2014 End of Year Book Survey

booksurvey

I thought this was a pretty comprehensive and fun survey to do at the end of the year, and since likely I won’t have finished any more books (save two, probably) by 2014, I figure it was time to fill this out now. Big thanks to Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner for hosting this, because it totally saved me time coming up with topics of my own in my sloth-induced holidays XD.

2014 READING STATS

Number of Books Read: 73 (tentative 75)

Number of Re-Reads: 4

Genre Read the Most From: Fantasy

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Books Read in 2014

Stand-Alone:

book1

Series:

mistborn1

Mid-Series:

silverborne

2. Book I was excited about and thought was going to love more but didn’t

feastforcrows

3. Most surprising (good or bad) book read in 2014

mooncalled

4. Book I “pushed” people to read (and they did) in 2014

mistborn1 shiftingshadows bitterblue

This was a toss-up mostly due to the fact that I tend to squee about books to my friends, and they either pick it up and read them, or have already read and loved them and re-read them due to my squeeing-ness.

5. Best series

Started in 2014:

smokeandbone

Best sequel of 2014:

wellofascension

Best ender of 2014:

book3

6. Favorite new author discovered in 2014

PATRICIA BRIGGS

7. Best book from genre I don’t typically read or is out of my comfort zone

wwz

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

book1

9. Book read in 2014 I’m most likely to re-read next year

book

10. Favorite cover of a book read in 2014

bitterblue

11. Most memorable character of 2014

karou smokeandbone

Karou! This might be due to her blue hair. Or the fact that she’s an artist. Or maybe a human girl whose family includes a beast that sets her off on teeth-questing missions…

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014

smokeandbone

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014

mistborn3

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

book2 book3

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book read in 2014

“I don’t know many rules to live by,” he’d said. “But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles–drug or tattoo–and…no inessential penises, either.”

“Inessential penises?” Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. “Is there any such thing as an essential one?”

“When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,” he’d replied. “Stop squandering yourself, child. Wait for love.”

smokeandbone

16. Shortest and longest book read in 2014

Shortest:

dw

Longest:

feastforcrows

17. Book that shocked me the most

mooncalled

Good surprising, because the cover art kind of made me question the contents of the book. That being said, when I finally read it, I was shocked at how much I actually enjoyed reading Moon Called! It’s truly the gateway drug to what I think is one of my favorite modern fantasy universes.

18. OTP (one true pairing) of the year

MERCY THOMPSON AND ADAM HAUPTMAN
(Mercy Thompson novels by Patricia Briggs)

Lord, the dream-fanfiction being woven in my mind on this pairing can number several shelves…

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

aangzuko

AANG AND ZUKO
(Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Search novel by Gene Luen Yang)

BESTIES FOR LIFE. I’ve always loved this dynamic in the animated series, and I really loved how their enduring friendship withstood the test of time in this particular graphic novel and the later graphic novels (which I’ve only glimpsed passages of).

20. Favorite book read in 2014 from author I’ve previously read

book3

21. Best book read in 2014 that I read based solely from a peer recommendation

book1

It took my friend sending me a hardcover copy to finally read this little gem. Bless her for doing so.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book read in 2014

elendbyrobin wellofascension

Elend Venture! Technically he’d been around since book 1, but I really only started adoring Elend in book 2 of the series.

23. Best 2014 debut read

shiftingshadows

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting read this year

book1

25. Book that put a smile on my face/most fun to read

avatarthesearch

26. Book that made me cry or nearly cry in 2014

bookthief

27. Hidden Gem of the Year

zomuni

28. Book that crushed my soul

bookthief

29. Most unique book read in 2014

nightcircus

30. Book that made me the most mad

tearapart

In a bad, bad way. But my rant can be found elsewhere.

BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. New favorite book blog discovered in 2014

THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH

2. Favorite review that I wrote in 2014

ARC Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

3. Best discussion/non-review post on my blog

TTT: Favorite TV Shows I’ve Watched Recently

4. Best event that I participated in

Of Signings and Shelf-Stacks

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014

Robot Sister Number Phi

6. Most popular post this year on my blog

That Mass Effect Scarf

7. Post I wish I got a little more love

Breaking your fast with applecakes

8. Best bookish discovery.

Book Outlet

If only I’d discovered this sooner, I would have gotten so many books by now!

9. Completion of any reading challenges or goals set at beginning of the year?

Finished my Goodreads goal of 50 books read for 2014

LOOKING AHEAD

1. Book I didn’t get to in 2014 but will be priority in 2015

divergent

2. Book I’m most anticipating to read for 2015 (non-debut)

book8

3. 2015 debut I’m most anticipating

redqueen

4. Series ending/sequel I’m most anticipating in 2015

shadowstudy

5. One thing I hope to accomplish in my reading/blogging life in 2015

Finish my 2014 25 Reads project as well as start a new one

6. 2015 release I’ve already read and recommend to everyone

valiant


Phew. That took a bit longer than I thought it would, but hey, it got me thinking for the day at least!

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7 thoughts on “2014 End of Year Book Survey

  1. Hah, Mistborn seems to be the series to beat this year for me. It was a truly good trilogy, and I cannot sing enough praises for Sanderson for his fabulous story-weaving.

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    • I had book 1 of DoSaB sitting on my shelf since it had been published and it seriously took me thjs long to read it! Crazy because I loved it! Glad you loved Red Queen, I so want that book badly.

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