2014 End of Year Book Survey

Posted December 14, 2014 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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Don’t usually do memes or surveys on my blog, mostly because I prefer to write reviews and share my opinion, but I decided that it would be fun to do this one! This survey is hosted by Perpetualpageturner and you all should do it too!

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Numbers of books you’ve read: This year was a bit of a slow reading year for me, mostly because I reread a ton of books that I loved. But my number is around 60 or so.

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Number of re-reads: Ah, here was go, my kind of question. Nearly 30, honestly. I reread all of The Mortal Instruments and I’m working on The Infernal Devices currently. I reread the Lunar Chronicles because who doesn’t want to reread that? And a few contemporary books as well.

Genre you read the most from: That definitely has to be fantasy I think. Well, at least I think that’s what you’d call the genre.. I try to read contemporary but I just can’t do it anymore after falling in love with fantasy books.

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1. Best book you read in 2014: 

My favorite would definitely have to be Cress by Marissa Meyers

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2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Everyone was so in love with this book and it was so hyped up I figured I couldn’t just not read the book. Yeah, well, I could have gone my whole life without reading this book. I definitely didn’t like it like everyone else. I swear, I must have been reading a different book than everyone else.

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

That would have to be Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but I did not love Lola and the Boy Next Door like I loved the first one. It wasn’t terrible, don’t get me wrong, but it definitely wasn’t as amazing like everyone said.

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4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014: 

That one was for sure Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve got a thing for recommending books I think; I honestly do it every chance I get, and as soon as I finished this one, I recommended it to every person who would listen.

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5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender in 2014:

  • Best series: Throne of Glass
  • Scarlet in the Lunar Chronicles

And as for the best series ender I haven’t really read any series full through yet, mostly because they aren’t actually completed yet.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014:

I’ve been obsessed with the Throne of Glass series for the past month or two, so Sarah J. Maas has to be my new favorite author discovered in 2014!

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

I honestly didn’t read anything out of my comfort zone or of a genre I don’t typically read.

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

I have to answer this one with an entire series. The Lunar Chronicles was so good and I can’t believe I waited until this year to read it.

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, definitely.

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

The Heir by Kiera Cass. It’s not out yet, but that’s okay, I still love it so much.

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11. Most memorable character of 2014:

Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. I just love him. I picture him with the personality of Captain Jack Sparrow and Flynn Rider.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014:

It might be just me but I really liked The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I just love her writing and I think it is beautifully written.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014:

I didn’t a book that was life-changing, but I did read Night by Elie Wiesel and that was very thought-provoking.

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

This is definitely, 500% Winter by Marissa Meyer. This isn’t a for sure cover, it’s a fan art cover, but still, it works.

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15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014:

From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014:

The shortest book is probably Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s not really a short book, but I read it very quickly so I consider it a short book. The longest book was probably Cress by Marissa Meyer. It didn’t take me long to read at all, but it was technically a long book if you count the pages.

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17. Book that shocked you the most:

I didn’t really read a book that was shocking to me at all.

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

Scarlet and Wolf. Also Cress and Captain Throne.

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19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:

I think I’m seriously obsessed with The Lunar Chronicles because my favorite non-romantic relationship is yet again, from that series. Iko and Cinder is my favorite 5ever.

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20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously:

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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

Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, hands down.

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23. Best 2014 debut you read:

Okay, seriously, I think I will never be able to get over The Lunar Chronicles. Almost every single question on this thing could be answered with The Lunar Chronicles. My favorite is Cress. I love that book, it’s amazing, I swear.

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24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year:

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This series is crazy good at building up the world that its set in and it is extremely vivid, in the best way ever.

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25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The only reason this made me nearly cry was because I was so confused I got frustrated. I cry when I get frustrated, like a lot.

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27. Hidden gem of the year:

This has been my “hidden gem” for practically every year, but I’m bringing it back for this year, too. It’s the amazing Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

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28. Book that crushed your soul:

Honestly, no book crushed my soul. But the fact that I have to wait a year for Winter, the next book in The Lunar Chronicles, makes my soul crushed.

29. Most unique book you read in 2014:

Hmm.. The most unique book would have to be Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I’ve never read a book like this. I love fairytale retellings and this one was just so different than the others.

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30. Book that made you the most mad(doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):

Honestly, I didn’t read a book that made me mad. I’ve read several that frustrated me, but they didn’t make me mad or anything like that.
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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014:

I’ve been reading a lot more blogs lately and I have to say, I really like Alexa Loves Books. I don’t usually subscribe to many blogs so that they send me emails, but this one I definitely did.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

My favorite book review I’ve done this year is The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I honestly like it mostly because that’s the review that I started to use a lot more gifs in my reviews.

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

Although I haven’t carried it on, because I’m lazy and kept forgetting to, I really liked my Monthly Favorites of October. I think I’m going to try my best to carry that on for each month of 2015. Which means I gotta post my favorites of December by the 31st. I think I’m gonna start this 2015 series by the end of this month.. Just cause I feel like it.

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

Hmmm… I think that my favorite event would be the Bout of Books event. I barely participated, but I liked the idea of it very much so.

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

My best bookish/blogging life moment was my Fangirl review. I got more than 5 likes, which is a lot for me, and even a couple comments, which is a lot for me. In 2015 I’m going to try and get more conversation and discussion going on my blog!

6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):

Oh look, my answer above answers this one too! It’s definitely Fangirl. Although, my Throne of Glass review actually started to get a few more likes than usual, which is always nice!

7. Post you wished got a little more love:

Can I say every post I have?

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8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.):

This site. I never realized how many blogs there were about books!

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

I completed my Reading Challenge on Goodreads! I must admit, I’m pretty proud of that.

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1. One book you didn’t get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

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2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut):

Literally every book I’m excited for in 2015 it a debut.

3. 2015 Debut you are most anticipating:

Winter. Winter, winter, winter.

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4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015:

I don’t have a series that’s ending in 2015 that I know of right now, which is good because I don’t want the series I’ve started to end.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015:

Like I said above, I really want to keep up with my monthly favorites thing I started in October but accidentally forgot about.

6. A 2015 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:

I don’t get ARCs as of now, but I do hope to soon, so I haven’t read any 2015 books.

And that wraps up the 2014 End of Year Book Survey! This survey isn’t one where you nominate people, but if you’ve made it this far down the post, you should do the survey as well!

Side note: I revamped my blog! Does it looks as good as I think it does! I’m really diggin’ the blue color instead of the pink and brown for now.

Anyways, check out my last review and make sure you follow my new Instagram book account! Happy reading & have a good day!