Hey, everyone! Today I’m recapping the books I’ve read so far in 2015! At the end of each year, Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner assembles a ginormous list of questions about the previous twelve months of reading. I participated last year, so I thought… why not do it again this year, since I had so much fun doing this before?!
SO HERE IT GOES.
P.S. You can find the original post on Jamie’s blog, with all the questions, right here.
2015 Reading Stats
Number of books I read in 2015: 81
Number of rereads: 0
Genre I read the most from: Graphic novel
Best in Books
I’ve actually given eight books a five-star rating thus far in 2015, which is twice as many as I gave last year, so you’d THINK that it would be a little bit harder to pick my favorite. But it wasn’t! As soon as I saw this question, I knew it would have to be Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. THIS SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE.
A book I was excited about and thought I would love more but didn’t?
I read the entire Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O’Malley this summer, and… well, I loved the CONCEPT, but I hated Scott himself and couldn’t understand why O’Malley decided to make him the main character. Also, there was a ton of biphobia! I WANT RAMONA FLOWERS TO BE THE PROTAGONIST TBH. I mean, making Scott defeat her seven evil exes for her just doesn’t even make any sense.
Most surprising book I read in 2015?
Operation S.I.N. by Kathryn Immonen is a comic about Agent Carter (AKA my fictional wife) and… well, I kind of already knew that Peggy was portrayed differently in this comic than she is in the MCU, but actually reading about it was still surprising. Basically, the original version of Peggy was blonde, American, and a French Resistance fighter. But the image on the front cover of this comic is MCU!Peggy, presumably to appeal to people who only know her from the show…
Book I pushed the most people to read in 2015?
I asked on Facebook, and here are some of the responses I received:
- A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
- Young Avengers series by Kieron Gillen
- Malinda Lo’s books
- Rick Riordan’s books
- Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
I started the Alias comics by Brian Michael Bendis in order to prepare myself for watching Jessica Jones on Netflix. Volume four is the only one I have left, and it’s all about the Purple Man!
Best sequel of 2015?
I read Fairest by Marissa Meyer… FINALLY! Oh my gosh, it was so good! Sooooo good.
Best series ender of 2015?
The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy DID NOT DISAPPOINT. It was hilarious, heartbreaking, and filled with plot twists that I never saw coming.
Favorite new author I discovered in 2015?
Alison Bechdel! I will definitely read more of her work in 2016.
Best book from a genre I don’t typically read/was out of my comfort zone?
I read Carrie, Stephen King’s first novel, earlier this year. In fairness, I picked it up because I’d previously read and enjoyed Misery, but horror just isn’t a genre I read much from.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I really love the Saga graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan! They’re kind of like a cross between Star Wars and Game of Thrones?
A book I read in 2015 that I am most likely to reread next year?
Fun Home, definitely! OHHHH MY GOD ALL OF THE FEELS. I rarely reread books all the way – preferring to skip around and read just my favorite parts instead – but this is one that I can actually see myself rereading all the way through.
Favorite cover of a book I read in 2015?
I LOVE the cover of Demon Road by Derek Landy! I actually own the platinum edition, so the artwork on my copy is silvery, not gold, but… yeah. (I’ll buy the regular edition of the sequel, but THE PLATINUM EDITIONS WERE SIGNED. So of course I had to have one.)
Most memorable character of 2015?
OH MY GOD, NIMONA. (From Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.) She kind of reminded me of the characters from Skulduggery Pleasant? SHE’S SO COMPLEX AND SURPRISING. I LOVE HER.
Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Black Widow, Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson may seem like an unlikely choice, but I thought Natasha’s inner monologue was AMAZINGLY beautiful.
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
Bad Feminist? Fun Home? BOTH. BOTH IS GOOD.
A book I can’t believe I waited until 2015 to FINALLY read?
I’m really surprised I waited until 2015 to read Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, honestly. It received a ton of (well-deserved!) hype last year, but for some reason I didn’t get around to it in 2014.
Favorite quote from a book I read in 2015?
“You think you are alone until you find books about girls like you. Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.”
– Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Shortest book I read in 2015?
Not counting the stuff I picked up on Free Comic Book Day, that would be… This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, at 32 pages. WHY YES I READ PICTURE BOOKS. THEY ARE THE BEST.
The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy clocked in at 605 pages… AND EVERY BIT OF IT WAS AWESOME.
A book that shocked me the most?
The Dying of the Light, Nimona, and Daredevil: Father by Joe Quesada. THAT PLOT TWIST. WOW.
OTP OF THE YEAR?! (I will go down with this ship!)
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. Carol & Therese from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith! They’ve basically eclipsed all my other favorite fictional pairings from this year because… vintage lesbians, people. VINTAGE. LESBIANS.
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
I love love LOVE the friendship between Amber and Milo in Demon Road! Derek Landy is amazingly good at writing friendship, especially about people who have a large age gap between them. You don’t often find that in fiction, particularly in YA.
Favorite book I read in 2015 from an author I’ve read previously?
I was ridiculously excited for The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, and it didn’t let me down in the slightest! AHHH HIS BOOKS ARE JUST SO MUCH FUN.
Best book I read in 2015 that I read based SOLELY on peer pressure/a recommendation from somebody else?
Fun Home! Thanks, Mo.
Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2015?
Kate Kane AKA Batwoman from the comics by Greg Rucka! SHE’S SO BADASS AND GORGEOUS AND AMAZING AHHHH I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
(Although Carol Aird from The Price of Salt is pretty amazing too…hmm.)
I adored Honor Girl, a graphic novel memoir by Maggie Thrash, and I can’t wait to see what she writes (and draws!) next! UGH I RELATED TO HER SO SO STRONGLY.
Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting in a book I read this year?
Ooh! That’s a tie between Nimona and Demon Road. Both of them feature creepy fantastical worlds (and kickass female characters!).
A book that put a smile on my face/was the most FUN to read?
I read George by Alex Gino on a day when I felt stressed and icky and just generally… horrible. I read it instead of doing my homework and that was definitely an A+ decision because OHHHH MY GOSH, YOU GUYS, IT’S SOOOOO CUUUUTE.
A book that made me cry or nearly cry in 2015?
Many of the tales in Twelve Doctors, Twelve Stories – a Doctor Who anthology – made me tear up. SO MANY FEELS ABOUT SO MANY DOCTORS.
Hidden gem of the year?
Honor Girl is massively underrated! It reminded me of Fun Home. (I gave both books five stars.)
I know I’ve probably said The Dying of the Light too many times already, but it’s truuuuue. I’m still not sure what crushed my soul more: The events of the book, or knowing that the series is now over and there won’t be any new books.
Most unique book I read in 2015?
The Dying of the Light had some really inventive use of language and formatting… I can’t tell you any more because it’ll ruin the surprise, but IT WAS AWESOME.
A book that made me mad?
I’m always apprehensive about LGBTQ+ books written by straight people, because… well, yes, they are trying, but I often feel that many of them don’t try very hard. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is an example of this.
IT DIDN’T EVEN FEEL LIKE A BOOK WRITTEN FOR ACTUAL QUEER PEOPLE. It felt like it was written as Straight Ally Wish Fulfillment, to make them feel good about themselves for being open-minded. It was soooooooo unrealistic and there were even a few lesbophobic passages? Ew.
My Blogging/Bookish Life
New favorite book blog I discovered in 2015?
I adore Bookish Serendipity! It’s basically #goals. OH MY GOD GO CHECK OUT JESSICA’S BLOG. RIGHT NOW. Her posts are always so creative, and I love her bookish photography!
Favorite review that I wrote in 2015?
Probably the one I wrote for The Sword of Summer!
Best discussion/non-review post I had on my blog?
I loved writing A Theory: The Better The Graphic Novel, The Longer It Takes To Read! BASICALLY I LOVE WRITING LONG THINKY POSTS. ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE ABOUT LONG THINKY BOOKS.
Best event that I participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, et cetera)?
I didn’t go to any author signings – I’ve never been to one, actually – but I did order a signed copy of Demon Road… and it arrived on my birthday! SO THAT WAS AWESOME. THAT TOTALLY MADE MY DAY.
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Reading Fun Home and Honor Girl back-to-back and crying because I related to both of those books more strongly than to anything else I read this year? It was pretty amazing to read two five-star books in a row, too; that hardly EVER happens because my five-star ratings are so rare.
Most thought-provoking review or discussion I read on somebody else’s blog?
I loved 10 Types of Characters I Love to the Moon and Back from Cait @ Paper Fury!
I’m actually gonna steal her idea because it’s just that awesome.
…I have no idea HOW or WHY, but it’s 82 Reasons I Enjoyed Cinderella. Um. OK then.
A post I wish got a little more love?
I wish my fangirlish post about the recent movie The Girl King had more comments! PLEASE FLAIL WITH ME IN THOSE COMMENTS. I NEED IT.
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, et cetera)?
I discovered the Haunted Bookshop and Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, IA! (Where my university is located.) I spend hours in there… studying, reading, befriending the cats.
YESSSSS. YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP HAS CATS. TWO OF THEM. DSAKGJHADKGHDKGHDS.
Did I complete any reading challenges or goals that I had set for myself at the beginning of this year?
Not yet, but I will! My Goodreads challenge is 100 books this year. “But Engie,” you cry. “You’ve only read 81 books and 2015 is practically over!” I WILL GET THERE. TRUST ME. I’ve done it before. I have a huge stack of graphic novels and comic books from the library and it’s really quite amazing how quickly I can fly through them.
One book I didn’t get to in 2015 but will be my #1 priority in 2016?
I borrowed Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates from the library the other day with the intent of reading it sometime this week, but I doubt that’s going to happen. I’ll definitely read it in January, though!
A non-debut book I am most anticipating for 2016?
I can’t wait for Heartless, the first book in Marissa Meyer’s new series of Alice in Wonderland retellings! I CAN’T BELIEVE WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL FREAKING NOVEMBER, THOUGH.
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia has a diverse protagonist… AND it’s about writing! What more could I want?!
A series ending/sequel I am most anticipating in 2016?
I am RIDICULOUSLY excited for The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater… but also sad because I don’t want that series to come to an end! I joined the library’s wait list aaaaages ago – in fact, I joined it so early that I’m the first person on the list! YAY ME.
One thing I hope to accomplish or do in my reading/blogging life in 2016?
I want to catch up – and stay caught up – on my reviews! I’m always super behind and by the time I finally get around to writing a review for something, I’ve often forgotten so many details that I end up having to reread the entire book. And, well, I love books, but… that’s kind of a waste of time, isn’t it? I wouldn’t have this problem if my reviews were under control!
A 2016 release I’ve already read and recommended to everyone?
I haven’t read any… that I know of? I’m not an ARC kind of bookworm. Not yet, anyway. Maybe someday.
How was YOUR year in terms of reading?! Be sure to let me know in the comments section below, and feel free to join in the link-up on your own blog!