2015 Reading Survey

I found this survey on another book blog, and I never say no to a book survey—especially since all I want to do in the first weeks of January is  keep thinking about the books I read last year!

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love, but didn’t:

Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
Dragons Beware, by Jorge Aguirre
First Frost,  by Sarah Addison Allen
A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler

Most surprising (in a good way):

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson
Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Book you recommended to people most:

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, by Carrie Brownstein

Best series you discovered:

The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
Rat Queens
, by Kurtis J. Wiebe (comics count as a series, right?)

Favourite new author you discovered (and have now read more than one of their books):

Kate Beaton, Jenny Lawson, Noelle Stevenson, Banana Yoshimoto

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you:

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Most unputdownable:

Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova
Love Me Back, by Merritt Tierce
The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith

Disclaimer: Probably other people would not describe these as “unputdownable.” But all three of these are books I burned through, barely putting them down until I finished because I was so engrossed.

Book you’re most likely to re-read next year:

Bird, by Crystal Chan
The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne

Favorite book cover:


Most memorable character:

Bandette—Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Hannah, Violet, Dee and Betty—Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe


Most beautifully written:

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
, by Marilynne Robinson
Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Book that had the greatest impact on you:

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson
Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read:

I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

Favorite passage/quote:

Now that I am about to leave this world, I realize there is nothing more astonishing than a human face . . . You feel your obligation to a child when you have seen it and held it. Any human face is a claim on you, because you can’t help but understand the singularity of it, the courage and loneliness of it.

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant “government of the people” but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term “people” to actually mean. In 1863 it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me. Thus America’s problem is not its betrayal of “government of the people,” but the means by which “the people” acquired their names.

This leads us to another equally important ideal, one that Americans implicitly accept but to which they make no conscious claim. Americans believe in the reality of “race” as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world. Racism – the need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them – inevitably follows from this inalterable condition. In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature, and one is left to deplore the Middle Passage or the Trail of Tears the way one deplores and earthquake, a tornado, or any other phenomenon that can be cast as beyond the handiwork of men.

But race is the child of racism, not the father. And the process of naming “the people” has never been a matter of genealogy and physiognomy so much as one of hierarchy.

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Shortest & longest books you read:

Shortest: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, by Ryan North, 30 pages
Longest: The Whispering Trees, by J.A. White, 517 pages

Book that had a scene that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss): 

The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne (basically all of this book had me reeling)
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium
, by Kieron Gillen

Favorite relationship (be it romantic, friendship):

Thaniel and Mori, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously:

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami
The House on the Strand, by Daphne du Maurier

Book you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from someone: 

The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne

Genre you read the most from:

Comics/graphic novels (67)
Fiction (adult, YA, middle grade) (54)
Nonfiction + biography/memoir (52)

Newest fictional crush:

Orc Dave and Violet from Rat Queens

Best 2015 debut:

Too many great ones to be able to decide! I read a lot more new books than I usually do, and most of them were fantastic.

Most vivid world-building/imagery:

The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne

Book that was the most fun to read:

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Book that made you cry:

Bird, by Crystal Chan
Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova

Oldest book:

Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Favorite bookish moments:

I started taking walks on my lunch break, and reading while walking down the street makes me feel like my nerdy childhood self again.

Guiltiest pleasure:

Go the Fuck to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach

Worst read:

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

Biggest triumph:

Listening to four Japanese language-learning programs

Favorite reread:

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

Most disturbing:

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

One Comment Add yours

  1. I really want to read Furiously Happy very soon! I’m glad you loved it. Looks like you had a great reading year, good luck in 2016!

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