End of Year Survey: 2015 Edition | Books at Dawn


Hey guys!

Guess who is super late doing blog posts again? Oh right that’s me. We’re in about the third week of the new year and I have finally decided to stop procrastinating and get this End of Year Book Survey. And because I am super lazy and this is a longer then normal post, I modified it a bit.

You can find the original post here at Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner’s blog if you want to inquire or do it yourself. So without further ado, here are my book stats for 2015:


Number of re-reads: 3 (Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, and Gathering Darkness all by Morgan Rhodes)

Most read genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi


1. Best book I read in 2015

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes I read twice this year, once at the very beginning and then again just before the year ended. Still one of my favorites from the series right next to Frozen Tides the fourth book in the series.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas was such a thrilling roller coaster of a read. Although it was enormous with 648 pages, it was jam packed with action, magic, romance, and fun. Another great installment in the Throne of Glass series.

2. Book I was excited about and thought I was going to love more but didn’t

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare was a big upset for me. I couldn’t connect with anything from the book. Not the characters, not the story, not the setting, and not even the magic system. I found it to be quite boring actually.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer just didn’t meet my expectations for the series. I had high hopes going in based on everyone else really enjoying it, but alas it just wasn’t so great for me. Iko was a fantastic character though. Probably the only thing that saved this book from a 2 star rating!

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


Most surprising in a good way was Soulless by Gail Carriger. I wasn’t expecting to like this book going into it the first time. But I wasn’t able to put it down, that’s how good it was. I really need to continue on reading the series!

4. Book I “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)

Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is the book I most push out for people to read. Some listen and some don’t (you know who you are). But guys, this book is so much fun to read! I would buy everyone copies of it if I could!

5. Best series I started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?

Best series I start in 2015 would have to be Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Now the first two books started off a bit shaky for me, but once I got to books 3 and 4 I knew I was going to be hooked and obsessed with this series until the end!

Best sequel of 2015 would have to be The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho. With most secrets, twists, and juicy character development, this book stood out from the rest!

Best series ender of 2015 goes to Ensnared by A.G. Howard. This book concluded the Splintered series and I couldn’t be more happy with how the story ended then I am. Everyone I was rooting for won in the end which makes me happy!

6. Favourite new author I discovered in 2015?

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo the author of the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows series has become my new favorite author of 2015. I have read all of the books she currently has published and loved every single one of them (especially Six of Crows)!

7. Best book from a genre I don’t typically read/was out of my comfort zone

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

I normally don’t read contemporaries on a regular basis, but I knew after reading the synopsis of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson that I needed to read it asap. It was such a heartbreaking story with a beautiful ending!

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

HP Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling was such a thrilling book. It took me until now to read this amazing series and thus far this one has been my favorite!

9. Book I read in 2015 that I am most likely to reread in 2016

Lark Rising

I will most likely be re-reading Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh due to the third book coming out this year. That way I can marathon all three and bask in their awesomeness!

10. Favourite cover of a book I read in 2015

11. Most memorable character of 2015

Six of Crows

I couldn’t just pick one. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has one of the best cast of characters I have ever read! Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan were all equally likeable and fun to read and connect with.

12. Most beautifully written book in 2015

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson were all my favorite beautifully written novels of 2015 for different reasons. But you have to read them to find out why!

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a life changing novel. With a heartbreaking story it goes to show you that just because someone looks happy on the outside does not mean that is how they feel on the inside. If something is bothering you, you need to find someone who you can talk to. It doesn’t help bottling it up inside.

14. Book I can’t believe I waited until 2015 to finally read

I have so far only read the first three books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Yes you all can yell at me for waiting this long to read them!

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book I read in 2015


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16. Shortest and longest book I read in 2015





Transferral by Kate Blair – 194 pages

Queen of Shadows



Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas  – 648 pages

17. Book that shocked me the most

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I was so oblivious to the twist close to the end that it literally took me by surprise and shocked me. I’m usually really good at picking up on these things…

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – This one had some good character twists that I really enjoyed and some that shocked me, but in a good way. I am anticipating even more shocking twists in the sequel!

18. OTP of the year

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

My OTP of 2015 goes to Simon and Blue from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli! If you’ve read this one, then you must have fallen in love with couple on several occasions like I did. I’m craving some oreos right now…

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year


I really enjoyed the friendship and banter that Cinder and Captain Thorne have in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I feel with the edition of Captain Thorne to the story really brought life to the series and where I started to really enjoy it.

20. Favourite book I read in 2015 from an author I’ve read previously

Gathering Darkness

Shocked? I don’t think so. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes goes down as one of my favorites of 2015. Such an amazing installment to the series!

21. Best book I read in 2015 that I read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was recommended by a good friend of mine and totally out of my reading likes. But based on his recommendation I decided to give it a try. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Maybe one day in the future these types of books will interest me more.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book I read in 2015

As it comes to no surprise to anyone Nikolai (a crowd favorite) from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo was my newest 2015 book crush. He’s funny, he’s cocky, and he has a clear vision of what he wants. What’s not to like? (Plus he is a prince -winkwink-)

23. Best 2015 debut I read

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli takes another award on my Year End Survey because of its sheer awesomeness!

24. Best world building/most vivid setting I read in 2015

Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo comes in again for best world building! The setting of this book is so intricate and eye opening!

25. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most fun to read

26. Book that made me cry or nearly cry in 2015

I don’t really cry reading books, but these put me close to crying this year!

27. Hidden gem of the year

Lark Rising

Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh is a hidden gem for the year of 2015 for me. I don’t see this book anywhere which means not many people are reading it. If there is one thing you guys can do for me is take the opportunity to read it. You won’t regret it!

28. Book that crushed my soul

Red Rising

For a fantasy/sci-fi this book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. So go read Red Rising by Pierce Brown immediately to know what I am talking about!

29. Most unique book I read in 2015

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is such a unique book with the way its written sort of like a diary and all the cool illustrations as well.

30. Book that made me the most mad


If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you know my thoughts on Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. My first and only DNF ever. So mad.

The Books that appeared most in my 2015 year end survey are:

Well that’s pretty much a recap of my reading year in 2015! I hope you guys enjoyed looking into my book life and I hope you all had just as an enjoyable year as I did!

Until next time,

Sig New



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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

19 thoughts on “End of Year Survey: 2015 Edition | Books at Dawn

  1. I had a similar experience with Cinder… I came into the book not expecting anything much, and in the end I wasn’t let down because I already had low expectations. But I’m currently reading Cress and the series has progressed really well so far! ☺️

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  2. First of all, i have a lot of things to say about your choices. Lol. Btw, I missed talking with you dude.

    Okay… Cinder… too bad you didnt like it.. 😦 are you going to continue with theseries though?

    LeighBardugo!!! I told you so… 😍😍😍 she is a goddess!!!

    I’m reading All the Bright Places right now and I am crossing fingers that I like it too. 🙂

    Lastly, i want to read Five Stages of Andrew Brawley!!

    PS. Dont be a stranger.

    Pps. I’m not kidding.

    Ppps. This is getting too long.


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    1. I have continued with the series. I have Winter to read and then I will be done.

      Bardugo is amazing!

      Oh I hope you like it too! 😀

      The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is amazing! 😀



      PPPS. K BYE.

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