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 Fantasy: The 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-Fiction: Quiet: 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?
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?
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?
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!)
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?
24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
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.
Meeting Stephanie Perkins at NCTE
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.
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.