That’s a Wrap! 2014 End of the Year Book Survey

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 Hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, you get to see my year in  a lovely question format! Pictures link to Goodreads. I will obsessively update as needed. 

2014EOYS  Number Of Books You Read: 109 (and counting!)
Number of Re-Reads: If I re-read, it was wayyy back at the beginning of the year, and it was (shockingly) The Hunger Games series.
Genre You Read The Most From: Thanks for nothing, Goodreads. It doesn’t tell me. Eyeballing it, I’d probably say dystopian, but not by a ton.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014? Well, we’re starting off with the impossible, are we? We just had a Top Ten about that, so yeah.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Womp Womp. Raging Star by Moira Young was such a letdown for me. I barely even remember it, though I was giddy with excitement when it first arrived.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? Let’s do both, shall we? In a good way, Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley. I would have never thought to read a book about a military school! In a bad way, The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. I was so certain I’d love it, and I just didn’t.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014? Probably Unwind series by Neal Shusterman. Or the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. I don’t know if people actually read them, but they said they wanted to, so that’s something.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014? Well hell, I don’t know how to answer this! Let me give it a shot:

Series Starters:

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Best Sequel (I only read one good sequel this year that wasn’t a series ender! Weird.)

Series Ender:

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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? Stop, this question is way too hard. See here. But since I just did non-debut authors, I figure I need to include Trisha Leaver, Louise O’Neill, Joy N. Hensley, and Heather Demetrios, whose future books I will no doubt be grabbing immediately. Oh, and Cat Winters, because I hadn’t read The Cure for Dreaming when that post was done!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Cinder by Marissa Meyer. My first retelling, it was a success!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? I could not put down Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because I needed to know what happened!

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Um, probably Rites of Passage, or one of the series starters (to refresh, of course!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014? You are doing this to be mean! Here’s a few of my favorites:

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11. Most memorable character of 2014? Killing me here! I don’t think I can pick one, okay? It’s like picking a favorite child.  anigif_enhanced-1858-1412627199-9

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014? Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014? There are a few, and for different reasons:

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

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15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014? From Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson: 

Peter: “…but have you thought maybe you’re afraid of the wrong thing? What if the way you are right now is what you need to be afraid of?”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014? Longest: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725); Shortest: The Giver by Lois Lowry (177)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’NeillI actually sat in stunned silence when I finished it, at 5am, tears pouring, in absolute disbelief.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Sam McKenna and Drill Sergeant Stamm (Rites of Passage);  Juliette and Warner (Ignite Me)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: TIE: Roar and Aria in Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, and Kenji and Juliette in Ignite Me.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Either Undivided or Ignite Me, can’t pick, nope.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Shadow and Bone, I was peer pressured and I am glad!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014? Hm. Drill Sergeant Stamm from ROP, I would have to say. Or Henri from The Cure for Dreaming.

23. Best 2014 debut you read? Rites of Passage and Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Oh, this is tough! Probably The Grisha series by Leigh BardugoSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a close second!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014? All of them? No really, all of them. Fine, half of them. But I cried for days after reading The Offering by E.R. Arroyo. Days.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? There are a few of these too, a few that nearly slipped under everyone’s radar but thankfully did not!

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Hands down, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. Delightfully insane.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang, because I want people like Liz Emerson not to exist

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? I discovered ALL the book blogs in 2014, so that isn’t fair.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? Well, this makes me feel like a bad person because they are both negative reviews, but they were fun to write: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau, and Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? My favorite? Probably So You’ve Won a Giveaway, because I have wanted to talk about it basically forever. And it was fun to write. That and TBR Support Group.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Um. Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway and I started Snark From the Ark, and I loved Cait @ Paper Fury‘s “Getting to Know You/New Site Party” post.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014? I got the courage to finally request some ARCs so that was awesome. But really, the best part was meeting some really wonderful bloggers. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Giveaways notwithstanding, it’s pretty much a dead heat between  So You’ve Won a Giveaway and How Do You Review?

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Ha, just like everyone else I am sure, reviews. And some of my older discussions, from back before I had anyone who read them!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Book Outlet! Book Depository! All the places that sell books!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I only had my Goodreads challenge, which I set at 75 and definitely surpassed! And I had wanted to get the courage to request ARCs, and reach out to other bloggers, and I did both. So, yay!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? Decisions! I will list a few. Or a lot. I have a lot. Basically, I need to read all the books in 2015, it appears.

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

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Plus (without covers yet): 

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? GAH. All of them? And don’t they have the best covers?!

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And Without Covers:

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015? Attend BEA for sure. Maybe some publisher will want to throw a physical ARC my way too. Out of mercy, perhaps, so I can cross it off my bucket list? Please and thank you.

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

Read these now, or as soon as possible. For they are amazing.

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That’s it! What are some memorable books for you from 2014? Any great new discoveries? Any we should all avoid like the plague? What are you most looking forward to in 2015- bookish, bloggish, or personally?

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Posted December 19, 2014 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Funsies / 24 Comments


24 responses to “That’s a Wrap! 2014 End of the Year Book Survey

    • Yes, DO IT! Don’t Touch was one of “those” books for me. It hit really, really close to home, honestly. But it was really healing in a way. I just think it pained a very appropriate and accurate picture of some mental health stuff that gets way too overlooked. I had to put the book down a few times because of how close to home (and how SPOT ON Rachel Wilson wrote Caddie) it hit, but it was just amazing.

  1. I know how much you liked Don’t Touch Sharon, and I completely agree with you on it. It is such an emotional, thought provoking book and it’s one of those rare books that has the ability to change the way you look at the world, you know?

    And Juliette + Warner = ♥ I shipped them from the beginning, and they’re definitely one of my favorite bookish couples. 😉 (Besides Peeta & Katniss obviously…) And I loved how Mafi also included a friendship between her and Kenji too. It’s so rare to read a book where there’s a guy and a girl that are strictly friends, so I really admire Mafi for doing that.

    Thanks for sharing, and great answers!
    Zoe @ Stories on Stage offers us this fabulous post…All the Bright Places

    • I agree, it really was! And oh, Juliette and Warner! I always knew there was more to him than met the eye 😉 And I agree about Kenji- it is SO rare for it not to turn into some weird love triangle (and I am so very glad it did not!)

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    Oh this looks like so much fun! I think one the most memorial books from 2014 for me was Ill Give You The Sun, which is also the one I can’t stop talking about and trying to get everyone to read!

    As for what I’m looking forward to next year… Carry On by Rainbow Rowell… That’s it. That’s all I care about(not really but kind of), seriously j needed that book last year! =)

  3. Oh, I love this survey! I have mine going up on the 1st of January…I think.

    109 books is fab! I’m at 108 after reading so well at the start of December…I’m now in a bit of a slump…I think. Hopefully it goes away soon. I think I really need to get onto Rites of Passage! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, lately. I’m sorry to hear that The Walled City disappointed you – the premise sounds amazing! Speaking of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the Unwind series…they’re two I really want to get onto!

    Glad to hear Fire & Flood, Shadow and Bone (currently reading), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Book of Ivy and Pawn (own) are fabbity fab! I really need to read those, too…GAH. SO MANY BOOKS. Also extremely happy to see that Siege and Storm is great alongside Ruin and Rising. Seeing Ignite Me on your list really makes me want to read Unravel Me…I couldn’t get into it earlier this year, despite reading Shatter Me in a day. I also need to read Under the Never Sky and Not a Drop to Drink.

    Heather Demetrios is fantastic, and I loved the unique concept of Cinder! I OWN DANGEROUS GIRLS AND I DON’T KNOW WHY I HAVEN’T READ IT YET. Oooh, I LOVE the covers of The Winner’s Curse, Snow Like Ashes, A Thousand Pieces of You, The Secrets we Keep and Falling Into Place, too. I had no idea The Giver was so short…that’s another I should’ve probably read by now…You’ve definitely got me intrigued re: Only Ever Yours.

    DELIGHTFULLY INSANE. Now THAT’S what I like to hear…I’ve been craving Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future since your review, so I’m definitely going to have to pick up a copy in the new year.

    I NEED TO READ ALL OF THE BOOKS IN 2015, TOO. There’s so many wonderful 2014 releases I haven’t yet read, and NOW LOOK AT ALL OF THESE FANTASTIC-SOUNDING 2015 RELEASES.
    Ebony @ Daring Damsels offers us this fabulous post…12 Days of Book Blogmas – Tell a Tale

    • I was planning on waiting until the 1st also, but… I ran out of reviews and discussions 😉

      You must read Unwind and Chaos Walking. Must. AND Rites of Passage, for it is awesome. As for The Walled City, I think I was just the black sheep, so you should be fine!

      We need more time to read all these books! Read Dangerous Girls and Ruin and Rising, just so you don’t accidentally encounter a spoiler! And Only Ever Yours will step on your soul and grind it into the ground, but it is magnificent.

      I’ll say it again: WE NEED TIME! I mean, a month, on a nice island, where all we do is read books, take a break and play in the ocean, and then read more books. Maybe with a nice, fruity drink. Just saying.

  4. YOU CRAMMED IN SO MUCH INFORMATION HERE I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO COMMENT ON. JUST EVERYTHING. And also that HA I told you so about Cinder, but I already said that a while back. AND EVERY SINGLE COVER HERE IS AMAZING. I’m about to add all the 2015 debuts to my Goodreads TBR because I can. I need to get on top of the new releases next year.
    Valerie offers us this fabulous post…Top Ten Tuesday #35

  5. I wanted to read Unwind after you suggested it! It’s actually free to read on pulseit next week, so I was going to check it out. I agree Siege and Storm is one of the best book twos! (I’m not fond of book 3 though.) Yay! I’m glad you liked Cinder. 🙂 Heavenly Fire was my longest too. Must be because it was a young adult year for me. lol @ delightfully insane. Yes to Smoke and bone! I want to read Half Bad and Trial By Fire Too!

    I think you know all my memorable reads and discoveries for the year. I didn’t have any horrible reads, but I didn’t like the third Maze Runner Death Cure much. Next year I want to read so many books! And maybe spruce up my blog a bit.
    Molly Mortensen offers us this fabulous post…Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk

    • Yay! And FREE!? Oh, free is good! A warning: It is twisted!

      I have to read Half Bad ASAP because I have Half Wild! And Trial by Fire is begging me to be read!

      I am with you, I didn’t like the third Maze Runner either. Yawn. And I have SO many books on my TBR for next year, it is insane! And oh, I cannot wait to see your sprucing 🙂

    • I agree, these are so fun! Especially when you compare them to the year before! I was a newbie last year, so I didn’t have an “official” survey, but I had like, books I read, and books I looked forward to. Oh, how things change!

  6. It’s so fun reading the answers to this survey, I’m discovering so many great books this way. Oh dear, not happy to hear about Raging Star. I received the three books for Christmas because I was interested to see how it ended. I enjoyed book one, but wasn’t too thrilled with book two. Now I am even more nervous to finish that series. I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, that was one of my top reads of the year and I can’t wait to get to book two. I read the Grisha series this year and really enjoyed that. Into the Still Blue was my favourite series ender this year as well. LOVED Dangerous Girls, I could not put that book down either. Really want to read Only Ever Yours, been hearing so many good things. I’m so excited for The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I’ll be meeting the author in January and I can’t wait to hear more about the book. Great answers! 🙂 I recently did my own survey, which can be found here if you want to check it out.
    Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm offers us this fabulous post…My Year in Books: 2014 End of Year Book Survey

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