2014 End of Year Book Survey

Posted December 31, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Books / 10 Comments

A year in review. All my favorite books and blogging moments from 2014 - unboundpages.com
It’s time for Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey! This is my 2nd year participating and I had so much fun filling this out. It was tough though. I wanted to just repeat the same five books over and over again because I love them! But I didn’t! I think I only repeated a couple and I was pretty impressed with myself. Thanks so much, Jamie, for putting together this awesome survey!
 
*All graphics below are from Jamie’s blog, The Perpetual Pageturner. Aren’t they pretty??

 
 reading-stats-2014

 

 Number Of Books You Read: 136

Number of Re-Reads: 0

Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary – 44 books. This is insane for me. Seriously insane. I was vehemently against contemporary in 2013 and it was one of my resolutions to read more. Mission accomplished! Don’t worry, fantasy was second with 33.

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

 

Top 5:
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 

(I know, I cheated…there’s 6…)

 

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

 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I was so excited to read this after hearing everybody’s rave reviews, and while I did enjoy it and will continue with the series, I didn’t quite LOVE it if you know what I mean.

 

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

 

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller – This was the first ever historical fiction book I had ever read and I didn’t expect to like it, let alone fall in love and have it in my top 5 books of the year!

 

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

 

Winterspell by Claire Legrand & A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

 

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

 

Best Series Started in 2014: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 

Best Sequel of 2014: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

 

Best Series Ender of 2014: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

 

Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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

 

Me Since You by Laura Wiess

 

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

 

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

 

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

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – I plan to do a reread of the entire series before book 4 comes out!!

 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

 

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

 

Seth from the Covenant series and The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 

 

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

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I just loved the message sent in this book that it’s okay to be different. Different isn’t bad. It’s just different and taking a risk and befriending somebody that isn’t necessarily “cool” could turn into somebody/something that you will remember for the rest of your life.

 

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

 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

 

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

 

I was so bad this year about marking quotes/writing them down! Fail. Got any good ones for me?

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

 

Longest: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: 835 pages
Shortest: Half Lies by Sally Green: 61 pages

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

 

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout – A lot of people said they figured out the plot twist in this one, but I never saw it coming and remember screaming at the book.

 

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

 

Layla & Roth from White Hot Kiss & Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 

Iko and Thorne from Cress by Marissa Meyer

 

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

 

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

 

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

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

 

Roth from White Hot Kiss or Seth from the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout – don’t make me choose. It’s impossible.

 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

 

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch or Far From You by Tess Sharpe

 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

 

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

 

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

 

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington – I’m sure this was on a lot of people’s radars, but I didn’t hear too much about it and I absolutely loved it. Will definitely be reading more Jessica Shirvington. (I know you’re super excited, Pam.)

 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – THAT ENDING

 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

 

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster – Talking cats. That is all.

 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I LOVED this book. And then it ended. And I was not happy with the way it ended. I want MORE!!! (I have heard that she’s writing a “sequel” set like ten years or something like that after the end of the book? Yes, please!!!)

 

 book-blogging

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

 

These Paper Hearts – I started following this blog based on Ashley @ Nosegraze’s recommendation. They do awesome blogger focused blogging tutorials, tips and tricks which have been super helpful to me! If you use blogger, I highly recommend following these ladies!

 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 

Winterspell by Claire Legrand – One of the longest reviews I’ve ever written because I had so much to say about this book! But I think my review has just the right amount of gushing and detail to sell you on this one. Just saying…

 

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

 

I really liked my post on Talking to Nonreaders. Basically how I book-push on other people.

 

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

 

BEA!! It was my first time going this year and it was amazing! I got to meet so many awesome bloggers, authors, etc. And of course, I got tons of awesome new books! I definitely want to go again next year.

 

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

 

When I met JLA (Jennifer L. Armentrout) at BEA and she knew who I was. This is how the conversation went:

 

JLA: You look familiar. Have I talked to you on Twitter before?
Me: *nervously* Um, yeah. My Twitter name is The Library Canary.
JLA: Oh yeah! I’ve talked to you and seen your blog. So nice to meet you!
Me: *trying to contain my inner fangirl* So nice to meet you as well! I love your books!

 

I walk away from table. *happy dance* *hyperventilates* *dies*

 

I also celebrated my one year blogoversary this year which was pretty awesome. I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it. I still love it every single day.

 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

 

My post about Frozen. Mostly where I gush over how much I love the movie.

 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 

On a Date with My Book Boyfriend. I was really excited about the idea, but then it didn’t get a lot of traffic and so I never really did another one.

 

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

 

Bookoutlet.com. Or perhaps the most dangerous discovery. In case you don’t know, it’s this site where you can get books for really cheap. I bought 9 books on Black Friday for like $44 and 9 books the day after Christmas for like $30. You’re welcome and I’m sorry.

 

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

 

I completed my Goodreads challenge of 125 books, actually surpassing it with a total of 136 books!

 

 looking-ahead-books-2015

 

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

 

The Lux series by JLA. Yes, Wendy. I swear it will happen in 2015.

 

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

 

Definitely A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. So many people have already read it and can’t stop gushing and I’m dying. I don’t think I’ll make it.

 

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

 

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

 

Definitely Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas. I NEED it!! Oh, or Winter by Marissa Meyer!! *grabby hands*

 

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

 

I hope to clear out some of my arcs, not request too many, and get to some of the books I have actually purchased and haven’t read.

 

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

 

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 

So I thought I hadn’t repeated at all and then when I went back and linked everything to my reviews, I realized that I had in fact repeated. Fail. I just can’t help it! Some books deserve to be book pushed and gushed over! Have you done the survey? Leave me a link so I can look at your answers!

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10 responses to “2014 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Yay! This is awesome! I've signed up to do the survey as well; I love how it talks about all different kinds of books and blogging things that happened in 2014. Still reading Winterspell right now, super excited. Hopefully after I finish Crown of Midnight I'll be able to pick up Heir of Fire, and The Winner's Curse is another one you recommended to me that I'm definitely going to read in 2015. Cress's cover is really awesome! I never read the final Covenant book (I really need to!) but Seth is definitely quite a memorable character. I still need to read Code Name Verity- hopefully I'll read more historical fiction in 2015. City of a Thousand Dolls has talking cats? I am now even more excited to read this book, I love cats!! This is an awesome list, best of luck in 2015!

    • I know! It's so fun to look back at the whole year. Haha, yes, talking cats. Well…sort of. It's fun. Very unique and different book. I seriously don't understand why it got such mediocre reviews on GR. I'm so happy I gave it a chance. I will be Twitter stalking you in 2015 as you read all these amazing books!!

  2. YOU BETTER REBECCA 🙂 And i expect texts as you read Lux. 🙂 I also want to reread before TOG4, we shoudl reread together!!! Also I really need to read Winterspell, clearly. And I'm so so glad we got ot meet and hang out at BEA! I don't think I can go again this year… but hopefully the year after! I want to try to go to yallwest this year since it's closer to me. That's pretty far from you though 🙁

    • Of course I will text you updates! And yes times 1 million to rereading TOG together!! NOOOOOO!!! I will miss you. 🙁 Yeah, California is a bit far for me. What about ALA in Chicago at the end of the month? Any chance of making it to that?? 😀

  3. By the way, I somehow missed your on a date with my book boyfriend post completely. just checked it out. it was during my busy graduating/moving phase this year :/ but i really liked it! except sorry I <3 chaol for myself 🙂

  4. Read the Embrace series!!!!! I really want to talk to you about it and I think you'll love the guys.

    Red Queen, Throne of Glass #4, Winter…so many great books coming out in 2015!!

    Meeting JLA…so incredible that she knew who you were!! I get all stupid when the author "likes" my review on Goodreads so I can't imagine having one of them know who I am from my blog.

    Winterspell!!! Loved that one too. Have you read the Epilogue yet? I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it for some reason. Maybe if I had read it right after I finished the book. But I am happy she wrote it, although maybe it was better imagining it? Does that make sense? And maybe that's why Rainbow Rowell didn't write one or have that scene. I hadn't heard she was writing another book about those characters though! Hopefully they won't be married and about to be divorced or something…. 🙂 ~Pam

    • I know. I need to buy it first. Or check it out from the library. I'll have to see if my library has it.

      I know!! 2015 is going to be an awesome year of books!!

      I know. I like died when she recognized me. I tried to keep it cool, but I'm sure I was a blubbering idiot. Lol

      I haven't read the epilogue yet. It's sitting in my inbox. Kind of nervous to. I actually really liked the ending, so I'm not sure I want to spoil that. What do you think?

      Oh god, that would be horrible if they were married and about to be divorced. I'm so curious as to what she is going to do with it. I've only heard rumors tho so…maybe it's not even true.

  5. Prior to 2013, I was super against contemporary as well and then in 2013 it was my most read genre! I think I just had odd misconceptions about what contemporary books were actually like because I definitely love them now, although I've noticed since the end of 2014 I'm gravitating towards fantasy and paranormal again.

    I'm so excited to see your top books of 2014. I loved Code Name Verity and the others are ones that I am going to be reading in 2015 (I AM haha). Winterspell is on it's way to me as wel speak actually 😛

    I'm happy to see Don't Look Back shocked you, I hope I'm just as surprised!!!

    And Yah for Hopeless making you cry haha. I was a blubbering mess when i read that so I'm happy I wasn't the only one crying 🙂

    I love seeing Book Outlet as everyone's discovery 🙂 I actually discovered it in 2013 but it's been a dangerous place for me ever since haha.

    • Agree about contemporary. I guess I thought they were all fluff, but that's completely incorrect. And I've even read some fluffy contemps and really liked them! So I obviously just had no idea what I was missing out on.

      WINTERSPELL!!! I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

      Book Outlet is so dangerous. I can't stop myself. It's bad. Almost worse than the Kindle deals…

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