Sunday, January 4, 2015

End of 2014 Reading Survey

First of all, I must say that this was the first year that I really jumped headfirst into reading. I have always been an avid reader, but I have never pushed reading as much as I did this year. I set a goal of reading 50 books in 2014 and I had met that goal in June. Something about setting the goal really pushed me. At the same time, I got to a point where the reading surpassed the reviewing on my blog. I just wanted to read more and more and I didn't want to stop between books to review them or write about them. The problem with that is that now it's the end of the year and I am looking back over my list of books I read this year and I can't remember a bunch of them. I literally have no memory of reading them. The ones that stick out to me are the ones I know were good. So in 2015, my goal is to read 100 books, but to actually write something about each of them. I want to remember settings and characters as well as things I did or didn't like about the books. I don't need a big detailed review for each one, but I do want to be able to go back and remember the stories. So that being said, I was able to include the books I really remember in this survey!! This survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.

2014 Reading Stats

1. Number of books you read: 124

2. Number of re-reads: 0 (I am just not a big re-reader)

3. Genre you read the most from: Contemporary Romance (Young Adult or New Adult)

Best in Books

1. Best book you read in 2014: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more, but didn't?: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just have loved all of her other books and this one just didn't appeal to me for some reason. Another one I thought I would like more was Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2014: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I just did not have high hopes for this considering the title. I was very pleasantly surprised.

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read in 2014: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

5. Best series you started in 2014: The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
5a. Best sequel of 2014: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
5b. Best series ender of 2014: The One by Kiera Cass, although apparently now she has decided to continue the series, although with an alternate storyline I think.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014: John Green or Colleen Hoover. Both of these were definitely not new to everyone else, but I hadn't read any of their books until this year.

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read: Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. This is a retelling, which I hadn't read a lot of before, but I learned that I really liked it!!

8. Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book in 2014: I honestly don't usually read action-packed books. I can't even think of one that I read that would be considered thrilling. I should probably remedy this next year. I'll read something thrilling.

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire. I don't usually re-read books very often, but I want to re-read this one knowing what I know now from the end of it.

10. Favorite Cover of a book you read in 2014: The Winner's Curse or Beautiful Oblivion

11. Most memorable character in 2014: Don Tillman (The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion). I just loved how quirky he is and him as a narrator was just so enjoyable for me. It was definitely out of the ordinary. I also loved all the characters in John Green or Stephanie Perkins novels. Both of them write such interesting, unusual characters. I love that they tend to be awkward or strange, definitely unique and just really easy to relate to. Their characters are so authentic. I enjoyed that a lot.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This took me a little while to get used to, honestly, but by the end I was in love with the way this book is written. I teach 4th grade and next time I am teaching metaphors, I am going to pick some examples from this book. It's just dripping with them.

13. Most thought-provoking book in 2014: Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Wow, I mean seriously, this book had me really thinking about marriage and time together and how people change. It was a really great read for me.

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was afraid it would just emotionally tear me apart. And it did to a certain degree, but in the best possible way, and not in the way I thought it would.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014: "You don't know when you're twenty-three. You don't know what it means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
She didn't know at twenty-three." - Landline by Rainbow Rowell

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (Longest with 510 pages); Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz (Shortest with 61 pages)

17. Book that shocked you the most: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

18. OTP of the year: Like I could only pick one...
Don & Rosie (The Rosie Project); Anna & St. Claire (Anna & the French Kiss); Eleanor & Park (Eleanor & Park); America & Maxon (The One); Anna & Kai (Sweet Evil); Sydney & Ridge (Maybe Someday); Kinsley & Liam (Scoring Wilder)

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Georgie & Heather (sisters in Landline); Josh & Drew (friends in The Sea of Tranquility); Rich & his dad (Are You Experienced?); Colin & Hassan (friends in An Abundance of Katherines)

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I had read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by her before and I liked this one almost as much.

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay - Recommended by Jennifer

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014: Okay this one is embarrassing and please nobody read these books, but my newest fictional crush(es) are Mason & Logan Kade from the Fallen Crest series.

23. Best 2014 debut you read: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year: All Stephanie Perkins books. She seriously makes the setting like another character in her books. They are just so beautifully written and just take so much from the setting. I want to visit any place she ever includes in her books.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read: Scoring Wilder by RS Grey. &  Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Both of those had me laughing out loud, which I never do when I read. I'm a very internal reader.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014: The One by Kiera Cass, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

27. Hidden gem of the year: Anything Katie McGarry. This year I read Pushing the Limits, Dare You To & Crash Into You. Every time I am so surprised by how much I like her books.

28. Book that crushed your soul: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

29. Most unique book you read in 2014: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. I've just never read a book that is laid out quite like that. I enjoyed the pictures that went along with the story, too, although it wasn't my favorite book overall. I did think the layout was unique.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it): I guess I would have to say Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines. I was just really mad at Woods and the way he treated Della through a lot of it. It was just annoying. I almost stopped reading it. I'm ultimately glad I didn't, though.

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2014: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut): Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

4. Series Ending/A Sequel you are most anticipating in 2015: The Heir by Kiera Cass

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015: Actually write about each book I read so I remember them all!

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