End of Year Book Survey 2014

2014 End Of Year Book SurveyThe adorable Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner created a wonderful end-of-year book survey a few years ago and has graciously shared it with the rest of us. While normally I just focus on my Best of the Year post, I decided to jump in this year with some of the stats and discussion. Although I am going to let myself be more fangirl-y than usual, so bear with me.I'm going to go through and add Goodreads links as I do my Best of 2014 post because many of them are overlaps, so sorry for the plain text!What do y'all think? Without further ado, here's how my reading year was in 2014.


Number Of Books You Read: 232Number of Re-Reads: I honestly could not tell you.Genre You Read The Most From: Definitely YA, probably contemporary as a sub-genre.


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour although The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider comes extremely close.2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail. I even featured it in a Waiting on Wednesday post. Unfortunately, the flat romance and unsteady details didn't do it for me because it felt too underdeveloped. 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (because I think it's cheating if I say We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.) That one's definitely in a good way. 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. I even got the Oxford Exchange to get a few copies so I could gush about it to our customers! 5. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?I have a ton! Katie Cotugno, Alice Oseman, Emery Lord! Like I said, I've definitely had a contemporary year.6. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan - wow! It's an excellent collection of essays and short stories that is absolutely stunning, with a heartbreaking backstory of the young writer's death. 7. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie E. Hall - it's fun and addictive. It's perfect for fans of the Gallagher Girls series (a comparison that's actually ACCURATE) and I really loved reading it. I ate it up. 8. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?How to Love by Katie Cotugno - partly because it's excellent and partly because I read it in January, so it could use a fresh reread.9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?inland

Inland by Kat Rosenfield - it perfectly matches the mood of the novel. This book was gorgeous, and fits with Rosenfield's skill.

10. Most memorable character of 2014?River from Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke - the poetic, smooth writing created a riveting and eerie atmosphere. River, with his linen pants, crooked smile, and ambiguous morals, fit in perfectly with the creepy-yet-compelling read. 11. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - without a doubt. This book pulls in stories and thoughts with a shocking clarity, but a synesthetic flow that is absolutely breathtaking.12. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?Memoir/Motivation - #GIRLBOSS by Sofia Amoruso. It's an epic read about business and confidence - stemming from the unorthodox root of the NastyGal clothing company - and really pushed me to do my best. 13. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? Winger by Andrew Smith deserves this one. I picked it for Inkwood Book Club for January but couldn't wait to read it so...that happened. I don't regret a thing. It's long, but the pacing is perfect. That is a freaking awesome book. 14. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?So many. So so many. This is awful. I hate this question. You can pick anything from The Opposite of Loneliness or Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close or Code Name Verity and it fits the bill. I have read so many beautiful, beautiful books. So I'll just choose one I have a lovely picture of, because it is wonderful.everything leads to you quote

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

15. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?Shortest was probably No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July - a compilation of short stories. Novel-wise, Austenland by Shannon Hale. Or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Lots of short books.Longest was probably Eragon by Christopher Paolini or Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, if you're counting in-genre. 16. Book That Shocked You The MostFire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. The plot twists were phenomenal and the tension was unbelievably taut throughout the entire narrative. The ending KILLED me. 17. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)Sam & Drill from Rites of Passage. Military school + forbidden romance + casual sweatpants-video-game-best-friend love = brilliance. LOVE IT. LOVE THIS BOOK.18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The YearGANSEY + anybody a la Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Seriously, Gansey's relationship to anybody in his friend group is automatically awesome thanks to the poetry and also the realism and the pure humanity of it all. Love it, love Stiefvater.19. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read PreviouslyEmerald Green by Kerstin Gier - love love love this series and I can't believe that it hasn't gotten more attention. The finale summed everything up so well and was undeniably successful.20. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer PressureMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - I thought it was a solid read. I didn't think it blew my mind but it was a good book to read, full of atmosphere and a well-written plot.21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?EZRA from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. I am in love. I cannot express this enough. I think his thought processes were magnificent and he was a fascinating human being. He just seemed like a really good, well-meaning person and he was pretty charming. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.22. Best 2014 debut you read?Conversion by Katherine Howe. Chilling, intense, well-done. It's a great read.23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. The Asian culture as depicted in this one was fascinating and vivid! Most books taking place in other countries focus mainly on patches of Europe but this Asian culture was entirely new territory. It was also a lyrical story.24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?Open Road Summer by Emery Lord had me cracking up and loving it. It's a sunny contemporary with a heart and fierceness that surpasses all else. The romance, the friendships, and everything, were just so LIKABLE. Fantastic book.25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?Isla and the Happily Ever After (which I always miswrite as Isla and the Boy Next Door, oops!) made me SOB. I'm such a crier though. I don't only cry about sad things - no, that's too simple. I bawl my eyes out over happy endings, and the fact that this book featured multiple CAMEOS from my favorite characters really killed me. It was tender, and I enjoyed it.26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins - I'm really shocked that more people didn't flock to this one. It's a fantastic paranormal, with the light feel that made Hex Hall so appealing. I also got the chance to read the sequel this year and it was equally as good! This one's a hidden gem for sure.27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Really, Wein, really? Of course, it is a historically-based WWII novel so I should have known what I was getting myself into. That doesn't help the sobs. It was emotional and gut-wrenching and so insanely CLEVER.28. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler - he had a tough situation growing up and I got so unbelievably frustrated FOR him. He had a hard childhood because of his restrictive parents and religious beliefs. It made for a good read, but unbearable irritation. (Read it though! He's done a great thing!)


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? I've always loved Novel Sounds but I really have gotten the chance to read it more often this year. Elena is the perfect mix of professional and fan girlish, which is a balance that I struggle to find in the blogs that I follow. And she is so sweet!2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? I wrote a review of The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?I started the Grind feature on my blog - a feature that occurs around once a month where I round up all the latest bookish/publishing news and I LOVE IT.4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?I was offered the opportunities to start not only one, but two book clubs through my local indie bookstores. Organizing and moderating those events has been incredible.5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?There are so many of them!Running into such amazing people! I ran into Sasha on the streets of D.C. (Georgetown, to be exact) for the first time since BEA 2012 and that was such a cool moment! Such a strange coincidence. Additionally, I met up with Carly at the Oxford Exchange and had such a great talk! (And I met Nic, but he no longer blogs. He's just an awesome bookish person.)This year has just been when I've really felt confident in my blog and who I am; that's a priceless feeling and one that's made me really happy with what I'm doing. I've had a lot of epic bookish/blogging stuff going on!7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?This one may be a little skewed because my switch to self-hosted scrambled some of my stats. Wordpress says it's this one though, and I definitely agree. If you're a fan of the Vampire Academy series, you may enjoy these recommendations!8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?Top Ten Books for Those Who Like Travel - Aside from my bookish/high-schooler side, my main goal when I'm older is to TRAVEL. I want to go to Prague. I want to see the world. These books helped me live a little more vicariously.9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?Audiobooks. I've always known they existed but was never wholeheartedly into them. I adore audiobooks. Also, blog planners. And Book Depository. There have been a lot.10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?I met each of my 2014 blog goals which is a magnificent feeling. I can use all the adjectives I want for this year - lovely, wonderful, beautiful, grand - but none of them come close to how I'm feeling about that. Words Like Silver continues to grow!looking-ahead-books-20151. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - I really want to read this one. Also, Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. Both of those are reads that have been talked about idly throughout YA but never quite have reached the top of my TBR. They're backlist but I WANT them.2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. I'm really hoping that I can somehow acquire a copy early because this book looks incredible. Two of favorite books are Dreamland Social Club and The Probability of Miracles; this book looks like a vivid cross between both.3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. SERIOUSLY. I'm a fairytale retelling fanatic and I absolutely adore the look of this one. It's like a more sinister version of The Selection. I'll be waiting so anxiously for this one. 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?Requiem by Maggie Stiefvater - Maggie is my writer. SHE IS THE BEST. I have been waiting for this book for YEARS. I DID MY WAITING. TWELVE YEARS OF IT. IN AZKABAN.(I may or may not be writing this post past-midnight.)5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?I have my blogging goals post coming up later this week but in short: expand, network, and continue to improve my content. I want to diversify my posts and increase the quantity to every day, hopefully.Reading-wise, I just want to be sure to fit in the books I want to read. Prioritize them, because this is what I love.6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I LOVE IT.

Well, that's it for me. What were y'all's favorite books this year?

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