Today, I’ll be doing the 2014 End of Year Book Survey! This was created by Jamie over at Perpetual Page Turner and it is a really great way to recap everything I read over the past year. I’ll be answering with all the books I read this year, not just the new releases.
Number of Books You Read: I have read 114 books this year! I’m very proud of how many I read this year.
Number of Re-reads: One. It was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell at the very beginning of this year.
Genre You Read the Most From: I read the most contemporary books this year. That’s pretty cool because this was really the first year I got into that genre and it’s become one of my favorites.
Best book you read in 2014? Okay, so I couldn’t narrow it down to just one but my top four are: Across the Universe by Beth Revis, 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.
Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? There were actually a couple which was sad. Isla and the Happily Ever After was disappointing, as was City of Heavenly Fire (which I actually didn’t even finish).
Most surprising book you read in 2014? Easy. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. That book blew my socks off.
Book you pushed the most people to read in 2014? 172 Hours on the Moon, yet again. I loved that book and I made all my friends read it so we could cry about it together. And it worked! They totally loved it too!
Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel? Best series ender? Best series I started was Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. Can’t wait to see what happens next! Best sequel was Lola! And best series ender was Shades of Earth, the third and final book in the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? I really like Beth Revis and Stephanie Perkins now, but to add some new names to the mix, Leila Sales (author of This Song Will Save Your Life). Her contemporary debut was perfect.
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read? I enjoyed Wicked by Gregory Maguire. This is an adult fantasy book and I really liked it!
Most action packed book of the year? Sorry for using some of the same answers again – but I have to give it to 172 Hours on the Moon again! That book kept me up all night.
Best book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to reread next year? I don’t reread too much…but I’m hoping to do an entire re-read of Percy Jackson, so Blood of Olympus is on that list!
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Bunheads by Sophie Flack! It’s so pretty…
Most memorable character of 2014? Either Cricket from Lola (because he’s my book boyfriend) or Cress from Cress because she’s super cute and fangirlish and great.
Most beautifully written book of 2014? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book was so moving and powerful.
Most thought provoking book of 2014? A tie between Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Both were about similar topics and had a powerful effect on me.
Book you can’t believe you waited to read until 2014? Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I thought it was going to be really cheesy, but it was just cute.
Favorite quote from a book you read in 2014? Can I just pick the entire book, Night by Elie Wiesel? Every sentence was perfection. But some of my favorites:
To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.
His cold eyes stared at me. At last, he said wearily: “I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.
They are committing the greatest indignity human beings can inflict on one another: telling people who have suffered excruciating pain and loss that their pain and loss were illusions.
Shortest and longest book you read in 2014? The longest was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. The shortest was Night by Elie Wiesel.
Book that shocked you the most? We Were Liars. I was in shock for a while after reading.
OTP of the Year: Peter and Lara Jean from To All the Boys We’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. They are so adorable!
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: I really liked the friendship between Colie, Morgan, and Isabel from Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen. Unlike most contemporaries, there wasn’t really a romance but a great friendship that helped Colie find out who she was. They were great friends!
Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously: Cress by Marissa Meyer. I really enjoyed this newest book in the Lunar Chronicles, which I’ve been reading since they’ve been released!
Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from someone else? The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is my best friend’s favorite book of all time, so we decided to exchange all time favorite books (mine is 1984). I loved Gatsby, so I was really happy with how it turned out.
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014: Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. It’s so cute and adorable and perfect.
Best 2014 debut you read? I enjoyed The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu! She’s definitely an author to look out for if you like heart-breaking contemporaries with realistic issues.
Best worldbuilding you read this year? These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I loved the space world they built up and it got even stronger in the sequel.
Book that put a smile on your face? Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill was really cute throughout the entire book.
Book that made you cry in 2014? Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. On a public bus. It was an experience, but that book was beautiful.
Hidden gem of the year? The Sweet Evil trilogy by Wendy Higgins. They have really corny covers and a strange sounding premise, but PICK THEM UP. You will not regret it! I read all of them this year.
Book that crushed your soul? Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I read this book and I saw so many realistic things in it that it was so moving for me.
Most unique book you read in 2014? Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler was interesting because it was set in Disney World, which I love, and was about two characters falling in love.
Book that made you mad? Blood of Olympus because I wanted so much more from it! It just didn’t deliver the way I wanted it too.
New favorite blog you discovered in 2014? Well, considering I just joined the book blogging community this year, all of them that I follow. But mostly notably, I have learned so much from blogging from Perpetual Page Turner and Nose Graze. I’ve also enjoyed the Loony Teen Writer and Novel Heartbeat.
Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? Looking back, I like my reviews for The Help and Prisoner of Night and Fog. I really got in some of my feelings with these.
Best discussion you had on your blog? My post about Kathleen Hale was really current and I enjoyed writing it, especially being able to discuss these events with others in the book blogging community.
Best event you participated in? I have three: being a challenge host for Bout of Books 10, participating in the release of Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin, and the blog tour for This Shattered World, a release I was super excited for.
Best moment of bookish life in 2014? Honestly, I am just really proud of starting up my blog this year! That was a huge step for me and I have enjoyed growing it throughout the year.
Most popular post on your blog? My challenge post for Bout of Books and my Kathleen Hale discussion, as linked above.
Post you wished got a little more love? Probably my discussion on negative reviews. There is so much to be talked about within this topic, so I did enjoy throwing my opinion out there.
Best bookish discover? Book Outlet. This is going to cost me so much money in the future, but I love buying cheap books I can’t find anywhere else.
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? Yep! I successfully read 100 books. That was my only goal, but I hope to make some more for next year.
One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your top priority in 2015? I haven’t finished either Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo or Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard. I was excited for these releases, but I just don’t want to finish either of these trilogies!
Book you are anticipating for 2015 (non debut)? I love a good contemporary, so The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West looks really good.
2015 debut you are most anticipating? An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This looks like a great fantasy set in a Roman like world.
Series ending you are most anticipating in 2015? I need Winter by Marissa Meyer, the final book of the Lunar Chronicles! I have no idea how this is going to wrap up, but I’m excited.
One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015? Reading classics is on my list. I would love to read some books the most influential people in my life have loved, so I am going to start working through that list of classics.
A 2015 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone: I haven’t read any yet. Any suggestions in the comments for me?