2014 End of the Year Survey

Posted January 7, 2015 in Survey / 4 Comments



2014 End Of Year Book Survey

Better late than never!

This is my second year doing this survey, courtesy of Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. And of course I could have done it in early December, but I read like crazy the last couple weeks in order to reach my goal of 100 books. So I’m filling it out now, in early January.

Reading Stats

Number of books read: 103 out of a goal of 100

Number of re-reads: 16

Genre read most:

Adult fiction5
Dark Romance0
European Literature1
Gay & Lesbian3
German Literature1
Historical Fantasy0
Historical Fiction8
Middle Grade25
New Adult2
Science fiction7
Young Adult38

Obviously I read a lot of young adult books, and apparently middle grade as well (I was trying to re-read all my short books in order to make the 100 book goal). And fantasy is the most popular, coming as no surprise, followed by mystery and romance. And then adventure. Well, that’s interesting. I didn’t think I read a lot of mystery.

Did I not read any New Adult? I’m positive I read some NA ARCs, at least, but I guess I forgot to mark them. Oh yeah, I also omitted the erotica genre. I tend to mark that as adult fiction. But it’ll be one of my 2015 resolutions to change that. I think I only read 2 books in that category anyway.

I also didn’t have any children’s, because I think I’ve only reviewed one children’s book and that was in 2013. The lowest I usually go is middle grade, some of which could also be considered children’s.


5 Stars5
4.5 Stars0
4 Stars5
3.5 Stars1
3 Stars5
2.5 Stars0
2 Stars3
1.5 Stars0
1 Star0
0.5 Star1
0 Stars0
Did Not Finish3

I gave out A TON of 4 star ratings, which does not surprise me. Oftentimes I love a book but it’s not an all-time favorite, or there’s that one factor that makes me unable to give it all five stars. However, there were quite a few 5 star ratings as well. It’s good to see that I read mostly 4- and 5-star books. I clearly have good taste, haha. I didn’t give out any 1-stars, and I’m disinclined to use half-stars (it makes rating books on Goodreads a pain- round up or down?). I gave one book .5 because there wasn’t a 0 star option- just DNF. I finished it, somehow, but it didn’t deserve any stars.

Standalones read: 53

So that means I read 49 series books. That is a pretty even ratio. Go me.

I’m so glad I didn’t keep track of the number of books I bought this year. Or the number I added to my TBR- although I did clear it out a bit and diminished it from around 600 to around 500. (And now it’s hovering at nearly 600 again. Go figure.)

Also for those of you who are interested, I read 24,745 pages this year. That really doesn’t mean anything to me though.

Best of the Year

  1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

I’m going to say…The Phantom Tollbooth because it was the next Alice in Wonderland (my all-time favorite) even if it didn’t give me ALL the feels and so on. The Fault in Our Stars because it made me so ANGRY and I don’t think a book has ever made me feel like that. Lola and the Boy Next Door because it’s one of the best contemporary love stories ever. I Am Livia because it’s the best love story ever, period. That book gave me ALL the feels.

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

The Fault in Our Stars…because I have a love/hate relationship with it.

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

I Am Livia. I in no way shape or form expected to get that much emotion from a historical fiction.

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

Mmm…I don’t really push people to read books. The one I always recommend is The Book Thief, though.

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

Anna and the French Kiss…Lola and the Boy Next Door…Isla and the Happily Ever After. Another great series I started (and only read the first book of so far) is Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  1. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Stephanie Perkins. And I suppose Laini Taylor.

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

I don’t generally read a lot of contemporary (boy, that’s going to change) so the Anna and the French Kiss series.

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

Bloodrealms, by Aurora Whittet.

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

I guess Daughter of Smoke and Bone, if I happen to continue with the series next year. I will definitely read it all eventually, but I’m not sure when.

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

Salt & Storm, which is ironic because that’s one of the worst books I’ve ever read. I like the rich dark purple and the cool heart knot. In fact I think it was the cover that led me to read the book. Last time I ever judge a book by its cover.

  1. Most memorable character of 2014?

I’m going to have to say Constance Contraire from the Mysterious Benedict Society series, because she’s basically me in 2-year-old form. I LOVE her.

  1. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Hm. Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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

The Fault in Our Stars for sure.

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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That seems like a book I would have read years before.

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

“’What I say and what I mean is two different things,’ said the BFG rather grandly.” I’m probably paraphrasing, but it’s just such a funny quote that I have it memorized and occasionally my brain will pull it up and I’ll get a good chuckle out of it.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Queste by Angie Sage at 596 pages. But the pages are like half-pages in larger print so I don’t really think it’s a good measure. I guess the second place would be The Mysterious Benedict Society at 472 pages.

Shortest fiction: When the Curtain Rises by Rachel Dunstan Muller at 130 pages.

  1. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Two books- Every Day by David Levithan because that was one of the most pathetic endings ever to a great book and TFioS because you probably know why. I’ve made my feelings on that particular piece of literature very clear.

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mmm..well, any couple from the Anna and the French Kiss series, and Livia and Tavius from I Am Livia.

  1. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year

Danny and his father from Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Similarly, Matilda and Miss Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl.

  1. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From an Author You’ve Read Previously

Probably the only book that even fits into the ‘from an author you’ve read previously’ category is The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. And it was pretty good.

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

TFioS…I generally tend to stay away from cancer/disease books…now I know why.

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

Urgh. The fact that Gus from TFioS is the perfect human being does not make my relationship with that book change. Man. But aside from him, I definitely fell for Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. He was the one for me.

  1. Best 2014 debut you read?

I really don’t pay attention to debuts.

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

Probably both Sparks and Spirits by R.S. McCoy (same series). And of course a respectful tip of the hat to The Phantom Tollbooth for the clever names etc.

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

The Phantom Tollbooth definitely. Oh man, that had me laughing out loud.

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

I Am Livia…TFioS…Bloodrealms…there were a lot. I definitely have a bad habit of crying during books that aren’t even THAT sad.

  1. Hidden Gem of The Year?

I Am Livia. I feel like I’m the only one that read it.

  1. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

TFioS. ‘Nuff said.

  1. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Going Bovine. Worst acid trip ever.

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

Do I even need to answer this one?

Bookish/Blogging Life

  1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

I met my blogging bestie/pen pal Jillie of Jillian’s Books this year.

  1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

There were quite a few that I went to town on. The ones I remember most are TFioS, obviously, and I Am Livia.

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

Can’t really say- probably the one announcing the LitRate campaign, which unfortunately didn’t raise enough money to become a reality.

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

I don’t really participate in events, sad to say. There aren’t any where I live (I mean EVER) and I haven’t been on my social-blog-game this year. That’ll also change in 2015.

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

Oh gosh. Well, just blogging and reading in general makes me tremendously happy. I’m so proud to be part of such an intellectual, passionate community.

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

By views it’s the Quote Pages from TFioS. I guess that makes sense since I included a LOT of quotes, and they’re all good ones in my opinion lol. By comments, I’m guessing it’s the post about the LitRate campaign and the Feature and Follow Friday where I’m the featured blogger.

  1. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Mmm…most of them, probably. The discussion posts.

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

I’m sure there were tons but the one I remember most recently (yesterday) was finding PaperBackSwap.com which is a site for trading used books. It works on a credit system so you send one, you request one from anyone. The best part is that all the books have equal value, one credit, no matter the format (hardcovers, paperbacks, etc.), popularity, or year published. I have a whole post on it; check it out.

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

Yes, I completed 8 out of 9 challenges. And that last one I failed by only one book. I have a 2014 challenges wrap-up post that gets more specific.

Looking ahead

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

Cloud Atlas- that’s the one book that caused me to fail that last reading challenge.

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

I don’t really pay attention, but perhaps…The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

  1. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas.

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

No idea. I guess Dissension: the Second Act of Penance by S.G. Night or Another Day by David Levithan.

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

Pay way more attention to reading challenges and just events in the blogosphere in general. Also attend RT2015.

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

Lol I’m not nearly that far ahead. I don’t actually have any 2015 ARCs. I’m slowing down on the whole ARCs thing.

Well I guess that’s all folks! Happy 2015! Here’s to another great (or even better) year.



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Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

I love so much how you put your genres in a chart as well as the ratings you gave books!! So clever. I haven’t read TFioS because I don’t like crying when reading books so I have passed on it. I should watch the movie though that’s for sure!


This survey was a doozy. I completed it too right before the end of the year. I have to agree Salt and Storm had an amazing cover!