2014 End of Year Book Survey

January 3, 2015 Bonnie End of Year Survey 2 Comments

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
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Is it seriously 2015 already?? How did that happen?! I love looking back and reflecting on the year and this survey created by Jamie is the most comprehensive and fun way to do that! It helps me reminisce on the best books I read and even the books I didn’t manage to squeeze in (because it helps me plan for the new year!)

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Number Of Books You Read:

B – 188. I’m definitely going with a lower goal for the new year. Getting there really kicked my ass.

DD – 150

Number of Re-Reads:

B – 9. Far more than I typically do!

DD – 11

Genre You Read The Most From:

B – Horror. Fantasy a close second.

DD – Young Adult! Usually it’s Sci-Fi or mystery/thriller, so color me surprised.

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Best Book You Read In 2014?

B –The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

DD – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

B – Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers. There was love for this one but not nearly as much as there was for the first two installments.

DD – A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

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

B – (In a good way) Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan. I usually go into chicklit type novels with low expectations, just looking for some entertainment value but this was an incredible read.

DD – (In a bad way) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – so much hype and Harry Potter weight, and it just didn’t deliver for me.

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

B – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

DD – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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

B – Best Series Started in 2014: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Best Sequel of 2014: The Whispering Skull by by Jonathan Stroud – Best Series Ender of 2014: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

DD – Respectively: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, A Better World by Marcus Sakey, The Atlantis World by A.G. Riddle

Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

B – Jonathan Stroud. I’ve been meaning to read something of his forever. I finally did. I can’t understand why I waited so long.

DD – Rainbow Rowell – I was seriously missing out before she came into my reading life!

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

B – Just Kids by Patti Smith. I never used to read a lot of non-fiction and I read several awesome ones this year. Definitely showed me I needed to read more in that genre.

DD – Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal – I’m huge on autobiographies, but tend to stay away from the celebrity ones. This book wound up being one of my favorites for the whole year.

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

B – A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

DD – Night Film by Marisha Pessl – To be fair, I listen to this book, but I found myself driving longer routes home just to get in a little bit more of the story.

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

B – Just Kids by Patti Smith. I listened to this one and Patti narrates it but I’d love to read this one in print and really savor it.

DD – What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

B – 11464058

D – 13538873

Most memorable character of 2014?

B – There were several, obviously, but the character that first comes to mind happens to be a novella I read on December 30th. Joellyn from If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki.

DD – Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir

Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

B – The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

DD – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

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

B – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

DD – The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

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

B – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. This was such an amazing and beautiful read I can’t wait to read more from this author.

DD – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

B – ‘There was something magical about an island – the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world-an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.’ And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

DD – “And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man.” We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

B – Shortest: – Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (115 pages) Longest: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (1,216 pages)

DD – Respectively: The Egg by Andy Weir at a whopping 4 pages, and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin weighing in at 1216 pages.

Book That Shocked You The Most

B – Iced by Karen Marie Moning (and not in a good way)

DD – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Mara

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

B – Arcadia and Lon in Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett.

DD – Jamie and Claire in The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

B – Lockwood, Lucy and George in The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

DD – Dorothy and the Scarecrow in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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

B – One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

DD – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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

B – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Dani convinced me that never having read any Christie was officially unacceptable.

DD – The Collector by John Fowles

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

B – Gansey in Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Yes I know, this is the 3rd installment in the series but I only just now realized this.

DD – My one and only fictional boyfriend since 2002 – Captain Mal Reynolds of Serenity by Joss Whedon

Best 2014 debut you read?
B – Bird Box by Josh Malerman

DD – One More Thing by B.J. Novak

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

B – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

DD – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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

B – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson. HILARIOUS. YOU MUST ALL READ IT.

DD – Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

B – Real tears? The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki and I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe. Laugh tears? Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

DD – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

B – Mayhem (Mayhem #1) by Sarah Pinborough

DD – Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

B – The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan

DD – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

B – Locke & Key by Joe Hill

DD – Locke & Key by Joe Hill

Book That Made You The Most Mad?

B – Sunrise by Mike Mullin. Talk about cruelty to characters.

DD – September Girls by Bennett Madison

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

B – The Book Smugglers. I’d always heard of this site but never actually stopped by to take a look. They have some of the most interesting and informative articles!

DD – For the Love of Words!! This probably shouldn’t count since I’m now a contributing member, but by far the best blog I encountered for the first time this year.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

B – Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett. Although the reasons behind this are mostly because I gush about being blurbed in the published copy of this book. 😀

DD – Elevated by Elana Jonhson – because it justified the use of a Beyonce gif.

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

B – All Four Stars by Tara Dairman Blog Tour.

DD – Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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

B – Halloween Thrills & Chills: 10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud

DD – Paws 4 Love doggy read-along at Grassroots Bookstore

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

B – Getting a new co-blogger has made blogging so much more fun. I have a go-to person to always chat books with now!

DD – Becoming a co-blogger at FTLOW 🙂

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

B – The Recaptains. This is not a brand new discovery but this was the first year I used it A LOT. Super helpful when it’s been quite a while since you read the last installment of a book.

DD – I know I am a little late to the game, but Goodreads.com and Kindle Unlimited.

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

B – I didn’t set this goal at the beginning of the year but I completed all squares in Bookish Bingo three times this year! It’s officially my most favorite reading challenge. 🙂

DD – A few Bookish Bingos and my Goodreads goal for 2014

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

B – Thursbitch by Alan Garner

DD – Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

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

B – A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

DD – Armada by Ernest Cline

2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

B – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

DD – The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

B – The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3) by Jonathan Stroud

DD – End of Days by Susan Ee

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

B – Getting caught up on my ARC mountain and making more time for my already owned books!

DD – Read more of my own books!

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

B – First Frost (Waverley Family #2) by Sarah Addison Allen

DD – Amherst by William Nicholson

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2 Responses to “2014 End of Year Book Survey”

  1. AngWrites

    YAY GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS!
    Oops. Caps lock was on. Any who.
    Loved loved loved that book.

    I reread The Little Prince last year (2013 that is). I forgot how much I’d loved it as a kid. And got so much more out of it as an adult.

    Fantastic Survey, my friends.
    I’m thinking I MUST do this like NOW.

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  2. Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    Ooh, I agree about Mortal Heart! I still loved it, but it definitely was no Dark Triumph. 🙂 Bonnie! It took three books for you to fall in love with Gansey?? What have you been doing? Recaptains is the greatest. I never have time to reread books, so Recaptains makes life so much better. Ooh, is Kindle Unlimited really good? I’ve been kind of thinking about it recently, after seeing more and more books I want to read on it.

    Woo for 2015, y’all!! 😀

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