Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of Year Book Survey!

Created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, the annual end of the year survey highlights what you've read in 2014, and is used to reflect what you've achieved throughout the year. I've seen many people post there's, so I guess it is my turn to summarize and reflect! Yay!

2014 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read:
I had to revise my challenge halfway through, because at first I was only aiming for 35 books, but then I realized that that was a mistake because I underestimated myself. BUT BAM. Maybe next year I will aim for 100?

Number of Re-Reads:

None. Nope. Nothing from me. I either don't reread or I don't record that I reread anything. Goodreads doesn't have anything for this huh?

Genre You Read The Most From:

Fantasyyyyyy. Though I am trying to branch out more into different genres.

Best in Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? 


You mean books right? Not just one.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I'm usually pretty predictable in that if someone else enjoyed the book, then I would also enjoy the book as well. WELL. I ended up being the black sheep for two books that I thought I was going to absolutely love and flail about (yes I'm putting two because I can).


I enjoyed These Broken Stars, but then again I was expecting something similar to my favorite video game, Star Ocean. Basically I was led astray by a review and I was not happy. And the same goes for All Our Yesterdays, except in that case I just didn't understand the time travel explanation (Or I was just disappointed in it).

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Definitely Dangerous Girls. Just because I went into it blind, didn't know what to expect, and came out totally shocked and just, I FELT LIKE I WAS BEING PLAYED. And because of that, it stuck with me.

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

I know I pushed a lot of people to read The Book Thief, but I don't remember if anyone actually listened to me! NO ONE LISTENS TO ME. I know I did recommend one book here and there to bloggers that ACTUALLY read them though.

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


6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Marissa Meyer, just because of the Lunar Chronicles, and her writing and storytelling is amazing. I will read anything by her no matter what!

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

I picked up Falling Into Place just because I've read good reviews on it, even though I haven't read much from the contemporary genre. Plus it dealt with many topics that I am not that comfortable with. However, I ended up loving it, SO YAY.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I literally could not put Dangerous Girls down because IT WAS JUST SO GOOD. I really want to know who did it, and MAN was my mind blown.

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

Oo I don't know about next year, because I already have a TBR for the year, but in a hypothetical world, I would like to reread the entire Abhorsen trilogy, or Sabriel.

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

Isn't it such a beautiful cover, even though a year has past I don't think I like any book cover more than this one. I do wish I had a physical copy of it though, le sigh.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
I don't like this question because I remember all the characters pretty equally. Plus I'm having a hard time making my mind about it. If this still isn't answered by the time I get to the end then oh well.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
So I have a problem here, because I've read two very good and well-written books that differ from each other entirely.


I loved how The Dream Thieves was written, because even though the prose was incredibly subtle and over descriptive, there was an air around it that made it beautiful. And then on the other end of the spectrum, Aristotle and Dante had short dialogue, but was incredibly meaningful. That entire book could be quoted honestly.

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

Ha I can answer this one! I read I Am The Messenger, and it was one of the most life-changing standalones I've read this year, just because every little thing matters, and THIS BOOK made me want to go up to anyone and befriend them. (Though I would never)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Definitely Cinder. I have no idea why I waited that long to start that amazing series.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.

And that one is from The Dream Thieves. OR GUYS HOW ABOUT THIS ONE FROM CODE NAME VERITY:
Wahahah someone just hug me. I think that last quote is going to stay with me forever.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?


The Way of Kings - 1007 pages
Glitches - 32 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Kind of went over this in that it was Dangerous Girls.

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

What the heck this is a problem I don't have a ship of this year? I'm apparently immune to romance when it comes to YA, well I guess it's also because I've been reading too much fantasy. And also I think I would ship Blue with someone from The Raven Cycle, but I don't know man I haven't read Blue Lily, Lily Blue, so I don't know much about Ganesy yet.

This needs to be fixed next year. Gah. All my favorite ships were read in 2013.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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

I didn't like Landline as much as Eleanor and Park or Fangirl, but I still think Rainbow Rowell did an amazing job, especially with the writing. AND WOO MAGICAL PHONES. Plus I was looking forward to that book since, well forever.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
HAHAH THRONE OF GLASS would be here if I actually read it if I was supposed to hahah. But um, I guess it is going to be Dangerous Girls YET AGAIN.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Noah from the Raven Cycle, and Kiaran from The Falconer, and Puckkkk, oh wait I read the Iron Fey two years ago that does not count. Poop.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang! I can't wait to read her next novels, that I think are coming out in 2015?

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Everything by Brandon Sanderson. Even that short novella The Emperor's Soul, which was less than 200 pages.

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

I DID NOT READ ANY HAPPY AND FUN READS. Wait. I guess The Art of Lainey counts right?

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


27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

This book right here! Crane: The Legends Saga, which not only has an amazing cover, but is about headless horsemans and is also one of the few NA that doesn't completely focus on romance. I mean I wouldn't know personally, but it is a hidden gem.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Mistborn: The Final Empire for reasons I cannot say. But that part killed me. I LOVED HIM SO MUCH.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Main character survives floods, is pregnant, and talks to ghosts and fish. It was a crazy read in that I sometimes had no idea what was going on, or who was dead or not, but still, it was interesting and unique.

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

The Winter People, just because no no no no. Too many of the same guys and too many bad decisions and I HATED THEM ALL. No.

That beautiful cover MISLED ME AND I AM SO MAD.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life:

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
In that I had the most fun writing it? I think it's going to be my Second Star review, since I just ranted about it a ton. It was fun. But it wasn't fun for me to read.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My blogoversary post. BECAUSE. Plus I thanked a lot of people on it too and it makes me warm and fuzzy inside when rereading it. Plus I don't have many discussion posts so blah. That is something I need to change for next year.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I don't think I participated in anything this year. Just the usual TTTs and STSs. I'm honestly not remembering much from this year huh. OH I did participate in The Midnight Garden's This Shattered World Blog Tour!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
When I finally hit that 100 follower mark, or when I got accepted for all those EW 2015 review copies.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
For some reason my Gif Tag post has the most views, I guess that's just because GIFS ARE COOL.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I guess I would like it if some of my review posts got more comments, but I don't really care.

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

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Just the Goodreads challenge one, WHICH I DESTROYED by the way muhaha. I am an overachiever.

Looking Ahead:

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


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

I am really excited for All The Bright Places, just because I've read so many AMAZING reviews on it and I cannot wait to get it and read it and CANNOT WAIT I REALLY CANNOT.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Made You Up because not being about to tell the difference between reality and fantasy sounds really cool. I can't read to read about a perspective like that. AND DAT COVER.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Winter by Marissa Meyer, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO COVER FOR IT YET. I am still excited. Hopefully it's not pushed back to 2016.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Successfully attend BEA, and also read over 100 books.

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

THIS SHATTERED WORLD. It is a great sequel to These Broken Stars and I recommend it to everyone. It's definitely a more militaristic plot though, compared to the first book. But you get to see Tarver and Lilac!

I finished! This book survey was pretty tedious, but I actually got through the whole thing! It's a miracle I finished in time. How was your 2014 everyone? Happy last day!