Wednesday, 28 December 2016

2016 End of Year Survey!!!

I can't believe it's the end of the year!!! I'm so excited for 2016 to be over and done with and for 2017 to be a lot better for a lot of people. I think we can all agree that 2016 will not be missed. Here's everything that happened this year! Also, there will be an influx of The Raven Cycle in this post. Sorry, not sorry.

Reading Stats: 

Number of books you read: 85
Number of re-reads: 2
Genre you read the most from: Honestly, I think it was fantasy this year! (whaaattt???)

Best in Books 

Best book you read in 2016: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Book you were excited about but was a let down: A Court of Mist and Fury by: Sarah J. Maas
Most surprising book you read: Cursed Child by: John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel? Best series ender?: Series: The Raven Cycle by: Maggie Stiefvater Sequel: A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir Series Ender: The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater
Favourite new author you discovered: Sabaa Tahir!
Best book from a genre you don't typically read from: The Martian by: Andy Weir
Most action-packed book: An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir
Book you read in 2016 that you will most likely re-read: The Raven Cycle series
Favourite cover of a book you read: Everything, Everything by: Nicola Yoon.
Most memorable character: Adam Parrish
Most beautifully written book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Most thought-provoking book: A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness
Book you can't believe you waited until 2015 to read: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Favourite passage from a book you read: Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both. - A Monster Calls 
Shortest and Longest book you read: Shortest: The Shawl by: Cynthia Ozick. (69 pages)  Longest: Les Miserables by: Victor Hugo (1463 pages) 
Book that shocked you the most: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by: Maggie Stiefvater 
Favourite OTP: PYNCH from The Raven Cycle!
Favourite non-romantic relationship: Jack and his ma from: Room by: Emma Donhughe 
Favourite book from an author you read previously: THE RAVEN CYCLE AGAIN I'M SORRY 
Best book you read in 2015 based on a recommendation by someone else: A Monster Calls 
Newest fictional crush: Richard Campbell Gansey the third 
Best 2016 debut: Rebel of the Sands by: Alwyn Hamilton 
Best Worldbuilding: Miss Peregrine's by: Ransom Riggs 
Book that put a smile on your face: Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by: Becky Abertelli 
Book that made you cry: A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness 
Hidden gem of the year: Tales of the Peculiar by: Ransom Riggs 
Book that crushed your soul: Salt to the Sea by: Ruta Sepetys 
Most unique book you read: The Knife of Never Letting Go by: Patrick Ness 
Book that made you the most mad: We All Looked Up by: Tommy Wallach 

Blogging/Bookish Life 

New favourite blog you discovered in 2016: Denise @ The Bibliolater 
Favourite review you wrote: A Court of Mist and Fury 
Best discussion: I Almost Quit (But I Didn't!) 
Best event you participated in: The Thanks U Give 
Best Moment: When I received so much support on twitter after racist misogynists at school got me down. 
Most Challenging Moment: When I almost quit in July. 
Most Popular Post this Year: I Hate How English Classes Handle Required Reading 
Post you wished got a little more love: What's the Problem with John Green Book's? 
Best bookish discovery: Etsy! 
Did you complete any challenges?: I completed my goodreads goal of reading 80 books! 

Looking Ahead: 

Book you didn't get to in 2016 but will make first priority: Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo 
Book you are most anticipating in 2017: Carve the Mark by: Veronica Roth 
2017 debut you're most anticipating: The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas 
Series ending/a sequel you're most looking forward to: Hopefully that Ronan-centred trilogy we're all hoping for?? 
One thing you hope to accomplish this year: Read 100 books! 

That's it!! I want to wish, from the bottom of my heart a very happy new year to all of you amazing blog buddies. I hope 2017 is your best year yet and I can't wait to see what's in store. Here's to love, peace, and diversity in 2017. 

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I read 85 books this year too! I need to read the rest of The Raven Cycle, I read The Raven Boys this year but just haven't gotten around to the rest of the series.

  2. 85 books is super impressive - congratulations!!

    It sucks you felt let down by ACOMAF; hopefully ACOWAR might be able to make up for that? (although your review makes me have doubts about your willingness to continue with the series, aha!)

    Here's to a good 2017!

    TT @ IntroToBlurb

    1. Thanks TT! Although I don't think I will continue with the series lol! It just wasn't for me :(

  3. Looks like you had a good year!

    I've heard some worrying things about Carve the Mark unfortunately in terms of harmful representation. :/

    Still, to a better 2017! (With some awesome books)

    1. Thanks Cee! I haven't heard about that! I guess I'll just have to read it to find out and then make a judgement.

  4. I love this survey! Congrats on 85 books - that's really impressive, especially with school, life and everything in general! Ari and Dante definitely blew me away - I didn't expect it to live up to the hype! And Everything Everything has such a gorgeous cover - so does The Sun Is Also A Star - have you seen it? Nicola Yoon just has the best covers on her books :D

    1. I have seen it! I absolutely need to read that book as well! Ari and Dante effected me deeply,what a masterpiece!

  5. Glad you had a great year! Congrats on all the accomplishments!
    I really need to get to reading those books, lol :) It's great you loved so many!
    I'm also doing this survey later this week :)
    Have a wonderful 2017, Emily! And keep blogging :)

  6. Looks like this was a great year, reading and blogging wise, for you, Em! I really want to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and A Monster Calls, and also Sabaa Tahir- I've been meaning to try her works for ages! Hope 2017 is even better- good luck! <3

    1. Thanks Ruzaika! You should so read some Sabaa Tahir she's so amazing!! And all of her characters are incredibly diverse as well :)

  7. Wow, that's a lot of books!! I need to finish reading The Raven Cycle! And I'm sad that you didn't like ACOMAF :((

    1. The Raven Cycle will be the best series you have ever read! It's that good :D

  8. Aaah, Etsy. The beautiful world of Etsy that makes me cry and squish because I'm absolutely broke, hahah.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed Ari and Dante. It is one of my favorite books ever and I definitely agree about how beautifully written it is.
    The most memorable character this year for me was Alex from Magnus Chase & The Hammer of Thor, but to be honest, Adam could definitely be in this list as well!
    I hope you have a fantastic 2017, Emily!

    1. Thank you Lais, you too! I'm actually reading The Sword of Summer right now, and I love it!! I think the characters are awesome :)

  9. Great recap! I also loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and A Monster Calls! I can't wait to see the Monster Calls movie. OMG YES READ CROOKED KINGDOM ASAP YOU WILL ADHGUISFBOSJFBJKL!11!! :,) I also can't wait for The Hate U Give and that Ronan Trilogy. Ekk - exciting stuff!

    Happy 2017, Emily!

    anna | annaish

    1. Thanks Anna! I need to watch A Monster Calls so badly!! It looks as magical as the book :)