Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the Year Book Survey - Best Books!

I decided to actually BLOG and figured this survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner was a good start!
Number of Books You Read: 
59 60! (Which considering I was hardly reading isn't terrible!)
Number of Re-Reads: 
Genre You Read the Most From: 
Fantasy. Mostly in graphic novel form.

Best Book You Read in 2014:

Best YA: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Best Fantasy: Pantomime by Laura Lam
Best Science-Fiction: The Martian by Andy Weir
Best Graphic Novel: Anything Saga.
Best Fiction: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Best Book in a Series: Frost Burned and Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Best Audiobook: Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell (or The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon)
Best Essay Collection: What Makes This Book so Great by Jo Walton

Other Favourites:
Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold
Shadowplay by Laura Lam
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack

Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn't:
House of Mystery by Matthew Sturges ~ I still plan to read on in this series, but I was looking for something different with it...

Most Surprising Book You Read in 2014:
The Woodcutter by Kate Danely ~ Never heard of it before, but Heather read and loved it. How had we missed her! Why isn't she more famous??

Book You "Pushed" the Most People to Read in 2014:
I think this is always Fables.

Best Series You Started in 2014:
hm... Probably Pantomime and Shadowplay by Laura Lam

Best Sequel of 2014:
Saga or the latest two books in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

Best Series Ender of 2014:
Never finished a series. 2015 it will probably be Fables. *cries*

Favourite New Author You Discovered in 2014:
Let's see... Laura Lam was really good. Kate Danely was awesome. Andy Weir. This was also my first time reading Katherine Addison, Gabrielle Zevin, and Jennifer McMahon.

Best Book From a Genre You Don't Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone:
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year?:
Pantomime by Laura Lam or The Martian by Andy Weir

Book You Read in 2014 That You Are Mostly Likely to Re-Read Next Year?
I don't reread a lot, but there are few books I got on audio to reread (The Martian by Andy Weir for example). Otherwise, it will be comics likely.

Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2014?
Well, comic books always have nice covers... Otherwise, Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.

Most Memorable Character of 2014?
There are a few, but I am going to go with A.J. Fikry.

Most Beautifully Written Book in 2014?
I have no idea... I don't pay attention to that, really.

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?
What Makes This Book so Great by Jo Walton. Maybe not for the reasons you would typically put for this question...

Book You Can't Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 to Read?
Saints and Boxers by Gene Luen Yang.

Favourite Passage/Quote From a Book You Read in 2014?
Normally I wouldn't answer this, but the beginning of The Martian was awesome!

Shortest and Longest Book You Read in 2014?
I don't keep track.

Book That Shocked You the Most?
Reconstructing Amelia

OTP of the Year?
Not something I really comment on.

Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year?
Not sure on this one either.

Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You've Read Previously?
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Best Book You Read in 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
There were a few, but let's go with The Woodcutter or Pantomime.

Newest Fictional Crush from a Book You Read in 2014?
Also not something I talk about.

Best 2014 Debut You Read?
The Queen of the Tearling

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Martian or Random Acts of Senseless Violence.

Book That Put a Smile on Your Face/Was the Most Fun to Read?
Anne of Green Gables.

Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2014?
There probably were some... I find when Matthew dies in Anne of Green Gables sad, for example, but nothing really jumps to mind.

Hidden Gem of the Year?
The Woodcutter

Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Maybe Stolen Songbird?

Most Unique Book You Read in 2014?
Random Acts of Senseless Violence

Book That Made you the Most Mad?
The Book of Unknown Americans. I just finished this recently, so not sure if I have fully thought about it yet, but I did really like it! It just was so close to possible it was upsetting.


  1. THE MARTIAN, THE WOODCUTTER, and RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE are all my on wishlist because of you! I actually got the former out of the library a couple months back, but I had to return it before I was able to read it.

    1. I hope you enjoy them all!! They were so awesome!!

  2. Yay so glad you came back to your blog to post this. Love these end of year recaps. Of course I've added some of your books to my list - I've seen The Martian on several lists and I'm really curious now. Wishing you a wonderful 2015!

    1. The Martian was really good!! It had one of the best starting lines in books EVER.

  3. I want to read The Martian. I have heard so much good about it...and hey, welcome back. 59? Not bad at all. I was at 64 myself so not far off from you.

    1. The Martian was really really good!

  4. Anonymous7:07 PM

    Wasn't Fangirl perfect on audio? I loved it, too. And The Martian, and AJ Fikry.

    Happy New Year - I hope to see more posts from you!

    1. Fangirl was awesome on audio! The Martian and AJ Fikry were awesome, too. I think I may reread them on audio. :)

  5. Matthew's death in Anne of Green Gables breaks my heart every single time.

  6. Sixty is very good in my book. :-) I was surprised at how much I read in 2014. I'm not sure how I managed to read as many as I did.

    Two Boys Kissing is on my wish list. I am glad you liked it so much!

    Here's to a new year of great books!

    1. David Levithan is always awesome!

  7. Wow -- so much here to absorb! I'm going to put my stats hat on this year

    1. I didn't really do stats... Just Goodreads...

  8. I bought The Martian for the hubby for Xmas but I'm guessing that I will pick it up before he does. :)

    1. I hope you do! It was so good!

  9. I should read the Gabrielle Zevin - but of course I can't because TBR dare. I do, however, have What Makes This Book So Great :D


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