Tuesday, December 30, 2014

End-Of-Year Book Survey: 2014!

I was looking around for book surveys to do for 2014 and kept seeing everyone just doing the one from the Perpetual Page-Turner, which I've never done before, so . . . guess it's time I joined the crowd. Hey now! Gotta be a joiner once in a while, right?

So here I go.

Number Of Books You Read: 40
Number of Re-Reads: No re-reads!
Genre You Read The Most From:
I guess YA Contemporary.

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? 

I'll go with Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. 

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

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket. I adored A Series of Unfortunate Events and found this actually kind of close to boring, but I'll still read the second one to find out if it gets better.

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

Hard to say but I'm going to go with Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep. It had everything going for it leading up to me actually reading it: fantastical premise, modern setting, elemental magic, AND my book club assigned it AND my friend Jeaux has devoured the entire series and raves about it. I was actually shocked by how much I actively disliked it.

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

Might have been Grasshopper Jungle. My friends keep saying they don't see what I see in this book. That is because they are jackasses.

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

Best series I started was probably Odd Thomas! I've only read book one. Incredible.
Best sequel was probably, geekily enough, the second book in a graphic novel series related to Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Best series ender was definitely Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014? 

Oh, oh, oh, Rainbow Rowell.

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

Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler. It's very romance-focused, which is SO not my thing, but I didn't even care. I read quite a few things out of my comfort zone this year, largely because of book club, but I didn't like any of them as much as this.

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

I don't read a lot of action/thriller, and a lot of the thrillers I read this year WERE pretty putdownable, so I'll go with Dangerous by Shannon Hale. Contained an unusual amount of action.

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

Honestly I probably will not reread any books.

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

The cover of Open Letter to Quiet Light. I mean look at this thing.

11. Most memorable character of 2014? 

Maybe Odd from Odd Thomas, haha. Can't forget that guy.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014? 

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty.

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

I'm gonna answer this in a way unintended by the question and go with The Invisible Orientation by ME. Because it was pretty life-changing to get published and stuff, and it provoked a lot of thought on my behalf for sure. :P

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

And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer. I received it as a gift years ago and liked the idea of one of my favorite authors continuing a series I also loved once Douglas Adams died. I'm sad that I didn't like the book that much though.

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

"You're fucking dumb," Cade said.
That was how eighth-grade boys told each other everything was okay.

From 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Goodreads says my longest read was Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer, at 611 pages, but I think the print was way bigger and my longest read was actually probably Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire.

Shortest read was Fairy Tales in Electri-City by Francesca Lia Block. Poetry. 80 pages, but most of it was white space.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.) 

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty. There's just so much going on and at the end you're just not even sure how much of it happened and if it was what the characters said it was.

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

I'm not a huge shipper. (OTP means "One True Pairing" by the way, if you don't know.) Going with the all-too-obvious and picking Ōtani and Risa from Lovely Complex. Who cares if she's ridiculously tall and he's ridiculously short? You two need to get married.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

Ooh! You know, I thought I'd be picking a friendship, but I'm gonna go with the relationship between Alton and his Uncle Lester from The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. It was so complicated and satisfying.

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

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty.

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

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. It was my first book club book, and I had no inkling of what it was about--would never have picked it up. Five stars.

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

Riley and Amelia? Because they're Riley and Amelia?

23. Best 2014 debut you read? 

Ummmmm Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy.

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

Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire.

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

Well, gotta go with Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.

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

I cried, like a LOT reading Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson. I even talk about the crying in my review.

27. Hidden Gem Of the Year? 

I read mostly pretty mainstream stuff that wasn't "hidden." I loved The Queenschair by J.C. Fann, which needs more reads and more reviews. Really innovative, racially diverse, female-friendly fantasy.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? 

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The characters were so pretentious. I hated everyone and felt like I was bathing in fakeness, so it made me angry that it's so popular and beloved.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

The Bibliophibian reviewed my book and I like the style. :)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

I think I might like my review of Dahlia's book because I know the author online and got to snark at her for the macaron reference. Weirdly, I did that to Michelle too, with her coffee-obsessed protagonist.

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

Aw, jeez. While You Wait was born of discussions.

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

Are you kidding? Pitch Wars!

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

It was pretty cool during Pitch Wars when people kept checking out my Pitch Wars posts and the nerdy stuff I was analyzing.

6. Er, 6 is missing in the original post. . . . 

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

My Pitch Wars post, which was fed traffic by the contest I was in. The non-contest blog post that was most popular was Words In My Mouth

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? 

Hmm . . . Diversity? Trigger Warnings?

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

I would like to say my book club. :)

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

I actually didn't set any, except saying I'd like to read more, and I did.


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

Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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

I really am jazzed to read Of Goddess Born, which is the second in the Queenschair series. AND THE AUTHOR IS SENDING ME A COPY. Yeah.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 

Maybe the Welcome to Night Vale novel, whatever it ends up being. I don't think it actually counts as a debut because the authors have other stuff out, but I don't think they've published a book together?

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

Passenger by Andrew Smith. Of course, I also need to read The Marbury Lens first. LOL.

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

Awww um. Maybe get more people to read my blog posts and be more interesting on Twitter so they will. And maybe read more of my online acquaintances' books so I have a good answer for the next question next year.

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

Nope. I have no answer for this. Because *sniffle* I didn't read anything coming out in 2015 ahead of its release date. I'm not special. ::cries buckets::

1 comment:

  1. ....BOOK SURVEY! I shall steal! (I read enough to do an end of the year book survey, did not do enough to do a "life" end of the year survey >.>)

    I'm glad you liked Eleanor and Park! I read it this year too and was so enamored by it--it kind of took me by surprise too, in the sense that I didn't know/think it was going to get so dark.

    And haha--I love your answer to number 13 xD