Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 End of Year Book Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
Thanks to Jamie, The Perpetual Page Turner for hosting the End of Year Book Survey


Number Of Books You Read: 153
Number of Re-Reads: zero, I think. (That's unusual...)
Genre You Read The Most From: YA, Dystopian or Fantasy


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

I gave 25 books a 5 out of 5 rating this year. My favorite adult book is State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett. For YA, it's a hard decision but I think Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little wins.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

White Space, by Ilsa J. Bick. I've loved all her books, but didn't even finish this one.

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

Diamond Boy, by Michael Williams. This one has stuck with me. Don't like the cover, that's probably why I didn't expect much.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

It's really Unbroken, by Hillenbrand, but I read that last year. So, I'd have to say Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn. Everyone has read Gone Girl, so I recommend her other books.

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Started: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Sequel:  Her Dark Curiosity, by Megan Shepherd
Ender: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Taylor, Fire & Ash by Maberry,

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Meg Wolitzer, Belzhar

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

I pretty much read anything. Nonfiction is out of my comfort zone, but I didn't really read anything standout this year. I guess Skink No Surrender, by Hiaasen because it's more juvenile.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Fire & Ash, by Jonathan Maberry

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I'm not a big re-reader, so I don't think there's any.

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

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
The Cure for Dreaming, by Cat Winters

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Glory O'Brien, from Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A. S. King

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley
Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa

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

The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

I need to start keeping track of this during the year, because at the end, when I'm trying to remember, I can't.

16. Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Swamp Bones, by Kathy Reichs (98 pages)
NOS4A2, by Joe Hill (704 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Sami and Fatima from The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Chava and Ahmad from The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A. S. King

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende

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

I guess I'm too old for crushes :)

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

A Mad Wicked Folly, by Sharon Biggs Waller

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross

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

The Reece Malcolm List, by Amy Spalding
The Prince Charming Starter Kit, by Carolyn Carter

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Torn Away, by Jennifer Brown

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

So, so many. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross, A Death Struck Year, by Makiia Lucier,  Forbidden, by Kimberly Griffiths Little, A Mad Wicked Folly,by Sharon Biggs Waller

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Secret Sky, by Atia Abawi

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Looking-Ahead-Books 2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

Unspoken by Brennan, Stitching Snow by Lewis, and The Invention of Wings by Kidd

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Prey, by Tom Isbell

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

Cold Legacy, by Megan Shepherd

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

Read more! Comment more!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

All Fall Down, by Ally Carter, Golden Son, by Pierce Brown

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  1. This was fun to read! I loved seeing some of my favorites make your lists as well. Happy New Year!

  2. Her Dark Curiosity was a good sequel. I really loved the whole series since I love reimaginings of classics, and it's Gothic nonetheless. I want to read The Reece Malcom List. I just finished All Fall Down and I'm blown away at how much I liked it. First book of Ally Carter's I've read (why has it taken me so long?) and I'm planning on reading more.

  3. your hidden gem answers hit it right for me. I have not read Belzar but the rest I have and they were all good and under appreciated.

  4. Fun answers! Sounds like you read tons of good books this year. I loved FORBIDDEN and STATE OF WONDER (read it a long time ago) as well. I really need to read Flynn's other books. Funny enough, I was just perusing my shelves this morning and thinking it was probably time I read THE HIDING PLACE. I've had it for a long time, but I don't think I've ever actually read it!


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