End of The Year Book Survey: 2014 Edition


Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner hosts the end of year survey each year and this will be my first time participating, still being a bit new and all!

Reading Stats:
Number of Books You Read: 150.
Number of Re-reads: No more than 10, I think.
Genre You Read the Most From: Contemporary.

Best In Books
Best book you read in 2014?
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.
Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn't?
All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. I liked it, just not to the extent that I thought I would.
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
The Addicted series. I really wasn't expecting them to be so good, but so glad I read each book.
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
The Vampire Academy series, earlier in the year.
Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Best Series: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Best Sequel: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Jandy Nelson, Sarah J. Maas, Krista & Becca Ritchie
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn! That one blew my mind.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Made by J.M. Darhower
Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I'll Give You The Sun, for sure
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
These two below. I have the hardcovers and I love everything about them. Even if I hadn't heard of them beforehand and saw them in the bookstore, I'd be easily persuaded into buying them before even reading the summary.
Most memorable character of 2014?
Rowan Whitethorn, all the way.
Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
I'll Give You The Sun is the first one to come to mind for this one.
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, which I read for class, it was pretty eye opening.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

"We pity you, each and every one of you. For what you do to your children. They are not born evil. But you force them to kill and hurt and hate until there is nothing left inside of them - of you." -Heir of Fire
"I want to reach back into my history with a grade-school pink eraser, scrubbing away my decision like mistakes on a math test. Too bad I drew my mistakes in ink." - Open Road Summer
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: The Professional: Part 1 by Kresley Cole
Longest: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Book That Shocked You The Most
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Celaena Sardothien & Chaol Westfall. I'll wait forever for this ship to sail again.
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
It's a tie between Celaena & Rowan from HoF & Lo Hale & Connor Cobalt from Addicted. Two friendships I truly truly adore.
Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation   From 
Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: 
This is way too hard, I'm usually the one friends come to for book recs!!
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014? 
Rowan Whitethorn from Heir of Fire and Connor Cobalt from the Addicted series, specifically the companion novel, Kiss The Sky
Best 2014 debut you read?
Boomerang by Noelle August, which is a new adult debut for YA author Veronica Rossi!
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Definitely the Addicted Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie, even through all the drama and angst.
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. That one definitely had me crying like: 
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Truly by Ruthie Knox. The author had this story up on wattpad briefly before publishing, as a gift to readers, and it was a delightful read.
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, for sure. Even though I was prepared, it didn't help!
Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
This one is too hard, there were quite a lot of unique ones to be honest, especially among the ones mentioned above. 
Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I'm going to name a manga, Hirunaka No Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star) because it played with my heart! 
Blogging/Bookish Life:
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
I discovered a lot of wonderful blogs this year. There are so many talented bloggers and blogs I love but to name a few I discovered that I always read when updated: Illustrious Maverick,  Aeropapers, Adrift on Vulcan, Tea Between Books, My Reading Dress, and many more that I follow on bloglovin!
Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
Probably my review for Heir of Fire, I like when I'm having a good writing day and can write more then 400-500 words to a review.
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I enjoyed talking about what I enjoy most in Characters vs. Plots
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to experience any kind of events such as signings, etc. I hope to do so very soon! But as far as memes go my favorite was The Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To in 2015.
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
I don't think I've had a true best moment yet, outside discovering the blogging community! I'll have to come back to this next time after I've been blogging for at least a year or more.
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My most viewed is the Top Ten Books If You Like True Blood post. I rather enjoyed putting that one together.
Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
The Characters vs. Plots post previously mentioned, simply because I would have loved more opinions on which readers enjoy more and why/why not! Otherwise I'm seriously enjoying that people stop by and comment/look around at all.
Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Book Depository! Before I used amazon if I didn't make trips to the bookstore (when at home, the closest one is an hour away so not always possible) but I love that shipping is free and prices are usually a bit lower so I can buy more!
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my goodreads reading challenge of 100 books this year. That was nice, to be able to see just how many books I've read this year.
Looking Ahead:
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
If I don't manage before the year ends, then The Winners Curse because I absolutely need to see what all the fuss is about!
Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
I'm looking forward to the next book in the Throne of Glass series most, in regards to series'.
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Be more creative! This is ultimately what I try to strive for in discussions, etc.
A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I only have about two 2015 releases from netgalley and edelweiss at the moment and I haven't been able to read them yet, so no recommendations as of right now!
- Alysia