End of 2014 Book Survey

This was originally seen on Perpetual Page Turner’s blog, so check out her response, too! I thought this was a fun and cool concept to just reflect back on the year of reading, so here are the questions:

2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 30

Number of Re-Reads: 1

Genre You Read The Most From: YA (Young Adult)

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas

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

Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. It’s not even the ending, it was the whole thing that threw me off. See my review for more.

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

Stardust” by Neil Gaiman (in a good way).

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

Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell.

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

a.) Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas; b.) “Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J Maas; and c.) didn’t read a series ender in 2014 that I thought was “the best.”

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Not really new, I don’t think, but Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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

This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl.

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

The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

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

Any of the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J Maas.

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

“Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J Maas.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Celaena Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (wow I feel repetitive).

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman.

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

“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl. It just shows how fragile life can be.

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

Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

See my list of quotes on GoodReads and find the first TFIOS quote about love.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest: “The Ice Dragon” by George RR Martin // Longest: “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Celeana and Chaol foreverrrrrrr (maybe). But yes.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Harry, Ron, and Hermione from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling.

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

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling (my first read through of this book, but since I’ve read the first two… it counts).

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

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. At least five people peer pressured me into reading it.

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

Rowan from “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han.

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

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.

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

Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

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

“This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. Seriously.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman OR “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios.

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

“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Perpetual Page Turner (linked at beginning of post)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

This one! I went more in depth than before and really pinpointed some things about the novel that didn’t sit quite right, but I still gave a positive review.

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

Does this mean likes/comments wise? If so, my resolutions post got seven likes, so yay!

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

NaNoWriMo! xD

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

When I realized how much I love blogging about the books I read, and just the fact that I rekindled my love for reading, too!

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

The Fault in Our Stars Book & Movie Review

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

December Wrap-Up & Book Haul

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

Booktube! (Book related community on YouTube)

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

GoodRead’s challenge of 20 books read in 2014.

Looking Ahead

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

So many… As it stands, “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer is kind of up there.

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

The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series (shocker).

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.

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

“Winter” by Marissa Meyer. (I haven’t even started this series and I’m already anticipating it!)

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

Reach a bigger community of people to chat with about books (don’t be shy on those comments, peeps!).

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

N/A

A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a popular survey/tag going around the BookTube and book blog community, so I finally made my own! It was originally created by Perpetual Page Turner on her blog post here.

Pretty much this a survey with questions/statements beginning with the letter in which it corresponds, pretty straight forward.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from. As it stands right now: Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth. I’ve read four books from each of these authors.

BBest Sequel Ever I choose “Crown of Midnight” and “Heir of Fire” by Sarah J Maas, each of which is a sequel to itself, respectively. The series just continues to get better and I definitely love both.

CCurrently Reading City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It’s a reread, but I’m marathoning the series, so… yeah.

DDrink of choice while reading Depends on my mood. It can be either milk, juice, water, tea… whatever I’m in the mood for.

EE-Reader or physical book? Physical books, for sure. I love the smell, the turn of the pages, the physical weight. It’s wonderful.

FFictional character most likely to have dated in high school I chose Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s nerdy and funny and he just seems like someone I would have dated.

G Glad you gave this book a chance The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. It’s a fantastic book that I picked up randomly when I was in middle school/early high school and I loved it. Highly recommend it.

HHidden gem book A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb. It’s a book I read for summer reading in high school, and usually those books are way boring, but this one was fun and exciting. Again, highly recommend it.

I Important moment in reading life I don’t really think I have an important moment as I’ve always loved reading. I’m really not sure what to say about this one, haha!

JJust finished City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare. It took me almost the full month to read this book, and I don’t know why. It really wasn’t even that bad.

KKind of books you don’t read Mystery, most non-fiction, horror…

LLongest book you’ve readBreaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer. It’s about 750+ pages, and it’s my longest read book to date.

MMajor book hangover because of… Allegiant” by Veronica Roth. ‘Nuff said.

NNumber of bookcases you own Three total in the apartment, but the largest is my personal one.

OOne book you’ve read multiple times Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read it four times, and I was working on a fifth when I stopped.

PPreferred place to read The couch is a nice place, or my desk.

QQuote that inspires/gives you the feels from a book It’s a quote from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I’ll link it here.

RReading regret April Morning” by Howard Fast. Boring. So boring.

SSeries you started and need to finish (all the books are out) …Where do I even begin?

TThree of all time favorite books “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer, “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas, and “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. Each are series/trilogies/sagas, so I loved all of the books in each.

UUnapologetic fangirl for “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J Maas. I love each book, and they just keep getting better and better.

VVery excited for this release more so than others The next book in the “Throne of Glass” series, which will be released next year around late August/early September.

W Worst bookish habit I like sticking books in my purse. They often fold as a result.

XX marks the spot: start at the top left and pick the 27th book on your shelf Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Haven’t read this yet, but I will eventually.

YYour latest book purchase Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes, “Exquisite Captive” by Heather Demetrios, and “Snow Like Ashes” by Sarah Raasch.

ZZzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) I’m really not sure about this because I try to go to bed at reasonable hours…

Accompanying video: A to Z Bookish Survey

So what about you? How would you answer these survey questions? Let me know in the comments below or link your own blog post in the comments with this survey!