This is the first year that I’m participating in Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s annual end of year survey and I couldn’t be more excited to have another excuse to write about books and my reading habits throughout 2014!
2014 Reading Stats
Number of Books You Read: currently 88 (which is sadly almost 100 books shy of my 184 from last year… I’ve been SO busy this year!)
Number of Re-Reads: 0… Which I’m planning on changing next year
Genre You Read the Most From: YA, without a shadow of a doubt
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
The Archived and The Unbound by Victoria Schwab – I’m counting both of these as the best book because I read them back to back and they’re part of a series. I LOVED both so much! There’s even a Librarian character based on the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger – It was the first book that Melissa, Cassie and I choose to read for our book club and all three of us felt the same way. The book is more juvenile and the main character is only 13 so she’s challenging to relate to.
3. Most Surprising (Good or Bad) Book You Read in 2014?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman – I have tried to read The Magicians about 4 times so far but this is the year that I FINALLY powered through until the end. After I got over the initial hump in the beginning, I found myself flying through the pages. I thought I was going to be begrudgingly finishing the book because I hated that I started and stopped so many times but I ended up being completely wrong!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I immediately fell SO deeply in love with Kvothe and his story in The Name of the Wind and I have literally tried to get everyone I love in my life to read it! I had avoided the book for a while because I didn’t love that the cover seemed TOO fantasy-esque, but Rothfuss’s writing and story were ENCHANTING. You should probably read it too :-)
5. Best Series You Started in 2014?
Nana by Ai Yazawa – Since Paradise Kiss is my favorite manga of all time, I decided to read Ai Yazawa’s other and much longer series. I’ve just finished book 18 yesterday so I’m getting dangerously close to the end and I’m devastated that the series ends unfinished at book 21. I know I’m going to be tortured wondering what happens to all of the characters but I’m glad that I’m putting myself through this emotional hardship anyway.
6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2014?
Ava Dellaira – Dellaira wrote Love Letters to the Dead and OMG if you haven’t read it YOU MUST. I pre-ordered the book based on the goodreads email recommendation I received which included an endorsement from Stephen Chbosky, so insta-buy.
7. Best Book From a Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham – I don’t typically read novels based on TV shows or movies, but since this is a Veronica Mars mystery, I made an exception and boy am I glad I did!
8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/
The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – This book is a very fantastical and action packed fairytale of sorts about a girl named September who’s tasked with saving Fairyland from the evil Marquess. It’s complex and beautifully written and each chapter was action packed.
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors – I love love love reading holiday stories and the recently released collection of short stories by a ton of my favorite YA authors is no exception. Last Christmas I read Let It Snow which I’ve wanted to re-read ever since, but re-reading short stories is much more realistic, especially during the busy month of December!
10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2014?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – It’s SO pretty! I love the colors, the artwork, Cath sitting at her computer with Levi over her shoulder, everything!
11. Most Memorable Character of 2014?
Kvothe from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Kvothe is unforgettable. He’s clever, he can be kind of a jerk, he’s vengeful, and after reading his story it’s completely understandable why he does the things he does.
12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2014?
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – Seriously, so so gorgeous. The way the main character thinks about like is just beautiful.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-
Looking For Alaska by John Green – I can’t believe that I hadn’t read any John Green books until this year, but Looking for Alaska really got me thinking. Alaska is such a fascinating character and she makes you want to live your life to the fullest and seek your great perhaps.
14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 to Finally Read?
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman – I know! I have no idea how I haven’t read His Dark Materials yet, but I’m slowly correcting that!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
From The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss:
“It was one of those perfect autumn days so common in stories and so rare in the real world.”
From Looking for Alaska by John Green:
“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest – Nana by Ai Yazawa (Sort of. Each volume of the manga is short, but I’ve read 18 volumes so far), Longest – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I so did not see that ending coming and I still want to go back and re-read the story to see if I’ll see things differently.
18. OTP of the Year?
Lola and the Boy Next Door (Cricket Bell) – No explanation needed. Swoon.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Lira & Pan (The Golden Compass) or Lissa & Rose (Vampire Academy)
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Nana by Ai Yazawa – It’s just so good! And the artwork is gorgeous.
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based Solely On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
The Diviners by Libba Bray – Cassie recommended that I read The Diviners and oh boy am I glad I did! I devoured that book on some pretty chilly winter nights in the beginning of 2014. I’m really looking forward to the sequel!
22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book You Read in 2014?
Guyliner from The Archived – Wesley is everything <3
23. Best 2014 Debut You Read?
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – (See above)
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I can’t wait to dive into the next book, but it’s going to be a huge undertaking. It’s over 1,000 pages and the third book which concludes the series hasn’t been written yet.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas – I read all of the lines in the characters voices and it was so easy to visualize everything that was happening because I’m so familiar with the Veronica Mars TV show. It felt like I was reading about old friends since there was no introductory period with the characters.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – Beautiful AND sad.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Woods by James Tynion IV – I read the first volume of The Woods and I really enjoyed it!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman – First I was bored, then I was enthralled, then I was really sad! I still haven’t started the second book just yet.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This book is gorgeous in every aspect. The characters are compelling, the circus is magical and the descriptions are a pleasure to read.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but if I go into details of why, there WILL be spoilers.
1. New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered in 2014?
2. Favorite Review You Wrote in 2014?
I’m going with a non-novel review and saying Peter Pan Live! because Christopher Walken gifs and such.
3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had on Your Blog?
I can’t help being a total dork here and gushing about how much I enjoyed writing about my 2015 Harry Potter themed Divination planner. I also really loved my post about Central Park in autumn. New York City is such a wonderful place and I feel so lucky to live here!
4. Best Event That You Participated In (Author Signing/Festival/Virtual Event/Meme)?
5. Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2014?
My favorite bookish/blogging moments in 2014 were 1) hosting the book club at Midtown Comics in NYC for Eric Smith’s The Geeks Guide To Dating, 2) Being thanked in the acknowledgements of his book, 3) Writing two pieces for a QuirkBooks e-book which were published earlier this year! And 4) Meeting Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket as part of The Great Book Giveaway.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
My most popular posts this year are Authors I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast and my review of the Sideshow Collectibles Mary Jane Watson statue. It was so much fun to write and I’m so happy Sideshow sent one to me for review since I had been eying it anyway!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My NYCC recap of the Bee & Puppycat event at YouTube Studios. It’s such a great show and it was SO exciting to meet Natasha Allegri and Fred of Frederator as well as view the first three episodes of the season before anyone else!
9. Best Bookish Discovery?
So. Many. Etsy. Things. For instance, this Lord of the Rings firepit, this stamp which allows you to stamp your books as part of your personal library, and this beautiful Hogwarts envelope leather wallet.
10. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges or Goals?
I challenged myself to read 100 novels this year, but I have not yet made my goal :-(
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
Winter by Marissa Meyer – I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles so much and I NEED to know what’s going to happen next.
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
My friend Melissa Grey is coming out with her first novel, The Girl at Midnight and I can’t wait to read a copy!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
This Shattered World: A Starbound Novel by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I hope that I’ll be able to reach people and recommend things to them that they’ll love. I’m also hoping to be more interactive on my blog as opposed to other forms of social media since it’s the place that means the most to me.
6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
I haven’t read any yet! *hangs head in shame* I’ve been playing catch up on too many things I missed this year (ie His Dark Materials and The Chronicles of Narnia) to start any 2015 debuts just yet.