2014 End of Year Book Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey

Happy New Year, everyone! ❤ Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner has created another end of year survey, so I just had to fill it out – it’s a great way to look back on the reading year and reminisce about favourite titles!

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Number Of Books You Read: 112

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Number of Re-Reads: 3 – Anna and the French KissLola and the Boy Next Door, and The Book Thief
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

This is SO hard to answer… I had a wonderful reading year, so I’m going to cheat a lot for this one.

Series:

Standalone:

 

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

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. Easily my biggest disappointment of the year, since the Perfect Killer wasn’t nearly as competent as I was expecting.

 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. It was nothing like what the synopsis promised: lots of filler and an instalove-turned-love-triangle made it a very difficult read.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

I push all of my favourite books on my friends, so this is a tough one… I convinced my roommate to finally read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, though, so I was extremely happy about that.

 

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Best series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Best sequel: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Best series ender: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Marissa Meyer or Laini Taylor. I binge-read both of their series, and fell in love with their writing styles and creativity.

 

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

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani. I don’t tend to read new adult novels, but this one came highly recommended by friends and didn’t disappoint!

 

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

The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I read it in one sitting, and loved how dark it was.

 

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins. I read an e-ARC copy before its release in October, so I’m planning to actually read it over the holiday season next year.

 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

 

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

The Darkling from The Grisha trilogy. He was so complex and intriguing, and I absolutely loved reading about him.

 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. She has such an amazing way with words; it’s like magic.

 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang made me think a lot about the effects that all of our actions and words, no matter how small, can have on an individual. Isla and the Happily Ever After was a more introspective read: Isla’s deep-rooted insecurities, uncertainty about the future, and fears that she’s not worthy of love are ones that I had been struggling with, so it really forced me to examine where these stemmed from.

 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I had heard so many excellent things about it and was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I then proceeded to binge-read the first three books in the next few days, so I suppose that tells you how it went.

 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before—you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.” – I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

“You are the only person who can build emotional barriers, but you’re also the only person who can topple them. Other people can’t knock down the walls you’ve built, no matter how much they love you. You have to tear them down yourself because there’s something worth seeing on the other side.”  – Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest: Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman (114)

Longest: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (613)

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. That ending!

 

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

Blue/Gansey (The Raven Cycle) and Chaol/Celeana (Throne of Glass)

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Blue and her Raven Boys (though, really, that could also be a romantic relationship….)

Celeana and Rowan from Heir of Fire

Reagan and Dee from Open Road Summer

 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Since I’ve already mentioned that one, I also really loved Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

 

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’m sad to say that I was the black sheep on this one, since I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.

 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Carswell Thorne from Cress. Matt Finch from Open Road Summer.

 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. Between the gorgeous cover, equally beautiful prose, tenacious heroines, dreamy police constables, historical fiction setting, feminism, and art, I was completely enchanted.

 

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

The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. Between beautiful keftas and elements of Russian folklore/mythology, I could easily picture the inventive world of Ravka.

 

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

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Lots of banter + sweet love interest + strong female friendships + road trip.

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Isla and the Happily Ever After really hit home for me, since I related so much to Isla… which, naturally, lead to countless tears on my part. Blue Lily, Lily Blue also made me cry because of a certain courtroom scene that was so touching and lovely.

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan. It’s adorable, quirky, and explores love in all its forms.

 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Assassin’s Blade! I fell wholeheartedly in love with Sam Cortland (even though I knew it was a bad idea) so the ending completely broke my heart.

 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

A Little Something Different by Sandi Hall. It tells your typical boy meets girl / girl meets boy love story from 14 different perspectives, ranging from a Starbucks barista to a squirrel, and these perspectives don’t include either participant in the relationship.

 

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

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo. It was a solid 4-star read, so I definitely enjoyed it, but I was really frustrated by how the ending didn’t fit with the dark, serious tone of the book. I also may still be a bit bitter about a certain character’s fate…

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I can’t remember whose blogs I discovered this year as opposed to 2013, but I can say that I honestly love you all and love reading your bookish (and non-bookish) thoughts. 🙂

 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

My reviews of The Boundless and Isla and the Happily Ever After.

 

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

My discussion about why I love negative reviews.

 

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

I didn’t get to participate in any actual bookish events this year — here’s hoping that I can make time for that in 2015!

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Honestly, it’s so hard to pick just one favourite blogging moment of 2014, since I’ve really enjoyed all of the interactions that I’ve had with each and every one of you.

In terms of bookish things, I sent my first request to a publisher regarding a review title (The Boundless) and it was approved! It was so nerve-wracking and so exciting at the same time.

 

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

My Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday posts were really well-received in general, and Ticker was one of the more popular reviews of the year.

 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of my reviews, since they always seem to receive less love than the Top Ten Tuesday/Waiting on Wednesday posts.

 

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

Book outlet! My wallet isn’t quite as thrilled as I am about it, though. 😛

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

I did! I surpassed my goal of reading 100 books this year for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I also successfully completed the First Reads Reading Challenge by reading more than 10 “new to me” authors.

 

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. It’s sitting on my bookshelf right now, so I really have no excuse not to read it soon!

 

 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, Winter by Marissa Meyer.

 

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

RAVEN CYCLE #4. Even if it is probably going to make me cry so much.

 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

In my reading life, I hope to re-read more often and read more books that are outside of my comfort zone. In terms of blogging, I’d like to post more regularly and interact more with all of you – I’ve been awful for commenting and visiting blogs in the last little while, so hopefully I’ll fix that!

 

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I haven’t actually read any 2015 releases yet!

 

A To Z Bookish Survey

I used to love filling out the surveys and notes on Facebook back in the day, so when I saw this A to Z survey on Jamie’s blog, I just had to fill it out!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Lemony Snicket (16) followed by J.K. Rowling, Harlan Coben and Sarah Dessen (each with 11).

Best Sequel Ever:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I loved Shadow and Bone, but Siege and Storm just blew me away!

Currently Reading:

Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsay

Drink of Choice While Reading:

When I’m at home, I have to have Rolo hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows while I read. I can’t believe I didn’t know that was a thing until this year; it’s so good! When I’m at school, I practically live at David’s Tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

While I love my iPad’s Kindle app for commuting to/from campus, I prefer physical books. I just wish I had enough space to store them all.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

In high school (and to this day, really) my dating life followed a specific pattern: I became really close friends with a guy who had similar interests and would then be shocked to find out that he was interested in me, even though the rest of the world had been telling me that for months. Or I’d end up having these awkward unrequited crushes on unattainable guys. If I had a choice, though, I’d pick Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss or Wesley from The Archived.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The first time I tried reading it, I read the first few chapters and then gave up because of the writing style. A little while later, I forced myself to give it another chance, and I ended up loving it!

Hidden Gem Book:

Adorkable by Sarra Manning. It’s a quirky, fun celebration of being unique – and the fact that Jeane is a blogger made me love it even more.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

In high school, I typically read books by authors that I already loved or books that had a huge amount of hype surrounding them. After spending hours reading a book only to realize that I had already read it, I knew that I had to find a way to prevent this from happening again. A quick Google search led me to Goodreads, which sparked my interest in writing reviews, led me to various book blogs… and here we are!

Just Finished:

The Blemished by Sarah Dalton

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

There’s a huge part of me that wants to be able to say, “I’ll read anything.” Unfortunately, that’s not yet the case. I’ve been working on not dismissing certain genres before giving them a chance, but I doubt that I’ll be reading any romance/erotica novels anytime soon – especially if they’re anything like 50 Shades of Grey.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I’m not sure if The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1796 pages) counts, since it technically contains more than one book… so if it doesn’t, A Dance with Dragons wins that honour (1016 pages).

Major book hangover because of:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Number of Bookcases You Own:

2. My house is filled with piles of books since both of my bookshelves are full, so I might just have to take over the ones in the guest bedroom…

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I used to reread the series every summer before the release of the next book, and then I’d reread it again before the release of the next movie.

Preferred Place To Read:

In bed! I have a huge, super comfy mattress and about a million throw pillows, so it’s the perfect place to curl up and read.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:


“It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reading Regret:

I went through a huge true crime phase when I was in my early teens, so I missed out on reading a lot of popular children’s/middle grade books (Pendragon, Artemis Fowl, etc.) that my friends all adored. Now that I’m older, I’m afraid that I won’t appreciate them as much and that thought just makes me sad. :C

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

After scrolling through my to-read list on Goodreads, I discovered that there are very few series that this applies to. Most of the ones on my list that are part of a series that either contains books that haven’t been published yet or are part of a series that I haven’t even started yet. The only book that this applies to is The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen but it’s been a while since I’ve read the Bright Young Things series so I might just have to start from the beginning anyways.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

I honestly can’t choose.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Neil Gaiman. His books are amazing, he wrote a few episodes of Doctor Who that made me feel all the things, he’s working on a video game that looks really neat, he’s married to Amanda Palmer (who I adore), and he has the best hair. I kind of want to be him for a day – though I’d definitely settle for meeting him.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I need more Etienne St. Clair in my life! I’m also really excited for John Green’s next book and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, obviously.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I hardly ever lend out books. I treat my books with the utmost care and I’m paranoid that someone is going to dog-ear a page or keep it or something. So, if I’ve ever lent you a book, you should feel really honoured.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Your latest book purchase:

I haven’t made a trip to the bookstore recently, but I finally got around to pre-ordering Allegiant by Veronica Roth earlier this month.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. I kept telling myself that I would only read one more chapter… then the next thing I knew, it was 3 am and I was finished.