2016 End of Year Survey

Posted January 3, 2017 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 2 Comments

2016 End of Year Survey

The End of Year Survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. I had a lot of fun filling it out last year so here we go again! Oh, and by the way, I know how to count (I think?). If there’s a missing number, it means I skipped the question. 🙂

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 38 ?

Number of Re-Reads: 6 (The entire Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter)

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Hard question but I have to say Iron Cast by Destiny Soria or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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

I thought I would like The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch but it ended up as my worst read of the year.

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

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was so good that I read it while I was at Disney World (the “happiest place on Earth”) during my senior class trip. I thought I would like it but I didn’t know I would enjoy it so much to give it 5 stars.

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

The Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken. It’s my go to book to recommend to people. I don’t know if anyone actually read it though.

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

Best series: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I binge read the entire series in the beginning of 2016.

Best sequel: The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter. I was so excited about the new Heist Society novella and it didn’t disappoint.

Best series ender: United We Spy by Ally Carter wins by default as it was the only series ender I read (reread acutally).

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Can I pass?

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

Um maybe Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland. It’s a fictional twist on a memoir.

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

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan was exciting to read.

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

Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken. Well, more like Beyond the Night (Through the Dark consists of three novellas from The Darkest Minds). Beyond the Night is set after In the Afterlight so I can’t stop reading it.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Hawthorn from The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Book Thief.

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

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest book: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry. It’s a novella…

Longest book: The Book Thief

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Hmmm. I really liked the friendship between Rose and Lisa from Vampire Academy.

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

Easy peasy, The Grift of the Magi by Ally Carter. Have I mentioned how much I love The Gallagher Girls and Heist Society?

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria! It was one of my favorite reads of the year.

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

The Grift of the Magi.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I’m not even going to try. Pass.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch. Read my review to find out why.


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

The Book’s Buzz! I met Alex at BlogBoundCon in July and the rest is history. 🙂

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

Cannot remember. ?

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

Given that I haven’t exactly written many posts in 2016, I don’t really have a lot to choose from. But I don’t really remember any of the posts I wrote. Maybe my post about diversity?

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

BlogBoundCon. Hands down the best event. Mainly because I got to meet a lot of fellow book bloggers and make some new friends. I also enjoyed going to a Markus Zusak signing and seeing a panel of authors that consisted of Danielle Paige, Lauren Oliver, Melissa de la Cruz, and Kendare Blake.

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

I swear once the clock hit midnight on New Year’s Day, I promptly forgot so many things that happened in 2016.

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

Time management. I had a super hard time making and finding the time to read and blog.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of my reviews. I actually started to love writing them, but they always get the least amount of views and comments compared to my other posts.

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

Hahahahahahaha. NO. I failed. My goal was to read 52 books, I read 38. I wanted to post consistanly and that didn’t end up happening either.


Looking Ahead

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

Same as last year. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I have it and everyone kept telling me to read it, but I just didn’t have the time. 🙁

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

Same as last year lol. Read more books! Become more social! Post more!



Whew, this is a long post. I hope you guys had as much fun reading it as I had putting it together. Here’s to an interesting and fantastic 2017! I hope it’ll be better than 2016.

On a side note, just like last year, I’m a bit out of the blogging and reading loops after being on hiatus for so long. If you have any YA blogs and book recommendations, please leave them in the comments! Thanks! 🙂

Emz Chang

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2 responses to “2016 End of Year Survey

  1. Time management was hard for me, too. Very hard. I was absent for long periods and took an official hiatus. I need to get up on The Book Thief, and also finish the Gallagher Girls series. I read the first one and really liked it. I have her last two books, too. Good pick! I failed at all my goals except for Goodreads.

    • The Gallagher Girls and The Book Thief are both really great read! I think the Gallagher Girls series gets better with each book – the writing becomes more mature and grows and develops with the girls. The Book Thief is probably my favorite historical fiction novel at the moment. I thought it was really well written.
      I totally failed my Goodreads challenge. I barely managed to achieve more than half my goal.

      I hope you have a great year Charlie! Thanks for always stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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