2016 End of Year Book Survey

Posted December 30, 2016 by Melissa in Book promo, Discussion Post, Event recap, Novel Notions | 27 Comments

The Annual End of Year Book Survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2016!!

Total Number Of Books Read/Listened To:

 127 – Including short stories and novellas

Number of These That Were Re-Reads:

3 – The first rereads of my life – The Passage & The Twelve to prepare for The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin and The Age of Miracles (I started the adiobook and was 1/3 of the way thru before realizing I’d already read it…lol)

Number of These That Were Audiobooks:

52 – I think this is the most audiobooks I’ve ever listened to in one year!

Number of DNFs:

6 –

  • The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich (Took a twist not to my taste)
  • Plaid and Plagiarism (Highland Bookshop Mystery #1) by Molly MacRae (Too ridiculous)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Too inane)
  • Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand (Too boring)
  • Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor (too slow)
  • War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite (Too much change in POV)


You can check out my Goodreads Year here!


1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Too hard to narrow it down! Check out my Top Ten List:

Top Ten Reads Of 2016

But if I had to…I think it may have been this one!

the-secret-ingredient-of-wishesThe Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell (My Review)

This read just made me feel warm and cozy and happy the whole time I was reading it.

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

When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz (My Review)

I love this author so much…but this one just didn’t do it for me!

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

Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton (My Review)

Outside of my normal reading genres…but an unexpected treat!

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

These are the three I’ve been “pushing” not so sure how effectively! lol

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

Best Series Starters:

I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1) by Dan Wells
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood
Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

Best Series Sequels:

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) by K.A. Tucker
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

Best Series Enders:

Sweet Destiny (Klaus Brothers #5) by Penny Watson
The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin (My Review)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

♥ Susan Bishop Crispell – See #1 above!

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

♥ Nuts – See #3 above!

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


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (My Review)

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

I generally never reread. This was the first year that I have ever done so…and I am not planning to reread any of my 2016 reads at this point.

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

I can’t choose just one!

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Definitely Joe!

Hidden Bodies

Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes (My Review)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake (My Review)

Not life changing but definitely very thought provoking…

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

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

Here are two of many:

“I’ve always known, on a purely intellectual level, that our separateness and isolation are an illusion. We’re all made of the same thing—the blown-out pieces of matter formed in the fires of dead stars.” – DARK MATTER BY BLAKE CROUCH

“To know and be known: that was the final desire, the heart of love.” – THE CITY OF MIRRORS (THE PASSAGE #3) BY JUSTIN CRONIN

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Per Goodreads:


 SHORTEST BOOK @ 21 pages
Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box  by Mira Grant
LONGEST BOOK @ 832 pages
Winter by Marissa Meyer


17. Book That Shocked You The Most?


Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (My Review)

This book went straight to Crazy Town

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

Joe & Rosie from Inside the O’Brien’s
Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park
Georgie & Neal from Landline
Shandi & William from Someone Else’s Love Story

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

Don & Gene’s friendship in The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2) by Graeme Simsion

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

The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin

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

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

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

Eh, I’m not much for book crushes but I’ll take any of Penny Watson’s Klaus Brothers 🙂

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell (My Review)
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (My Review)

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

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood

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

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell (My Review)

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

These all made me cry!

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Faithful by Alice Hoffman

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

In terms of least reviews on Goodreads:  Sweet Destiny (Klaus Brothers #5) by Penny Watson

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?


Faithful by Alice Hoffman (My Review)


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

Paper Fury

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

There were a few:






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


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

I really took it easy this year. I even skipped BEA – it just wan’t practical for me to travel to Chicago. I think I most enjoyed was the Random House Open House event that I attended this summer. Some of the authors I got to meet were Pierce Brown, Justin Cronin, Debbie Macomber, & Anna Quindlen.

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

Every comment and interaction is what makes this all worthwhile:)

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Not giving up…I took a bit of a break mid year and almost considered giving blogging up due to time constraints. I’m glad now that I didn’t.

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


8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?


I’d love for more people to spread the paranormal love to witches and join us!!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Bookstagram – It may be the worst too. I am so in love with so many feeds and have tried to step up my game a little these past few months…but I so don’t have an eye…or the space, shelves or props for it. Maybe next year!! LOL

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

Such a fail….actually I probably did complete several but my real failure is in tracking them 🙁 I hope to post a wrap up tomorrow!


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

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve been postponing because I don’t want the series to end, but January it will be!

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

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović

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

Found (Shipwreck Island #4) by S.A. Bodeen

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

I hope to do two things primarily:

  • Review every book I read within 2 weeks of reading – Weekly or bi-weekly tweet type review round ups should hopefully keep me on target
  • Participate in more book blogger events that will help me connect more and develop deeper friendships with other bloggers


6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

I haven’t read many 2017 releases and haven’t really recommended any yet but this one was cute 🙂

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27 responses to “2016 End of Year Book Survey

    • Melissa

      Definitely read Dark Matter, Brandee! It is so good…and I hope we both love The Raven King as much as we expect we will!!

    • Melissa

      This was a lot for me too…and next year it will decrease dramatically now that hubby and I commute to work together and I can no longer listen in the car!

  1. You did great this year and I definitely see some of my favorite reads on this list as well and of course, those I still want to get too. I think 2017 for me will be all about the TBR pile. 😉
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  2. Wow! Looks like this year rocked it for you blogging wise! Nice! I hope 2017 rocks just as much for you. Oh and you reminded me I need to read Nuts. It is a book I would have passed on but so many of you have been recommending it… I need to find out for myself! 😀
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    • Melissa

      I totally would have passed on Nuts as well…but I’m glad I didn’t. The sequel did disappoint me though…it sort of reminded me why I don’t normally read this type of book.

  3. 127 books! That’s pretty good! And dark Matter I SO have to read! Can’t wait… and Pretty Baby you have me curious about with that reference to crazy town. I love twists and crazy plots so maybe I should read that. The Raven King of course looks awesome and I like the look of Found too!
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    • Melissa

      I had a great year with audios…it’ll go down this year since hubby and I commute together and that is my audiobook time…we’ll see how many I can get in now! lol

  4. Holy bananas, girl!! This post was a work of art that must have taken you FOREVER to do but was sooo fun at the same time!! I might try and look back but I’m sort of afraid of being disappointed in what I didn’t do. YOU read so many great book!! Justin Cronin’s series sounded so fantastic but I was behind already so I never got to that one!!

    And I’ll have to check out your bullet journaling post b/c I have no clue what it is but it sure looks pretty… 🙂

    Happy New Year!! I’m glad you’re still here!!!
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    • Melissa

      LOL…This post took me about 7 hours no joke…a lot of tough decisions!

      Still on the fence about the bullet journalling. I know that I know what I need to get done in life…will writing it down and crossing things off a list really get me more organized and induce me to actually accomplish things…or will I feel even worse for wasting time and still not getting things done?? I don’t know.LOL

  5. I am sorry that When All The Girls Have Gone didn’t work as well for you as the author’s other books. I’ve only read one book by her under her pseudonym Amanda Quick. I really want to read The Secret Ingredient of Wishes (which I’ve probably said a gazillion times before). I need to give more Atwood a try. I’ve only read Blind Assassin so far. Oryx and Crake is on my list of hers to read. Faithful and Monsters Call . . . Both books I really must make time for. Even if they make me cry–and I’m sure they will.

    It looks like you had a good reading year overall, Melissa! I hope you have another great year in books in 2017.
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  6. A few people have said Winter was their longest book — it’s scaring me! The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favourite books, and I’d love to read Oryx and Crake — I’m not sure why I’ve still not read another Atwood! Oh, and the cover of All the Light We Cannot See is exquisite … and I can’t wait to read the book, either! Loved this post 🙂

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