Friday, January 9, 2015

End of Year Book Survey (2014)

In the middle of December I saw Jamie (From the PerpetualPageTurner) post her survey, but as usual life got in the way and here I am in the middle of January posting this survey. I've never taken one of these so I'm interested to check it out. Plus my best friend and I were looking through surveys we used to send across email the other day and laughed a lot so I am in the survey mood. I copied this survey directly from her site and the past included her graphic so I want to give Jamie full credit for those as well. I hope you enjoy reading about my 2014 reading year.


Number Of Books You Read: 101
Number of Re-Reads:11
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (I believe)


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
This is so hard!! I don't even know how to decide. In my Top Ten of 2014 I named The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowsky as #1. However, even thought it is #1, is the best? I don't know! It was fantastic though. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Scorched by Mari Mancusi. I really thought this book was going to blow me out of the water. It was more meh. 

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Everything Leads to You By Nina LaCour - This book pleasantly surprised me. I wasn't expecting it to be excellent and it was.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I don't push this book. I shove it at people with lots of force. 

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Best Series Started: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Best Sequel: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Best Series Ender: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
 Marie Rutkoski - I only read one book by her, but her writing style is amazing and I loved it.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Elizabeth: The Queen by Sally Bendall Smith (Non-Fiction)

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Sabriel by Garth Nix

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas - This cover is the one that is jumping out at me right now, but this might not be an accurate answer. 

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Celaena Sardothien - Need I say more?

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater - I just love the way this series is written and Maggie's writing is magical to me.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells - I found myself thinking about this book and the issues raised in this book long after I finished it. I found the themes of this book interesting and disturbing at the same time. I think I'll still be thinking about this book in the future too. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - What can I say? I marathoned this series finally though! 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
"I love you, I hope you don't mind." - from Sabriel by Garth Nix - I love this quote so so so so much. I instantly thought of this moment. 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Mr. Darcy's Proposal by Susan Manson-Milks (897pgs)
Shortest: Saga Vol.1 by Brian K. Vaughan (48pgs) 

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare - This one really got me a few times and just left me speechless. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Blue Sargent and Richard Gansey III (From the Raven Cycle) - I ship these two so hard and I will not stop. 

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Annith, Sybella and Ismae's friendship/sister like bond is amazing and I loved how they all did whatever they could to protect each other LOVED IT. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce - I loved this wrap up to the series and Tamora Pierce didn't disappoint at all! 

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Sabriel by Garth Nix - I wasn't uninterested in this book, but I would not have read it this year without my best friend's hounding. 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Warner from the Shatter Me Series - I do not have to explain do I?

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (This wasn't great, but I didn't read a lot of debuts)

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix - Nix is a master of worldbuilding! I loved it.

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

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - LOTS of crying

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Frigid by J. Lynn - This doesn't get a lot of attention, but I liked it. 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson series ended! Sadness. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The Archived by Victoria Schwab 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen Wasylowski - This book was so long and so disappointing overall. I was so mad and tired of reading by the end! 



1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 
Book Addict's Guide (but there were lots of good ones! and this was hard!)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? Abhorsen Series Review
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
 I really liked creating the Cleaning Up My Used Books video and post. 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? 
Hmmmm I haven't participated in many of these, but I love doing the Top Ten Tuesday meme. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? 
I don't have a specific moment. I just enjoyed being more involved in the community this year! 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? 
My most popular post/video was my January Book Haul! 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? 
In general the posts I do about the library take more time and get less love, but I enjoy making them so I don't mind! 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? 
Libib is a cool app that helps keep track of my personal library and I love it. 

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
 Yes! A lot! I finished my 100 books challenged, audiobook goal, and series goal!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? 
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
 To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and The Winner's Crime - I simply cannot choose. 

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton - This just sounds so awesome. 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? 
So many! I would probably pick The Raven Cycle Book #4 because I need to know what is going to happen! 

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

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: 
None yet! 

I cannot wait to see what is coming in 2015 both personally and book related. I'll keep you updated! Thank you again to Jamie for creating this awesome survey once again this year. I hope I can do it again next year. 

Happy Reading!


  1. That was interesting! I really enjoy seeing what other people read and enjoyed.

    I looked at Libib and can definitely see myself using it in the future. It would be nice to have a mobile list of what I have. Thanks!

    1. I am in love with the app! It has been awesome for shopping and keeping track of everything I own. I'm glad you liked the post!

  2. I loved the relationship between the Ismae, Annith and Sybella--and I thought it was so refreshing to read YA with really nuanced female characters, too.