2014 Wrap-Up and End of Year Book Survey

2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:

(O): a depressing 54 books…yikes (S): 87…summer was spent inside reading

Number of Re-Reads:

(O): 3 (S): 7

Genre You Read The Most From:

(O): fantasy (S): dystopia

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

(O): I don’t think I could limit it to a single book, so I’ll list my top three books of 2014: Champion, by Marie Lu; Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer; and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black. (S): The best book I read was definitely If I Stay by Gayle Forman. The best re-read was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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

(O): When the first book in the Delirium Series, by Lauren Oliver, was published, I read it in a single day and loved every page.  I similarly enjoyed the second book in the trilogy.  The final book, Requiem, however, was a huge let down for me, considering how much I had enjoyed the preceding books in the story.  The ending was extremely disappointing.

(S): After reading both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door (both by Stephine Perkins), I was so excited to find out that the third and final book of the semi-series, Isla and the Happily Ever After would come out in the summer. Though it was alright, it was nothing compared to the previous books which greatly disappointed me.

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

(O):

Good Way: I hadn’t heard of or seen any reviews for Legacy, by Cayle Kluver, before picking it up, so I was shocked that I enjoyed it as much as I did, especially since it was written by a sixteen-year-old.

Bad Way: Upon a friend’s recommendation, I decided to read the Selection Series by Kiera Cass.  Overall, I liked the first book in the series, The Selection, failing to find any faults with the characters, plot, or dystopian society.  However, with Elite, I was astonished by my dislike for the book – I found the characters to be whiny, the plot to be boring, the the dystopian society to be cliche.  It was a bit of a painful read…

(S):

Good Way: My one friend would tell me I had to read Legend, by Marie Lu, almost everyday. I finally bought it but still didn’t read it until 1/2 year later. Finally I started it on the bus ride home I started it out of boredom…..I finished it that night. I loved it. I have not read the remaining books yet, but hoped to soon.

Bad Way: I read After over the course of many trips to my local Barns and Noble. (I never bought it) It had very, to put it nicely, it had many adult themes in it and I also found it very familiar, like I read it before. On the last day I read, a saleswoman told me that it was published fanficiton and was shocked that I was reading it. Turns out I read the fanficiton before in middle school. It was quite horrified with myself…

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

(O): Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

(S): Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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

(O): Best Series: The Darkest Minds Series, by Alexandra Bracken

Best Sequel: Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Best Series Ender: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

(S): Best Series: The Selection Series, by Kieraa Cass

Best Sequel: Where She Went, by Gayle Forman

Best Series Ender: Allegiant, by Veronica Roth (don’t hate me)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

(O): Cayla Kluver

(S): Marie Lu

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

(O): I don’t generally read books in the steampunk genre, so I was surprised that I enjoyed Scarlet, which is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles.

(S): I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. It was pretty much the book from American Horror Story which is one of my favorite shows.

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

(O): Legend, by Marie Lu

(S): Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

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

(O): Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

(S): Paper Towns, by John Green and Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

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

(O): The New Anna and the French Kiss Series

(S): The New Anna and the French Kiss Series

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

(O): Adam from If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

(S):  Juliette from Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi…boy you were annoying (go ahead fall in love with the first guy you meet)

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

(O): A Million Little Snowflakes, by Logan Byrne

(S): Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell and The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

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

(O): The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

(S): This Star Won’t Go Out, by Esther Earl

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

(O): The Twilight Saga, by Stephanie Meyer

(S): The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot

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

(O):

“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually know how to make a pie.”

He paused, clearly waiting.

Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”

“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”

― Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

(S):

“He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park


“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.

“Augustus,” I said.

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

(O):

Shortest: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

Longest: Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer

(S):

Shortest: Heart of Darkness, by Joesph Conrad

Longest: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë,

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

(O): Allegiant, by Veronica Roth, Champion, by Marie Lu, and Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken

(S): Allegiant, by Veronica Roth and Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

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

(O): Alex and Lena from the Delirium Series, by Lauren Oliver

(S): AUGUSTUS AND HAZEL…ALL THE WAY

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

(O): Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series (ok, this is a reread, but it still counts!) tumblr_inline_n3d1e35Zj11r2fx8t

(S): Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby

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

(O): Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

(S): Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

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

(O): The Selection, by Kiera Cass (thank you Kathy!)

(S): Legend, by Marie Lu

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

(O): Liam from the Darkest Minds Series, by Alexandra Bracken

(S): Levi from Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

(O): A Million Little Snowflakes, by Logan Byrne

(S): NA

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

(O): The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black

(S): Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg

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

(O): City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

(S): Paper Towns, by John Green

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

(O): Champion, by Marie Lu

(S): The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky and The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

(O): The Legacy Series, by Cayla Kluver

(S): The Spectacular Now, by Tim Tharp

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

(O): Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

(S): Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

(O): Beastly, by Alex Flinn

(S): The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

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

(O): Requiem, by Lauren Oliver

(S): We were Liars, by E. Lockhart

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

(O): The Psychotic Nerd (S): The Novelty of Life 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

(O): The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (S): Girl Online

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

(O): Starting our blog and creating our first post in early December (S): Deciding to help go run a blog in which I know nothing about the culture

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

(O): Twilight Review (S): Twilight Review

5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

(O): The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Review (S): Where She Went Review (sorry Olivia I loved the book)

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

(O): A safe website where you can download ebooks for free on a laptop, iPad, kindle, nook, etc.  You can find the website here (I will warn you, it does have quite a few ads, but it will not download any viruses to any of your devices). (S): Finding http://www.bookdepository.com….it is a free shipping website…and you can get editions of the book (YAY BRITISH COPIES)

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

(O): At the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to read 50 books via the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge.  I’ve since surpassed my reading goal, which was very exciting for me! (S): During the summer I was able to read two books a week…for the entire summer.

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

(O): The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

(S): Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by David Levithan

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

(O): Winter, by Marissa Meyer, the final book in the Lunar Chronicles

(S): The Heir by Kiera Cass

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

(O): I would love to expand into regularly posting guest posts as well as giveaways and author interviews.  We’re always open to new viewpoints and material.

(S): Be able to read everyday for…(reading everyday is said to help relieve stress)

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