End of Year Survey: 2014 Edition

EndofYearSurveyThe End of Year Survey was composed by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner Blog. All the images featured in this blog were created by me using PicMonkey.

ReadingStatsNumber of books you read? A whopping 125 books! I reached my 2014 reading goal! Go me!

Number of re-reads? Every year I try to re-read Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. I re-read it for many reasons. One reason is simply because it’s my favorite book. Another is because it reminds me just how much I love reading. And still, I feel like every time I read it, I learn something new. But this year, I simply never got around to re-reading this classic. But that’s okay, because I read a number of really great books!

So, in short: 0 re-reads.

Genre you read the most from? Every year I strive to step outside of my reading comfort zone, and every year I fail miserably. This year was no different, I stuck to my reading comfort zone, and the genre I read most from contemporary/realistic YA fiction.

BestinBooksBest book you read in 2014: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart & Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love but didn’t: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Most surprising book you read in 2014: Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington. This book was surprising because I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Book you “pushed” the most people to read? I generally am not the one “pushing” people to read books, most of the time people are “pushing” me.

Book series your stared in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014? Series started: The Selection by Kiera Cass. Best sequel: Never Fade by Alexadra Bracken. Best series ender: I’m terrible at finishing a series 😦

Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? Emery Lord

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Forget Me by K.A. Harrington & TEN by Gretchen McNeil.

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Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read in 2014? If I had to say any book, it would probably be E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014? This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales because of the hidden “Love” spelled out on the cover. Runner up would most definitely have to be Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I love the cover, but I love the surprise behind the cover!

Most memorable character of 2014?  Chubs from Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken  because he is my most favorite character! EVER! He will always be the most memorable character.

Most beautifully written book read of 2014? The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Most thought-provoking/life changing book of 2014? Hands down, the most most thought-provoking read of 2014 for me was I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.

Book you cannot believe you waited until 2014 to finally read? I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Seriously I think I had this book since it first hit shelves, and now that the trilogy has come to a close, I just read it this year. Can’t. Believe. It.

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Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014? “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.”  – from This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

“Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.” from Landline by Rainbow Rowell

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what. The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home. And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.” from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Shortest/longest book you read in 2014?  Shortest: Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn (208 pages) Longest: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (512 pages)

Book that shocked you the most? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

OTP (one true pairing) of the year? Isla and Josh from Stephanie Perkin’s Isla & The Happily Ever After – most definitely!

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? Reagan and Dee’s relationship in Open Road Summer. Their friendship is so honest and real!

Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously? Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Best book in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else? This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (Thanks Emma/Miss Print for telling me I’d LOVE this book…you were right! But you knew that already!)

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014? Prince Maxon from The Selection. Though, Aspen does get some swoon-worth bonus points.

Best 2014 debut you read? Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read? Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014? The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst.

Hidden Gem of the 2014? Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr

Book that crushed your soul? Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m a fan, but this book just was not what I expected it to be, nor was it what I wanted it to be. So much so, that it crushed me.

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Most unique book you read in 2014? Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. Not only was the storyline really strong, how author Adi Alsaid executed it was truly unique. It felt like each part was a vignette, and each vignette a part of a greater story. Besides that, I really loved how Alsaid managed to link each of these vignettes. Really cool, and really unique.

Book that made you the most mad in 2014 (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry. To be honest, I really didn’t enjoy this book. And it made me so incredibly mad for a number of reasons. Reasons I won’t get into here, because that isn’t what this post is about.

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BookishLifeNew favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? Gone With The Words – I discovered this blog through TBTB’s Secret Santa Exchange – the person I gave to was Gone With The Words Blogger Morgan!

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, etc.)? The Book Nerds Unite Giveaway that I participated in was pretty awesome! It felt really great to join forces with a bunch of other talented bloggers .  I felt like it really showed what a vast community we are.

YALLFest was a lot of fun! Not only did I get to hang out with one of my most closest friends Dee, but I had the chance to meet some really great authors and pick up some great books.

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Oh, and there was that time at BEA14 I got to hold the Holly Black sign at the front of the line!

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(Can you tell how excited I was?!?)

 Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? I’m really proud of the holiday feature, the 12 Days of Christmas feature I put together this year. It was a lot of fun, it featured a number of really awesome bloggers, and I feel like it got a lot of attention!

Most popular post of this year on your blog? It’s Hop Time, posted in January 2014

Post you wish got a little more love? I wish all of my reviews got a little more love!

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals? Yes! Every year I take the GoodReads reading challenge. This year was no different I set out to read 125 books, and I completed it!

LookingAheadOne book you didn’t get to in 2014, but will be a priority in 2015? The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (I know, I know …. Emma hangs her head in shame 😦 )

Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?  Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray … CANNOT WAIT!

2015 debut you are most anticipating? Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff. I received this book (an ARC) from y TBTB Secret Santa, and since then I’ve been really excited about getting around to it!

Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015? Even though it came out in 2014, I definitely didn’t get to it. But I certainly plan on reading it in 2015: In  The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015? I sincerely hope to be a better blogger, meaning I hope to not procrastinate and be on top of my blogging game! I also hope to not put as much pressure on myself – reading and blogging wise.

Besides that, I’m going to try my hardest to comment more of other’s blog posts!

A 2015 release you already read & recommend to everyone? I sadly haven’t read any 2015 releases just yet  😦

 

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2 thoughts on “End of Year Survey: 2014 Edition

  1. missprint says:

    Woo! I approve of all of these goals and plans and am still so thrilled you loved This Song Will Save Your Life. Contributing to you Twelve Days of Christmas event was such a blast–thanks again for putting it together!

  2. Melissa @ Bookmark Dragon says:

    I love reading these posts! Good for you for hitting 125 books this year, that is really impressive! I average about one book a week so that sounds like a LOT to me. 🙂

    I didn’t get to the Raven Cycle books yet either. I actually didn’t really like The Scorpio Races, which is the only Maggie Stiefvater book I’ve read so far, and I think that’s stopping me from taking the plunge into this series, even though everyone else seems to like it.

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