End of Year Book Survey: 2014

January 1, 2015 Meme / Surveys 1

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner hosts a yearly book survey. I planned on participating last year, but with a little over 150 books to chose from, it was daunting and decided not to. I decided to participate for 2014 and realized that I do wish I had over 100 books to chose from!

Number Of Books You Read: According to Goodreads, 52 books. Which is a lot lower compared to last year’s (which was 161 read), but then again until December of last year, I was unemployed. I’m happy with the 52 read plus I have a little over a dozen books where I started and stopped.
Number of Re-Reads: 4. So if I factor that in, then it’s 56 read.

Genre You Read The Most From: Mystery and Romance! This shouldn’t surprise anyone since I’m a big lover of both genres. I read some YA but not enough which I hope to change in 2015.

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
Historical Romance: Eloisa James’ Three Weeks with Lady X
Historical Fiction: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens
Contemporary Romance: Lauren Layne’s Made For You
Fiction: Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments
Mystery: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Lind Howard’s Shadow Woman. I liked the idea of a woman waking up one day and realizing the face she sees in the mirror isn’t who she really is. What happened and why. Plus I’d always wanted to read Howard’s books. I was really disappointed!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’ve never read the books and was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed Rowling’s world.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Even though it has been out for over two years, I’m still pushing Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl! After the movie came out, I kept telling people to read the book and they have. Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park is another that I push when people say they don’t read YA.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Series: Gretchen Archer’s Davis Way
Sequel: Kendel Lynn’s Whack Job
Series Ender: Jessica Lemmon’s The Millionaire Affair

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Lauren Layne and Kate Meader! These two ladies sure know how to write a hero.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger. While I read thrillers and mysteries, this one had to with online bloggers and a close knit community. Let’s just say it hit a little too close to home!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook! I just wanted to get to the end and see what would happen.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Girl on the Golden Coin has such a gorgeous cover! It’s lush and gah just so beautiful! As well as Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch. Look at those purple hues with the black!
girlonthegoldencoin midnightwitch

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Will Thatcher from Lauren Layne’s Best Mistake series. He made me laugh in Only With You and stole my heart in Made for You.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Hands down Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
I’d say Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell. It really made me think about people suffering from anxiety and understand their perspective.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Seriously, I waited this long?

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

“And as I gazed up at the implacable black of the sky, my body warm from the bed but my face chilled, I thought of the terrible truth we all know, somewhere in our souls: that there has never been a shred of evidence that life goes beyond life. Nobody has sent back word. There is nothing. That does not mean there is nothing. But there is nothing.” ― Charles Finch, The Last Enchantments

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: Sherry Thomas’ Claiming the Duchess at 24 pages
Longest: Emma Mars’ Hotelles at 592 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden. The ending…I just wasn’t expecting it & it shocked / disappointed me.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Davis and Bradley from Gretchen Archer’s Davis Way series. He’s just perfect and a saint to put up with Davis.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Crumpet and Theo from Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes are My Weakness.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Charles Finch’s The Last Enchantments. A love letter to Oxford and it’s just an amazing read!

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. Now granted, I adored Eleanor & Park, but wasn’t sure if I was going to read anything else by her.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Will Thatcher! I want to wear a shirt proclaiming my love for him!

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin. Jefferson’s book made me fall in love again with historical fiction and yearn for more Frances Stuart.

24. Best World building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I wanted to visit the London she writes about and of course take the train to Hogwarts.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Eloisa James’ Three Weeks With Lady X. The banter between India and Thorn made me giggle and it was fun reading this historical romance.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Charlee Fam’s The Last Train to Babylon. Full on ugly cry tears.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
How to Be Alone! Based on the YouTube video, Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to be Alone is a perfect companion to the video as well as an inspiring guidebook for anyone.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Jessica Lemmon’s The Millionaire Affair. An incident in Landon’s past just crushed me and when you realize why, you just want to hold him forever. Okay maybe that’s just me.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
I’m going with How to Be Alone. The poem has such lush images and you get to lose yourself in the drawings.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress. I felt cheated by a beloved author because the type of book isn’t what she normally would write. On top of that, I learned it was her final book (as in she was retiring!)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
I met a lot of great bloggers this year and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which blogs I loved. Everyone is so passionate about their blog and books they loved and I just love that about this community.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
Ah…I honestly don’t have one because I liked them all! There were a few that read more like essays and I need to convey more emotion in them, but overall I don’t have a favorite.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My Birthday post because well it’s a birthday post!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Participating in the Blogger Love-a-thon event! I discovered so many awesome blogs and it was awesome meeting new people. I’d also say taking part in this year’s #TBTBSanta! It was a lot of fun shopping for a fellow book lover.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Honestly? Meeting Neil Patrick Harris and him asking what Literary, etc was!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I’m going to go with Chelsea Cain post and what to do as a reader when your favorite author goes off the deep end with a little over 400 views.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Is it awful I say all of my posts? I did okay on views, but I wish there had more a little more comment love on reviews. I know it’s hard to comment on them especially if you haven’t read the book, etc.

8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’d say Book Outlet! The first order I placed arrived super quick and the quality of books was really good! I placed a rather large order on their Boxing Day sale and am not so patiently waiting for the order to arrive! Also, I love visiting Hastings locally, but you can’t go wrong with their shipping prices and their used books are in a great condition! They ship quickly too and highly recommend them.

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I signed up for a few, but honestly with work and real life getting in the way did not complete them. For 2015, I’m probably not going to participate in any reading challenges other than to finish Harry Potter!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Lauren Willig’s That Summer and Deanna Raybourn’s Night of a Thousand Stars. I love these two authors and can’t believe I didn’t sit to read them. As well as Sherry Thomas’ The Perilous Sea.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook! Murder, mayhem, and recipes? Yes please! Also Jessica Lemmon’s Bringing Home the Bad Boy because I need more of the Downey brothers in my life!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Virginia Boecker’s The Witch Hunter . A wizard and an accused witch? Oooh yes!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
The yet untitled final book in Sherry Thomas’ The Elemental Trilogy.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I hope to write more mini reviews because not every book needs a detailed review. Also, I’ve decided to stop reviewing series books especially if there are more than 3 books. We’ll see how that goes.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read and Recommend To Everyone:
Er…LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline. Just read it.

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