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2018 End of Year Survey

This annual survey is hosted by the incredibly Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

I don’t remember when I have read so few books last so this wasn’t a great reading year in that sense. But there were some great books there.

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 39
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Historical

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Best Book You Read In 2018?
I can’t say only one so here’s top 4 in no particular order:

A King’s Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley
The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Last Hours by Minette Walters. It sounded so promising, I mean medieval and black death, but couldn’t finish the book.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Totally different from what I expected.

Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Best series you started: Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter 1) by Nalini Singh
Best Sequel: The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley
Best Series Ender: The Flames of Florence: A Da Vinci’s Disciples Novel by Donna Russo Morin

Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Nalioni Singh

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Didn’t read anything out of my comfort zone

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose. I feel like every year I choose one of her covers…

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
A King’s Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest: The Three Fates by Kate Quinn
Longest: A King’s Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman

Best 2018 debut you read?
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

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2017 End of Year Survey

This annual survey is hosted by the incredibly talented Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

I’ve been meaning to post this for days now but haven’t really have the time. I didn’t answer all the question but here’s a little summary of the year.


Number Of Books You Read: 56
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Historical

Best Book You Read In 2017?
I can’t say only one so here’s top 4 in no particular order:

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
Under the Approaching Dark by Anna Belfrage
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. I was really looking forward reading this, and while I didn’t hate it, I was waiting for more.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham. It was better than I thought it would be.

Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series you started: Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death #1) by Ariana Franklin
Best Sequel: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews
Best Series Ender: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Ariana Franklin

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Didn’t read anything out of my comfort zone

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Library of Light and Shadow by M.J. Rose

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: The Gingerbread Princess by Stephanie Dray
Longest: Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

Best 2017 debut you read?
God’s Hammer by Eric Schumacher

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2016 End of the Year Survey

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Number Of Books You Read: 61 (including novellas etc)
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Historicals

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
I really can’t choose just one so here’s top 4 in no particular order:
A Song of War: A Novel of Troy by various
Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Days of Sun and Glory by Anna Belfrage

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe. It’s set in WWII and sounded so interesting but it was so boring that I didn’t finish it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Who Is to Blame? A Russian Riddle by Jane Marlow. I was pleasantly surprised how good this was.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I didn’t do that.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best new series: Da Vinci’s Disciples by Donna Russo Morin. Best sequel: Can’t choose between A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab and Days of Sun and Glory by Anna Belfrage. Best Series Ender: I didn’t end any series this year.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Ronald H. Balson. I loved Karolina’s Twins!

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

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Karolina’s Twins and Time and Regret by M.K. Tod

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t think I’m doing any re-reading.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Secret Language of Stones by M.J. Rose. I chose her book cover the best last year too :)

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Hmm… This is a tough one… I’d say Hector from A Song of War: A Novel of Troy. Still recovering from his death…

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Not sure…

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by various.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I can never remember those…

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: The Assassin and the Princess by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass extra)
Longest: Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
A Song of War: A Novel of Troy. So many deaths!

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

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
hmmm, I’ll say Kate and Andrea (Magic Shifts)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Portrait of Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I don’t think I read any

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Hector from A Song of War: A Novel of Troy

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Who Is to Blame? A Russian Riddle by Jane Marlow and Promised to the Crown by Aimie K. Runyan

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Unknown Soldiers by Väinö Linna. Even though it’s a story about a war it’s fun to read because of the characters.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
A Song of War: A Novel of Troy. That was such an emotional book and sometimes it sucks to know the history…

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Unknown Soldiers.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
A Song of War again…

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
I don’t know

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Born Survivors by Wendy Holden. It tells about three women ho gave birth in a concentration camp.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’m not sure what’s coming out yet…

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A Conjuring of Light

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2015 End of the Year Survey

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Number Of Books You Read: 82 (DNF: 6)

Number of Re-Reads: Didn’t do any re-reads this year

Genre You Read The Most From: Historical fiction

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
I really couldn’t choose, so I divided them into fiction and non-fiction:

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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
The Lake House by Kate Morton
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
 

 

 

 

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. I loved the first books and what a disappointed the sequal was!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
A Year of Ravens. I didn’t think that an anthology with so many authors would be this good.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I didn’t push any books.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Series I started would be In the Shadow of the Storm by Anna Belfrage. Best series ender was A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Stephanie Thornton

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

8. Most unputdownable book of the year?
The Lake House by Kate Morton

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t think I’ll do much re-reading…

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Curran :)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
I don’t know…

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers by Filip Müller

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
I don’t remember any right now.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Amelie’s story by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires extra)

Longest: Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan

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

hmm, I don’t think I was really shocked by any book. I’ll say Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers by Filip Müller because the whole topic is shocking.

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

I’m still confused with this question…

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
oh dear, I don’t know. I’ll go with Kate and Andrea (Magic Breaks)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Since I already listed them on best books of the year list I’ll have to say  Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews, The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman and A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I don’t think I read any

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Maybe Hephaestion? From The Conqueror’s Wife by Stephanie Thornton.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie. At least I think it’s her debut.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Marras by Sami Lopakka. It’s written by a former Sentenced guitarist who wrote a book about a fictional band on a tour.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman. You just wish you could change history…

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I’ll go with Marras again.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Can’t say that any book did that.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
I don’t know. Maybe The Sleeping King by Cindy Dees for the world building because it’s based on an RPG game.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It was the worst book in a series and Four kina had a whole personality change. So disappointed.

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

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
I’m not sure what’s coming out yet…

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
same here

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
I don’t think any of my series is ending this year? Anticipating next Kate Daniels book.

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Dublin

I’m finally trying to make some kind of update. First my laptop was in repair (it’s not good when they know you by face in a repair shop) and then I’ve just been busy. I haven’t reviews any books I’ve read here but I try to say few lines about those at some point.

I’ve been now about 1,5 months in Ireland and I love it! I have 1,5 month left and I’m starting to feel panic if I have enough time to see everything I want. I booked my flight to London next month and I can’t wait! Planning to see at least The Tower and British Museum. I also plan going to Galway and I’m curious to see the other side of Ireland.

I study Business and Administration and I’m doing my internship/job experience here in Dublin at a bookshop. I’ve really loved working there but it’s also very dangerous place and I’m fearing for my suitcase when I travel home… I’ve already bought 27 books and I’m only been here half of the time! My friend came last weekend and took almost all of my books with her so now I can buy new ones :D

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Kilkenny Castle

I visited Kilkenny and I fell in love! I could move there! It’s beautiful medieval style village about 2 hours from Dublin. I visited the castle and just walked around the city for a day. I could easily have spent more time there. Sadly the medieval part of the castle was really small but the rest of the castle was really pretty.

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Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle had huge and beautiful garden which I walked through and got lost lol. Thankfully the rain stopped for awhile and I could get few photos of the castle.

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Trim Castle

Last weekend I went to see Trim Castle. Some scenes for Braveheart was filmed there and we went to the room where Edward I throws Piers Gaveston out of the window. I was so wearing the wrong shoes for this trip! High heels for climbing tiny steps was not fun but it was worth it. We also went to the roof and the view was awesome but there was also (again) heavy wind.

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view from Trim Castle

And last there’s a picture of this cutie who we met in Howth harbour.

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Howth