Morgan’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

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Morgan's 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 79
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Gorgeous and brutal on the feels. A brilliant retelling of history and myth.

But I’m going to cheat and list my other favorites too:

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel, The Deal, The Start of Me and You, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Uprooted, Lioness Rampant, First & Then, Queen of Shadows, The Scorpio Races, Stitching Snow, Vengeance Road, Winter

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

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl – I wanted to love it but the story was far fetched and there wasn’t enough Natasha!

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

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (a western that I liked! Exciting and action packed)

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (different, lyrical, unique)

Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas (original and sinister; most of my friends hated it but I really liked it).

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

The Deal by Elle Kennedy was pushed on me and now I’ve been pushing it on everyone else! It’s a sexy romantic comedy in New Adult form.

Also Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison – I read this in May and haven’t stopped talking about it since.

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

Series started: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Sequel: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Series ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Tamora Pierce

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

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (m/m NA) – excellent with an actual plot and shippable, adorable characters to go with all the sex scenes haha.

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

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – I think I read this in two days! SO MUCH HAPPENED. Twists and ships and lots and lots of badass scenes and magic.

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

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (RIP me), The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (I think I’ll enjoy it even more a second time), The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (for the 3rd time)

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

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – such pretty sunset colors and the setting reminds me of Lake Tahoe.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Alanna of Trebond – she was something special.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – it felt classic and brand new all at once. An entrancing grown up fairy tale.

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

Thought Provoking: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – it made me think about “defaults” and “normals” and being online, and making assumptions, and how friendships can change. It also made me think about boys in eyeliner and Oreos ;)

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

The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce – I fiiiiiinally read it and each book was better than the last! The dialogue was particularly excellent.

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

“The God’s honest truth is that I ain’t ever gonna love again. She’s your true north. I know what that means, because you’re mine. ….. So how long have I loved you for? Womb to tomb, sweetheart. Since before I was even here at all. I get it now, you understand. Your ma was right. It really is a stupid question.” Not Easily Conquered by dropdeaddream & WhatAreFears

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” The Song Of Achilles, Madeline Miller

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.”  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“You intolerable lunatic,” he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me.” Uprooted by Naomi Novak

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

Shortest: The Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows, 58 pages
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer, 827 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – My mouth was literally hanging open at one point and I couldn’t turn the page for 20 minutes. I was paralyzed.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing, if you aren’t familiar)

Hahahaha just one, yeah right. Pynch. Bluesey. Patrochilles. Feyre and Tamlin. Wattscroft. Garrett and Hannah. Thorne and Cress. Jacin and Winter. Ella and Char. You can’t make me choose!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Prince Jonathan and George Cooper from the Song of the Lioness Quartet

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

Every Move by Ellie Marney. Such a fabulous series, each book is stronger than the last!

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

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, Not Easily Conquered (thanks a lot Meg)

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

Garrett Graham (The Deal), Max Watson (The Start of Me and You)

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

First & Then by Emma Mills

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

Worldbuilding: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Vivid Setting: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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

Smile: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Fun: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (reread)

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

A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (surprise) (“What has Hector ever done to me?“)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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

Not Easily Conquered by dropdeaddream and WhatAreFears because I’m mad that it’s a 117,000 word online fanfic and not Captain America canon or an actual published book. I read it in a day and it was so incredible I can’t deal.


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

A Kernel of Nonsense – the layout is really pretty and aesthetically pleasing and I’ve enjoyed many of Alicia’s reviews!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura S. Andersen

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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

I went to a book signing at the end of November for Kate Morton’s newest book The Lake House and it was incredible!! She’s my favorite author and lives in Australia so the chance to see her doesn’t come around often. She was lovely, engaging, interesting, and such a good speaker. And she was so nice to chat with!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

I have a few: getting my first arc in the mail (The Sin Eater’s Daughter from Scholastic!), meeting blogging friends at ALA in June (my first conference!), and participating in #OTSPsecretsister.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Bitsy Words: Every Breath post – I love this series a lot, I love the song I chose, AND I dabbled in fanfic! Also my review for In The Time of Dragon Moon – such an excellent and little-known fantasy book.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Tumblr: I’ve really gotten into it this year and it’s very good for feeding my fandom obsessions, chiefly The Raven Cycle, The Song of Achilles, and Captain America. Also I recently found out that an independent bookstore is opening a mile from my house early next year!!

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

Yes, I completed: my Goodreads goal (76 out of 70 books), the Fairytale Reading Challenge (14 books, tried for Big Bad Wolf 10-15), Flights of Fantasy (23 books, aimed for 20!), and the ReRead Challenge (9 books).


Looking Ahead

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

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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

Recycling last year’s answer: THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Stone Field by Christy Lenzi: Civil War + Wuthering Heights = give me nowwww.

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

Series Ending: THE RAVEN KING
Sequel: Throne of Glass 5

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

Attend BEA 2016 in Chicago and meet some blogging friends!!!!!!

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

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows



Morgan @ Gone with the Words

16 Responses to “Morgan’s 2015 End of Year Survey!”

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    Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    Awesome job this year! I absolutely adore The Scorpio Races, so glad you got to read it this year. I need to get my hands on Vengeance Road, for some reason I kind of forgot about it after its release. I love In the Time of Dragon Moon! That entire series is underrated and the second book, Dragonswood, is just one of my all time favorite books. Oh my gosh, that Saved By the Bell gif is a perfect representation of my feelings about The Raven King. Thank you so much for the shout out, I really appreciate it! Hope 2016 brings more amazing reads and bookish adventures!

    • Ashley @ Gone with the Words

      Ashley @ Gone with the Words

      I’ve had Royal We hovering at the top of my TBR list since you were reading it on our way home from BEA!

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    I loooooove how much you loved The Song of Achilles. ALSO SUPER APROVE of The Start of Me and You, Simon vs., Uprooted, Lioness Rampant and Queen of Shadows obviously. I need to read most of the others still.


    I’m hoping to get to Ash & Bramble this week and The Deal will be my next NA when I’m in the mood for one :D

    I think we’re going to have a lot of similar answers actually because Tamora Pierce will probably be my answer to 6. Her or Emery Lord.

    Ohhhhh I think I need to grab Him. I LOVE Sarina Bowen’s stuff.


    Also OMG I cannot believe you still haven’t read The Royal We MORGAN WHY ARE YOU HURTING YOURSELF?

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    Sarah J.

    I really want to read The Song of Achilles. Your gifs were the best! Surprisingly I haven’t read very many of the books you’ve mentioned. Time to look to GR! Great post.:D

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    HELL YES. I read The Song of Achilles when it came out, but I totally approve. Also with you on ACOTAR, TSOMAY, Simon, Uprooted, Lioness, F&T, Vengeance Road, and Winter. I’m not with you on the other favorites. *lifts eyebrow judgingly*

    God, that was such a lie. I can’t lift a single eyebrow and I just haven’t read the other ones…YET.

    Based on the Stohl I’ve read, I’m not shocked that Black Widow was a disappointment.

    Lololol A Thousand Nights and Ash & Bramble were both surprising for me the other way. Writing style issues. But I’m glad you had fun!

    Um yes, you do push The Deal. AND IT IS TOTALLY NOT EFFECTIVE. *swooshes cloak to hide Amazon order history*

    These are solid series opinions. I approve. Carry on.

    Definitely rereading The Raven Cycle next year, because there is SO MUCH GOING ON and my memory sucks, even though I just read it this year for the first time. MUST BE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME SO I DON’T HAVE ANOTHER QUEEN OF SHADOWS INCIDENT.

    lolololol at the high school musical gif.

    Winter is such a beast.

    Ahahaha your Captain America fic. I would totally read it if I um knew anything about Captain America. *coughs*

    Pretty much with you on the books you’re most anticipating, though I still need to read QoS bc life of fail.

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    Happy to see the Song of the Lioness quartet getting so much love on here! That was THE series that got me into YA fantasy. Before then I’d tried a few fantasy books (the Narnia series comes to mind) and hadn’t been thrilled with them, so I was a sticking-to-realistic-fiction-please-and-thank-you kind of reader. Then one fateful summer trip, I ran out of books to read that I’d brought along, and my sister offered up one of hers, Alanna: the First Adventure, and the rest is history. It broadened my reading horizons considerably, and I’m so glad! That series doesn’t get much attention these days though, what with all the flashy new YA fantasy series coming out, so it’s always nice to see when another reader discovers it and becomes a fan :-)

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    I’m sorry to see that you didn’t enjoy Black Widow: Forever Red much! It’s one that I’ve definitely wanted to check out because I’m a huge Marvel fan. I’ve heard that it didn’t have enough Natasha from so many people. :/ I may still give it a chance, though. I hope you have fun in BEA Chicago when you go!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    Cait @ Paper Fury

    FANTASY LOVER HI FIVE!! Fantasy is forever my favourite. :’)
    Awk and your gif skills hare are entirely AMAAZING. I am just sayin. *nods* And those OTPs… And zomg Ellie Marney’s series?! BEST OF EVER. I loved all the plot twists and how Australian they were. I mean, yes, I’m an Aussie, but I feel like I don’t read a lot of books that feel so REAL in the Aussie aspect. XD
    ALSO SIMON’S!! I could not stop smiling at the end.
    *joins you in waiting impatiently for The Raven King*


    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    I know I have already flailed at you on Twitter, but you really do need to read The Royal We sooon. It is SUCH a Morgan book. You’re going to get all the feels and it is going to be lovely.

    TSOA– great pick for fave book of the year. I don’t know if/when Madeline Miller is publishing another book but I do know that shit is practically already preordered.

    I am still bummed about Black Widow: Forever Red.. but at least you saved me a few bucks! Silver lining?


    Major congrats on exceeding your reading goal, lady! You’re a badass.

    I cannot wait until the Boozy Lady Knights are all in Chicaaago!!!!

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    All of your GIFs really made this post! hahaha :D I actually haven’t read a lot of the books on your list though! I have some catching up to do :)

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    Awesome GIFs! And OH MY GOD. I’m also obsessed with Alanna I thought I was the only one who read it!! It was amazing wasnt it?

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    Lyn Kaye

    I am so thrilled that someone loved Stitching Snow as much as I did. It got a lot of negative feedback, and it made me a little sad inside.

    Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Uprooted were two of the best books of 2016. It was really sad to see Simon didn’t get at least an honorary Printz this year, because that book was profound and important without choking the reader to death with I AM IMPORTANT.

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