Every year, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner does an End Of The Year Book Survey, and I always look forward to doing it because it’s so much fun to think about the books I’ve read over the last year in a really cool way. I’ve done it in 2012 and 2013, so it’ll be fun to do it again. Just to let y’all know, this is going to be a long post. Enjoy!
Number Of Books Read:
140 + 10 DNF’s
Number Of Re-Reads:
I have no idea, since I don’t keep track of my re-reads (but maybe I should). I know I re-read a few books.
Genre You Read The Most From:
I read a lot of YA Paranormal, with 49 books, followed by YA Contemporary with 37.
1- Best Books I Read, by genre:
Paranormal: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Re-tellings: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Dystopic: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Contemporary: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
2- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More, But Didn’t:
It’s a toss-up between Eleanor & Park and The Book Thief- the latter of which I didn’t finish. Both books have a lot of rave reviews, and they seem right up my alley, but these 2 books just didn’t work for me.
3- Most Surprising, in a good or a bad way:
Stiff by Mary Roach- she made science really fun and interesting!
4- Book That I Pushed The Most People To Read (And They Did):
This is a hard one, because I don’t recommend books to people often, but I really think people should read Crow by Barbara Wright. I had no idea the Wilmington Race Riots even happened, and now I want to learn more about it. Also the Queen Of Hearts Saga by Colleen Oakes.
5- Best Series I Started/Best Sequel/Best Series Ender:
Best Series I Started: The Crown by Colleen Oakes. I just love this Alice In Wonderland re-telling.
Best Sequel: Witchfall by Victoria Lamb. I just love the combination of paranormal and magic and Tudor England. Everything is coming together so well, and this book wasn’t just filler, which is nice.
Best Series Ender: We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. It’s such a perfect end to the series, and I couldn’t ask for a better, more perfect ending.
6- Favorite New Author I Discovered In 2014:
Laura Weiss. I just LOVED Me Since You, and now I want to read everything she writes.
7- Best Book from a genre I don’t typically read or was out of my comfort zone:
it’s a tie between The Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou, who had quite the life, and Tampa by Alyssa Nutting, which was uncomfortably disturbing but hard to put down literary fiction.
8- Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book I read this year:
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. It was hard to put down, and I wanted to know what would happen next, because the book was pretty unpredictable.
9- Book I Read In 2014 That I Am Most Likely To Re-Read In 2015:
Five Ways To Fall by K.A. Tucker. I’ve already re-read it a couple of times, and I’m looking forward to re-reading it again.
10- Favorite Cover Of A Book I’ve Read In 2014:
11- Most Memorable Character Of 2014:
Jed from Dead Jed by Scott Craven. He’s a kid who just happens to have a heart condition that makes him a zombie. I really like seeing him trying to navigate middle school.
12- Most Beautifully Written Book Read In 2014:
Me Since You by Laura Weiss. It’s such a beautiful book, and Rowan’s story was one I related to so well.
13- Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book Of 2014:
Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca. It’s a flu pandemic told by a girl who collects supplies and worries about things like pandemics to deal with a really horrible thing that happened with one of her teachers.
14- Book I Can’t Believe I Waited Until 2014 To Read:
The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer Smith. It’s such a cute story, and I don’t know why it took me so long to read it.
15- Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book I Read In 2014:
“I believe some people are inherently evil.
I believe guilt is a powerful motivator.
I believe redemption is something you can strive for but never fully achieve.
I believe second chances exist only in dreams, never in reality.
I believe you don’t have years, or months, or weeks to impact a person’s life.
You have seconds.
Seconds to win them over, And seconds to lose them.”
-From Four Seconds To Lose by K.A. Tucker
16- Shortest & Longest Book I Read In 2014:
Shortest: Beauty by Nancy Ohlin at 118 pages
Longest: The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou at 1,186 pages
17- Book That Shocked Me The Most:
Tampa by Alyssa Nutting. I was not actually expecting to actually read a teacher have sex with one of her 14-year-old students.
18- One True Pairing Of The Year:
I love Isla And Josh from Isla And The Happily Ever After.
19- Favorite Non-Romantic Pairing Of The Year:
I love the relationship that Charlie has with her brothers in On The Fence by Kasie West.
20- Favorite Book From An Author I’ve Read Previously:
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby. I just love all of her books.
21- Best Book I Read Based Solely On A Recommendation/Peer Pressure:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I didn’t love it like I thought I would, but so many people loved it that I knew I had to read it. Plus, of the ones I’ve read thar were recommended or I read because everyone else has, it really was one of the better ones.
22- Newest Fictional Crush From A Book I Read:
Raphael from Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh. He is one of my newest book boyfriends and I have no idea why.
23- Best 2014 Debut I Read:
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. It’s such a realistic look at how schools went through de-segregation, and it’s still hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago that it happened.
24- Book That Put A Smile On My Face/Was The Most Fun To Read:
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. This book was absolutely hysterical and I couldn’t stop laughing.
25- Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting:
Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys. 1950’s New Orleans came to life in this book.
26- Book That Made Me Cry Or Nearly Cry In 2014:
A bunch of them! I really should have that as a category on goodreads…anyway, of the ones that made me cry, I think I have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, because I felt so connected to Cath and her story.
27- Hidden Gem Of The Year:
My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter. I was surprised by how much I liked this story of friendship.
28- Book That Crushed My Soul:
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han. I cried so much during this book, and it broke my heart. It really did.
29- Most Unique Book:
Conversion by Katherine Howe. It’s all about the stress that teens have to deal with in high school, and how that turned into physical symptoms.
30- Book That Made Me Most Mad:
Some Boys by Patty Blount. Because of how everyone thought she was lying about being raped by the town golden boy, and that she deserved it, because everyone thought that he wasn’t capable of it.
1- New Favorite Blog I Discovered In 2014:
I really don’t pay attention to when I start following blogs, but one I REMEMBER discovering this year is Diversity In YA. It’ll be really helpful since reading more diversely is one of my goals for this year.
2- Favorite Review That I Wrote In 2014:
I think my favorite review from this year is the one I wrote for Isla And The Happily Ever After. I acted like a total fangirl, but I’m okay with that, because it was a fun review to write.
3- Best Discussion/Non-Review Post I Wrote This Year:
I really like the two posts I did on a reading slump I was in. I don’t know if they were my best posts, but they were definitely my favorites. One post is just talking about it, and the other is just a follow-up. Talking about it really helped me feel better about it.
4- Best Event I Participated In This Year:
The L.A. Festival Of Books was really fun, and I also had a great time at a book signing for The Kiss Of Deception.
5- Best Moment Of Book/Blogging Life:
I don’t know that I had a best moment- or even one that really stood out- but if I had to pick one, I think I’d pick being okay with having reading slumps, since they do happen sometimes.
6- Most Popular Post:
Top Ten Books For People Who Like The Iron Fey is my most popular post- 2.5-ish years after posting it!
7- Post I Wish Got A Little More Love:
I wrote a post talking about cookbooks, and my love of them.
8- Best Bookish Discovery:
9- Did I Complete Any Reading Challenges/Goals:
I did reach my goal of reading 140 books!
1- One Book I Didn’t Get To In 2014, But Will Be My #1 Priority In 2015:
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I keep meaning to read but it never seems to happen.
2- A Non-Debut Book I Am Most Anticipating For 2015:
Prudence by Gail Carriger! I am so glad she has a spin-off series about Prudence.
3- 2015 Debut I Am Most Excited About:
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen. I’m really intrigued by a girl who has deal with a parent who has HIV.
4- Series Ending/Sequel I Am Looking Forward To The Most:
Winter by Marisssa Meyer. I am so excited about seeing how it all ends.
5- One Thing I Hope To Accomplish Or Do In My Reading/Blogging Life In 2015:
I am going to read more diversely, and it’s my #1 priority for this year.
6- A 2015 Release I’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
I have yet to read any 2015 releases.
That’s it for my take on the survey. Have a very happy and completely amazing new year!