End Of Year 2015: Survey

I found this survey over on the blog of Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner and decided I want to give it a try as well. If you want to join, too, check it out here.

~ The Stats ~

Number Of Books You Read: 190 books
Number of Re-Reads: Too many. I don’t count them though, so they are not added to the number above.
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal Romance

~ Best In Books ~

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Totally cheating, because I’m going to name one book for each of my favourite genres.

Paranormal Romance: Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall

New Adult: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Young Adult: Cold Burn Of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Contemporary: Beneath These Scars by Meghan March

Urban Fantasy: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

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

I was totally disappointed by Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I wanted to love it, but sadly it ended up being only a two star book.

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

Loved, loved, loved Pucked by Helena Hunting. Two reasons why it was surprising. First: I read Fucked and thought this was only pure erotica, for which I was so not down. Second: this was freaking hilarous and I would never have thought that.

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

I totally pushed Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas onto a friend. She loved it. You are very welcome 😉

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Best Series I started: Beneath Series by Meghan March

Best Sequel: Game Changer by Melissa Cutler

Best Series Ender: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

This has to be a tie between Helena Hunting and Meghan March.

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

I’m not really fond of dystopians, but I loved Divergent by Veronica Roth. 😉

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

Did you see the number of books I’ve read in the beginning of this post? How am I supposed to just pick ONE unputdownable book? Impossible.

*randomly pick on of her 5-star-books of 2015* The Deal by Elle Kennedy

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills. I never finished my review and also: Why the heck did I only rate this book 4 stars? I don’t remember. So I am totally going to re-read it.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

I am a sucker for butterflies, ok? So this totally wins.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Violet Hall from Pucked by Helena Hunting. If you read the book, you know why I chose her. Basically because she is crazy, hilarious, neurotic and so down-to-earth.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

I really don’t care how a book is written, as long as I can read it without any problems.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Game Changer by Melissa Cutler, because it deals with cancer and missing limbs.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Once again I have to name Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner, but at the same time I’m glad, because book two won’t come out till 2017.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

*cheating, doesn’t even feel sorry about it* Some of the quotes beneath are from books I read the first time this year and others are from re-reads. I made this list somewhere in September/October I think.

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16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

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~ courtesy of Goodreads

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The One by Kiera Cass.

~ Spoiler ~
I actually liked Celeste! Why did she had to die?

~ Spoiler End ~

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

Yet again I will name Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews with Nevada and Mad. These two belong together!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Skulduggery Pleasant and Stephanie from the Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy 😉

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Always these hard questions…. Who haven’t I mentioned yet? Blood Wolf Dawning & Wild Wolf Claiming by Rhyannon Byrd

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Thank you, people on Twitter, who wouldn’t stop talking about how good this series is… now I have to get Crown Of Midnight and all because of you ;D

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Lucas “Fucking” Titan. He’s such an ass, but at the same time I have such a crush on him.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Would you believe me when I tell you that I haven’t read a (good) debut this year. I read … like three and non of them where good…

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

Probably Throne Of Glass?

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

Once again Pucked by Helena Hunting and The Deal by Elle Kennedy

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

One of the books from the Beneath series by Meghan March had a scene with a dog, I think. I can’t stand dog scenes, always make me cry.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Dirt On Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones. Charley with amnesia was so heartbreaking.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Definitely A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Never read anything about parallel worlds, where one individual only could travel between them.

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

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews is the book that comes to mind. Not really the book made me mad, but the fact that the release date of the sequel gets pushed back again and again.

~ Looking Ahead ~

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

A bunch of books, but most likely Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. This has been laying on my nightstand soooo long.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Pucked Over by Helena Hunting. Not long from now and it’s finally there!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I have no idea. I don’t keep up with debuts. Something you want me to read?

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Into The Fire by Jeaniene Frost. I want to know how it finally ends! Took long enough!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Read all the paperbacks I bought when I was in London… in July 2015. I so far have only read 5? Maybe? Out of 22…

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone

The Dirt On Ninth Grave, but only if you read the other eight books before that 😉 otherwise you will be totally lost.


Did you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Did you like them?

Did a survey yourself? If yes, link please 🙂 I want to read your answers.

End Of The Year 2015 Read-A-Thon: Wrap-Up @Read_EndOf2015

Today is the last day of the Read-A-Thon and in less than 9 hours we will have the year 2016, at least where I live 😉

The Read-A-Thon was really good for me. I had some books I really liked, but also some books I absolutely could not finish. I wrote reviews for most of the books and am now at nearly 100% on NetGalley.

How did you do? 🙂

Here are the books I read plus the page count

  • Kill Without Mercy -> 352 pages
  • Braving Fate -> 322 pages
  • End Of Days -> 255 pages
  • Grave Attraction -> 180 pages
  • Eighth Grave After Dark -> 183 pages
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave -> 336 pages
  • The Gatekeeper’s Son (DNF) -> ~ 17 pages
  • Kiss Kill Love Him Still -> 170 pages
  • Wolf With Benefits (DNF) -> ~ 90 pages
  • Primal Force -> 336 pages
  • Bad Boy’s Baby -> 350 pages
  • My Sweet Demise -> 412 pages
  • [UPDATE: Witches Be Burned -> 225 pages]

plus two re-reads:

  • Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills -> 389 pages
  • Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews -> 400 pages

Total page count:

4017 pages!!!! (INSANE!!!!)

3003 pages without the re-reads

Now let’s wrap-up the challenges

  • Read a Red or Green Coloured Book -> Primal Force & Braving Fate
  • Read a Book That You Meant Yo Read All Year -> Braving Fate, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Gatekeeper’s Son & Wolf With Benefits
  • Read A Sequel -> End Of Days, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt On Ninth Grave, Primal Force
  • Finish A Series -> End Of Days
  • Read a Total of 4 Books -> 15 books read in total, all books on my TBR of the Read-A-Thon plus some more 😉

And here are the link to the games I participated in:

Day One: Your TBR

Day Two: —–

Day Three: Spell out that Christmas word with books

Day Four: Top 16 Releases You Are Looking Forward To in 2016

Day Five: Top 15 Books of 2015

Day Six: Least Favourite Books of 2015

Day Seven: The Wrap-Up you just read

 


And here it is for the last time, my progress update from yesterday and today:

I decided to do some re-reads instead of reading the last book on my TBR.

Yesterday: Burn For Me -> 400 pages

Today: Very Bad Things -> 368 pages + Witches Be Burned -> 225 pages

Total: 993 pages

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Captain Alexa Culver takes one look at shy, quiet Marine sniper Gage Hunter and feels an instant connection. But Gage has demons in his past that keep him from giving it to their mutual attraction. Alexa believes Gage is worth fighting for, and begins to slowly chip away at his defenses.
Gage Hunter has lost everyone he has ever loved. Lonely and broken, the last thing he expects is to meet someone like Alexa Culver. The redheaded beauty is confident and outgoing and makes Gage feel emotions he thought long buried. But before he risks revealing his heart to her she is kidnapped by the Taliban while on a humanitarian mission. Can Gage reach her before he loses his chance for love forever?

 
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What can we do?Alexa tried to steady her voice. When she was in the heavily armored cockpit of her A-10, she felt protected. Even if she made low, slow passes to strafe and destroy Taliban trying to overrun an American position, she still felt safe.

Here? In an Afghan village? She felt like a target was on her back. Gage Hunter was placing himself between her and the world around them, shielding her. A fierce sense of gratitude rose in her chest.

She wasnt wearing a protective vest. In fact, her only weapon was a .45 pistol in a holster on her right hip. Alexa hadnt been expecting this at all.

She heard a hollow thunk from the area around the wadi.

Incoming!Gage suddenly yelled into his radio, alerting the other Marines. Instantly, he turned, savagely shoving Alexa down onto the muddy soil and dropping, trying to cover her. It was an RPG, fired from a launcher by their enemy.

Alexa screamed and slammed against the wall, her knees buried in mud, her hands covering her head. Gage landed hard on top of her, his arms gathering her beneath his wide, long body. She opened her mouth, knowing if an RPG was fired and it landed close, her lungs had to equalize with the pressure from the blast. If she didnt, they would turn to jelly in an instant.

She heard Gage curse, and he embraced her, tucking her head against his chest. Oh, God!

An RPG landed just inside the front gate of the village, the resounding pressure waves from the blast tearing the gates off their hinges and sending them flying outward. A second RPG was launched, landing inside the village near the first one fired. Alexa felt the blasts like fists punching her body, and the sounds were so loud, it felt as if thunder had literally landed upon her as the ground shook all around her. It felt like an earthquake.

She heard Gage groan, and suddenly, he went limp above her, his arms loosening around her head and shoulders. No! Had he been hit? Alexa squirmed, her ears in such pain she couldnt hear anything except the roar inside them.

Gage!she cried, trying to wriggle out from beneath him. He was so heavy! She wallowed in the mud and snow, trying to get out from under him to see what had happened.

But before Alexa could wriggle free, Gage was suddenly hauled off her. Her eyes widened as she looked upward. A man dressed in black Afghan clothing with a brown beard and hatred in his eyes stared down at her. He grinned savagely, reaching out and yanking Alexa to her feet.

Alexa got her first look at the aftermath of the attack and, to her horror, saw the chief and his wife lying at the entrance, unmoving, blood around their bodies. The young women of the medical teams had run screaming, utterly panicked, and there were men on horseback thundering after them. The male medical professionals with them had been shot. Chaos ensued.

Alexa yelped as the Taliban soldier slammed her against the wall, knocking the wind out of her. He grabbed her hands, quickly wrapping her wrists in tight ropes. Alexa fought, and he cursed in Urdu, the main language of Pakistan. He grabbed her .45 and tossed it away.

She heard screams and saw Taliban soldiers on horseback grabbing all of the female medical personnel. They each dismounted, jerking a woman to them, tying her hands, and then throwing her on their horse and mounting up behind them.

NO!

She was dragged past Gage, who lay unconscious on the ground. To her horror, she saw blood on the side of his temple. Oh, no! The blast had injured him! She dug in her boots, screaming and fighting back as the soldier dragged her toward his waiting horse, but he was wiry and much stronger than she was.

Alexa kicked out, trying to make him release her. He turned and raised his hand, as if to strike her, but she dodged his wide-open hand, falling to her knees on the ground. Behind her, she heard the other womens shrieks and wails. Several riders galloped by, each with a woman in the saddle, her hands tied, the soldiers whipping their animals to go faster.

Gage!Alexa cried, scrambling to her feet. She dodged the soldiers next slap, yanking him around. She wasnt a small womanmaybe an inch shorter than her captor. Anger leaped to his eyes as he grabbed the reins of his horse with his other hand. The animal danced around, rolling its eyes in terror.

Gage, help me!she sobbed, hauling back.

The soldier suddenly released her, and Alexa fell to the ground as he came at her, slamming his boot down into her chest.

An ooofff of air ruptured from her lungs as he put all his weight upon her chest, glaring down at her. Alexa couldnt move, the air knocked out of her. She tried to rise, but it was impossible to breathe.

The soldier was cursing angrily now, grabbing her by the hair, his fist wrapped solidly within it, and hauling her upright. The pain spread like hot needles across her scalp as she cried out, throwing her tied hands upward. Now he had full control of her. Pushing her to the horse, he forced her to mount. Once on it, he kept her head back against him, her throat exposed, putting her off balance. Kicking his bay horse, he whipped it around to leave.

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End Of The Year 2015 Read-A-Thon: Day Six

Only one more day to go and I’m more than impressed with myself. I never thought I would be able to read that many books. I’m not even sure how I did it. I think I’m an alien.

Today’s game: Least Favourite Books of 2015

That’s a nice wording. “Least favourite books”. Good thing I have Goodreads, because I tend to instantely forget about book I did not like.

I’m not counting the books I DNFed, only the ones I finished and rated with 1 star. Why I could even finish them is still a miracle…

That’s surprisingly it. I thought I rated more with just 1 star, but I normally tend to not rate my DNF books. They just get the DNF label…


Yesterday’s progress:

I started and finished Primal Force by D.D. Ayres as well as Bad Boy’s Baby by Sosie Frost. Then I started My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool, which is not part of my TBR. Whoops.

Primal Force: 0% – 100% -> 336 pages

Bad Boy’s Baby: 0% – 100% -> 350 pages

My Sweet Demise: 0% – 60% -> ~ 248 pages

Total page count of the day: 934 pages

Pages read since the beginning of the Read-A-Thon: 2844 pages

 

[Review] The Gatekeeper’s Son by C.R. Fladmark

~ The Gatekeeper’s Son by C.R. Fladmark ~

(The Gatekeeper’s Son #1)
Genre: Young Adult
Date of Publication: October 1st 2014 by The Shokunin Publishing Company
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe.
His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind.
And a mysterious girl in a Japanese school uniform can knock him over—literally—with just a look.
What do they know that he doesn’t?
Junya’s life takes a dangerous turn on his sixteenth birthday, when someone sets out to destroy not only the family’s business empire—the one that he’s set to inherit—but Junya himself. He’s fighting for his life, and doesn’t know who to trust.
What has his family been keeping from him?
Junya’s journey takes him from the narrow streets of San Francisco to Japan, and through hidden portals to the top of the ancient Japanese Izumo Shinto shrine, to places where death and violence are a way of life. And in a mystical world he’s never imagined, he finds his true destiny.

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[Review] Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy

~ Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy ~

(ARES Security #1)
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Date of Publication: December 29th 2015 by Zebra
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

From the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security.

Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he’s eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can’t just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…

There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried.

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End Of The Year 2015 Read-A-Thon: Day Five

Do you have a special rituation for welcoming the new year? I don’t, but I’m curious, so let me know in the comment section below 🙂

Today’s game: Top 15 Books of 2015

I read so many great books this year, so this will be hard. I hate to make decisions.

Ok, here we go. In no particuliar order.

Did you read some of those books? If yes, did you like them?


Progress from yesterday:

Yesterday was not my day book-wise. I started Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston and The Gatekeeper’s Son by C.R Fladmark and had to DNF both. Also I finished The Dirt On Ninth Grave and started and finished Kiss Kill Love Him Still.

The Dirt On Ninth Grave: 54% – 100% -> ~ 158 pages

The Gatekeeper’s Son: 0% – 5% -> ~ 20 pages

Kiss Kill Love Him Still: pg 0 – pg 170 -> 170 pages

Wolf With Benefits: 0% – 21% – > ~ 90 pages

Total pages: 438 pages

Pages read since the beginning of the Read-A-Thon: 1910 pages

[Review] Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg

~ Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg ~

(Grave #4)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Date of Publication: January 5th 2016 by Lyrical Press
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first…

After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…

Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.

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End Of Year 2015 Read-A-Thon: Day Four

Halfway through the Read-A-Thon and I’m doing quite good so far. 🙂

I’m trying to read and review all of my remaining NetGalley books before the end of the year and I even might succeed. *knocks on wood three times*

Today’s game: Top 16 Releases You Are Looking Forward To in 2016

I’m not sure if I have actually 16 releases I look forward to, because I’m a really spontaneous person when it comes to books. Ok, the truth is I always forget to look up when a new release I want will come out.

Anyway, here are the books I know about 😉

*counts….counts again* I made it! I found 16 books I’m waiting for! I’m glad I only had to collect 16, one more and I would have had a problem xD


 

Progress from yesterday:

I started and finished Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy and also started The Dirt On Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones (and yes, that book is on the list above, totally cheating)

Kill Without Mercy: pg 0 – pg 352 -> 352 pages

The Dirt on Ninth Grave: 0% – 53 % -> ~ 180 pages

Total pages: 532 pages

Pages read since the beginning of the Read-A-Thon: 1472 pages

End Of The Year Read-A-Thon 2015: Day Three

We are almost halfway through the Read-A-Thon and Christmas is over. Am I allowed to say “finally”? Christmas is always so stressful and I happen to like my unstressful life. So, gladly I can go back to it now. And since today is sunday, I will do exactly nothing, except for watching some series and reading.

Today’s game: Spell out that Christmas word with books

I choose the word

ORNAMENT

O – Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

R – Relentless by Karen Lynch

N – No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn

A – Against The Dawn by Amanda Bonilla

M – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

E – Existence by Abbi Glines

N – Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

T – Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This was harder than I thought it would be, but I wanted to do it with only books I read this year and it thankfully worked. Goodreads helped a lot. LOL


 

My progress from yesterday:

I finished Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones, finished Grave Attraction by Lori Sjoberg and I started and finished Braving Fate by Linsey Hall.

Eighth Grave After Day: pg 244 – pg 297 -> 53 pages

Grave Attraction: 50% – 100% -> 160 pages

Braving Fate: pg 0 – pg 322 -> 322 pages

Total of 535 pages

Pages read since the beginning of the Read-A-Thon: 940 pages