End of Year Bookish Survey

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“But it’s nearly March, Ngoc!” I hear you say. Better late than never, right? Quite a fitting motto to wrap up my presence in the book community in 2016, where I posted videos semi-consistently (if you can call 1-2 videos a month consistent) up until August and then disappeared into a black hole for the rest of the year. Ditto on Bookstagram where I uploaded 57 posts, which sounds impressive until you realise that means I had nada to offer on my account for roughly 85% of the year. Don’t even get me started on my blogging schedule.

So really, can any of you even say you’re surprised that I’m posting an ‘End of Year’ book survey on the last day of February? Surely not xD

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Number of books read: 42/70

So I failed miserably with my reading challenge. Yeah, let’s not talk about that. Last year, I decided to focus on things in my life other than reading (GASP) Do I regret it? Not at all. Am I going to try to balance my life a little better this year so that I can have a social life, keep up with my fitness and read a tonne of books? YES.

Number of re-reads: 11

I re-read most of The Mortal Instruments (I didn’t finish City of Heavenly Fire until January this year,) The Infernal Devices and books 1-4 of the Throne of Glass series (in anticipation for the release of Empire of Storms)

Genre you read most from: Fantasy. No surprises there.

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Best Book You Read In 2016?

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Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray. Her writing is phenomenal (I’d highly recommend listening to the audiobook because the narration definitely elevates the storytelling to another level.) I couldn’t fault this book at all – the mystery, the plot, the setting, the diversity of the characters and the romances were all top notch and I don’t know how I’m going to survive until the next book comes out.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t? 

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I have a whole Review + Discussion post about this here so I’m not going to go into detail about why I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. I mean, I didn’t hate it but…I really, really didn’t love it either.

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Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West. I was looking for a light hearted, fluffy contemporary because I was feeling weighed down by all the fantasy I’d been reading since the start of the year and I did get that – BUT I ALSO GOT SO MUCH MORE. Gia’s fragile self esteem, and her need to prove herself to other people really resonated with high school Ngoc, and I even cried in one part of the book, which I totally wasn’t expecting. I’m definitely planning on reading more Kasie West books this year!

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I’m not really a pusher-of-books, but I have been harping on about how much I love the Disruption duology by Jessica Shirvington to anyone who’ll spare me 5 seconds and last year, one of my best friends – Tasha from faeriedrugs – finally read it. She didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, but she still gave the first book 3ish stars which is a pretty solid thumbs up.

 

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

Best series

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Best sequel

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Best series ender

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Favourite new author you discovered in 2016? 

  • Kasie West
  • Jenn Bennett
  • Brandon Sanderson

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

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Let me tell you – Ngoc doesn’t do thrillers, she doesn’t do horror, and she definitely doesn’t do psychological-thriller-wait-but-is-it-a-supernatural-thriller thrillers. And yet, I loved this book. Sure, it terrified the living daylights out of me on a few occasions (the most memorable one being when I woke up at 3am one night, sweating and
convinced there were demons in my room) but it was worth it. Mostly.

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

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson. I hardly even felt the 541 pages because there was something happening on every page. The magic in this book is so unique and Brandon Sanderson’s world building is incredible – I’m really looking forward to continuing with the series this year!

Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year this year?

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Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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Come on guys. What else would I have picked?

Most memorable character of 2016? 

YOU.CANNOT.MAKE.ME.PICK. But if I really had to, I’d say Andrew Minyard from the All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic – because you couldn’t forget him even if you tried.

Most beautifully written book read in 2016? 

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Most thought-provoking/Life-changing book of 2016?

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Especially in light of recent events that I shall not refer to explicitly, I feel like this book is more important than ever. We need to be more mindful of the things we say and realise when something transcends mere ‘education’ and starts to become ‘shaming.’ 10 times out of 10, kindness is always the better teacher.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

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I’m sorry, Anais!

Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016? 

When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”  – Julian Blackthorn a.k.a. the most precious of all my fictional cinnamon rolls, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Shortest & Longest book you read in 2016? 

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K.Rowling (59 pages)

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (698 pages)

Book that shocked you the most

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HOW DID I NOT SEE THAT ENDING COMING?!

Also honorary mention to The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson because JUST WHEN YOU THINK ALL YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS ARE SAFE-

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

Jemma. C’mon – nobody else does OTPs quite like Cassandra Clare! Also Kanej. They better be ok by the end of Crooked Kingdom or certain publishing houses are going to be set on fire.

Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year

Vin and Kel from The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Favourite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously

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Best book you read in 2016 that you read SOLELY on a recommendation from someone else/peer pressure

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You all know who recommended this series to me xD

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? 

Julian Blackthorn – DID YOU GUYS NOT READ THAT QUOTE?!

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

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Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? 

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“You’re like ten prismacolors all at once.” – THIS BOOK SENT ME THROUGH TEN PRISMACOLORS OF EMOTIONS ALL AT ONCE.

Book that made you cry/nearly cry in 2016?

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Also Me Before You by Jojo Moyes because – well, do I really need to explain?

Hidden Gem of the Year?

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This book seriously doesn’t get enough hype!

Book that crushed your soul?

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Because Cassandra Clare.

Most unique book you read in 2016? 

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Book that made you the most mad?

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There are additional questions about blogging life in this survey, but considering I don’t really have that many posts and I didn’t have time to do much blog hopping last year, I’ve decided not to include them. Thank you so much to Lauren from Wonderless Reviews for tagging me!

Hope you’ve all had a great start to the year!

Much Love,

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