2014 Reading StatsNumber of books you read: 128
(First: Evertrue; Last: My True Love Gave To Me)
Number of re-reads: 3
(The DUFF, Shut Out, and Anna and the French Kiss)
Genre you read the most from:
Thanks to my lovely spreadsheet:
Best In Books
Contemporary: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally / Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Fantasy: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge / The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Paranormal: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Dystopian: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Historical Fiction: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
New Adult: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
Middle Grade: Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz
A little part of me just died by cutting down the list so much.
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
I’m thinking This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I just didn’t really care for it. It’s not bad, but “not bad” is so disappointing given my expectations. I dunno why but I just couldn’t connect to those characters, and the long term plot progression was pretty nonexistent.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
In a bad way – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, BY FAR. Seriously, the hype for that one was insane, and pretty much no one had rated it below 4 stars before I read it. And I just did not care for any of it, so much so that my copy of the book is about to be dumped at a used bookstore. Just ugh.
Surprising in a good way would have to be Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz. That’s not to say that I had low expectations for it – I had no expectations for it. I hadn’t heard anything about it before I picked it up! But I started to read it and was completely smitten from the first page on. It’s one of my faves of the year and will doubtless be mentioned over and over again in this post.
4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?
Hmmmm, last year this was an obvious one for me, but this year I’m not so sure. I’m tempted to say Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz again because at least two of my book club ladies read it after my raving and that made me all kinds of happy. But I might have pushed A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller even more in the first half of the year.
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014?
Series: asdfjkl; The Falconer by Elizabeth May (I GUESS)
Sequel: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (*wilts*) / The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (YOU CANNOT MAKE ME CHOOSE)
Ender: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, but since that’s a companion series, also Split Second by Kasie West
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Non-debut: DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE BETWEEN CORA CARMACK AND MIRANDA KENNEALLY. JE REFUSE.
Debut: asdfjkl; Liz Czukas a.k.a. Ellie Cahill (but she had THREE books, so whatever, shout outs to Sharon Biggs Waller and Rosamund Hodge too).
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I guess it counts because I tend to avoid classics like the plague, but I adored Emma by Jane Austen. Austen is basically my exception among the classics though, so a bonus shout out to The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith. It’s non-fiction, but it’s so funny and cute!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Could not put down because of action & thrills: The Falconer by Elizabeth May, The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.
Could not put down because the FEELS WERE TOO INTENSE: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, Magnolia by Kristi Cook, Faking It by Cora Carmack.
9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Well I’m definitely rereading The DUFF by Kody Keplinger AGAIN – quite soon too – but since I first read that in 2013… I’m gonna go with The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas, because that series is ending and I really want to binge read the series when it does so I can experience the full force of the tidal wave of feels.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
I’m too much of a cover whore to only choose one and you can DEAL WITH IT.
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
I AM DRAWING THE BLANKEST OF BLANKS. I mean, possibly Wesley but he’s all over this goddamn survey. Possibly Rowan, but same. Maybe Aileanna? But like, Cade, and Corndog, and Jocelyn, and PAIGE of course and whatever I give up.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
asdfjkl; well, first off A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller, but a close runner up is The Diviners by Libba Bray. I need to read more by BOTH those authors. They just reminded me of the beauty of words.
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2014?
I honestly don’t have one. *shrugs*
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Hmmm, looking back at the list of books I read, there’s not one that really jumps out at me as me being FAR BEHIND or whatever (though opinions may differ), but I guess Gilt by Katherine Longshore because that’s been out for a while. For whatever reason, I kept putting that off, not really reading ANY historical fiction ever even though I knew I would probably love it. Gilt was awesome for sure, though it was painfullllll.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?
Without any warning, tears filled my eyes. No one had ever given me such a kind and thoughtful gift before. I pictured Will going into the shop, looking over the books, and then discovering the very one he knew I would love. I even pictured him watching as the clerk wrapped the volume in brown paper. I wondered if the clerk had tied the green bow on it or if Will had gone into a notion shop and chosen it himself. These were all small things, but kindness was built of small things. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Leave the window open. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
16.Shortest & longest book you read in 2014?
Not counting novellas, the shortest book was William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher at 172 pages. The longest was my GRAND ACCOMPLISHMENT: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin at 780 pages.
17. Book that shocked you the most:
HA, well, I recently added a holy-shit-ending shelf to Goodreads, mostly because of The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, though The Falconer by Elizabeth May was also quickly added to that list.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
So. Many. Ships. And I know I might be biased because this one hit me the hardest most recently, but… Wes and Mac. Wes and Mac forever. (See: The Archived, The Unbound.) (Leave the window open ;______________;)
19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
Celaena and Rowan in Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas o________o because Rowan is everything.
20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously
BOO, I don’t want to be super repetitive, but that would be Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. BUT that is closely followed by The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon and On the Fence by Kasie West.
21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:
I don’t know. I don’t fucking know. All I know is I can blame Christina for all of them: all the Miranda Kenneally books, all the Cora Carmack books, Magnolia by Kristi Cook… Just surrender to Christina. I give up.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Wesley Ayers? Rowan? Cade? UGH CHOOSING IS SO HARD.
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
This is so ruuuuuuuuude, but if I have to pick JUST ONE, my heart demands I choose A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. So wonderful, so well written, so awesomely feminist, so romantic… ugh, I need to reread this one soon.
24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?
At the risk of being uber repetitive, I have to say The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I just never wanted to leave that world. It’s absolutely fantastic. Though Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is a close second. That world gets more and more beautiful with each installment in the series.
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
It is IMPOSSIBLE to choose just one for this, because I read so many wonderfully fluffy and happy-making books. So, have a list instead: Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Magnolia by Kristi Cook, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas, and The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (♥).
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
The book that had the biggest emotional impact on me has to be Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally. I just related to Parker SO FUCKING MUCH and her desperate search for love struck me right in the heartstrings and I am just still not okay.
27. Hidden gem of the year?
I feel like Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis was HIGHLY underrated. I thought it was super fun and cute and I appreciate it being a standalone and I SHIPPED IT A LOT OKAY. Everyone else was like, ehh, it’s just like The Lunar Chronicles. My heart broke a little over that. But bonus shout out to Noggin by John Corey Whaley, because it was so different and the writing style was so refreshing, but I think it was completely overlooked. Also: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, which I thought was really cool and made me think but barely got any buzz.
28. Book that crushed your soul?
Urgh, this is hard, because I’m not really the screaming fangirl sort, but I think Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge would qualify. That book was basically everything I wanted, but there was such painnnnnn, and such shippinggggggg, and such overwhelmingly beautiful world buildingggg and okay maybe the ending crushed me quite a bit.
29. Most unique book you read in 2014?
The title almost demands it – A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall! It wasn’t told from the point of view of either of the romantic leads, but fourteen outside perspectives – including a bench and a squirrel! I thought it was totally adorable.
30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Hmmm, I’m torn between Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton for the rampant misogyny and Royally Lost by Angie Stanton because it was just plain baaaaaaaaad.
My Blogging/Bookish Life
I HATE PICKING FAVORITES but my heart demands I profess my undying love for the Bookish Broads.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
I would argue my review of The Mime Order because *technically* I wrote it in 2014, but it hasn’t posted yet. IT WILL SOON, NO WORRIES! BUT, aside from that I think it’s a toss up between Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz and Magnolia by Kristi Cook. Both just filled me with ALL OF THE FEELS, so those reviews came pouring out of me like a waterfall of asdjfkl;asdjfkl;
But to throw in some negative rants (because you KNOW those are fun to write as well – admit it), I am fond of my reviews of Royally Lost by Angie Stanton and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Sorry not sorry, but I thought those books were awful.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I tried something a bit new this year a couple times: writing columns that weren’t quite discussions but just me really venting my thoughts about one thing or another. They start as word vomit but in the end I’m always really proud of how I managed to articulate my thoughts. My favorite column was probably No, I Don’t HAVE To Go See That YA Movie Adaptation.
I didn’t post quite as many discussions this year, but I love the ones on Banterfluff, Father-Daughter Relationships, Keeping Yourself Unbiased, and Spoilers. Yeah, I’m great at giving just ONE answer.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Umm, I went to BEA!! See my recaps: part 1 and part 2. Definitely the highlight of my bookish year, if not my year in general. To get to hang out with and hug Christina, Gillian, Gaby, Kara, Steph, and Jamie, to get to meet idol authors like Kody Keplinger, Sarah J. Maas, Cora Carmack, and SO MANY OTHER WONDERFUL PEOPLE… It was an absolute dream come true.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
See above. But next to that, getting added to the Macmillan AND Quirk mailing lists was super flattering and surprising and amazing and omg how did that happen.
6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
In terms of page views and trackbacks, that would definitely have to be my post about Full Fathom Five and Why I Boycott Their Books. Seriously, it regularly gets like 300 views per month. But, a close second (~200 hits per month) would be my Top Ten Books If You Like Doctor Who which I am SUPER excited about because that was SO FUN to make.
And in terms of blogosphere interaction and stuff, my spreadsheeting endeavors got a lot of love, for which I am so flattered and grateful. 58 COMMENTS?! WHAT. ♥♥♥ So glad my Type A ways could help you guys!
7. Post you wished got a little more love?
I’m overall really pleased with this year, but I guess I’ll say Banterfluff, because the world needs more banterfluff. Banterfluff forever. (Seriously, this is a thing now, deal with it.)
8. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I DON’T KNOW. I didn’t have many discoveries this year – I think I found most bookish things that I love and use/visit often in 2013. But I did visit a Half Price Books when I was in Houston for Christmas. It was my first time and it was glorious. I wish we had one here ;______;
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 128/100
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2014: 7/10-ish (exceptions: writing reviews immediately, reformatting all posts, finding a co-blogger)
Top Ten Books On My Winter 2013-2014 TBR List: 10/10
Top Ten Books on My Spring 2014 TBR List: 8/10
Top Ten Books on My Summer 2014 TBR List: 8/10
Top Ten Books on My Fall 2014 TBR List: 9/10
Top Ten Books on My Winter 2014-2015 TBR List: 4/10 (in progress)
A tough one, because I feel like I’m miles behind on so many different things, but I think I’ll settle on Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I made such a fuss about pre-ordering it and Amazon actually getting it to me ON THE RELEASE DATE, but then I was super busy at my internship, then I was in a reading slump, then I had all my BEA ARCs and it just never happened. One of my goals for 2015 is to finish more series, and this should be an easy one. I’m really scared though because I’m pretty sure I’m not going to like how the series ends. SPOIL ME AND DIE.
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?
asdfjkl; CHOOSING IS HARD. JE REFUSE. Ugh ugh ugh, FINE, because it’s Kasie West (who has yet to earn less than 5 oranges from me) and FAKE DATING (one of my faaaaaaaavorite tropes ever), The Fill-In Boyfriend. But, like, all of these other books too. #destroyerofrules
3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?
I’m choosing THREE and you can deal with it, because I didn’t do a Top Ten Tuesday on this topic this week. But basically The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall (YA Da Vinci Code! That cover!), Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout (K-pop star! THIS COVER!), and The Novice by Taran Matharu (new YA high fantasy! ALSO THAT COVER!)
SO MUCH GORGEOUS BLUENESS.
4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015?
Umm, obvi Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas, Winter by Marissa Meyer, and The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May. AND End of Days by Susan Ee. I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT SERIES IS ENDING. And The Elemental Trilogy #3 by Sherry Thomas – THAT SERIES IS ALSO ENDING. WAIT. NO. I’M NOT READY. #sogoodwithrules
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015?
Errrrrrrrr… I dunno. Here are some resolutions. My number one goal (is not actually number one on that list but whatever) is stress less. Request less ARCs, mood read more, find enjoyment in blogging, and let it remain a hobby. Oh, and haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate, so just shake it off.
6. A 2015 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:
Again, je refuse, because I’ve read two that are so flawless that EVERYONE needs to read them: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon and When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill. No one is surprised by my answer here. They’ve only been all over this post and on like every “best of 2014” list/post/tidbit I’ve done. *cough* Sorry not sorry.