2014 End of the Year Book Survey

This survey is hosted every year by Jamie @Perpetual Page Turner

Number of books you read: 103

Number of Re-Reads: 1

Genre You Read the Most From: Fantasy

1. Best Books you Read in 2014

YA FantasyThe Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski  and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
YA Contemporary: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Mystery: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Adult Fantasy: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker                                                        
Adult Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Adult Non-FictionQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

I was super excited about My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories because some of my favorite YA writers contributed pieces. However, as explained in my review of the book, I only ended up liking a handful of the stories.

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

So many people were raving about We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which made me really excited to read it. I was surprised by how little I connected with the characters and liked the story — it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

 

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

 Most definitely The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I’m proud to say that    I’ve gotten five of my “real-life” friends to read it and they’ve all loved it!

 

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014? Best series overall in 2014?

Best Series I StartedThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Best Sequel of 2014Cress by Marissa Meyer & Heir of Fire  by Sarah J. Maas
Best Series EnderDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
I discovered a ton of “new-to-me” authors this year (see my post here) but I think my favorite is Sarah J. Maas. Seriously, Throne of Glass  is so brilliant! I also read her new book, A Court of Thorns and Roses , recently and I’m pretty much convinced that she can do no wrong — her writing is absolutely beautiful.

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

I don’t read much mystery but I absolutely loved Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

8. Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book in 2014?

Definitely Talon by Julie Kagawa! I read this book in a day and even woke up early on a Saturday to finish it — seriously guys, it was amazing! You can see much gush even more about this book here.

 

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Two books that I’m definitely going to re-read closer to their release dates are An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. These books blew me away and I definitely need to revisit them soon.

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

This is a tough one because there were so many amazing covers in 2014. I’m going to go with A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray because that cover had me drooling for days. The covers of the The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and The Kiss of Deception  by Mary E. Pearson are definitely up there though.

 

                                             

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Rowan from Heir of Fire  by Sarah J. Maas totally stole my heart! One of the reasons I’m most excited about the next book is to see more of him.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

There are so many and in an effort to not continue to gush about Heir of Fire and The Winner’s Curse, I’ll have to go with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.

13. Most thought-provoking book in 2014?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking  by Susan Cain really made me assess my own behavior because I’m quite an introvert and she provides some awesome guidance about the benefits of being an introvert in an extrovert world.

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

I absolutely love the Les Misérables musical and movie! I sometimes go days listening to only that soundtrack so it was quite surprising that I waited until this year to finally read the Les Misérables  by Victor Hugo. Although it was a super long and dense read, I ended up falling in love with the story and characters even more.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?

 

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

 

 

 

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014?

The longest book I read was Les Misérables, which is a whopping 1,463 pages long — part of me is still surprised that I managed to read a book that’s so long. The shortest book I read was Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman, which is only 80 pages long.

17. Book that shocked you the most?

Probably Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I know going in that it was supposed to be gritty but I was so not prepared for that level of intensity and gore.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)

I can’t narrow it down to just one! I totally ship Chaol and Celaena (Throne of Glass) and Arin and Kestral (The Winner’s Curse).

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

I loved the friendship in Pivot Point and Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) by Kasie West between Addie and Laila.  Also if I could pick a heroine and her sidekick it would totally be Celaena and Rowan in Heir of Fire.

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously?

I’m going to have to go with The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book was so crazy intense!

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?

A friend recommended that I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern earlier this year, before all of the hype now surrounding it began, and I ended up really loving it.

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

This is a tough one but I think I’m leaning towards Elias from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. He is sooo swoon-worthy.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Oh gosh, so many good ones! I’m going to cheat again and pick two: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

I was really impressed by the worldbuilding in Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I would totally love to visit either one of those worlds.

25. Book that was the most FUN to read?

Talon  by Julie Kagawa was super fun to read. The characters were really engaging and the story read like a movie. I couldn’t put it down!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?

I cried so hard reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. This story absolutely crushed my heart and it took me days to recover

27. Hidden gem of the year?

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay is such a great book but it just didn’t catch on much for some reason. I had a ton of fun with the story and characters.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Definitely The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. I would also say one particular scene in A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray totally crushed my soul (if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about).

29. Most unique book you read in 2014?

Atlantia by Ally Condie — the idea of an underwater city sounds so lovely and is super unique. Also, I hadn’t read a book focused on a siren before picking it up.

30. Book that made you the most mad?

Liar  by Justine Larbalestier — I had no idea what was going on and could not suspend my disbelief enough.

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 is such a sweetheart and she’s the first book blogger I met in person! I’m so glad we get to chat on Twitter and keep in touch.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

No review really stands out but I did really enjoy writing my This Shattered World book review because it was part of a larger blog tour with some super cool book bloggers.

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

One of my goals for the new year is to write more discussion based posts because I didn’t really do one this year. I really enjoyed writing up my TBR Tag post though because it allowed me share how I pick what books I’m going to read next.

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

Two events totally stick out to me — the first is the Chapter by Chapter event that I attended in NYC and the second is NCTE in Washington DC. At both events I got to meet some really cool authors and I made a ton of new book blogger friends.

 

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Meeting Stephanie Perkins at NCTE

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Hanging out with Nori at Chapter by Chapter

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

Probably meeting Sarah J. Maas in person! I was super nervous meeting her but she was incredibly sweet and even agreed to take a picture with me.

 

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Meeting Sarah J. Maas at NCTE

6. Most popular post this year on your blog?

My most popular post was My Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR, which has a total of 60 comments. Also I’m proud to say that I’ve already read seven out of the ten books on my Winter TBR!

7. Post you wished got a little more love?

Many of the posts that went up around Christmas time received less love than others. I think that’s because people were busy with family and other events.

8. Best bookish discovery?

Definitely Book Outlet! The prices on that site are ridiculously cheap. I’ve placed two large orders on there and all of the books I ordered were in great condition and the shipment never took longer than two weeks to arrive.

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

I did! My Goodreads challenge was to read a total of 100 books in 2014 and I’ve reached 103 — I’m quite proud of myself.

 

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015?

I really wanted to get to the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers but never got around to it. Considering how much I love books with kick-butt female heroines, I’m definitely making it a priority to get to this series early next year.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?

Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas! I am soooo excited for this next book.

3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?

Gosh there are so many! I was most excited about An Ember in the Ashes  by Sabaa Tahir but luckily an awesome book blogger friend sent me a copy. Another debut I’m super pumped about is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — it sounds epic!

 

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

Winter by Marissa Meyer! I can’t wait to see how this series ends.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015?

I really hope to put up more discussion based posts. I always enjoy it when other bloggers just talk about a topic that’s been on their minds so I’d definitely like to feature those type of posts on my blog more.

6. A 2015 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone?

An Ember in the Ashes  by Sabaa Tahir! Seriously, this book needs to be on everyone’s 2015 TBR.

 

12 thoughts on “2014 End of the Year Book Survey

  1. Omg I loved Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout She’s just an amazing author.
    I felt exactly the say why about My True Love Gave to Me. People were raving about it which made me really excited to read it. But it just didn’t work out for me.
    Eeek I just received Talon by Julie Kagawa from my secret Santa and I can’t wait to read it!!
    I’m super excited for An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses. These books are getting so much good buzz. I just hope that they won’t disappoint.
    I can’t believe you read a whopping 1,463 page book. Every time I see Les Misérables I get so intimidated by it lol. Congrats on completing it.
    You definitely had an amazing year in books. I wish you the best for this new year. Can’t wait to see all the discussion posts.
    Happy Read xoxo

    1. I’m so glad that you loved Don’t Look Back. I actually just discovered Jennifer L. Armentrout this year and I love reading her books when I’m in the mood for more romance.
      Talon is amazing! Definitely try to hold off on reading it though until the second book, Rogue, is released in a few months. The ending of Talon is too intense!

      An Ember in the Ashes is brilliant and ACOTAR are both brilliant. I really hope you love them!
      I seriously have no idea how on earth I read Les Mis. It’s a fantastic book but I’m still in awe that I got through it all.

      Thank you so much! I hope we get to know each other even more this year =)

  2. We have lots of the same favorites! The Winner’s Curse, Cress, Don’t Look Back (I’m surprised that one hasn’t been talked about more..). I really need to catch up on Laini Taylor’s series, and I’m excited for The Wrath of the Dawn as well!
    Thanks for sharing, lady!

    1. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed those books too! I agree, Don’t Look Back has definitely not received a lot of buzz.

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of Laini Taylor’s series — it’s absolutely brilliant.

      The Wrath & the Dawn seems fantastic and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it so far.

  3. I am very excited that the best books you read in 2014 include The Winner’s Curse, Heir of Fire, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, seeing as they are all on my TBR list! Of course Talon is on my TBR list as well.

    Ember was absolutely phenomoneal, and thank you again for letting me borrow it! And oh my goodness, what a coincidence. I read Les Miserables in 2014 as well. It definitely was long and dense at parts, but I am still happy that I read it. (Plus, I read it within three days, so I get bragging rights 😉 ) Other books that you mentioned that are on my TBR list include Red Rising, The Kiss of Deception, Pivot Point, and Princess of Thorns.

    And awww thank you so much for saying that my blog was your new favorite. *Sends big hugs* You were the first book blogger that I met in real life as well, and I’m so happy that I met you. <3 You MUST read the His Fair Assassin series- it is amazing!

    1. Yay! You have some fantastic books lined up on your TBR =) Let me know how you like them all, especially The Winner’s Curse.

      I didn’t realize you read Les Mis! Haha there were totally parts when I was like seriously, when did this turn into a history book (VH totally went on and on for about 50 pages about a specific moment during the French revolution and it wasn’t at all relevant to the main plot).

      You’re welcome! I love your blog and you totally influenced how my blog turned out. I didn’t know much about blogging beforehand but you gave me awesome tips so THANK YOU! =)

      I knowww, I really need to read it especially now that I have all three books (my TBTB sent me the 2nd).

      1. I definitely will let you know how I like all of the books. I didn’t realize that you had read Les Mis either until I saw this post haha. Also, I know what part you were talking about- it was torturous. It had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. D:

        It was my pleasure to help you with your blog! I absolutely love the design of your blog and have loved watching it grow. 🙂 I can’t wait to see your blog as it progresses in the future.

        1. Thank you so much! I’m thinking of doing a blog re-design but I think that won’t be for a little while. Need to save up a bit of money for one of the unique templates.

          Congrats again on hitting six months!

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