End of the Year Book Survey 2014

December 28, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous, psa, recs 6

I love filling out surveys, so I figured this is as good a reason as any. If you want to do it yourself, you can follow the link to Jamie’s Blog or click on the picture above and link up your own post. And now, let’s see what I read this year!

Number Of Books You Read:

According to Goodreads, 39. I think it was a couple more, but 40 give or take should be correct.

Number of Re-Reads:


Genre You Read The Most From:

Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, but scifi and contemporary are strong contenders as well.

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

It’s probably a good thing that I read so many good ones I can’t choose. I’ll go with the top three in no particular order:

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

Definitely The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer. I thought I’d love it, but it turned out it lacked interesting characters and a good plot (so basically everything that makes a book fun), so I was really disappointed.

Also, Throne of Glass. I was expecting something very different going into it, so maybe that’s why I didn’t really like it much, but it’s way overhyped in my opinion.

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

Oh, absolutely Fingersmith though I can’t say why because that would spoil the plot. Surprising in a good way though.

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

Umm… I did borrow a couple of books to friends, but I can’t really think of one I pushed on everyone who happened to cross my path.

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

For best series I started, I’d have to go with The Darkest Minds again. Althought, thinking about it, I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the Trial by Fire series because it could go in a lot of different directions, judging by the end of the first book.

Apparently I didn’t read a lot of sequels! I’ll choose Dark Triumph for this one, simply because I thought the second book was A LOT better than the first one, and that’s not often the case.

I just checked, and there’s only one book I read in 2014 that ended a series: Ruins by Dan Wells. Not a lot of competition, but I love that series and it was a good conclusion, so I’m happy to name it as my best series ender.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Oh boy. I’ll choose Alexandra Bracken because I love her show-don’t-tell writing style and I’m curious to see what else she has in store. I did read a lot of other good books from authors I’d never heard of before though.

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

I really liked Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga! I found it by chance and took it because I liked the title. I ended up enjoying it a lot. I’m happy to announce that I’ve also read a non-fiction book and didn’t give up after a couple of chapters: Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale.

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

I’m choosing Fingersmith again because I literally could not put it down until I had finished part two of the book because I really really needed to find out what happens.

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

That’s a tough one because I haven’t been rereading a lot of books the past couple of years. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t reread any of them that soon, so I’ll have to pass on this one.

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

I didn’t get it at first, and it’s not terribly appealing, but then I read the description and the book and was like oh yeah, that’s actually kind of clever. So even though there are prettier ones, I’ll go with this one because it seems they actually put some thought into it instead of just slapping some pretty girl’s face on the cover without considering the plot at all like usually. Sadly, it seems like they reissued the cover as something that looks more traditionally girly (okay, it’s kind of pretty, but still).

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Chubs from The Darkest Minds! He’s way too much like me haha.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Errrr… I did read Whylah Falls for uni, but it wasn’t really my kind of poetry. Hate to be repetitive, but I have to choose Fingersmith again because it’s really well done.

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

I think I’ll go with Afterworlds for this one. It didn’t necessarily impact my life that much, but it offers a lot of very clever commentary on writing and the book industry, which I enjoyed a lot. Although there was this one part where I could really identify with Darcy as well, but spoilers.

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

I can’t believe I never heard of The Darkest Minds before my roommate recommended it to me! It’s been out for a while and it’s doing well as far as I can see, so it really surprised me I hadn’t heard of it before. Although I did have that dark phase when I wasn’t reading a lot of books… let’s not talk about it.

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

Dude. I’m not even at home right now. I can’t look it up, but it’s probably that one passage in The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, when one character’s dad tells her to drive the car into the ocean. It was beautiful.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The longest was Afterworlds with 599 pages (no surprise there), and the shortest was Isolation, the prequel to Partials by Dan Wells.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Fingersmith again. That plot twist man.

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

Me/Books will always be the answer to that question.

Okay, okay. I don’t know. Sue and Maude from Fingersmith are probably so fucked up they could only be with each other. Mercy and Adam from the Mercy Thompson series didn’t get on my nerves as much as other couples do. I can’t really think of a pairing I’ve read about this year that makes me want to draw their names in little hearts all over my desk (also it’s a glass desk, so I’d have to carve it, and I’m not comfortable with that level of vandalism when it comes to my own furniture).

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Maybe it’s because I just read it, but I really enjoyed Ruby and Chub’s friendship in The Darkest Minds because I always love a good I-hate-you-but-actually-let’s-be-best-friends story.

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

Okay, you can probably guess it at this point but it’s *drumroll* Afterworlds! I actually have a good reason though: I feel like it’s very different from what Scott Westerfeld did before and I appreciate it when someone’s able to step out of their comfort zone and do something amazing.

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

Ha! The Darkest Minds. I distinctly remember my roommate raving about it, but it wasn’t until just recently that I actually borrowed it from her. And then ordered all three books in hardcover.

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

No one, but I’d like to hang out with Marcus from Dan Well’s Partials series because that guy is hilarious even in the most dire situations.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Trial by Fire because it’s also the most intriguing one. I also liked Loop because it’s fun and fast-paced, but I’m not sure the time travel logic always made sense.

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

Dawn by Octavie E. Butler. I didn’t love the book, but the world building was pretty damn good.

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

Either Moon Called, which I was rereading, or Loop.

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

None, I think! I never really used to cry at books and even now I cry more often at tv shows or movies than books, and I mostly cry when someone’s really kind or realizes their dreams or whatever. I don’t know, I’m weird.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu. I found it at the bookstore and bought it because the subject interested me and it was actually very good.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t understand the question. I feel like I should have an answer, but I really can’t think of one.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

The People of Forever are Not Afraid because it’s kind of episodic, kind of not, the ending is totally out there and I’m not even sure what I even read but I liked it.

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

Throne of Glass. What the heck is that book even? I hated it for like 4/5 of the book and then it suddenly got kind of good. And the totally unnecessary kind of there kind of not love triangle and the complete absence of assassin badassery and Celaena just ugh.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

I didn’t really know any before 2014, but I’d say Bookshelf Reflections is one of my new favorites. I also discovered booktubing was a thing and I like Christine and Kat from polandbananas and katytastic, especially when they collab.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

I think After I Do and Trial by Fire, but I was too lazy to actually go through all of them again, so make of that what you will.

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

I enjoyed doing Loony Blurbs because it gives you a chance to get really creative with those book titles. :D Blogging also kind of opened my eyes to how easy it is to connect with authors (and potentially other entertainers and people in the spotlight) through social media, so I wrote a quick post about Authors and Social Media and how it might influence book bloggers.

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

I only went to the Frankfurt book fair, and the event itself wasn’t mind-blowing because there wasn’t actually a lot of interaction, but I was amazed that I got in for free just because I’d been blogging for two months. I mean that’s how it should be, but I got that press ticket entirely by accident when I just wanted to register on their site to order tickets, so it was a pretty cool experience.

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

Just connecting with people who have the same interests is awesome, and I keep designing and redesigning the blog to suit my tastes, which keeps making me learn more about HTML and making graphics and all of that ish. I won’t be a pro anytime soon, but it can be a lot of fun! It’s also kind of weird, kind of cool when people I know personally read my posts. I mean it’s only like two of them (that I know of), but it’s still pretty awesome.

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

I can’t be bothered to check the views and I’m not sure I get Google Analytics entirely anyway, but by comments it’s a Stacking the Shelves post. If we’re talking posts that I didn’t link up to a meme, it’s actually my post on Starting a WordPress Blog. I also did a guest post on Laura’s Blog that got way more comments, but I guess that doesn’t count since it wasn’t on my own blog.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of the reviews although I don’t often comment on reviews either, so I get it. I really like the one on Things More Likely to Happen Than Winning at Goodreads First Reads.

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

The book blogging community! When I started my blog I was like …and now? but then I found a lot of other blogs. :)

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

Yes! I don’t like reading challenges per se because it takes the fun out of it for me, BUT when I realized I could only remember reading a handful of books the year before I set myself a very modest reading challenge of twenty books to read in 2014 and read about double that.

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

Never Fade is at the top of my reading list, but amazon is taking forever to deliver it, so I might not get to it until 2015!

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

Same as the last question and also Fangirl, which I wanted to read and then didn’t and then did and then really didn’t and now finally ordered.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I meant to name Princess of Thorns here because it’s been on my to read list for a while, but then I saw it was released at the beginning of December and I already ordered it but it’ll take a few more weeks to arrive. Whoops. Instead I’ll choose The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons because the blurb sounds very intriguing!

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

Richelle Mead’s The Ruby Circle is coming out soon, which means I can buy the last three books and finish the series. I’m not loving this series as much as I did Vampire Academy when it came out, but I’m enjoying her work and I want to read the books in one go. My only problem is that I bought the first three as ebooks for some weird reason I can’t remember, so now if I buy physical copies, I’ll only have the last three, but I prefer reading physical books over ebooks. Ah, first world problems.

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

Find books I can get passionate about and blog regularly. :)

Wow, I hope someone has too much time and reads all of this because it just took me several hours to make. :D

6 Responses to “End of the Year Book Survey 2014”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I LOVE SURVEYS. This is awesomeness. I haven’t read Alexandra Bracken yet, though, but my library has FINALLY bought the first book and I am waiting impatiently in line. ;-) SO SO EXCITED! I hope I’ll read the full trilogy next year. They sound exactly like my kind of book. :))
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