Tuesday, December 30, 2014

End of Year Book Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey

2014 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read:  146
Number of Re-Reads:  28
Genre You Read the Most From:  Probably Fantasy and Graphic Novels

Best in Books

1.  Best book you read in 2014? This is hard, but I think the winner (by a hair) is:
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
I'm still not over this!

2.  Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn't?
The World's Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover's Adventures with Tourette's, Faith, Family, and Barbells
I thought I was going to love this, and it was on my to-read list for a long time, but I was disappointed.

3.  Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I read this for book club. I wasn't going to read it, but then I met the author and decided to give it a try. I loved it! I also learned a lot while reading it.

4.  Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

5.  Best series you started in 2014? Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Best sequel of 2014? 

Best series ender of 2014?

6.  Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas

7.  Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I generally don't read religious books, but this one was amazing.

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

9.  Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Defy (Defy, #1)

10.  Favorite cover of book you read in 2014?
Belle Epoque

11.  Most memorable character of 2014? Anne Shirley

12.  Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus
It is hard to top some of those Mary Shelley lines.

13.  Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014?
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I'm ashamed to say I didn't know about the Japanese camps. This book opened my eyes. 

14.  Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

15.  Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014? "I go to my fathers. And even in their mighty company I shall not now be ashamed." King Theoden from Return of the King.

16.  Shortest & longest book you read in 2013?
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)
  40 pages                       586 pages

17.  Book that shocked you the most.

18.  OTP of the year: I have 4! Is that legal?

Meghan and Ash from The Iron Fey series
Celaena and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series
Arin and Kestrel from The Winner's Curse
Anne and Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables series

19.  Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Gansey, Noah, Ronan, and Adam from The Raven Boys

20.  Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously:
Touch of Power (Healer, #1)
I'm a HUGE Snyder fan! I finally got to read her latest series this year!

21.  Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I would not have read this without pressure from book club, specifically Suey.

22.  Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Ash from The Iron Fey series
Levi from Fangirl
Trevor from Pivot Point
Damian from Defy

23.  Best 2014 debut you read?
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

24.  Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

25.  Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

26.  Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

27.  Hidden Gem of the year?
Belle Epoque
This book needs more readers and a lot more buzz! It was great!

28.  Book that crushed your soul?
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

29.  Most unique book you read in 2014?
American Born Chinese

30.  Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
I can't say what made me mad without giving away major spoilers. I loved this book, but OH THE TRAGEDY! 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1.  New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? I have two! I have loved getting to know these two ladies!
Bookmark Dragon
Angela's Anxious Life

2.  Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? The Winner's Curse

3.  Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? My Celebrity Crush List

4.  Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Utah Book Month
The Lord of the Rings Read Along

5.  Best moment of the bookish/blogging life in 2014? Cary Elwes

7.  Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?  This one shocked me! Holes had 811 views.

8.  Post you wished got a little more love? My discussion posts and Fan Art Fridays

9.  Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I finally figured out how to navigate the Orem Library!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I finished the TBR Challenge, and I have a new high score for books read in a year! My goal was 125, and I read 146 books!

Looking Ahead

1.  One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015?
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

2.  Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

3.  2015 debut you are most anticipating?

4.  Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015?
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)
Throne of Glass #4

5.  One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015? 
Find more amazing blogs to follow and meet new bloggers!
Get more people to come to author events!

6.  A 2015 release you've already read and recommend to everyone:
Cut Me Free
This is the only 2015 book I've read, but I still liked it a lot and recommend it!


  1. Well, I just added a few more books to my TBR list. ;)

  2. Like you, I have so many comments so we'll definitely have to talk about it tonight. But, I'll just say that I love the cover your chose. I haven't even heard of that book. I'll have to look into it.

    1. YOU SHOULD READ IT!! You'll love it!

  3. Thank you so much for naming me as one of your new favorite blogs! That means so much to me - you are so sweet. Your post reminded me that I need to read Defy ASAP. Also, I CAN'T WAIT to hear what you think of Golden Son! And The Winner's Crime... I am dying to read that book. DYING.

    1. I think you'll like Defy! Did you see Jenni put you down as one of her favorite new blogs too?

  4. Gah... I'm trying to get my survey done and it's making me crazy. Love all your choices. I need to add some to my list too.

  5. The Winner's Curse for all the awards! I can't wait to read the next one. And I've got the Throne of Glass book waiting for me at the library. I'll have to see if I like it as much as you've liked that series.
    Yay Raven Boys! I love that series so much, especially for how well done all the relationships are.

    1. I don't know if you'll like Throne of Glass. It is a high fantasy that is really heavy on the fantasy.

  6. I really need to check out Red Rising! And do a reread of Anne of Green Gables - I've missed her. I enjoyed the Raven Boys so much, and really need to get moving on the sequels, which I've heard are just as amazing!

    1. Red Rising is so epic! Anne is a comfort book for me, and I've loved reading about her all over again. I need to finish the Raven Boys series too!

  7. I'm so impressed that you read 146 books! Wow.

    I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read the Sarah J. Maas series yet, even though everyone has been raving about it.

    Also, I love that you included Anne and Gilbert in your OTP category. Haha, old school FTW!

    Happy New Year ^__^

    1. Anne and Gilbert will always be one of my favorite couples! Happy New Year to you as well!

  8. I love the visual nature of this wrap-up. And, okay, okay, I guess I'd better read THE WINNER'S CURSE! :) And that quote from King Theoden gets me every time. (Thanks again for hosting the LOTR readalong.)

    1. You should read it! It is awesome!