Hello, everyone, and welcome to the 2014 End of Year Book Survey! Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner created this awesome survey, and this is my second year participating. I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate this year, because it has been a very slow year in reading for me. My reading count is way lower than last year’s, but hey, at least I read!
I hope you enjoy reading my survey, and I look forward to reading yours if you’re participating :D
Number of Books You Read: 44
Number of Rereads: 1*
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
*The book I reread was The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The first time I read it was last year, though, so I’m not sure if it counts.
1. Best book you read in 2014?
This is a tie between Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. I’m cheating a little, but since they’re from different genres, I think we can let this slide xD Hex Hall is a really fun series, and I’m currently reading the last book in the trilogy. I really love Sophie, the main character, who’s super sassy, and the love interests are LIFE. Plus, the plot is amazing ;D
In The Afterlight was perfection. I’ve read quite a few series finales this year, and this one hands down is the best. My initial post-book feelings haven’t changed, and I’ve had a good couple months to ponder this. I loved The Darkest Minds series, which I started earlier this year. If you haven’t read it and are looking for a good dystopian read, I highly recommend this series.
2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
I’m really sad to say that I’ve chosen The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan for this category. I talked about my disappointments in my review, but the whole book was just kind of… meh. Don’t get me wrong, there were several enjoyable moments, but I feel like the disappointing moments outweighed the good ones.
3. Most surprising book (in a good way or bad way) you read in 2014?
Definitely The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. Lauren Myracle is one of my favorite authors ever. Her books are phenomenal… but this one was awful. I didn’t even finish it. I remember being up at 5 AM, reading review on Goodreads about this book when I was halfway through it, and a lot of people had similar feelings that I did. Blah.
4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken was a book that I raved about after I finished it. It was simply amazing, and I talked about it with everyone, and surprisingly, a few people actually read it (and finished the series, too)!
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014?
Best Series: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Best Sequel: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Best Series Finale: In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Rainbow Rowell! I’d heard a lot about her in 2013, but I didn’t pick up one of her books until this year, and I LOVED it. Her writing is so eerily relatable and fluffy and ahh. I can’t wait to read more of her books. (And I love how she makes playlists for her books on Spotify <3)
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book wasn’t necessarily out of my comfort zone (although it did touch on topics that are more mature). I know classics aren’t really a genre, but just in general I don’t really read many of them. Anyway, this book was fantastic! I loved Holden Caulfield’s voice and how he reflected on things that happened in the book. Definitely not what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it.
8. Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book of the year?
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book was awesome. If you’ve read this series, you pretty much already know why I love Katy (hello, fellow book blogger ;D). One of the only things I found wrong with this book, and I’ve noticed this has been a common theme with a lot of series finales, is the lackluster, brief final battles. What do you think about that topic?
9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most-likely to reread next year?
yolo by Lauren Myracle. Although I’m not a fan of the acronym, I’m really happy that she continued her Internet Girls series. In this book, Maddie, Zoe, and Angela were freshmen in college, and they were all having totally different experiences. I love that Zoe grew even more as a character, and the other ladies were just as awesome.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Of Neptune by Anna Banks. I didn’t like this book, and everyone was confused about the fact that Anna Banks was continuing this series. Like… everything had been resolved. Whyyyy? But, I must admit, this series had some fine covers. Just look at this!
You can’t go wrong with this. These covers are so beautiful <3
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
This is a really difficult one. I’ve read about so many memorable characters, but one of the most memorable is Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I don’t know why. Maybe because he’s a bit more relatable than characters in fantasy and dystopian books. I really loved Charlie, and I actually watched the movie this year, and OMG. Logan Lerman is life xD
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
I honestly don’t have an answer for this one. I didn’t really read anything by poetic authors (like Lauren Oliver) this year. I’d say The Infinite Moment of Us, but one: I didn’t like that book. Two: I didn’t finish it. And three: I felt like Lauren Myracle was trying too hard to sound philosophical and poetic and stuff. I hate it when authors try to do that, and it’s much better when it flows naturally (hello, Lauren Oliver).
13. Most thought-provoking, life changing book of 2014?
Leap Day by Wendy Mass was pretty thought-provoking. It was written so amazingly. There was the main character, Josie’s POV, but then there were also the POVs of several other people Josie encountered. Their POVs were short, but they were all interesting and I was left slightly in awe. I think that by writing about several other characters alongside Josie, Wendy Mass makes her readers realize that everyone is going through something. Everyone is dealing with something difficult in their lives. I really liked that message.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to read?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I haven’t finished this series, but I was so surprised to find that I actually liked it when I was done!
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?
“He’s not feeling well,” Clary said, catching at Simon’s wrist. “We’re going.”
“No,” Simon said. “No, I—I need to talk to him. To the Inquisitor.” Robert reached into his jacket and drew out a crucifix. Clary stared in shock as he held it up between himself and Simon. “I speak to the Night’s Children Council representative, or to the head of the New York clan,” he said. “Not to any vampire who comes to knock at my door—”
Simon reached out and plucked the cross out of Robert’s hand. “Wrong religion,” he said. -Cassandra Clare, “City of Heavenly Fire”
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?
Shortest Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Longest Book: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
17. Book that shocked you the most?
Champion by Marie Lu. I’m not going to say much, but let’s just say it had to do with a character…
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)?
RUBY/LIAM. KATY/DAEMON. SOPHIE/ARCHER. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.
19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Sophie and Jenna from Hex Hall. I love those two <3
20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously?
Teardrop by Lauren Kate. She and I had a rocky start with her book Fallen, but I really enjoyed Teardrop. I’M SO MAD THAT THIS SERIES GOT A COVER CHANGE. *sobs* The cover was so beautiful…
21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed this book, and it was recommended to me a little while ago ^-^ I haven’t finished the series, but I was spoiled when I read a review >.> Le sigh.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Need I say more?
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
I said pretty much the same thing in my 2013 Survey, but I haven’t read any books that debuted in 2014! :O
24. Best world building/ most vivid setting you read this year?
Frostbite by Richelle Mead. For some reason, the world building in this book stuck with me a lot. I liked the change in scenery.
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Fruits Basket Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya. This manga series was introduced to me by a friend, and it’s just such a fun, cutesy series, though it does have its darker undertones. I haven’t finished it yet, but I did watch the anime and ahh <3
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
In The Afterlight. This book was just… TEARS. Tears.
27. Hidden gem of the year?
This one was a little difficult, but I’m going to go with Ask The Passengers by A.S. King. I haven’t heard too many people talking about this book, and I definitely want to reread it.
28. Book that crushed your soul?
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book was indeed soul-crushing.
29. Most unique book you read in 2014?
The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Although I wasn’t a fan of this book, I loved Mackenzie’s powers, which were super unique. If I remember correctly, she could touch any surface and see memories/what happened there from a certain time… it was pretty awesome.
30. Book that made you the most mad?
Again, I’m going to have to go with The Blood of Olympus. Argh. So many angry feels.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Ah, this is a difficult one. Mainly because I can’t quite remember when I discovered some of my favorites! But here are some of my newer favorites:
the writing hufflepuff
The Loony Teen Writer
Books, Tea and a Onesie
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
My favorite review of this year is my review for The Blood of Olympus. I really love my new reviewing format, and I think I was so organized and I’m giving myself extra points because I remembered all the points I wanted to make without taking notes while reading.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I think my Dystopian Themes In Music post was a pretty interesting discussion, and I still think about that topic a lot. Sometimes books and music fit hand in hand <3
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Does BookBlogWriMo count? XD I loved participating in that, and what’s great is that I got to meet more fantastic book bloggers ^-^ I also went to an author signing with three science fiction authors earlier this year, which was pretty fun.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
I think the best moment in my bookish life this year was going to Barnes & Noble for the first time. If you didn’t know, I actually hadn’t gone to a Barnes & Noble until earlier this year, because I lived much closer to an indie bookstore. But, I started going to B&N, and life changed. Drastically. XD
6. Most popular post this year on your blog?
This year, my most popular post has been my review for The Blood of Olympus :D
7. Post you wish got a little more love?
Hmm, I’m not sure. I’m pretty happy with the attention my posts have gotten this year :D
8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, bookstores, etc.)?
Barnes & Noble (see #5).
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Sadly, I didn’t complete my reading goals that I’d set, which was 115 books. I read less than half of that, which is sooo disappointing, but homework got in the way D: Oh well. Hopefully I’ll do better next year!
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your number one priority in 2015?
This is a difficult one. Probably anything by Cassandra Clare that came out after CoHF. I saw a few signed copies of The Bane Chronicles at the bookstore and just about died :O
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?
THE MAGNUS CHASE BOOKS. That’s set to come out in 2015, right? It better be >.>
3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?
I don’t think there are any debuts that I’m anticipating for 2015.
4. Series ending/sequel that you are most anticipating for 2015?
That’s hard, too, but only because so many series endings for books I’ve read came out this year. Maybe the last book in the Bloodlines series, although I haven’t finished Silver Shadows, so no spoilers!
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life of 2015?
For my reading life, I really want to get back to a place where I can just pick up a book and not have to force myself to do so. This year has been the year of reading slumps for me, and it hasn’t been enjoyable. I think part of the reason is that I’ve been reading a lot of books that just haven’t been doing it for me.
6. A 2015 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone?
I can’t answer this question, because I haven’t read anything that’s due to come out in 2015. But if you have, what do you recommend?
That’s all for the 2014 End of Year Book Survey! I’m so glad that I decided to participate in this. I hope you all have a happy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2015!