Best of the Year

Annual End of the Year Book Survey

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Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has posted her Annual End of the Year Book Survey again, and I will try to fill it in as much as I can! Of course, I will post my own best of 2014 lists as well, so I won’t be answering ALL the questions in this post yet. But anyway, here we go:

reading stats

Number Of Books You Read: 133 (this is counting the rereads)
Number of Re-Reads: 26
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, probably.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

I will answer this question in two different posts, which will be posted tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Tomorrow I will release a post with books I read that were released this year, and the day after I’ll post those that were released in previous years but that I’ve read in 2014!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Definitely The 100. I had heard this was a book that was going to be turned into a TV show before the book was even released, so I got curious! I ended up getting a copy from Netgalley but I was so disappointed. So disappointed even that I DNF-ed it, which I hardly ever do with books even if I don’t like them. The first two episodes of the TV show were loads better than the first half of the book so I am definitely going to finish watching that!

I was also slightly disappointed in The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Loads of people loved it to bits, but I thought they were a bit boring. Okay sure they were nice reads, but I didn’t fall in love with the story like so many other people did. Alas. And then there was James Potter and the Hall of Elder’s Crossing by G. Norman Lippert. I was so excited to read this, because it was a story about the son of Harry Potter finally going to Hogwarts, but I was severely disappointed by the execution of the story. I don’t usually read fanfiction, so this was a huge exception because a lot of people loved it, but just felt weird and wrong.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman. I am not usually a fan of books with ‘Romance’ as one of the main subjects, but I ended up LOVING these two books.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

I think it might have been The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I let my sister borrow the books so she could read it and love the story as much as I did. Luckily, my sister and I have a similar taste in books/movies/tv shows, which is really nice so I have someone in my family to talk about all this stuff, haha!

015. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

The two series I started reading and loved the best this year were The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. The third spot is reserved for Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, though I have only read one book in that series, so I can’t really say I love the series, just the first book. As for best sequel, I’m going to be boring and say Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, the second Grisha book. And I’ve only finished two or three series this year and out of those Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and Just One Year by Gayle Forman were the best. (Okay I am not sure if you can technically call Just One Day a series, as it’s only two books but still).

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Leigh Bardugo, definitely. I fell in love with her writing when I read Shadow and Bone, and I fell in love more and more as I read the rest of her books. I am anxiously waiting the arrival of her new book, Six of Crows, and I just want to read ALL of her books.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian was the first (and only as far as I know) New Adult book I read this year, and it surprised me in a good way. I really loved the story, and I really want to read the next book in the series.

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

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I love books like these, where someone gets murdered and it’s all a mystery who’s done it and stuff. This book had a bit of a unique way of storytelling (okay maybe not unique, but I hadn’t read a book before that told the story like this); and I just loved it a lot!

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! And I’m probably going to reread the entire Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer again before the last book, Winter, comes out next year.

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10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Yeah okay, I guess I could go for The Grisha Trilogy again, because those covers are really stunning; but I am going to add three other books that are amazing as well. Unhinged by A.G. Howard has the MOST AMAZING cover! I don’t like Morpheus as a character, but I really do love this cover, especially the kind of clashing colours and the drawing/photo is just beautiful. Then there’s The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer that is just amazing as well. I really love that massive moon on all of the books but this one just has beautiful colours as well. And the last, but certainly not least, is Four by Veronica Roth. I love the Divergent covers so much, and this one is just amazing as well. This is the only book in the series that I got as a hardcover, because I couldn’t wait for the paperback to be released, but yeah wow wow wow!

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. She was just such a badass assassin and wow yes I loved her. Also the Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy. (Yeah there I go again, but I just love these two book series SO MUCH). Even though he was a baddie, I kind of liked him a lot (not just because I picture him as a younger version of Richard Armitage, no what makes you think that?!)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I adored Eleanor and Park but didn’t love it, but when I read Fangirl I was sold. It was a book about a girl who writes fanfiction, kind of like how I used to be back in the days, and the way the story was written wasn’t super special actually but it was just amazing; and the fanfiction parts in between were good too, even though I don’t usually like reading fanfiction. I have also heard Rainbow is going to release the fanfic Cath was working on for real, Carry On, it’s called.

Also I loved the way Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas was written. It had some interviews between the chapters, police investigation interviews and TV interviews, and the story was just really amazing!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. When I read reading it, I felt connected to the book a lot because I was a bit like the main character. Though I was really teased/bullied in high school, I just felt the same like Elise. In the end, I found my friends in fandoms; TV shows, movies and books, and that is kind of what saved my life. So if someone were to write a book like this about my life, it would probably be called: “This Convention Will Save Your Life” or something, hahaha!

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

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I was a bit anti-vampire for a while, mainly because of Twilight and because of the hoard of vampire books coming out after that series got succesful, but I ended up throwing my anti-vampire attitude out of the window after I read VA. It wasn’t the most amazing vampire book that I’d read, but it was still really good. Way better than the movie, which I watched before I read the book shame on me. But I am definitely going to continue reading this series, and I will definitely be less judgemental about a book when it’s said there are vampires or werewolves or angels or zombies in them.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?02

Na razrusha’ya. (I am not ruined). E’ya razrushost. (I am ruination).” said by Genya in Ruin and Rising written by Leigh Bardugo

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The longest book I read was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with 956 pages. But that was a re-read so that doesn’t really count. The longest book I’ve read for the first time this year is Runelight by Joanne Harris with 592 pages. The shortest book I’ve read this year is Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder with only 15 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, without a doubt. I think I actually sat with my mouth open after finishing that one!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Celaena and Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. D E F I N I T E L Y. I didn’t like them that much in Throne of Glass because they weren’t really friends in the majority of the book, but in Crown of Midnight I started shipping them SO HARD, oh my god. And then stuff happened and my ship sank. Kind of. But I still have hope!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Again one from Throne of Glass; Celaena and Nehemia. I loved them so much and Nehemia was just one of my favourite characters in the entire series! Also, from one of the rereads, I just love the friendship between Tris and Christina from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I liked them right from the beginning, and I still liked them at the end of Allegiant. Yup, definitely one of my favourite friendships of all time!

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20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Cress by Marissa Meyer. I love the Lunar Chronicles series, and I personally think the books keep on getting better and better. Also I really loved Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman. Last year I’d read her book If I Stay which I enjoyed but didn’t love, but JOD made me fall in love with her writing.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Trials of the Core by Michael E. Thies. This book was recommended to me by Wendy, and she even got me a copy of the book signed by the author which made me even more excited to read the book. I couldn’t get into it the first time because I was in a bit of a reading slump, but when I did get through it I really really liked it a lot!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

C H A O L (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas) (Not just because I kind of imagined him as a younger version of Richard Armitage, who I also used for the Darkling; and I am not sure why, maybe it’s just because Richard is just so gorgeous).

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian, which I really really enjoyed! I still haven’t read the sequel but I am planning on getting my hands on it as soon as I can!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo; the world building was just so amazing, and wow and there is a map and everything and yeah I just love the Grisha world!

0325. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, because it was just so adorable and everything! And Silhouette by Justin Richards, mainly because of Strax which is just one of my favourite characters in Doctor Who!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Because of reasons.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Say Her Name by James Dawson; it’s about Bloody Mary and it was just so awesome and a tiny bit terrifying and wow wow yes!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t have a soul! No ehm, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, definitely. Because of stuff that happens and because so much stuff happens and it made me all very anxious and feel all the things and yeah.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Runemarks and Runelight by Joanne Harriss, because they are about Norse Gods which is something I haven’t really seen a lot in books lately. I see more Greek Gods and even Roman Gods but the Norse Gods are kind of forgotten. Or well, everyone except for Thor and Loki because I’ve seen lots of books about them. I love Norse Mythology and these two books were just amazing for me!

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30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Allegiant by Veronica Roth, which was a reread. I don’t hate the ending like a lot of people do, but it still kind of makes me angry because THEY COULD HAVE HAD IT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL, and then stuff happened. Yeah. I did really love this book when I read it the first time, and even more so when I reread it. But ugh. Feels.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

The Body Electric by Beth Revis. I loved her Across the Universe series and I just can’t wait to read more of her books!

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

I am going to post about this on the 29th of December.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Same as #2.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Winter by Marissa Meyer, and Fairest as well; also The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Get my followers to actually comment on my post, that would be nice, then again I should also comment on other people’s posts more in order to have this happen to me. So that is going to be one of my goals, to comment more on other people’s posts. As for reading, I would love to read 150 books next year but seeing as I barely made it to 125 this year it will be very unlikely I will be able to do that.

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

I haven’t actually read any books released in 2015 yet. I think I have one or two on my Kindle app, but I am not entirely sure about that.