2016 END OF YEAR BOOKISH SURVEY

I used to answer these on my blog, this year I'll answer them here. Hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner (http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2016/12/7th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2016-edition.html) There are loads of questions so I definitely will be adding to this list slowly.
  1. 1.
    Number of books read
    61 (there are four more books I'm busy reading which I may or may not finish in time)
  2. 2.
    Number of re-reads
    Nil! I rarely re-read.
  3. 3.
    Genre you read the most from
    I don't keep an excel sheet of my genres and I read pretty eclectically. My guess is probably contemporary and historical fiction.
  4. 4.
    Best book read in 2016
    An absolutely cruel question. I'll make a list of my top ten for the year. Maybe.
  5. 5.
    Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more, but didn't
    Fellside by M.R. Carey - after loving The Girl With All The Gifts, this was a huuuuuge let-down.
  6. 6.
    Most surprising book (in a good or bad way)
    Say What You Will by Cammie Mcgovern - surprising because it addressed issues I was dealing with at the time, and I was not expecting it AT ALL. And it addressed them with great insight.
  7. 7.
    Book you pushed the most for people to read (and they did)
    Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa - because it's current and important and people get really biased when it comes to the Israel/Palestine conflicts.
  8. 8.
    Best series started in 2016
    Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine - alternative history in which the Great Library is never destroyed, and knowledge is free but highly controlled.
  9. 9.
    Best sequel of 2016
    Eh... none.
  10. 10.
    Best series ender of 2016
    The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. Hands. Down.
  11. 11.
    Favourite new author discovered?
    Louise O'Neill (Only Ever Yours) - a YA author that addresses feminist issues... and isn't compelled to have a happy ending? I definitely intend to read more of her.
  12. 12.
    Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    Skin by Ilka Tampke - set in Iron Age Britain shortly before the Roman invasions. I knew nothing of this time period and was worried I wouldn't understand. I was also not sure that I would like the magical realism element. It turned out wonderful.
  13. 13.
    Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book read this year?
    The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey. I'm a scaredy-cat and it's not hard for zombies to thrill me and freak me out. 🤗
  14. 14.
    Book you read this year that you are most likely to re-read next year
    I rarely re-read! But it would probably be A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, because it's short, middle-grade, but nuanced. It's definitely deserving of being read again for better insight. Also, the movie is coming out soon so I might want to read it again as preparation. Maybe.
  15. 15.
    Favourite cover of a book read in 2016
    Kalyana by Rajni Mala Khelawan - it's simple but striking. I love the Henna on her arm. Loved the book too, by the way. Fiji 🇫🇯!
  16. 16.
    Most memorable character of the year
    Winter from Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles! I want a friend like Winter.
  17. 17.
    Most beautifully written book
    All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 😍
  18. 18.
    Most thought-provoking/life-changing book
    Humans of New York: Stories. I read this during one of my darkest episodes this year. I felt so isolated from humanity, and absolutely lost. And these photos and stories helped me to feel connected to these total strangers. And that was life-changing, maybe even life-saving.
  19. 19.
    Book you can't believe you waited until 2016 to read?
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I just missed doing this book in high school, and never felt the need to read it. I actually listened to it in audio just because I had nothing else to occupy me while driving to work at the time. I mean, it was okay. Certainly opens room for discussion. I rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐ on Goodreads, though it hasn't exactly left a lasting impression.
  20. 20.
    Favourite passage/quote
    "We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation, misery, and early death which, lest we forget, is the common lot.” ― Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone
  21. 21.
    Shortest book read:
    The Girl Without A Sound by Buhle Ngaba - an awesome South African picture book. 27 pages.
  22. 22.
    Longest book read:
    Winter by Marissa Meyer, 832 pages.
  23. 23.
    Book that shocked you the most
    Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill - let's just say I did noooot see that ending coming. Am I the only one? I'm not so good at predicting endings.
  24. 24.
    OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship)
    Oh, Natasha and Daniel from The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I like them both so freaking much, and together they would complement each other's personalities so well. 😍
  25. 25.
    Favourite non-romantic relationship
    Simon and Leah from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. So most people love the friendship between Abby and Simon more, but Leah and Simon are so real. And they understand each other, and then spectacularly misunderstand each other, but they care and their friendship stands. And I don't blame Leah for being a little needy. But I really love their friendship. (Also, I just like this quote)
  26. 26.
    Favourite book read in 2016 from an author you've read previously
    Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  27. 27.
    Best book read based solely on recommendation/peer pressure
    People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks - I needed to read a fictional book about religion (for a book challenge) and someone recommended this. It was epic!
  28. 28.
    Newest fictional crush
    Nimona! I don't really crush hard on fictional characters though 🤗
  29. 29.
    Best 2016 debut
    Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly - but I actually read very few debuts this year!
  30. 30.
    Best world-building/ most vivid setting
    Kalyana - I've never been to Fiji but by the author's writing alone I felt entirely immersed.
  31. 31.
    Book that put a smile on your face/was most fun to read
    The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon was soooo much fun. The protags are adorable and awkward and witty and FUNNY. I giggled like a maniac the whole time.
  32. 32.
    Book that made you cry or nearly cry
    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - I am not a book crier, but something about this book definitely made me emotional.
  33. 33.
    Hidden Gem of the year
    Sex in the Sea by Marah J. Hardt - because many don't read non-fiction and this book was an absolute treasure!
  34. 34.
    Book that crushed your soul
    Heartless by Marissa Meyer... because we know how it ends and all we can do is watch as it unfolds.
  35. 35.
    Most unique book
    Probably Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Those haunting photos were awesome. My sister was so freaked out by them that she put the book under her Bible 😂
  36. 36.
    Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)
    A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - the bullying of Nao!!! I'm mad at the parents and the teachers and the country and everyone. I was bullied in primary school so it hit kinda close to home.
  37. 37.
    Alright. This survey is thus concluded. There are other sections for life and looking ahead, but I just want to do this section.
    Here's to a great year of reading!