2015 End of Year Reading Survey

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Number of books you read:
Sarah: 30
Gab: 50
Megan: 16

Number of re-reads:
Sarah: 1 1/2: Tuck Everlasting , and half of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Gab: 2 – Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling and The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Megan: 1 – Mocking Jay

Genre you read the most from:
Sarah: Dystopian / Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Gab: Adult fiction (Scifi/Fantasy/Memoirs)
Megan: Young Adult

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Best book you read in 2015:
Sarah: Review Request: Blue Karma by J.K. Ullrich ; Non-Review Request: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Gab: Review Request: A Vanishing Glow by Alexis Radcliff, Non-Review Request: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Megan: Review Request: The Surface’s End by David Joel Stevenson; Non Review Request: Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy (Success Motivation Book)

Book you were excited about & thought you going to love more, but didn’t:
Sarah: Winter by Marissa Meyer
Gab:  The Martian by Andy Weir and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Megan: Daughter of Light by VC Andrews

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Sarah: Deviation by Christine Manzari – by the look of the cover I was turned off, but it turned out being a great book!
Gab: My French Whore by Gene Wilder – I picked it up because he’s Willy Wonka, but it was a decent novella! I’d read something else by him.
Megan: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – The series didn’t not go the direction I was fully expecting in the second book

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Sarah: Unwind series by Neal Shusterman
Gab: Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman ( I probably got 4-5 students hooked on it), and I pushed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline on adults.
Megan: Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Sarah: The Lunar Chronicles Series
Gab: The Name of the Wind (KingKiller Chronicles  #1) by Patrick Rothfuss – best series started; A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin – best sequel
Megan: The Maze Runner by James Dashner = Best Sequel I started in 2015

Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Sarah: J.K. Ullrich
Gab: R.J. Palacio
Megan: Lauren Kate

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Sarah: Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars
Gab: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Megan: Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James – yes I jumped on that bandwagon 😉

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Sarah: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Gab: Armada by Ernest Cline

Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Sarah: The Young Elites just because I feel like I need to re-read before starting Rose Society
Gab: Probably one of the Sophie Kinsella books I read or Land Line by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Sarah: The Selection Series
Gab: We Have Always Live in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Megan: Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long

Most memorable character of 2015?
Sarah: Deamon from Lux
Gab: Max from The Book Thief
Megan: Luce from the Fallen Series

Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Sarah: Blue Karma by J.K. Ullrich
Gab: Tie between The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and We Have Always Live in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Sarah: The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Gab: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Megan: Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Sarah: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Gab: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Megan: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
Sarah: “She thought of the orchids spreading across the plains below, choking the life out of other plants, out of the soil itself, selfish and unstoppable. Tally Youngblood was a weed. And, unlike the orchids, she wasn’t even a pretty one.”
Gab:“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief………………..”Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Sarah: Shortest: Tuck Everlasting; Longest: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Gab: Shortest:Warm Up by V.E. Schwab (15 pages); Longest: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (1123 pages)
Megan: Shortest: The Surface’s End by David Joel Stevenson ; Longest: Daughter of Light by VC Andrews

Book That Shocked You The Most
Sarah: Polarity in Motion- plot twist with the parents OMG
Gab: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Sarah: Tally and Zane by Uglies = Zally? Tane?
Gab: Georgie and Neal from Land Line by Rainbow Rowell
Megan: Spencer and Dalton in Under The Influence by L.B. Simmons

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Sarah: Lee Fisher and Bex from Willful Machines
Gab: Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak from Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler and Seth Myers form Yes, Please, and August and Samantha from Wonder

Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Sarah: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Gab: One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Sarah: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell…. THANK YOU ALL
Gab:  The Unwind Dystology – Thanks, Sarah. One of the best presents ever.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Sarah: Daemon from Lux
Gab: Any male love interest from Sophie Kinsella books – Sam Roxton, Nathaniel, Jack, Ed…
Megan: Daniel from the Fallen Series

Best 2015 debut you read?
Sarah: The Heir by Kiera Cass
Gab: A Vanishing Glow by Alexis Radcliff

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Sarah: The Uglies series
Gab: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Megan: Passion (Fallen Series) by Lauren Kate

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Sarah: Cinder
Gab: Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (The most fun to listen to was Yes, Please by Amy Poehler)

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Sarah: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure… page 154 to be exact.
Gab: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Wonder by R.J. Palacio ( I was a blubbering mess with these two.)
Megan: Under The Influence by L.B. Simmons

Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Sarah: Blue Karma by J.K. Ullrich
Gab: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi and A Vanishing Glow by Alexis Radcliff

Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Sarah: Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars
Gab: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
Sarah: Legacy by Ellery Kane
Gab: The World is Round by Gertrude Stein

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Sarah: An Abundance of Katherines … didn’t like this book at all
Gab: Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and The Martian by Andy Weir (Major issues with both.)

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Sarah: ReadWriteLove28 by Nori
Gab: Star Noble’s Book Review

Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Sarah: Blue Karma by J.K. Ullrich
Gab: Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
Megan: The Matched Trilogy Review

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Sarah: Top Authors Discovered This Year
Gab: I had fun writing my Future TBR posts

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Sarah: Queen of Shadows Release Day Blitz
Gab: This Raging Light Release Day Blitz

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Sarah: Getting to talk to the best partner I could ask for on a weekly or even daily basis about books! #LoveYaGab #Nargles
Gab:  Getting the opportunity to take my hobby of reading to the next level. Couldn’t have done it without Sarah. Books and reading reconnected us after we went our separate ways after graduating from college. MOM! Brb, gonna get some jet pack fuel!
Megan: Joining the force 😉 Girl Plus Book

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Sarah: Getting others to comment / follow our blog
Gab: Staying on top of writing posts and getting them published in a timely manner aka working multiple jobs and blogging. Also, trying to get people to subscribe and comment.
Megan: Finding more time to read so I can write more reviews!

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Sarah: The Uglies
Gab: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Sarah: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Gab: To Kill a Mocking Bird

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Sarah: Book Worm Boutique
Gab: Overdrive – get a library card and sign up for Overdrive now! So many different format of books you can check out. And it’s FREE!
Megan: “Borrowing or Lending” Books for Kindle for free

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Sarah: Yes! Just made it to the 30 mark!
Gab: Yes! My goal was 35, but thanks to audiobooks, I read 50!

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One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
Sarah: THRONE OF GLASS SERIES
Gab: Every book I own that I haven’t read yet.
Megan: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Sarah: RED QUEEN
Gab: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab or the next Game of Thrones book, The Winds of Winter if it is released this year

2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Sarah: Sirens by Kiera Cass
Gab: I’m behind on my knowledge of 2016 releases

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Sarah: 3rd of Fifth Wave series
Gab: A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Sarah: Get to 100 website subscribers
Gab: Definitely keep reading more diversely. I love the direction my reading has gone in the past few years. A lot more adult fiction and classics. I would also like to get 50-100 subscribers for the blog.
Megan: Read 25+ books

We want to thank everyone who has supported us in this new journey called Girl Plus Book. We plan on creating more and more great content for you all in the future. We hope you all stick around! Keep on reading in 2016! 

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