Best in Books 2016: End of Year Bookish Survey

Posted December 30, 2016 in Monthly Wrap Ups / Leave a comment!

Hello lovelies! I’ve been waiting for the 2016 of this survey to come out all month. Now it’s finally here and I can look back on everything I read last year! This survey is created every year by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and I highly recommend you go check her blog out. Plus everyone links up their bookish surveys and it’s a lot of fun seeing what everyone picks for their answers.

And now it begins! Here are my answers for the 2016 End of Year Bookish Survey!

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 128
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


Adult: 13.8%
New Adult: 11.5%
Young Adult: 70.8%
Middle Grade: 3.8

Female Authors: 89.2%
Male Authors: 10%

# of Different Authors: 75
Most Read Author: Kelley Armstrong

Hardcover: 17.1%
Paperback: 22.5%
eBook: 48.8%
Audiobook: 11.6%

New Releases: 38.5%
Older Books: 61.5%

Different Series: 60
Stand Alones: 28

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 2013 release vs. backlist)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I was expecting something amazing but I was surprised at how horrible that ending was. Not impressed.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I got a couple people to read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Series: Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Sequel: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Series Ender: Limerence by Charlotte McConaghy

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
S. Usher Evans!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Nowhere But Here by Katy McGary. Probably the first contemporary book I’ve given 5 stars to.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Possibly A Court of Mist and Fury to refresh my brain before the next one.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Risuko by David Kudler

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Probably Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I thought The Star-Touched Queen had beautiful writing even though I didn’t like anything else about the book.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
A Court of Mist and Fury made me think a lot about abusive relationships in YA books and how they are not ok.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Center Ice by Cate Cameron.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“Come to think of it, she couldn’t remember what she had done all day, other than spending too much time in the humor section of Pinterest and refreshing her Facebook over and over again.” from Empath by S. Usher Evans. Such a relatable character.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: Animal Farm by George Orwell (96 pages)
Longest: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson (679 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova. I was not at all prepared for the death in this book.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Yelena and Valek from the Study and Soulfinders series by Maria V. Snyder.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Ari and Janco from the Study and Soulfinders series by Maria V. Snyder.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Baldair from Air Awakens by Elise Kova.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Painting Sky by Rita Branches

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I love the worlds in the Saga series by Brain Vaughan.

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

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova was the only book that made me cry this year.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Thanks A Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Again, Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
I thought Stalking Jack the Ripper was pretty unique. It was fun reading about a serial killer where the events happened but then adding a different kind of twist.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider. I wanted to yell at the main character so badly.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
It’s hard to tell which ones I found in 2016 but I think I’ll go with Novel Knight.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I’m not sure which was the best to write but my review of The Queen of the Tearling has done the best this year.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I enjoyed writing my post on bookish subscription boxes to try.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Only virtual for me! Though I did attend a Cursed Child Release party that was pretty fun.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Just meeting people and making new friends in general!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
It’s become a little more challenging to come up with fun and exciting content that isn’t reviews.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Best Tips and Tricks to Personalize Your Blog.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any of my Travelling the Pages posts!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’ve been using Libib a lot this year which helps me to track what books I already own.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes! I finished my GoodReads challenge and there was a few others that I didn’t expect to complete but I still did good.

Looking Ahead

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

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Rituals by Kelley Armstrong or Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Rituals by Kelley Armstrong

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I want to schedule my blog posts even farther in advance than what I’m currently doing now so I don’t have to worry about it as much.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The Union by S. Usher Evans!

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11 responses to “Best in Books 2016: End of Year Bookish Survey

  1. Great post! I’ve been holding off on reading some of your travelling the pages posts just because there are so many. Ergh I’m so sorry about that! But I’ve loved the ones I’ve read so far. I was disappointed (as most people were) by the cursed child.

    • bftreviews

      That’s totally ok! I made a master list under features to make it easier 😉 Also the 2017 reading challenge is coming up so I’m sure you’ll see lots more things in that feature!
      Also yes Cursed Child makes me sad. I avoid talking about it now. Didn’t happen hahaha

  2. Yay, stats!

    What’s the best book you read this year?!

    My boyfriend wants me to read The Cursed Child with him next year, and I’m dreading it. xD

    Ughh, Everything, Everything really did have the worst ending. >.<

    Do you think the relationship in ACOMAF was abusive? (I haven't read it yet, but I was already turned of by ACOTAR.) And if so, is it okay?

    Ooh, yes, I need to go add Saga to my survey for best worldbuilding!

    I hope you love Morning Star! It was a great series ender. I can't believe you haven't read it yet, lol.

    • bftreviews

      Omg there’s no way I could pick a beat book. Nowhere But Here by Katy McGary was the most surprising and Shadow Saturday and Gemina were ones I knew would be great and they were.
      Cursed Child is worth the read just so you can say you read it 😂
      Everything Everything and The Star Touched Queen were my most disappointing reads I think. Both did not live up to the hype.
      I also can’t believe I haven’t read Morning Star yet especially because I raved about Red Rising. Next year for sure!

  3. I love reading these! I am so happy you ended up reading Nowhere But Here by Katy McGary. Have you read the next one? I can’t remember. It’s also really good.

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