Sunday, January 18, 2015

2014 End of Year Book Surevy

2014 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 57 books
Number of re-reads: 0
Genre you read the most from: mixture of YA and then contemporary fiction (some romance)

Best In Books

1. Best book you read in 2014?
YA - The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Contemporary - Room by Emma Donoghue
Non-Fiction - Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn't?
How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros - I thought it would just be a cutesy rom-com, but it was actually a lot of fun to read and a little emotional. I adored this book.

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did) in 2014? 
Orphan Station by John Kent - it was written by a friend of mine, I reviewed it and tried hosting a small blog tour for it. Apparently, I'm not cut out for running a blog tour, but I did get a few people to pick up copies!

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender in 2014?
Start - N/A
Sequel - Be With Me by J. Lynn
Ender - Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?
M.J. Summers - author of the Full Hearts Series

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
comedic graphic novel - Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh - not my cup of tea at all

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (enough said?)

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Augustus Waters from 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 Soemone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book read in 2014?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and One Hundred Names by Ceclia Ahern

14. Book you can't believe you waited until 2014 to finally read?
Room by Emma Donoghus and the Fault in Our Stars by John Green

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

16. Shortest and longest book read in 2014?
shortest - Go The F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansbach (32 pages)
longest -  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

17. Book that shocked you the most?
My Story by Elizabeth Smart - only because some of the things that happened to her are so unimaginable

18. OTP (one true pairing) of the year
Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year
Jack and Mom from Room by Emma Donoghue

20. Favourite book read in 2014 from an author you've previously read?
Be With Me by J. Lynn

21. Best book you read in 2014 based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
The Bear by Claire Cameron - my sister said it was a good book for 3/4 of it and then it just fizzled for her, so I had to see what she was talking about.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book read in 2014?
Luc Chevalier from Breaking Love by MJ Summers

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Orphan Station by John Kent (I'm a little biased as it's my friend). 

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan - I could picture and feel the horrible situations in this post apocalyptic novel

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
Only one? I cry at a lot of things and I would say that close to half of the books read made me cry at some point. If I have to pick one it's The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (it earned bonus tears because I had watched the movie before reading the book).

27. Hidden gem of the year?
Vintage by Susan Gloss

28. Book that crushed your soul?
What else? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

29. Most unique book read in 2014?
Carrier by Anne Tibbets

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't mean you didn't like it)?
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran - because I wanted to love it so much, but didn't. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it as much as I had hoped for.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog discovered in 2014?

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014? 
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

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

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc)?
Romance Week hosted by Aislynn from Stitch Read Cook and myself

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
I don't feel like 2014 was spectacular or anything as I was barely keeping it together some months. But I ddi work on decorating a room in the house to make into an office/library (it's almost done).

6. no number 6?

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments of views).

8. Post you wish got a little more love?
Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc)?
The Gilmore Girls reading list via buzzfeed (only because I started binge watching Gilmore Girls recently and love it)

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set  for yourself at the beginning of this year?
2 out of 4 - See my recap of 2014 challenges here

Looking Ahead

1. One book that you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015?
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?
All the Rage by Courtney Summers (must remember to pre-order this soon)

3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (I have a review copy to read *happy dance*)

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015?
Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers 

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your blogging/reading life in 2015?
Writing more diverse posts, not just book reviews or posts about books. I want to delve into more aspects of my life and things I enjoy doing.

6. A 2015 release you've already read and recommended to everyone:
I haven't read any yet, but have a handful of unsolicited review books sitting on my shelf that I want to jump into soon.

I'll be hopping around some of the blogs listed in the link up on The Perpetual Page-Turner's post.

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