2016 End-of-Year Book Survey!


Looks like we went on *another* accidental hiatus, but … hey, it’s almost the end of 2016! Which means it’s time for the 2016 End-of-Year Book Survey! We did this survey last year, which you can see here. This survey was created by the wonderful Jamie at Perpetual Pages. Let’s just jump in, shall we? (Quick disclaimer: we might read another 1 or 2 books each this year, so the stats are not 100% accurate in terms of the amount of books we read this year — I’ll try to write those books in as if they have been read, however!)

Number Of Books You Read: Sasha – 48; Sarena – 46
Number of Re-Reads: Sasha – 2; Sarena – 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Sasha – Fantasy; Sarena – Fantasy


1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Sasha – SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

Sarena – SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys / A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir

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

Sasha – THE DINNER by Herman Koch

Sarena – The Doll People Set Sail by Ann M. Martin

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

Sasha – A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas (didn’t expect to love it so much!)

Sarena – WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin. (Loved the writing style — unexpected + amazing!)

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

Sasha – Cinder by Marissa Meyer (our mom is reading it now!)

Sarena – THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi

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

Sasha – (Best series): Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin; (Best Sequel): The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh; (Best Series Ender): The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Sarena – AND I DARKEN; A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT; SHINY BROKEN PIECES (also works for best sequel)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Sasha – Evelyn Skye (author of THE CROWN’S GAME)

Sarena – Nicola Yoon (THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR)

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

Sasha – (Contemporary) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Sarena – (Contemporary) The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon / Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnston

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

Sasha – THE GROWNUP by Gillian Flynn

Sarena – ZENITH by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg

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

Sasha – Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (will definitely be reading the newer edition to be released August 1st, 2017 from HarlequinTEEN)! 🙂

Sarena – ^Same answer 🙂

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Sasha – ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott:

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Sarena – TSIAAS:


11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Sasha – Clark from THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson

Sarena – Lada (AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White)

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Sasha – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Sarena – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Sasha – MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera

Sarena – MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana

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

Sasha – Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Sarena – PS I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

Sasha: “To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.” (ACOMAF, Sarah J. Maas)


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Sasha – (shortest): THE GROWNUP by Gillian Flynn; (longest): City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Sarena – (shortest): ZENITH by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg; (longest): THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Sasha – Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (that last line!!!)

Sarena – A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir

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

Sasha – Shahrzad and Khalid from THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh

Sarena – Lada + Mehmed from AND I DARKEN

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sasha – Nikolai and Pasha (best friends in THE CROWN’S GAME)

Sarena – Polly and Hermione (Exit, Pursued by a Bear)

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

Sasha – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Sarena – A Torch Against the Night / Salt to the Sea

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Sasha – THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

Sarena – AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Sasha – Kashmir from THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig


23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Sasha – THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye

Sarena – THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi

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

Sasha – THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee

Sarena – A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir

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

Sasha – MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Sarena – MAGNUS CHASE 2 by Rick Riordan

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

Sasha – MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera

Sarena – SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Sasha – MARK OF THE PLAGUE by Kevin Sands

Sarena – SHINY BROKEN PIECES by Sona C & Dhonielle Clayton

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Sasha – SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

Sarena – Agreed with Sasha!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Sasha – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


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

Sasha – THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig (not necessarily the book, I just didn’t like the character of Blake, so he made me angry, but I’m reading book 2 now and he’s definitely a lot better!)

Sarena – FEED by MT Anderson. The main character often frustrated me.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

Naz @ Read Diverse Books

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

[ARC Review] The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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

Why We Love YA and MG

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

Penguin Teen on Tour (we won a dinner with the authors + attended the signing!)

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

Being able to meet SO MANY amazing authors, like E.K. Johnston, Sarah Raughley, Ryan Graudin, Lindsay Smith, Roshani Chokshi, Leah Bobet, Marie Lu, Sabaa Tahir, Alwyn Hamilton, Rachel Hawkins, April Genevieve Tucholke, Kiersten White, and so, so many more!

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

Finding time! It has been SUCH a busy year, especially with university! We went through tons of blogging and reading slumps ourselves (boo!).

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

Hmm… Not 100% sure but I remember Why We Love YA and MG being pretty popular, as well as our review for REIGN OF SHADOWS, and our discussion on Why We Need Diverse Main Characters.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Most Anticipated Diverse Reads of 2017

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

Probably just all of the amazing authors on Twitter, pushing for diversity and doing good things. Also all of the new friends we’ve made during contests like #DVPit, WCNV Contest, and PitchWars.

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

Unfortunately neither of us hit our original reading goals! *weeps*


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

Sasha – Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Sarena – (Reading it now) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Sasha – Throne of Glass #6

Sarena – A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi / Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Sasha – THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

Sarena – ^Same 🙂

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

Sasha – (Sequel/Series Finale) THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye

Sarena – Magnus Chase 3

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

Sasha – Be More Consistent!

Sarena – Make more time to read!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Sasha – I’m already reading THE SHIP BEYOND TIME by Heidi Heilig and loving it!

Sarena – N/A

Thanks so much for reading this survey! If you’ve read to the end, be sure to give this post a ‘like’ and comment YOUR favourite read of 2016 down below! Until next time,



15 thoughts on “2016 End-of-Year Book Survey!

  1. Book Freak Revelations says:

    Hi, ladies! I just posted my End of 2016 Survey over at my page, and it’s funny how pretty much ALL of the books you answered with are similar with mine! All these books you mentioned, whether you gave it 3 to 5 stars, were all very good and unique in their own way, and I’m looking forward to reading much more this 2017! Happy new year, Sasha and Sarena! 😀

  2. Louise / geniereads says:

    I have yet to read Salt to the Sea! And wow, you’re Mom is reading Cinder? OMG YESSS, THAT’S SO ADORABLE. Another adorable thing is that you two are twins! That must be so cool, I’ve always wanted a twin lol. Anyways, you’ve read so much books last year so YAY for the both of you! Hopefully, 2017 will amazing as well. ❤

  3. Nori says:

    LOVED TORCH & The Thousandth Floor & MY LADY JANE!!! I liked And I Darken, Wolf by Wolf, The Unexpected Everything. I thought TSTQ, The Crown’s Game, TGFE, were okay. I have ACOMAF, The Sun is also a Star, Alterations, More Happy than Not on my TBR!

    My favorite books from 2016 were My Lady Jane & The Serpent King!

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