2014 End of Year Book Survey

This fun reading survey and its graphics come from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner!

2014-end-of-year-book-surveyJust a note: Some links are of my reviews and some are the Goodreads links, so you might want to hover over to see which it is.

reading-stats-2014Number Of Books You Read: (As of 12/13/14, including novellas) 45

Number of Re-Reads: 1 (a Four short story/novella)

Genre You Read The Most From: YA sci-fi/fantasy

best-YA-books-20141. Best Book You Read In 2014? Cress by Marissa Meyer, hands down.

cress2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It just wasn’t for me, unfortunately. 😦

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? This question is too hard for me to answer! I really don’t know!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014? I’m still pushing The Lunar Chronicles as much as possible.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014? Shadow and Bone/Siege and Storm/Ruin and Rising. Actually, Ruin and Rising ties with Goliath for best series-ender that I read this year.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? Leigh Bardugo!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? The Distant Hours (adult fiction, also a historical-contemporary crossover)

distant-hours8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Cress

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I would like to reread Seraphina before Shadow Scale, if I can make the time.

GR-seraphina10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014? Siege and Storm

GR-siegeandstorm11. Most memorable character of 2014? Tie between Sturmhond and Thorne. Gotta love the man sass.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014? That is a hard decision, but I’m going to say Across a Star-Swept Sea. It wasn’t really purple prosey, but some of the descriptions of the land were just beautiful.

acrossastarswept13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014? The Screwtape Letters was probably the most important fictional book I read this year. Thought-Provoking Honorable Mentions are: Never Let Me Go, Code Name Verity, The 5th Wave, and The Infinite Sea

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014? I have two…

“They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things — if love can ever be called that.” – Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

“Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories.” – Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily 

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 year that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest: The First Star to Fall by Diana Peterfreund (Across a Star-Swept Sea prequel novella)

Longest: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.) Code Name Verity, but honorable mentions are: We Were Liars, The Secret Hours, The Winner’s Curse, Cress, and The Inifnite Sea… I guess I read some shocking books!

code-name-verity18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar) Cress and Thorne. Seraphina and Kiggs. Don’t ask me to choose between these two ships because I won’t!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year I still really love Cinder and Thorne. My favorite though might be the Harry-Ron-Hermione friend trio from Harry Potter (I know the dynamics will change some, but as far as books 1-3 go.)

Harry-Ron-and-Hermione20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously Cress

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure Code Name Verity and The 5th Wave

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014? If I have to choose… Kiggs (from Seraphina)

23. Best 2014 debut you read? The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith… since I only read two debuts this year…

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? I was going to say the Grisha trilogy, which is super awesome, but it’s actually probably Harry Potter… the world is just so fun! I don’t think Leigh Bardugo would mind me saying that. 🙂

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

hugs26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014? Code Name Verity

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? It was a 2013 release but Across a Star-Swept Sea. That book does not get enough love.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I’m going to go with Code Name Verity… even though it took me a while to connect with it, that ending… wow.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? I read a few unique books, but maybe Never Let Me Go. Or We Were Liars.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Parallel. I don’t hate the book, but I sure do hate Michael.

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book-blogging-20141. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? Like I can even remember which blogs I just discovered this year… (Seriously, I don’t.)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? Parallel. So full of snark and Star Trek GIFs, but still pretty positive overall.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I really enjoyed my Bookish Wedding Inspiration posts.

TL-inspiration4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? SCBWI Midsouth writing conference and Leigh Bardugo solo tour in Nashville

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? Leigh Bardugo loving my bookish wedding inspiration posts! Oh, and I was nominated for a YA Highway Web Award! Totally unexpected and exciting, even if I didn’t win.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? By comments it’s My Top 5 Favorite TV Shows and Top 5 Favorite Movies (which isn’t a book post, though it is a Top 10 Tuesday post)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Anything about Star Trek. Because STAR TREK. This has nothing to do with books… oh well. 🙂 And any my reviews. There is one mini-review post that has ZERO comments on it, which makes me a little sad. (I get that one of the books was a book about writing, but the other book is Split Second!) Feel free to comment on it now, if you so desire. 🙂

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Nashville indie bookstore Parnassus! I got to go twice this year after having never been before. I probably won’t get to frequent it, but thanks to their newsletter I’ll always know what’s going on! Also, Sundog Books in Seaside, FL! I obviously won’t get to frequent there but it was so cute!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I had a few reading goals and I accomplished all of them except reading Les Mis… I said it was OK if I didn’t finish by the end of the year if I was still actively reading it, but I haven’t picked the book up in months… so…

looking-ahead-books-20151. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? Not #1 priority but I really want to read Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard fairly early on in 2015, since I meant to read it this year.

gr-strange&deadly2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)? WINTER

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? It’s really hard for me to anticipate debuts since I don’t really know about the author’s writing style yet… Any time I get excited about a book by a new author I usually read reviews that make the book sound meh and never read it. Court of Fives sounds like it could be pretty cool (I mean, fantasy with some Little Women thrown in? Hello!), though it is just the author’s YA debut, not her writing debut.

gr-courtoffives4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? WINTER (Do you see a pattern?)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015? Reading: I want to read another Austen book (probably Mansfield Park), as well as pepper in a few more books that are non-traditional reads for me. Blogging wise, I am considering switching to a more author-focused site sometime in the next year, so my blogging will probably change due to that, but we’ll see.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone I don’t get any ARC’s so no 2015 reads for me yet!

Let me know if you filled out the survey on your site! What are some of your favorites? Also, feel free to see all the titles I read this year on my Pinterest board Books I Read in 2014

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2013 End of Year Book Survey

This book survey is brought you by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner and highlights our favorite books of 2013! I apologize in advance for how much of a broken record I am going to sound, as I typically do with these surveys!

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1. Best Book You Read In 2013? Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. A simply amazing true story.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. The writing was pretty bland and even though I liked some things about it, overall I was very disappointed.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I mean, wow. I heard it was good but I couldn’t imagine HOW GOOD.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013? Probably Cinder and Scarlet, because I think most people can enjoy them.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013? The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013? Marissa Meyer

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7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? I’d have to say Unbroken, a historical non-fiction account. Did I mention it’s an amazing story?

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013? Even though it was a little predictable, Cinder.

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? It seems unlikely I would re-read anything as soon as next year, but Start by Jon Acuff is the most likely since it’s a quick, easy read and it’s full of good life advice!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

fordarknessshows 11. Most memorable character in 2013? Just one? Let me just name a few from the same series… Cinder, Prince Kai, Captain Thorne… Nope, just kidding, I want to talk about characters from Ender’s Game too… Ender, Valentine, Petra…

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013? The Book Thief 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? Start by Jon Acuff. I’ve been more conscious about doing things that scare me, like starting this blog, since reading it.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. About time I wrap up The Chronicles of Narnia!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013? Shortest: Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund. Longest: The Book Thief.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It?
Probably in The Book Thief when Death told me who all was going to die… and then when it happened… ahhhhhhhhh…

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18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc). Cinder and Thorne’s frenemy relationship. So funny…

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Start by Jon Acuff. Previously read Quitter by him. 

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else: Unbroken

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013? YA dystopia/sci-fi

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013? No fictional guy tops my husband, but I like Prince Kai quite a bit.

23. Best 2013 debut you read? Pivot Point by Kasie West.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013? That’s hard to say… I read a lot of great world building and imagery books. Probably The Lunar Chronicles books, but I also want to give shout-out’s to Ender’s GameFor Darkness Shows the Stars, and Across the Universe. 

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013? Cinder

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013? Two that did make me cry: Unbroken and The Book Thief, both about WWII. WWII makes me cry.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out? What’s Left of Me and Once We Were, both by Kat Zhang. Even though they weren’t my favorites, I enjoyed them both and don’t see them discussed much on the blogsphere.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014? I have no idea what my top priority for next year will be… there are several books I didn’t get to this year! Code Name Verity is definitely high on the list, as well as These Broken Stars.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)? Cress, the next installment of The Lunar Chronicles!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? I’m really curious to hear more about The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno, but will have to read reviews before I know if I’m going to check it out for sure.

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4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014? Even though I haven’t read The Elite yet, I’ll say The One by Kiera Cass. I’m hoping everyone will be happy with the ending so I can read The Elite and The One without fear, ha ha. And Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang will hopefully be closing out The Hybrid Chronicles next year. And Split Second, the second and last Pivot Point book. OK, I’m done now.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014? I hope to keep pushing myself to try new things on the blog and in my reading that will further enrich my experience with both, and that will enrich my writing as well.

Let me know if you’ve filled out Jamie’s survey too! 

A to Z Reading Survey

If you’re like me, you may have spent your younger years sharing surveys on your Xanga site. As a callback to those times, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner created a fun A to Z survey all about books and reading!

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Author you’ve read the most books from:

Probably Ann M. Martin, the author of The Babysitter’s Club books. What what!

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Looking for these pictures kind of made me want to read one of them again, just for the memories!

Best Sequel Ever:

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Currently Reading:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Almost finished!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water. I’m boring like that. I don’t drink much other than water.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I definitely like having a physical book, but e-readers make things easier, and you can get great deals on the e-books sometimes, so it just depends.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

With the disclaimer that the only guy I dated in high school was my husband, and he was the exception to my self-inflicted “no dating in high school because it’s a waste of time right now” rule, there is a small chance I would have given Peeta a shot.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Hunger Games, Cinder, and The Book Thief… I had no idea they would be so good!

Hidden Gem Book:

Finding Alice by Melody Carlson and Anthem by Ayn Rand.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Reading The Hunger Games in 2011 reignited my love for reading, my interest in dystopia, and my interest in young adult, all in one swoop. Impressive, Suzanne Collins.

Just Finished:

1984 and Among the Nameless Stars are the books I finished last. See my mini-reviews for them here.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Anything erotic.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Technically, the Bible. Otherwise, probably Crime and Punishment.

Major book hangover because of:

The Hunger Games trilogy

Number of Bookcases You Own:

We have four in the house that actually have books, but we have others used for other storage purposes.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Finding Alice.

Preferred Place To Read:

At the beach or by the pool. Or outside in general.

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My husband and mine’s beach reads last year. Sadly no beach this year.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I want to tell him he’s not being fair. That we were strangers. That I did what it took to stay alive, to keep us both alive in that arena. That I can’t explain how things are with Gale because I don’t know myself. That it’s no good loving me because I’m never going to get married anyway and he’d just end up hating me later instead of sooner. That if I do have feelings for him, it doesn’t matter because I’ll never be able to afford the kind of love that leads to a family, to children. And how can he? How can he after what we’ve just been through?
I also want to tell him how much I already miss him. But that wouldn’t be fair on my part.
… Out of the corner of my eye, I see Peeta extend his hand. I look at him, unsure. “One more time?” For the audience?” he says. His voice isn’t angry. It’s hollow, which is worse. Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.
I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.

From The Hunger Games. Totally killed me when I read it.

Reading Regret:

Not having read Harry Potter when I was younger, and now I still haven’t gotten to the series…

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I still want to finish the Left Behind series one day. I should also probably finish the Across the Universe series.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

This is hard… but I’m going to say The Hunger Games, Little Women, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

The Hunger Games, obviously.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Cress by Marissa Meyer, coming next year!

Worst Bookish Habit:

I judge books by their cover.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Captivating by John and Stasti Eldredge

Your latest book purchase:

Pivot Point by Kasie West; got the e-book for $1.99 (plus taxes).

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

I don’t typically stay up too crazy late for books, but I think Catching Fire was the one that kept me the latest.

Join in on the fun and fill out this fun survey on your blog!