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