2014 Reading Stats
Number of books read: 125
Number of rereads: 16
Genre you read the most from: I think fantasy takes the cake on that.
Best In Books
1. Best book you read in 2014?
This is really hard. I wrote a whole top ten of it (coming this Tuesday), but that’s really all that I’ve got for you. There’s so many great books. Some of the ones that jump out at me are “Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch, “100 Sideways Miles” and “Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith, “Alienated” by Melissa Landers, “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo, and there’s just so many more.
2. Books you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
“Love, Rosie” was kind of disappointing. Not at all what I had expected in the slightest. “City of Heavenly Fire” was massively disappointing. Oh! “Opposition” from Jennifer L Armentrout was high on my list of excitement this year, and I just UGH.
3. Most surprising (good or bad) book you read in 2014?
The most surprising GOOD book was “Alienated” by Melissa Landers. Its not really that I thought it would be bad because that’s not it at all. I just didn’t expect it to be SO good. I expected a fun, fluffy romance but I got a really well developed romance surrounded by an insane amount of really good science fiction and mystery and humor and all of that.
4. Book you pushed the most people to read (and they did) in 2014?
Grasshopper Jungle, easily. Because I shove Andrew Smith down everyone’s throats. Also “Alienated” because it made me so happy that I had to share it with everyone else.
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender in 2014?
Best series I started? Hmmm. “The Selection” series and “Fire and Flood” are coming up first in my head.
Best sequel? Salt and Stone but technically that doesn’t count because it doesn’t release until 2015. But I read it this year. So let’s see. “Unforgotten” by Jessica Brody. “All Broke Down” by Cora Carmack. I’m gonna say those two.
Best series enders? “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo, easily. “The One” by Kiera Cass was wonderful as well. “Unmade” by Sarah Rees Brennan. Oh god. “Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Kiera Cass. Victoria Scott. Tonya Kuper. Melissa Landers. Amy Tintera. Catherine Linka. Sara Raasch. Katie McGarry.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Hmm. I would say Cora Carmack’s “Rusk University” books and Ann Aguirre’s new adult books. I don’t tend to read strictly romance books and these books are basically that. But I enjoyed them all.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
“Fire and Flood” and “Salt and Stone” both were super action packed. “Silver Shadows” was pretty awesome, especially all the action in Vegas. “Ruin and Rising” definitely.
9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to reread next year?
A lot of them actually. Melissa Landers’ books. Sara Raasch’s debut novel. I read some really great books this year.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
“The One” by Kiera Cass. “Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch. “100 Sideways Miles” by Andrew Smith.
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Cara and Aelyx from Alienated. Austin from Grasshopper Jungle. America Singer from The Selection series. Tella Holloway from Fire and Flood. Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
12. Most beautifully written book in 2014?
The most beautifully written? 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. The guy is just straight up plain brilliant.
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book in 2014?
AS King’s Ask the Passengers really helped me even more to identify the confusing nature of my sexuality and to come more to terms with it. A Girl Called Fearless really blew my mind. It came out at a perfect time, with the rights of women and the idea of being a feminist at the height of conversation topics. That book gets your mind rolling.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Selection series. I put it off for ages and then it completely blew my mind.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?
“I love how, whenever you tell me a story, you go backwards and forwards and tell me everything else that could possibly be happening in every direction, like an explosion. Like a flower blooming.” –Grasshopper Jungle
“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.” –Isla and the Happily Ever After
I know there’s about a million more but I honestly can’t bring them all up at the moment. Last year was a little easier haha what with reading Winger and Fangirl.
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?
Shortest, when not considering novellas, and short stories, I believe, was 100 Sideways Miles as 277 pages. I also read the Four book, which I don’t know if counts, because it was a bunch of novellas in one book, that was 203 pages
Longest is City of Heavenly Fire. No competition. 725 pages.
17. Book that shocked you the most?
That shocked me the most. Um, let’s see. City of Heavenly Fire shocked me at how incredibly disappointing it was in that NO ONE DIED. The end of Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend totally shocked me in that sort delicious soap opera, gossip-y, teen drama sort of way. The end of Salt and Stone blew my mind as well but that’s technically a 2015 book so I’m not sure that counts ;)
18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Cara and Aelyx. Can you tell that I became a massive Melissa Landers fan this year? Also America and Maxon from The Selection, Dallas and Carson from All Lined Up, Kami and Jared in Unmade, Tella and Guy in Fire and Flood/Salt and Stone.
19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Hmmm. That’s a really good question. Austin and Robby in Grasshopper Jungle. Which may not qualify as a non romantic relationship because its a complicated relationship but I’m going to put it here.
20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you previously read?
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead is DEFINITELY up there. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. The Return by Jennifer L Armentrout. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Unforgotten by Jessica Brody. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Obviously Grasshopper Jungle and 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I literally could go on forever.
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I forget who kept posting about it on IG but finally I was like, all right, I’ll get it!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book read in 2014?
Aelyx from Alienated. Seriously guys, there is a trend here. Guy from Fire and Flood. Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After. Carson from All Lined Up. Dante Walker from The Collector. Oliver from Emmy and Oliver. Not technically from this year but I read the ARC this year.
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Anomaly by Tonya Kuper. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. The Jewel by Amy Ewing. Alienated by Melissa Landers. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.
24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?
The world of Sara Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes was absolutely beautiful, as well as the world in The Jewel by Amy Ewing. God that blew my mind.
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. SO much fun.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
Isla and the Happily Ever After made me absolutely sob. Landline also did as well. I read a lot of books about real, genuine relationships this year and as mine fell apart, it was emotional to read about them. City of Heavenly Fire, but mostly because those dream sequence things were so crazy…and all the stuff Jem said about Will and Tessa KILLED me. Silver Shadows because beautiful things happened in that book.
27. Hidden gem of the year?
Okay but seriously…Alienated…
28. Book that crushed your soul?
Isla and the Happily Ever After. The One. Unmade. Salt and Stone. So many books. Too many feels.
29. Most unique book read in 2014?
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Easily. There is literally nothing like it.
30. Books that made you mad (doesn’t mean you didn’t like it)?
City of Heavenly Fire is honestly the first one that comes to mind. And a looooooooot of books because of their cliffhangers.
Your blogging/bookish life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Hmmm I’m not sure. I know that I definitely followed quite a few more this year. I think Read Now Sleep Later because its just so great AND Alethea has been a great friend.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
I have no idea. I write so many and I can’t even begin to think of all the ones I wrote this year. I think maybe my review for 100 Sideways Miles.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I’m not really sure. I wrote a lot about other things this year. I loved how I started to vlog more about events. I loved that I covered more about tattoos. I also really am glad that I brought more of my writing life into my blog.
4. Best event that you participated in?
Oh that’s so easy. I loved doing the Ontario Teen Book Fest, especially since I organized its first ever blog tour, which also happened to be the first blog tour that I organized myself. So I was quite excited about it :)
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Wow. Um. I’m not sure. I had some great moments. I was able to interview quite a few amazing authors. I went to my first ever ALA Conference which was incredible. I received my first rejection from an agent which wasn’t pleasant really but its on the right path to what I want to achieve. I went to a crazy amount of fantastic events. But I think my absolute favorite part of this year was getting to know fans! I have fans. There aren’t a ton of you but you guys are amazing and each time that one of you came up to me and introduced yourself to me meant the absolutely WORLD to me!
6. Most popular post on your blog this year?
Well, the official Vampire Academy twitter retweeted my review of the movie back in February so that has gotten a TON of views. However, my most popular post of the year was definitely my Favorite and Least Favorite Moments of City of Heavenly Fire, which gets views every day.
7. Post you wish got a little more love?
Hmmm. My reviews definitely. I work hard on those. I also write posts called “Let’s Talk About…” which do tend to turn into rants but I talk about things that I think are relevant so I wish those got a little more attention.
8. Best bookish discovery?
Hmmm. I don’t know. I didn’t really discover much this year haha. I discovered Netgalley and Edelweiss last year and all that. I think I would say…ALA! The conference was something I had not paid attention to in the past and this year, I really discovered it and just absolutely LOVED it.
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals this year?
Did the GoodReads challenge. I challenged myself to 150 books and I read 125.
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2014 that will be a priority in 2015?
Heir of Fire! I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. And The Sorcerer Heir either. Both of those books were SO high on my TBR for this year, as new releases and it broke my heart that I just haven’t made time for them yet. There are a ton of others but those two for sure.
2. Book you are most anticipating in 2015 (non-debut)?
Hmmmm. Invaded by Melissa Landers even though technically I’ve already read it. OH GOD. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. Unchanged by Jessica Brody. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (!!). The Heir by Kiera Cass. Winter by Marissa Meyer. I’m sure there are so many more that I just can’t think of right now. Oh Gayle Forman’s new book. Katie Finn’s new book. Jenny Han’s new book. There’s so many.
3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating?
Hmmm. I don’t think I’ve delved enough into what brand new books are coming out in 2015 but I’m excited to see what comes out next year. It’ll be fantastic.
4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2015?
See question #2 haha. But I think Unchanged, The Ruby Circle and Winter are the highest ones up there.
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015?
Read 200 books. I can do it. I did it in 2013, so let’s do it again. I want to get an agent. I want to meet more people and I just want to read, read, read.
6. A 2015 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone?
Invaded by Melissa Landers, Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (god that book), SALT AND STONE by Victoria Scott, The Return by Jennifer L Armentrout. I think that’s it. I don’t remember what all I read this year!
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