Let’s Talk: 2014 End of the Year Survey

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 Perpetual Page Turner is hosting this end of the year review

So as I looked back on the year, obviously I looked at my books, and I have a pretty pathetic take on books.  Most of the books I read were done after I started my book blog, which makes me realize how terrible my reading was before I had the blog to incentivize me.  So as you will notice, there are a lot of repeats because I had more questions to answer than books read.  Next year I shouldn’t have this problem.

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Number Of Books You Read:

36 (21 since starting my blog)

Number of Re-Reads:

1

Genre You Read The Most From:

YA Dystopian

best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

I unfortunately didn’t read much this year, so I don’t have that much to choose from. I would say The Testing Trilogy, Lost Voices, and A Great Good Thing would be my favorite reads from this year.

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

I would have to say Allegiant on this one.  I love Divergent, and Insurgent was a typical second book for me (I typically don’t like book 2 in any series.)  But book three was so hard for me to get into, I almost gave up about half way though.  But I did want to know how it ended so I pushed through and eventually finished the book.  It was a good story and I thought an appropriate ending, but I just couldn’t connect to the book, which I hate to admit, because I really loved Divergent.

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

Lost Voices was an unexpected and wonderful story for me.  I wasn’t really seeking out a mermaid story, but I wanted an audiobook, and this one was available (how most of my audiobooks get chosen) and I was surprised by how well the story was written and told.  It just general took me by surprise.

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

Well, I just upped my pushing game, and since I didn’t read that much I didn’t start too many bandwagons, but I did convince my sister to read Entwined, and she loved it.

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

I’ve started a ton of series this year, since I’ve been such a bad reader the past couple years.  I would say Splintered and Paper Magician were the best starters I read this year.  I have the first book of about 5 series started at the moment, but since they won’t be finished till 2015, I’m not putting them in the ring.

Best Sequel would have to be Gathering Blue, but that’s because I only read 2 sequels this year.

The best Ender I read was The One.  I haven’t read a book that quickly in a long time and it was kind of the series that jump started my reading habbit again.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

I feel like everything I read this year was a new to me Author.  If I have to pick one, I would say Charlie N. Holmberg.  The Paper Magician was just so unexpected and unique that I fell in love with it.  I hope to finish up some of my current books so I can read the Glass Magician soon.

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

Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Auto Biography was the first biography I’ve read in years, and I loved it.  It was completly the type of book I would expect him to read and was so much fun.  If more Biographies were this fun, I would totally read them.

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

The Selection Trilogy.  I read the series in less than a week.  I loved it so much and was hanging on the edge to find out what happened.  Loved it.

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

The Great Good Thing was such a clever story, I knew within the first couple chapters it was one I would want to own and re-read.

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

It’s a toss up between Paper Magican and Girl on a Wire.  They are both a style that I would own a poster of and hang on my wall if I could.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

I’m picking Morpheus from the Splintered Trilogy.  His character is just the right kind of haunting that sticks with you.  Can’t wait for the third book.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

I loved a couple this year, but I’ll say

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

Didn’t really read one of these this year.

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

Entwined.  I’ve always love “The 12 Dancing Princesses” fairytale, and somehow I missed that this book existed.

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

“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”
Veronica Roth, Allegiant 

Even though Allegiant wasn’t a favorite read this year, I thought there were tons of great lines in the book.  Maybe that’s why it was hard to me, it felt more like a thinking book than a normal fiction book.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Longest book was Alligent

Shortest books was You are a Writer (So start acting like one)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Testing Trilogy had a lot of those moments.  I remember putting my book down a lot and just saying “Really?”

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

Ceony and Emery were great in Paper Magician.  Can’t wait to see the relationship develop.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I liked the various friendships in The Maze Runner.  I haven’t read through the rest of the series, but I have my guesses on some of the relationship development.

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

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry was so unexpectedly quirky.  I just loved the satire of the story and the personality of all the characters.

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

I started the Selection Series because my sister insisted I would love it.  She was right.

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

 I was really liking Morpheus.  I think it’s the bad boy vibe.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

It would have to be a tie between Girl on a Wire and Paper Magician.  I loved the both for different reasons.

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

The Selection did a good job with the world building.  I don’t know if I’d call it Vivid.  Usually I would use that for fantasy, and shockingly I didn’t read many fantasy books this year.

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

The Great Good Thing.  Seriouslly, just a clever story.  I loved it as a reader and a writer.

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

Totally cried over one of the Characters in The One.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Have I mentioned I like The Great Good Thing.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t think I really had any of these moments this year.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

I thought Alice In Wonderland Stickfiguratively Speaking was a unique take on a classic.

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

Again.  Don’t think I read one like this.

blogging life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Fiction Freak

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

The Paper Magician

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Confession: I thought Wishbone was the whole Story

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Books By the Bank, a book festival in Cincinnati.  Me and My sister went this year and it was so much fun meeting authors and seeing other book lovers.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

The books I’ve been introduced to.  Some books, especially my freebies, I probably never would have found out about, let alone read, if it wasn’t for the fact I’m seeking out books now for my blog.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Is vs Not

 8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Soundtrack Saturday: Mockingjay

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

 BookOutlet.  I love it, my bank account doesn’t.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Not this year, but I’m doing some in 2015.

looking ahead

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

All of them.  Actually The Glass Magician would be one of them.

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

Ebon by Robin McKinley.  But I’m not holding my breath.  It was supposed to release two years ago and the date keeps moving.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Queen.  I’ve read so many great reviews of it, I’m excited to get my hands on it.

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

Ensnared. I’m only Half way through Unhinged, but I love it, so I know I’ll be waiting for this one as well.

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

Keep up.  I’ve done the blogging thing so much, but I’m loving this one and plan on making the long term commitment.

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

I don’t have any Releases right now, maybe I’ll get onto some lists next year though.

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