Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 End of Year Book Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey

Note: The survey is for books I read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!! 


Number Of Books I Read: 51
Number of Re-Reads: 0 (!)
Genre I Read The Most From: Fantasy


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

I did a post on this not too long ago, breaking down my favorites by genre.  If I had to pick a best overall, though, I think my favorite would be  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  (There are MANY second-favorites though.)

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

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.  I'm still a fan of hers, but I hope her next book is more like Edenbrooke and less like this one.

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

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid was a huge surprise for me - in a good way.  I still can't believe how much I love that book, despite disagreeing so vehemently with its premise.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read In 2014?

I don't know about "pushed," but I recommended Kiss of Deception a lot, as well as the Throne of Glass series, and The Assassin's Curse duology.  And, of course Fangirl.

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

Best New Series: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Best Sequel: Both the Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Best Series Ender: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

This is SO HARD.  I'd probably have to say Rainbow Rowell.  She's earned her spot on my auto-read list.

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

I'd say Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty.  I don't read a lot of memoirs, but this one was very compelling, and spurred a lot of interesting conversations in the following weeks.

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

There are more than one that fit this category, but because I'm still thinking about it, I'll say Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

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

I'm not a big re-reader in general.  (SEE THE FIRST QUESTION.)  But this is the first year in a very long time that I haven't read the Harry Potter series.  I'm sure I'll be reading those soon.  As for the books I read this year that I'm likely to reread in 2015... well, let's be honest.  Maybe Fangirl, but maybe nothing.

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

Yes!  I love discussing book covers.  My favorite of this year is The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Celaena Freaking Sardoothien.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Well this all depends on your definition of "beautiful."  I'd say maybe The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  I've read more sophisticated books, but in Fikry, every word was the right one, and in the exact right place.  

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

I responded really strongly to Fangirl.  But I think The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey was the most thought-provoking.

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

Definitely Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson!

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

"You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there.  You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin.  How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen.  When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems."

-Landline by Rainbow Rowell, pg. 201

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.)
Shortest: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (206 pages)
Longest: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (562 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
I'm a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to book romance, but I did really ship Ari and Dante in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Celaena and Rowan.  Hands down.

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

Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.  I LOVE this series.

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

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson... and it's all thanks to Cassi from My Thoughts Literally!!  (I owe you!)

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


23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Red Rising was pretty dang epic!

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

As with just about every question here, there are multiple books that I could answer with.  One of my favorites is the world in The Assassin's Curse duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke.  (I still love that manticore.)

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

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

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

I'm not a big cryer, and looking back, I don't think any book I read this year made me cry!  That's not to say I wasn't very emotionally moved in these books, I just rarely express that kind of emotion through tears.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sharon Shinn's Elemental Blessings series should be getting WAY more attention!  I definitely recommend this series.  (And I CANNOT WAIT for book 3.)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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

I had a strangely negative reaction to A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller.  It wasn't the book's fault; I just became angry at how poorly women were treated over so much of history, and how far we still have to go.



1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

Oh gosh.  I love all of them.  I've had so much fun talking about books with Kami and Jenni, especially.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

I had a blast writing my Red Rising review.  I always like writing reviews, though.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I was terrible at participating in bookish events this year.  One of my goals is to be more involved with these events in 2015.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

I always get giddy whenever I have some sort of interaction with an author, so when Pierce Brown (author of the Red Rising trilogy) tweeted me, I basically died.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The dream cast I made for The Selection series sure got a lot of page views.  

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All my reviews!  It makes my day whenever anyone comments on a review.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

This is kind of funny, but I am kind of obsessed with the online shop Out of Print.  (DO NOT VISIT THEIR SITE UNLESS YOU WANT TO LOOSE ALL YOUR MONIES.)

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I set a goal to read 50 books this year, and I made it!  Next year I'm going to push myself a little more, though.


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

My sister has been pushing me to read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier for a while now, and since she basically reads everything I ask her to read, I should probably have already read this.  (I WILL SOON, DON'T WORRY!)

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas!!!  

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

Throne of Glass #4 by the Maas Goddess, Elemental Blessings #3 by Sharon Shinn, and Winter by Marissa Meyer (no covers yet for either title)

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

Write more discussion posts and do more dream cast lists!  Because they are awesome. 

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

Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown!  But you definitely need to read Red Rising first, so if you haven't read that yet, do!

Phew!  That was quite the survey.  Thanks for reading, and tell me your thoughts!


  1. Great survey! I just read Eleanor and Park and fell in love with Rowell. I can't wait to read some of her other stuff.

    1. Funny enough, Eleanor & Park is the only Rowell novel that I haven't read. I heartily recommend everything else she's written, though!

  2. So much Throne of Glass love!! I love it! I need to read Ruin and Rising. I only read the first book in the series. I liked it, but I just didn't finish the series. Thanks for choosing me as one of your favorite blogs!! It was so much fun getting to know you this year. I want to meet in person! I hope you can come to more author events with us!!

    1. I love the Grisha series, but totally get that not every series will do it for everyone.

      I really, really hope to come to more author events this year! You are so sweet to invite me. I'm definitely going to more this year. I'm determined. :)

  3. I just checked out Out of Print!!! OMG!! My money is not safe!!

    1. I'M SORRY!!! (But also not sorry because that shop is RAD. :D )

  4. I need to read Rainbow Rowell still. I've heard such good things about her books. I want to read Fangirl first because I think I'd love that book. I love your favorite cover. It's really pretty. And, thanks for listing me as one of your favorite blogs you discovered. It's been fun getting to know you this year. :) Hopefully, we can meet each in person other soon!

    1. Yes! I really want to meet up. Fangirl is my favorite Rowell novel so far, but I have friends who like Attachments best. They're both awesome, though. :)

  5. Oh dear! From this whole post the thing I took away was your sisters recommendation of Daughter of the Forest. Hopefully you like it but I loathed it in ways I can't even begin to describe. Don't worry though. Everyone else I know who read it, loved it.

    1. Oh no! Yours is actually the first negative review I've heard of it. I'm starting it tonight so I'll let you know how it goes.

  6. Melissa!!! It's been quite some time since I've last visited, hasn't it?

    Hopefully 2015 will be much more manageable, so I can come by more often! <3

    Since you ADORE The Throne of Glass series, I know I have to get around to it already! I should say the same about Red Rising and Kiss of Deception! I need more fantasy in my life!

    I'm so happy Aristotle and Dante was a hit with you! That was probably the book I recommended the most last year! :) AHHH! And Fangirl! Such a good book! <3

    A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, but so is FAIREST and WINTER! I just can't wait to see how this series wraps up.

    Great answers, sweetheart! Let's hope 2015 has more amazing reads in store for us. :)

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

    1. Marlene! Hello, my dear! You are always welcome here, but I know life is busy. No pressure if you've got a lot on your plate.

      Oh goodness, I certainly am enjoying the Throne of Glass and Remnant Chronicles and Red Rising series. SO MUCH AWESOMENESS. I hope you enjoy them, if/when you read them!!

      And Ari and Dante and Fangirl.... that greatness has no end.

      OH MY STARS I CANNOT WAIT FOR A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. And Winter and Fairest too! 2015 is going to be an epic year, I can feel it.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know what your next awesome read is - I'd love to hear. :)

  7. I love reading these. And yay for Fangirl!!! I just read that to my husband because it's one of my favorites. He didn't quite see the appeal but that's ok. Any excuse to re read it s a good one. :) I'm hoping to read the Throne of Glass books this year because it seems like everyone loves them.

    1. I give major props to your husband for reading Fangirl, even if it's not really his jam. Good for him!

      I actually didn't really like the first Throne of Glass book, and almost didn't continue the rest of the series. I'm SO GLAD I did, though, because Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire were some of my favorite reads this year, and I am definitely on the bandwagon now. I'd be curious to hear what you think, if you do read them!


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