Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Book Survey

The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

Number Of Books You Read: 773 (but the majority of those are picture books)
Number of Re-Reads: I'd say under 10.  When I read, I try to read something new.
Genre You Read The Most From:  Can picture books be a genre?  Probably young adult then.

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Adult Fiction: I read The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
Short Stories: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
Dystopian: The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken
Fantasy: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Contemporary: Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins
Non-fiction: The Family Romanovs by Candice Fleming

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

Pointe by Brandy Colbert.  I remembered being underwhelmed by the plot.  The synopsis was more exciting than the actual book.

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

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.  I really didn't think I'd like it as much as I did.  I fell in love with Calaena.

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

It probably ended up being the Throne of Glass series.  I also recommended The Selection series by Keira Cass a lot as well.

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

Best series started: Throne of Glass
Best sequel: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Best series ender: Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

I wrote a whole post on this topic: New to Me Authors in 2014.

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

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I'm really glad I decided to read The Family Romanov by Candice Fleming.

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

I loved Cress by Marissa Meyer.  There was definitely a lot of action with Captain Thorne.

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

I will probably end up re-reading the entire Lunar Chronicles series in anticipation of the last book, Winter.

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

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Calaena Sardothien in the Throne of Glass series

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

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

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages)
Shortest: Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman (52 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The ENTIRE Burn for Burn series by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.  Did NOT see that ending coming!!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Percy and Annabeth from Rick Riordan's books.  I LOVE THEM.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Reagan and Lilah from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.  Girl Power!!

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

Cress by Marissa Meyer

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

I'm usually the one doing the peer pressure.  It's one of the perks of being a librarian.

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

Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

I would have to say Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.  I loved the friendship between Lilah and Reagan.

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

Definitely has to be the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.  Love the fae.

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

I thought Geography of You and Me was a fun book to read.

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

I had to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson again for class this year.  I always shed a few tears when I read that.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.  I've never read anything quite like it.

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

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  THAT ENDING.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

The Perpetual Page Turner

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can't Wait For

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

My blog is still fairly new, but I'd say Top Ten Tuesday.

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

Getting a reply from E. Lockhart!

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

Sequels I Can't Wait For

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My November wrap-up post.  Do people even care about what I read each month?

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

Book Riot's Twitter.  I love them.

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

Unfortunately, because of school I had a hard time doing anything other than homework.  I plan to change that next year!

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

Anything on my TBR is fair game, but my first priority will be Raging Heat by Richard Castle or Of Neptune by Anna Banks.

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

Fairest and Winter both by Marissa Meyer.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don't usually find out about debuts until they debut.

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

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  I think I'm going to cry.

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

Read more debuts.  Finish the reading challenges I signed up for.

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

No 2015 releases here yet.  My reading has been slow lately because of school.  School is almost done now, so let the reading begin!

Tell me if you loved any of the books I loved this year!  Leave a link or comment to your own 2014 book survey!

1 comment:

  1. I love the Throne of Glass series and Anna and the French Kiss! Great choices! Cress was one of my favorite sequels this year also, I liked Captain Thorne so much more than in Scarlet. Since You've Been Gone was another favorite, I'm really glad I listened to the good reviews and read it this summer! It was so much fun.

    Hope your 2015 is just as good a reading year! Here's the link to my survey if you'd like to take a look :)