I can’t believe 2014 has already come to an end. This year was quite the busy one with getting married, a lot of traveling and buying a new home. I’ve increased the number of books read each year for the last few years but this year I fell a bit short. My favourite wrap-up survey is hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner and this year marks the 5th annual End of Year Book Survey! (Book survey image credit, of course, goes to Jamie)
This survey will take a look back at all the books I read in 2014 and are not limited to the ones that were released this year.
2014 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read:
82 (pushing for one more before end of the year!)
Number of Re-Reads:
4.5 (I got halfway through my Harry Potter reread before real life busyness got in the way!)
Genre You Read The Most From:
That’s a tough one. I read a lot of non-fiction, mystery/thriller, graphic novels and “paranormal”-type books this year
Best In Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (and the subsequent two installments) by far. I was obsessed with this series.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Dataclysm by Christian Rudder – my review of it explains why – and American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
I’d say Hillary Monahan’s Mary: The Summoning was surprising in a good way. I love ghost stories and the Bloody Mary story frightened me so much as a kid – was very surprised this book managed to evoke those same childhood nightmares!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
That might have to be Harry Potter, via the Harry Potter (Re)Read!
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
The. Jasper. Dent. Series. There’s a reason why I Hunt Killers was the best book I read all year. I wasn’t joking that I was obsessed with this trilogy this year.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
There’s a definitely a few… Barry Lyga, Sally Green and Hillary Monahan
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t often read short stories but I really liked B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories And Other Stories.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga – the conclusion to the Jasper Dent series.
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Ooh that’s a toughie as I don’t often re-read any books given that there are so many new books I want to get to!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
… Jasper Dent. (I feel like this whole survey is going to end up being my ode to Barry Lyga).
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Wake by Anna Hope
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
I’d like to say it was A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki but it wasn’t as life changing for me as it may have been for others who read it, but for me it was Paris Letters by Janice Macleod. Truly inspiring.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
In the interest of not putting I Hunt Killers again, I’ll say The Archived by V.E. Schwab. SO good.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
I loved this one from Amy Poehler’s Yes Please:
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Shortest: Dr. 2 by Peter Tieryas (graphic novel)
Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
It’ll be between We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Hmmmmm… good question….. I actually was really shipping Georgie and Seth in Rainbow Rowell’s Landline..
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacot from The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, and Jasper & Howie from Barry Lyga’s series.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Not counting Harry Potter, I’d say The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I have immense thanks to Ardo for highly recommending I Hunt Killers to me.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
😳 I really should just copy & paste “Jasper Dent” all throughout this survey at this point.
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan and Half Bad by Sally Green.
24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Bird Box by Josh Malerman definitely ranks up there – especially with his blindfolded live reading from the novel.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Oooh that’s a toughie… I rarely ever feel that emotional that I’d nearly cry… I guess The Archived by V.E. Schwab & Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid had some really sad moments that made me feel… sad….?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I don’t think I read any this year that really did…
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Definitely Christian Rugger’s Dataclysm for his over-excessive use of the N-word – 11 times in 2.5 pages! – to try and illustrate some point.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Probably the blogs of some of my new book friends, including Karen’s (One More Page…)
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
That’s a tough one.. I think some of the reviews I wrote on books I didn’t love ended up turning out not bad… (like for Dataclysm), but to pinpoint a favourite over the course of a whole year is a difficult task.. I can’t even remember half the stuff I read this year!
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My post about why I’m not doing the ice bucket challenge.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
As much as there were ups and downs with the inaugural Inspire Book Fair, that was a fun time because I got to see so many bookish friends, meet many authors and have it be relatively calm & quiet so it was even relaxing.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) November 20, 2014
6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The most popular was also the one with a best discussion… my ice bucket challenge post. (I originally thought it was the Harry Potter (re)read post but I actually posted that back in 2013 leading up to the new year)
7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
The one where I share how Disney’s Frozen melted my cold heart.
8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Oh, so many! I’d say all the book stores that we discovered while taking the Toronto Book Shop Tour during Inspire weekend. So many hidden gems right in our city that I had no idea about!
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I generally only consistently really do the Harper Collins Canada’s 50 Book Pledge, so I definitely made that goal this year!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
I can only pick ONE!? There are soooo many! I definitely want to get around to reading I Am Malala this year.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
That would probably be Half Wild by Sally Green, and the 2nd Veronica Mars novel.
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’m really looking forward to reading Red Queen
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Half Wild by Sally Green
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I want to get through more of my TBR pile! I want to read more of the books that have been on my list longer rather than get solely distracted by all the shiny new books 🙂
6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
SO. GOOD. Especially if you like Paula Daly and Gillian Flynn books.
And that’s it for 2014!
See you all in the new year, and check back tomorrow for my annual end of year review & giveaway!