End of Year Book Survey - 2014
This will be my first year participating in the End of Year Book Survey, created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. Usually I whip up my own yearly recap posts but I thought I would be fun to give this one a go this year! I hope you all enjoy it too :) Here we go:
2014 reading stats
Number Of Books You Read: *groan* This year was my worst yet. With working multiple jobs, moving, and general real life craziness...not to mention reading 2 books that were BEASTS at over 1000 pages, I read all of 35 books this year *hides in shame*
Number of Re-Reads: none. I used to re-read ALL.THE.TIME. But, since I started blogging, I can't seem to find the time... Le sad.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, of course!
Best in Books1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
Words of Radiance ♥ by Brandon Sanderson & Heir of Fire ♥ by Sarah J. Maas. OMFG.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Hmmm, there were quite a few of those this year unfortunately, but the one that stands out in my mind is Allegiant by Veronica Roth.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
In a good way? Every Breath by Ellie Marney. My first 5-star contemporary read, ever!
In a bad way, see my answer to question #2 above ^^
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Quite a few of my friends got Sanderson books for Xmas so I'm hoping EVERYONE reads SOMETHING by him in 2015 *ahem*
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
I'm trying to keep from repeating the same books here so: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is the best series I started this year. Best sequel would be Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and the best series ender would be The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Maggie Stiefvater, hands down.
7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Every Breath by Ellie Marney - those who know me know contemporaries aren't my usual thing...but... I'm sure you're all aware:
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Cress by Marissa Meyer- man, that book was STACKED with action!
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Hmmm, well I am planning a ToG series re-read, so I'll go with Heir of Fire.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Assassin's Blade or The Dream Thieves *dies from the pretty*
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Kaladin fucking Stormblessed. And Celaena Sardothien of course! I love them both so much it's a little crazy.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Oh gosh...Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Laini Taylor writes prose I want to bathe in foreverrr!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Hmmm, I guess Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It didn't change my life, but it did make me think a lot about social anxiety and introverted people.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin - I'd read the first book (Ashfall) early 2013 but waited till halfway this year to read the sequel! It didn't quite live up to the first book, but I'm still glad I read it.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
This was nearly impossible to narrow down, so I just went my one favorite quote from each of my favorite books this year. So, pack your bags, we're going on a feels trip:
“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” -The Way of Kings
“My name is Celaena Sardothien, she whispered, and I will not be afraid.” -The Assassin's Blade
“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn't know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.” -The Raven Boys
“Because I am lost," she whispered onto the earth. "And I do not know the way.” -Heir of Fire
“You sent him to the sky to die, assasin," Kaladin said, Stormlight puffing from his lips, "but the sky and the winds are mine. I claim them, as I now claim your life.” -Words of Radiance
“And Ronan was everything that was left: molten eyes and a smile made for war.” -The Dream Thieves
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest was Mitosis, an e-novella part of the Reckoners series by Sanderson, which was 35 pages. The Longest book was also by Sanderson, Words of Radiance clocks in at 1087 pages!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Hero of Ages, without a doubt! The twists, the world-building and THAT ending! Gah!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Celaena + Chaol and Ronan + Adam. I DON'T CARE, I'll NEVER STOP shipping them!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Celaena + Rowan, hands down.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You've Read Previously
All the Sanderson and Maas of course!
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Every Breath & Fangirl, both contemporaries that EVERYONE loved and I wouldn't have gravitated towards otherwise.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Mycroft from Every Breath. Seriously though...
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Scorched by Mari Mancusi was a very promising debut!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Hello,obviously The Stormlight Archives by Sanderson - best worldbuilding OF LIFE.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones and A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Heir of Fire!!! I teared up like every other chapter *sniff*
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Oh gosh, I don't feel like I read any 'hidden' gems? The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier maybe, though I feel enough people are aware of that one. It was a wonderful little MG read :)
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Words of Radiance, Heir of Fire, The Hero of Ages. I doubt I'll ever recover from any of those.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - even though we didn't quite get along, I can't deny it's uniqueness.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell. I really enjoyed the book but there were some rage inducing moments in there courtesy of vile villains doing awful things.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Snowflakes & Spider silk, The Bibliosanctum, The Roaming Librarian, My Reading Dress and all the blogger's I've kept in touch with since meeting up at BEA this year (too many to list) but I love you all ♥
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
Heir of Fire & Words of Radiance (no big surprise here right?)
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Writing more discussion posts is a goal for 2015, but I have to say my BEA recap post is my favorites this year.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
BEA'14 of course (LIFE.MADE.) and The Way of Kings read-along that I took part in at the start of the year :D It was my very first read-along and I loved every second of it!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
MEETING SARAH J. MAAS at BEA this year - which ties with meeting BRANDON SANDERSON at last year's BEA *fangirls*
6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My BEA recap post - no big surprise there;)
7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I'm quite satisfied with the number of traffic I got on all my posts this year :)
8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
BOOKS OF WONDER! They saved my life on my quest for the new Throne of Glass hardback with matching cover - and it was AUTOGRAPHED by Maas herself. More on that to come on my StS post later this week! *happy dance* Hopefully the next time I'm in NYC, I can drop in and get lost in that store for everrrr.
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I never ever participate in reading challenges. I know I should, but I feel like I'd be setting myself up. And I failed my GR reading goal too >.<
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Too many to list here, but The Lies of Locke Lamora, Shadow and Bone and Fire & Thorns are a select few that I *need* to get to next year.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
ACOTAR!! or A Court of Thorn and Roses for you Muggles out there :P
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Magonia, Red Queen, The Sin Eater's Daughter, and The Girl at Midnight to name a few...
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
All the Sanderson Mistborn Sequels and of course Throne of Glass #4
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Integrate more discussion posts into the blog AND I mist complete my GR reading challenge next year! Oh and maybe participate in another read-along...and I'm hoping some more buddy-reads too :D
6. A 2015 Release You've Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
Well, I'm reading Owl and the Japanese Circus atm, and so far so good.
*Here's wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season and nothing but the best for 2015*