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2014 End of the Year Book Survey

January 8, 2015 | 3 comments


 

Since 2010, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner does this end of the year book survey. It is a fun way of looking back at what you read during the year, so of course I need to fill it out.

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2014 READING STATS:

Number Of Books You Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Mystery

BEST IN BOOKS:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. I read this together with my new friend Katie and we both hated it. I think our discussion was better than the book itself.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. 5 friends borrowed the series from me this year.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
John Green (and these).

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth and Under the Dome by Stephen King.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth and Echo Park by Michael Connelly.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Spring Tide by Rolf and Cilla Börjlind.

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Beatrice Prior in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, and Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, and Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
There were so many amazing quotes from so many books, but one that stands out is the following passage from The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. (When I read that, I just knew I was gonna love the book.)

“If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless. If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014
Shortest was the novella Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover with a puny 105 pages. Longest was The Outlander series 7 book bundle by Diana Gabaldon with a whopping 7125 pages (which took me 9 months to get through) and Under the Dome by Stephen King with 1092 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
None of the books I read really shocked me.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Jamie and Claire from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Fern and Rosemary from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Search by Iris Johansen and The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson.

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

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Rome from Rome by Jay Crownover.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
None. Most of the books I read were published before 2014 (and none of the others were debuts).

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
Both The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks and The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson made me extremly frustrated (for different reasons).

YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE:

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
There are too many good ones to pick from.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
The mini-reviews (here and here).

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
No idea…

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The 6 Degrees of Separation meme hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
No idea…

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Honestly don’t know because it’s one thing I’m terrible at keeping track of.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Don’t know, but my favourite was Summer Travels.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Folio Society (a girl can dream, right?)

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

LOOKING AHEAD:

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut) and 3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
These 10…

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Read more non-fiction and more classics.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
No (haven’t read any).

See my answers from last year’s survey here.

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