Gwynne also has a new book, A Time of Blood, which I’d like to read.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Can The Binding by Bridget Collins count? From what I read this is the author’s first adult novel, so it’s sort of a debut but not really.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. I really want to read The Girl in the Tower as soon as I can, but I’m already looking forward to this next book too!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I think my answer for this is the first as last year.  I’d like to read some books I already own. I think I may sign up for Beat the Backlist again, and give myself an incentive to pick up the books I’ve been neglecting.


So concludes this year-end survey, Congratulations if you made it all the way through to the end! What have you been reading this year? And what are you looking forward to reading next?

2017: The Year-End Book Survey

This Year End Survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.

I love this opportunity to look back over the last year of reading.
Going through my list of what I’ve read usually makes me smile as I remember some of the great stories and characters I’ve encountered over the last 12 months.

2017 Reading Stats

Number of books you read:  35

Re-Reads: 3

Most Popular Genre: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)

I’ve read so many great books this year that I’m definitely going to choose more than one, so here are (a few of) my favourite 2017 releases…

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

And from the Backlist…

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
All of the Harry Potter books that I managed to re-read this year.

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

Origin by Dan Brown.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?

The Muse by Jessie Burton. I really loved the two timelines and the way it was bought to life.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?

I don’t usually recommend books to people I know, mostly because no one seems to read the genres that I like to read.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Series started – Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan. I loved his Powder Mage series, and seeing some of the characters from that feature in this new series was great. I loved the viewpoints of those who’d only had secondary roles before, and I can’t wait for the next book.

Sequel – Any of the Harry Potter books by J. K.. Rowling

Series Ender – The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan. I don’t mind admitting it all got a little bit emotional as the conclusion drew near. Those characters had been through so much it was a shame to leave them behind.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Laura Purcell (The Silent Companions) and Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale).

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

Hm, tough question, because I’ve found that straying from my comfort zone recently hasn’t actually yielded any positive results, so choosing a ‘best’ book would be pretty hard.

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

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan was pretty action-packed.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I doubt I’ll re-read something that I only read this year, but I am slowly making my way through my first ever Harry Potter series re-read, and that will definitely be continuing next year. The next one I have to read is Goblet of Fire. I’m reading the book then watching the movie again too, and it’s really good so far.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (and I got the tiger on the inner cover, which was the one I really wanted).
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley.

11. Most memorable character of 2017? 

Tamas from the Powder Mage books by Brian McClellan. Without giving anything away, I cried at the end of The Autumn Republic.

I also really liked Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris was very lyrical and the beautiful illustrations were the perfect accompaniment to good writing.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

According to Goodreads Needful Things by Stephen King clocks in at 933 pages and is the longest book I’ve read this year.
Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar has 171 pages and is the shortest books I’ve read this year.
Coincidence that Stephen King features in both categories for this one.

14. Book That Shocked You The Most

Still thinking about this one.

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

I loved all the scenes between Vasya and Morozko in The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (I know I’m mentioning that book a lot). Are they OTP? I can’t decide at the moment, but they’re about as close as I can think of.

16. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Vintage, Noon and Tor from The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. They’re a great trio and I cant wait to find out where their adventures will take them in the next book.

17. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King.

18. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Can’t think of anything at the moment for this one.

19. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Morozko from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Okay, he’s a frost-demon, and he’s dangerous, and it probably isn’t a wise choice, but then these things usually aren’t, are they?

20. Best 2017 debut you read?

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Both of these were really well written.

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

I loved The Bridge in The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. A spooky, mystery-shrouded mansion house out in the country? Great stuff!

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

How bad is it that I can’t actually recall reading anything that uplifting this year? Perhaps I should aim for a little more variety in my book choices for next year.

23. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I only came across this book by chance when I saw the paperback and thought it was a pretty cover. I had no clue what I’d been missing out on! Such a great story, with a wonderfully strong central character in Vasya. I loved the magic and the myth, the folklore and the danger, and Vasya herself is one of my new favourite characters.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Here are a few of my 5 star reads for the year…

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

2. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I’ve no doubt said this before… I really need to try and write more discussion posts. I’ll have to go for my Top Ten Tuesday Winter TBR post, as that seemed to produce the most interaction with other people.

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

As always… Bout of Books. I love a good readathon.
If there’s one thing I would like to do more of with my blog in the new year, it would be to know about readathons before they take place so I have time to get some books and participate. They’re great fun.

4. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Taking part in readathons.

5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any review posts.

6. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I did. I participated in the Goodreads Challenge. I set myself the total of 20 books and in the end I managed to read 35 books.
I also did Beat the Backlist, to try and encourage my to stop neglecting my own books and my massive TBR pile. I managed to read 15 books, which I thought was quite good.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Just one? How can I only list one when I have so many? I’ll limit myself to two…

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Artemis by Andy Weir

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? 

I believe Stephen King has a new book coming out, possibly in the middle of the year, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that one.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin Looks like it might be a great read.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. I know it’s already out, but I don’t think I’ll get around to it this year now. I can’t wait to get back into Vasya’s world and share another adventure with her.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

As usual I’d like to read more books that I already own. I think I might sign up for Beat the Backlist again, and give myself an incentive to pick up the books I’ve been neglecting.

2016: The Year-End Book Survey

This Year End Survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.

I love this opportunity to look back over the last year of reading.
Going through my list of what I’ve read usually makes me smile as I remember some of the great stories and characters I’ve encountered over the last 12 months.
This will probably be my final post of 2016, so I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and I’ll be back in 2017 for more bookish blogging. See you then!

2016 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 25

Re-Reads: 0

Most Popular Genre: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2016 release vs. backlist)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Fellside by M. R. Carey
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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

Mount! By Jilly Cooper.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?

Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan (loved it!)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?

Ha, totally failed on this front (again).

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Series started – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I actually watched the tv series before I read the book, but that didn’t take away any of the enjoyment of reading about Jamie and Claire’s adventures. It’s definitely a series I’m going to continue with.

Sequel – Okay, it’s not a sequel, but it is the second book by an author that I’ve read, so I’m going to say Fellside by M. R. Carey.

Series Ender – End of Watch by Stephen King. I really enjoyed that book, so much in fact that it made me want to go right back to the beginning and the read the trilogy all over again.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent) and Joe Hill (The Fireman).

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

Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan. My last read of 2016 and not my usual fare, but it was SO GOOD!

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

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. What an eerie murder mystery that book was. I really must read more Christie.

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I can’t see myself re-reading in 2017, mainly because I’ve decided to try and stop neglecting the books I already own but have yet to read. I really want to try and make a dent in my never-ending TBR list of books, but if I did choose to re-read something I’d go for The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. And Christmas Under the Stars had a gorgeous cover too.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

The Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry was really well written.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

According to Goodreads The Fireman by Joe Hill was the longest book I read at 768 pages.
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson checks in at 128 page and is likely the shortest book I read.

14. Book That Shocked You The Most

There was a twist in Fellside by M. R. Carey that I didn’t see coming.

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

I can’t choose just one, I really can’t, so…

Jamie and Claire from Outlander.

Harper and John Rookwood from The Fireman by Joe Hill

Agnieszka and the Dragon from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

16. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi from the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency have a great friendship.

Also Dunk and Egg from A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin.

17. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

End of Watch by Stephen King.

18. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Can’t think of anything at the moment for this one.

19. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Jamie from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and John Rookwood from The Fireman by Joe Hill.

20. Best 2016 debut you read?

I don’t think I’ve read a single debut during the year which I’m a bit surprised about.

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

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey created a journey upriver into Alaska so vividly that I remained glued to the book the entire time I was reading. I could barely put it down, the characters and the setting were so intriguing.

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

Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan was a nice way to end my reading year.

23. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan. It had a really unique meeting between two characters which I thought was just great. I really enjoyed the read.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

I enjoyed writing about The Essex Serpent because I enjoyed reading the book so much. It’s always hard to rein it in when I’ve enjoyed something and really want to talk endlessly about it but without giving anything major away and risk spoiling it for new readers.

2. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I really must try to add more of these types of posts to my blog, but for now I’ll go for my Top Ten Tuesday post for book groups who are looking for a post-apocalyptic type situation. I really enjoyed thinking about the titles I would add to that list.

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I love Bout of Books and the daily updating of my reading progress on the blog. I also started joining in Top Ten Tuesday a little more regularly towards the end of the year and enjoyed that too.

4. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Taking part in readathons knowing so many other people are doing the same thing at the same time.

5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any review posts really.

6. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

As usual I set myself a target for the Goodreads challenge. I went really low with 25 books and in the end I struggled to manage even that amount. I think it’s because I read so many really long books. I can’t seem to resist them, so I think my next target for this challenge will be even lower.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Just one? Have several – Cell, Needful Things and Misery, all by Stephen King. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher, Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, The Trees by Ali Smith. Okay, I’ll stop now.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

The next Oversight book by Charlie Fletcher.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

The final Oversight book by Charlie Fletcher. They usually appear quite early on in the year, so hopefully it will be one of my first reads of the new year.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

I may have said this before but I really want to try and read more of the books I already own. I was looking through my e-reader a while ago and was amazed at some of the books I found I’d already bought and totally forgotten about. So many great stories and yet I haven’t read any of them. So, 2017 is the year that I’m really going to try and read at least a few of my own books. I’m even considering signing up to a challenge to try and give me an incentive to do this.

2015: The Year-End Book Survey

This Year End Survey is hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.

I love the opportunity to look back over the last year of reading. I think I’ve read the least number of books this year that I’ve read in a long time, but looking back should still be fun.
This will probably be one of my final posts of 2015, so I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and I’ll be back in 2016 for more bookish blogging. See you then!

2015 Reading Stats

Number of books you read: 30

Re-Reads: 0

Most Popular Genre: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller
and both of the Oversight books by Charlie Fletcher.

I read so many great books this year that it’s hard to choose just one or two.

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

I don’t think there has been anything that stands out as a let down really.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell was a great read with some surprises and twists along the way.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?

Ha, totally failed on this front. Someone did take The Watchmaker… but I don’t think they have given it a go yet.

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

There were a few great series starters including The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller (I can’t wait to get back to that world in future books) and A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.
The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher was the best sequel, and I’m really excited for the final book.  I also really enjoyed the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is probably the only series ender I read this year and I did enjoy it.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Karen Miller, Charlie Fletcher, Natasha Pulley.

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

Hm, nothing instantly comes to mind for this, which makes me wonder whether 2015 was a year of staying firmly in my comfort zone whilst reading?

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

For action-packed I would say I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.  for unputdownable I would probably go for The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

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

I doubt I’ll re-read something from my 2015 list as I really want to do a Harry Potter re-read, and I wouldn’t mind re-reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King either, so if I do any re-reading it likely be some of those books.

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

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book and have so many people comment on what a beautiful and unusual cover it had.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Katsu the clockwork octopus from The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. I don’t care that he’s not human, or even alive essentially, he was a total scene stealer.
I also really like all the members of the Last Hand of the Oversight, especially Sara Falk and Jack Sharp, oh and Cook and Ida.
And I must give a mention to the Darkling and Nikolai from the Grisha trilogy too.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

I love the witty writing of P. G. Wodehouse so for this one I’ll pick Very Good, Jeeves.  His expressions are fantastic and the scenes he describes are so easily bought to life in the imagination.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

According to Goodreads I Am Pilgrim was the longest book I read at 912 pages, but The Falcon Throne was pretty long too.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami was the shortest book I read.

14. Book That Shocked You The Most

There was a twist at the end of The Incarnations by Susan Barker that I must admit I never saw coming.

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

Sara Falk and Mr Sharp from The Paradox.

16. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Katsu’s interactions with absolutely everyone in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street were a real highlight of the book, especially with Thaniel when Katsu kept stealing socks and got imprisoned in the drawer only to break free.

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

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

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

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Everyone seems to have read the Grisha trilogy, and I really enjoyed the first two books, so it didn’t really take much convincing to get me to read the final instalment.

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

Talking of the Grisha books, I loved Nikolai.
I also really liked Mr. Sharp and The Smith from Charlie Fletcher’s The Paradox.
Jericho Barrons and V’Lane from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning have to be included here too.

20. Best 2015 debut you read?

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley.

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

The Falcon Throne had a varied world and I also really like the world building in both The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher and A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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

Definitely the P. G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves. I love the humour in the Jeeves books.

23. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley was a unique read.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I’ve been SO bad in keeping up with reviews this year but have mostly caught up now and will be posting some new reviews to my blog in the new year.

2. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I guess my readathon updates posts are the ones I have the most fun writing. I enjoy committing to making daily progress updates for the short time the readathon is on, and I enjoy finding new blogs through the link ups.

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I love readathons, all of them, so going to have to say Trees of Reverie and Bout of Books.

4. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Taking part in readathons knowing so many other people are doing the same thing and finding amazing new books to read by visiting blogs.

5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any review posts really.

6. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I signed up for a few challenges this year and while I did well in some of them the one I totally failed on was the TBR pile challenge. Apparently I don’t ever get around to reading books that I actually own, but give me a library book and it will certainly get read. I really must try and read more of my own books next year.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Just one? Have several – Promise of Blood, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Half a War, Wolf Hall, Welcome to Night Vale, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. The list goes on and on and on…

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab and End of Watch by Stephen King.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know, but if you have any recommendations do please let me know.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The final book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, End of Watch by Stephen King. I have a feeling things are going to get a little bit supernatural, and I can’t wait to go along for the ride.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I want to try and read some of my own books.

I also want to add more new content and features on my blog, possibly talking about movies and tv shows alongside the books I’ve read.

#BookADayUK May 2015 Part 2

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter.  During May Dead Good Books are hosting the event.  This is a summary of the questions and the books I’ve selected for the second half of the month.


16th:   Favourite Golden Age novel – How about a bit of Agatha Christie to get things underway? And Then There Were None.

17th:   Recommended by a friendBurial Rites by Hannah Kent. I loved this atmospheric read and was glad for the recommendation.

18th:   Literary sidekick – I’m not really sure which you would call the sidekick but I loved the team of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

19th:   A modern classic – I think the Harry Potter books probably count as modern classics.

20th:   An unusual murder weapon – I can remember there was a really good short story in Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood which had a pretty unique murder weapon. I’m not giving anything away because it’s a book well worth reading but the cleverness and the planning were really good.

21st:   Chilled my bonesThe Shining by Stephen King. There was one scene in that novel which almost made my skin crawl. What a read!

22nd:   Wish there was a sequel – I’m currently re-reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. It’s many years since I first read the book, so I cannot recall how it ends and whether a sequel would be possible, but I’m already wishing that there WAS a sequel.

23rd:   Most beautiful bookThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Some of the imagery in that book is amazing.

24th:   Can’t wait to read…Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. This is the sequel to The Diviners, which I absolutely adored, so I eagerly await being able to return to that world again. Also The Winds of Winter by George R R Martin (am trying to be very patient in my wait for this book!).

25th:   Exotic location – Dorne from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

26th:   Most epic ending – It’s been a while since I finished reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and I STILL can’t get that ending out of my mind.  I really want to read that series again.

27th:   Best small screen adaptation – Okay, it’s early days, but how could I not mention Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I’m re-reading the book at the moment, which I’m loving, and I think the tv series really does it justice. Go watch it if you’re not already.

28th:   Summer read – Anything by Ali McNamara, Jilly Cooper or Karen Swan.

29th:   The unreliable narrator – Rachel from The Girl on the Train.

30th:   The book that kept me awake at nightDisclaimer is one of the books keeping me awake at the moment because I ALWAYS need ‘just one more chapter’.

31st:   My next read – I have an endless amount of books on my e-reader, all demanding attention, and a pile of library books which have to be back by a certain date, so I’ll probably go for one of those next. A few of the potential reads include – The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, The Incarnations by Susan Barker, Carnival of Shadows by R. J. Ellory and Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris.

#BookADayUK May 2015 Part 1

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter.  During May Dead Good Books are hosting the event.  This is a summary of the questions and the books I’ve selected for the first half of the month.


1st:   Best loved classic – I’m torn between Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, so I’ll say both of them.

2nd:   Full of red herringsThe Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. That story had plenty of twists and turns before it became clear what was going on and I loved every moment of it.

3rd:   Addictive crime series – This is hard for me as I don’t really read much crime. I did very much enjoy the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson, and the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo are great too.

4th:   From another planetThe Humans by Matt Haig.

5th:   Ultimate page turner – The most recent read I couldn’t bring myself to put down was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Definitely a page turner even though it was such a long book.

6th:   Scariest villain – Naughty John from The Diviners by Libba Bray. Also, couldn’t do this topic without an honorary mention for Pennywise from IT by Stephen King.

7th:   My fictional Prime Minister – Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. I think he’d be amazing!

8th:   Last crime novel I readWant You Dead by Peter James.

9th:   Favourite amateur sleuth – Miss Marple.

10th:   Bought on a whim – I’m such a massive fan of the library that I can’t remember the last time I bought a book on a whim, but there have been ENDLESS amounts of library books I’ve borrowed on a whim, based on something as simple as the cover design or a catchy blurb.

11th:   Favourite fictional detective – I’m sure this will have been a popular choice but it has to be Sherlock Holmes I think.

12th:   Finest Short Story – I recently read Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress and I loved each and every story in that collection. I couldn’t pick just one because each one was memorable.

13th:   Psychologically thrillingShutter Island by Dennis Lehane. What a gripping read, and really delivers on the twists too.

14th:   Most peculiar novelThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell had some quite peculiar sections to it, and strangely enough they were the scenes I enjoyed the most and looked forward to reading more about. I loved the mix of fantasy and everyday throughout the book.

15th:   I guessed the killer – I have a confession – I’m hopeless at this sort of thing. I think I would make a pretty awful detective, because the big reveal usually comes as a surprise to me!


What do you think of this month’s questions?  Have you read any of these books, or which would you have chosen instead.  As always, do let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back at the end of the month with another list of books!

#BookADayUK February 2015 Part 2

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter.  During February Borough Press are hosting the event.  This is a summary of the questions and the books I’ve selected for the second half of this month.


16th:   Favourite book in translation – I adore the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’ve read many of his books, but I think the one that really stands out, and the one I’ve read more than once is The Shadow of the Wind.

17th:   Book you were wrong about – Not sure about this one?  Will have to give it some more thought.

18th:   Book you read after seeing the film – I recently watched Before I Go To Sleep and now I really want to read the book because I enjoyed the film a lot.

19th:   Favourite book about music – Hm, this is tricky. The Phantom of the Opera. I love the book and the stage show, and it does feature music, so I think that counts.

20th:   Slept with the lights on after reading – I don’t think I get scared too easily, but there were certain scenes in The Shining by Stephen King that I couldn’t get out of my mind for a while after reading the book!

21st:   Brings back good memoriesRight Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. There was a particular scene in this book that I just had to pause on because it made me laugh so much. I ended up rereading it over and over, and each time it just seemed funnier than the last. I laughed so much I had tears streaming down my face and ended up with stomach ache. It’s a good job I was home alone so no one could witness the scene.

22nd:   Glad you took a chance onTwenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. It was a total change from the books I would usually read and I found every minute of it a pure joy. I liked it so much I would read it again.

23rd:   Favourite book published in your lifetime – This question made me realise that many of the books I’ve read and enjoyed are quite literally before my time, especially when it comes to the classics such as Jane Eyre and North and South. So, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin it is then!

24th:   Character you’d least like to turn up on a blind date – Inspired by yesterday’s answer – Joffrey Baratheon. Enough to send any girl running for the hills I would imagine. While I may enjoy a fictional bad boy there are limits.

25th:   Book you would give to a lover – Have pondered on this one for so long now and still haven’t come up with an answer.  Oh, I know… Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I love the way Darcy and Elizabeth clash so often before they actually manage to accept that they’re in love with each other.

26th:   A book you’d love to discuss with your favourite author – Some of my favourite authors at the moment are Stephen King and George R. R. Martin, so I would happily sit and talk about any of their books with them, and any other books they wanted to talk about as well. It would be brilliant to get book recommendations from your favourite authors.

27th:   Longest owned unread – I have PILES of books that would fit into this category. I wouldn’t even know where to begin, but casting my eyes over my vastly over-stacked bookcase the first one that catches my eye is A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. It’s such a massive book that it’s a little daunting, which may be one of the reasons I’ve never read it to date.

28th:   Book to convert a non-readerThe Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s a book about books, reading and a love of literature. It shows how these things can help bring people together and is all-round a wonderful story, although I did find parts of it pretty sad. Such a great read though.