Friday, December 26, 2014

Kat's End of Year Book Survey

It's that time of the year again ! This survey is created by Jamie and The Perpetual Page-Turner. You can take it here.
reading-stats-2014Number Of Books You Read: About 44 (I get confused about what I read between December 2013 and January 2014)Number of Re-Reads: None, but I re-listened to the first half hour of Shatter Me on audio.Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA  best-YA-books-2014

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

2014 Debut: Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Backlist YA:  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Romance: Something About You by Julie James
Adult: Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

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

Love is The Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson. I liked this book, but it didn't capture me the same way her first book, The Summer Prince did.

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

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I always thought this book was sort of "high concept nonfiction" for the Brooklyn, literary, writerly types, but I found it super relatable. It wasn't all about how smart Strayed is or how good of a writer she is, her  honesty and storytelling had me anticipating each question and ho she would answer it. 

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

I am not a very vocal book pusher, but I pushed Jess to finally read The Fault in Our Stars and Fangirl.

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

Best Series:  The Last Policeman Series by Ben H. WintersBest Sequel:  Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, I liked this better than the first and how she expanded the world. Taylor's worldbuilding is amazing !

  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Varian Johnson. While he's not a debut author, he was the only author I read this year who I had never heard of.  I read his middle grade novel The Great Greene Heist and it was sweet.

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

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It's a nonfiction that doesn't follow one narrative story so I didn't think I could get into it, but I did. I think the audio helped.

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

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Once I got into I couldn't stop reading it !

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

Fangirl, Anna and The French Kiss or The Fault in Our Stars. I think they'd be fun to re-do on audio.

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

It's rare for me to like a book with a person on the cover, but I think this one does it well which is why I'm picking it as a favorite. But really all the books I read this year had great covers.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

This is kind of random but the parents from If I Stay. They were kind of awesome.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Her writing in this book is perfection.

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

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I really liked the chapter on 'How To Get Unstuck'

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

The Fault in Our Stars, which is horrible because I pre-ordered this thing in Spring 2011.

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

I like this quote from The Lover's Dictionary. After the male character attends a big funeral for his  girlfriend's grandmother she breaks down and they ride home early. On the ride  she tells him all these stories of her and her grandmother and at the end is this quote:"“From behind the wheel, I learn the difference between a eulogy and an elegy, and discover which is more vital, in life and in death.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest: The Lover's Dictionary, 211 pagesLongest: Days of Blood and Starlight, 513 pages (12 hour audiobook)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Complicit by Stephanie Kheun. The ending... it's not what you think !

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

A lot of the YAs I've read haven't had strong or really happy romances. I didn't really get to review this book yet, but I liked Scarlet and Bridger in Sarina Bowen's The Year We Hid Away. I loved their relationship and how they had to work to even make causal dating work.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Thorne and Cinder in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Also, Cinder and Iko.

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

 The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker

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

I read a lot of YA, so this doesn't really happen. But, I mean I guess Wes from The Truth About Forever. I didn't finish this book yet, but I love all of Dessen's guys.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley. This book is amazing, I think it needed more buzz.

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

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. She does some amazing world building of a post-apocalyptic South America thousands of years in the future.

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

Noggin by John Corey Whaley had me cackling, I have no idea why

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

 There was a point where everytime I opened up This Star Won't Go Out, I felt like it was ripping out a peice of my soul with it.This book made me cry a thousand times more than TFiOS

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I read a lot of mainstream books this year, so I'm not sure I discovered anything hidden.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

This Star Won't Go Out  by Esther Earl. That is a TOUGH book to get though, but so worth it.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley, it's plot is around a science fiction-y surgery where a boy's head is transferred on a new body, but the story is more coming-of-age.

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

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I didn't hate this book, but so much of it didn't make sense to a point that it was making me

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I knew about Smart Bitches, Trashy Book for a while but I just started reading it this year, Dear Author too.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

I like my This Is How The World Ends where I reviewed the final books in three series and A Matter of Fate where I reviewed If I Stay and Never Let Me Go on how they deal with fate. I like it when I can squeeze multiple books into one review.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

We don't have a lot of discussions, but I like our post on our favorite diverse books. At the time we posted it I don't think we knew what a great movement #weneeddiversebooks would become.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

NoVa Teen Book Festival was such a blast ! It was a small event, but I was enjoying it so much I skipped out on lunch. 

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

 All of the stuff concerning diversity. This is something I've felt and dealt with a long time and I am proud to be apart of it anyway I can be, be through posting, donating and becoming more aware of diversity in my own blog.

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

Taking away memes and giveaways it looks like our Bookshelf Redesign post. We need to update this soon...

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I don't really have any.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I love podcasts and I've discovered so many bookish and bookish adjacent podcasts. My favorites are: Dear Bitches, Smart Authors , this romance podcast and is my favorite Literary Disco- Slightly snobby, but so hilarious Books on The Nightstand - Anne and Micheal are greatAlso the Scribd subscription service has really been feeding my reading habit. It's 8.99 a month and there are so many Harper Collins / Harlequin titles.

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

I wanted to read more widely and I read atleast one middle grade, nonfiction and romance this year.looking-ahead-books-2015

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

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

I think this means non-debut author, in that case Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn. Her books are so twisty.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio. It involves intersexuality and I want to learn more about that.

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

The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater....have I really been reading this series for 3 years ???

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

I'm starting a romance blog !  It's still in a beta stages now, but stay tuned.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I'm currently reading Shana Galen's Earls Just Want to Have Fun and it is pretty good so far.


  1. I think Fangirl would be interesting to hear on audio. If someone could really get Cath right, you might just feel the awkwardness :P Anna was really cute too - I waited quite a bit to read that one! I'm actually re-reading TFIOS soon, so I can compare it to the movie and make a blog post about it.

  2. I've read John Corey Whaley's other book, Where Things Come Back, but haven't got to read Noggin yet. I'm really intrigued since you list it in this survey :)))

  3. I did it on audio and would definitely recommend it on audio. Sometimes I think audio makes books better (:

  4. Sounds like an interesting post ! I think all in all TFIOS was a faithful adaptation. So much of the book was text-based things like reading, texting and e-mails that I think the movie did the best it could.

  5. I'm so glad you ended up liking The Golem and the Jinni! I read it this year as well and liked it bunches. Also. I don't know if you've read Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor yet, should get on that! It's WONDERFUL. I don't know how she does what she does, but thank goodness she does. ;)

  6. I read the first book in the Last Policeman series. I really need to get my hands on the others. I also picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Days of Blood and Starlight this year, haven't read them yet though....

  7. Unbroken was so good! I'm afraid to go see the movie though because I don't want to be disappointed. I have to hear what others think of it first. :)

    Here is my survey. It isn't a full survey because my kids were nagging me but the important parts are all there!


    My Survey

  8. I need to read The Golem and the Jinni. I've heard it's so good!


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