2014 End of Year Survey!

Posted December 26, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 14 Comments

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Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner does this end of year bookish & blogging survey every year, and I had to participate after having so much fun doing it last year! She also made the lovely graphic up above. Thanks, Jamie, for putting this together every year! It’s a blast to look back at my reading over the year.

2014 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 148
Number of re-reads:3(I cannot believe I only had 3 re-reads this year! Gonna work on that for next year).
Genre you read the most from: Contemporary(I know, we’re all very surprised)

 Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2014 release vs. backlist)

Best 2014 release: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Best backlist title: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

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

Side Effects May Vary. It was my most-anticipated debut of 2014. I liked it fine(3 stars), but it lacked anything special to make me really connect with it. I expected to LOVE it. I wanted it to be a book I’d push on everyone.

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

I’m gonna go with Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I thought it would be good, but it was on a whole other level.

 4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read(and they did) in 2014?

PROBABLY Dangerous Girls. I book pushed that like crazy!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014?

I started the Raven Cycle in 2014! SO glad I did. For best sequel I’m gonna have to go with Heir of Fire, with runners-up being Cress and Split Second. I’m not sure I’ve read a series that ended in 2014, but the best “last book” in a series I read this year was Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

JANDY NELSON. I’m so glad I got over the thought I wouldn’t like her books.

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

The Enchanted by Rene Denefeld was out of my comfort zone, not because of genre but because of content. However, it was a really fantastic book and I ended up giving it 5 stars, even if I wouldn’t be jumping to re-read it any time soon.

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

I’m gonna go with Vicious. It wasn’t the *most* action-packed book I read, but it was the one that had me turning the pages the fastest.

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

Ah, that’s so hard! I will definitely re-read Good Omens. I’ll probably also re-read Open Road Summer, I’ll Give You the Sun, and maybe the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.

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

Wasn’t a huge fan of the book, but I thought the cover for A Thousand Pieces of You was stunning. Just look at it!

A Thousand Pieces of You

 

11. Most memorable character in 2014? 

Okay, so this ended up being really difficult for me. I’m actually gonna say Lizzie Bennet, because I read The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet(which is a tie-in to the web series), and it was great and Lizzie is super memorable both as a character that gets told so often and in this interpretation.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

This was a tough one because I had a difficult time choosing between two books in particular. So I’m gonna say I’m giving this honor to Tell the Wolves I’m Home and the runner-up goes to I’ll Give You the Sun.

13. Most life-changing/thought-provoking book of 2014?

I’m afraid that people are going to start chucking virtual tomatoes at me if I keep saying this book over and over, but I’m gonna have to say. . . I’ll Give You the Sun. I will say that another book that really made me think about life and such that I read this year was I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

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

GOOD OMENS. I’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book I didn’t like, but I kept putting this one off, partially because it’s co-written and I’d never read anything by Terry Pratchett, and also because I was under the impression it was part of a long series. I’m not sure how I came to that misunderstanding, but I’m glad this book was on sale at the store one day.

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

Yeah, so there’s no way I can limit myself to just ONE quote. I’ll do my best to reign it in, though.

Quick, make a wish.
Take a (second or third or fourth) chance.

Remake the world.
I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson

I felt like I had proof that not all days are the same length, not all time has the same weight. Proof that there are worlds and worlds and worlds on top of worlds, if you want them to be there.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Brunt

Hey, I managed only two. That’s pretty astounding! I think I might do a separate post of my 10 favorite passages from books I’ve read this year.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

 Shortest: We Have Always Lived in the Castle at 146 pages
Longest: Monsters of Men with 603 pages was the longest I read, but I also listened to the audiobook of The Diviners, which is longer.

 17. Book that Shocked You the Most?

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.I thought Gone Girl was just okay, but I LOVED Dark Places and did not expect it to go where it did!

18. OTP of the Year!

Hector and Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year:

Ahh, I have so many of these. The Raven Boys + Blue in Blue Lily, Lily Blue for SURE, but also Reagan & Lilah’s friendship in Open Road Summer. Then there’s Chaol and Dorian’s friendship in Heir of Fire, Thorne and Cinder’s friendship and Cinder and Iko in Cress. Then family-wise there’s Charlie and her brothers from On the Fence and Noah and Jude in I’ll Give You the Sun.

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

Ahh probably Free to Fall by Lauren Miller. Most of my favorites this year were new discoveries!

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

I read Vicious on peer pressure, and I’m glad I did.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

I actually didn’t like the book much, but Sturmhond from Ruin & Rising. Him & the Darkling were the only reasons I even finished the book, but I DID like Sturmhond.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.

24. Best world building/most vivid setting You Read this Year?

Blue Lily, Lily Blue. “Vivid” is a very accurate way to describe Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.

25. Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/The Most FUN to Read?

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czusak! Super light & fun(and Christmas-y!, sort of)

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

I *think* the only book that made me cry this year was Tell the Wolves I’m Home.

27. Hidden Gem of the Year?

I really liked My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi, and I’d never heard of the book before it was an Amazon daily deal.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Hmmm you know I read Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and that book did crush my soul a little but was also hopeful in the end, so I’m gonna go with that.

29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2014?

I have so many options, but I’m gonna pick a book I loved but haven’t mentioned yet– We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

30.Book That Made You the Most Mad?

Ahh, probably The Half Life of Molly Pierce. I did NOT like that book.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

It’s hard for me to remember which blogs I discovered in 2013 vs 2014. I know new discoveries were Gun in Act One, Love at First Page, and Books and Window Seats.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

Okay, I know I’ve mentioned this book a gazillion times, but I’m actually really proud of my review for I’ll Give You the Sun. It was difficult to do that book justice and I worked way harder on it than I normally do on reviews. Also, I was quite pleased with my review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

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

There were a couple, but I think in the end I’m going to go with my post on how the reading police do not exist. I’m really proud of it!

4. Book Events that You Participated In

I didn’t get to participate in many Book Events in real life this year(alas, budget), but online/blogging wise I did participate in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon and it was super fun!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life?

Ooh, I was racking my brain for a while trying think until I remembered my blog being in the acknowledgements for Dangerous Boys! That was super exciting since I really did love Dangerous Girls & Dangerous Boys so much.

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

My post on What to Do With Books You Don’t Want Anymore was the most popular for the year(by views).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I did some book recommendations based on holidays(here’s Halloween,  Thanksgiving, and Christmas) and they got some love, but it took me a LONG time to put them together so I’m gonna go with those.

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

Well, I discovered BookOutlet, which is sort of dangerous for my wallet. I’ve also been using Literally to track my reading as well as Goodreads.

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

I did! I met my Goodreads challenge goal of 140 books. I didn’t participate in reading challenges other than that.

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

I’m gonna go with Jackaby! It was a gift book & I try to read those in a semi-timely manner.

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

GAH, so many choices. Series-wise there’s Winter, Throne of Glass #4, The Raven Cycle #4. Series-starter would be A Darker Shade of Magic.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I think I’m going to go with The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker. It sounds pretty awesome.

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

WINTER!

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

Hmm. Well I think blogging-wise I’d like to be more organized, which is why I’m participating in the Book Blogger Organization Challenge. In reading, I think I’d like to read a more balanced mix of adult/YA/nonfiction, since I used to love nonfiction and haven’t read any pretty much all year!

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

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda! This book is so fun & awesome and charming. I laughed out loud more than once but also had moments were my heart ached for Simon a little. I’ve already bought a few pre-orders for people as gifts because I loved it just THAT much. I’m also editing this post to add The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, which I read last night(yes, on Christmas despite the fact this book is more suited to Halloween) and it was AMAZING and haunting and definitely put it on your TBR.

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14 responses to “2014 End of Year Survey!

  1. Anonymous

    I keep seeing Tell the Wolves I’m Home so I guess I will be adding that to my TBR list for 2015. Glad you had such a good reading year. My survey is here but it is shorter than the original because my kids wanted to go out. I keep adding to it when I get time.
    Laura
    My Survey

  2. I was peer-pressured into reading Vicious, too! And I liked it of course. That book has some DEDICATED fans, though.

    And the good news is I’m currently staring right at a library copy of Dangerous Girls (literally). Hopefully, I will enjoy it. *crosses fingers*

    Also, yay to Tell the Wolves I’m Home and The Enchanted! Both are great, which you obviously know.

    • Stormy

      VERY dedicated fans. I’m not sure I’ll like Victoria Schwab’s YA books as much as I liked Vicious, but I’m looking forward to her upcoming fantasy book at the very least.

      Eep I hope you enjoy Dangerous Girls!

  3. Maraia

    I’ll Give You The Sun was my overall favorite of the year, too! (Closely followed by Fangirl.) If I tried to pick my favorite quote from it, I’d probably just end up with the entire book.

    Also, I recently finished reading Torn Away. Thanks for the recommendation! Christmas was not exactly the best time to be reading such a tear-jerker, but I enjoyed it. I definitely appreciated that the author didn’t try to force Jersey into a romance; it would have been completely inappropriate and unrealistic, given the situation.

    • Stormy

      Wasn’t I’ll Give You the Sun so good? I just have so much love for that book. A big yay for Fangirl! It was one of my favorite books from 2014.

      I’m glad you enjoyed Torn Away! Yes, I agree that it was incredibly realistic for that one to have no romance–it would have felt shoehorned in for sure.

      • Maraia

        Gahhh, so good. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to hug it and then immediately start reading it again. It’s definitely on my re-read list for next year!

        • Stormy

          That was my EXACT reaction! I can always tell a book is a new all-time favorite when I want to re-read IMMEDIATELY.

  4. I’m working on a partial reread of the Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson right now, I say partial only because I haven’t gotten to read The Bitter Kingdom yet. I’m almost halfway through my reread of The Crown of Embers now and remembering why I loved these books so much. They really do make for a great reread. [:

    Also, you’ve totally convinced me that I need to read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

    • Stormy

      Ooh, I loved The Bitter Kingdom! The Crown of Embers is my favorite, though.

      YES. That’s my mission accomplished right there! I’ve book pushed I’ll Give You the Sun on everybody.

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