As per the last few years I’m doing the now 5th Annual End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. You’ll see a few books here which I haven’t written reviews about, yet, they’re coming soon.
50! Or 51 if we include the book I finished on the 1st but mainly read in 2014, which I will. But Goodreads tells me I read 21725 pages, which I’m very proud of.
Number of Re-Reads:
Zero! Surprisingly I had no re-reads at all.
Genre You Read The Most From:
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Ugh this is so hard. I will say plain Ender’s Game (the first novel), I loved it immensely. A lot of others come close (and will pop up soon) but I’ll say this one.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I think Symbiont, because I was hoping it was going to be really good, but those hopes weren’t quite met. It was still good enough, but didn’t quite hit the spot like Newsflesh did.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
I’ll say Frankenstein, it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, and it was pretty good, and was readable!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Oh, I guess I did a bit for A Song of Fire and Ice, but I don’t think I pushed books on people too much (perhaps I better change that for 2015!)
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Well since I started The Song of Fire and Ice series, it’d have to be that one! Though Ender’s Game certainly comes close.
Best sequel: House of Hades. Still haven’t gotten my hands on Blood of Olympus…
I don’t think I had many series ender’s this year, so not sure.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?
Oh well George R R Martin for sure.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I think Moby Dick was definitely different from what I usually read, and that was great. But the two biographies/autobiographies about Henrietta Lacks and Howard Dully, were also brilliant, and I haven’t really read many biographies before so that was great.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Perhaps Game of Thrones, but all the series are up there.
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Honestly I’m not sure I’ll re-read any next year. I’ll likely reread ASIOF in the future again though, doubt it’ll be next year though! Probably before the final book.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Ice Dragon by GRRM.
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane for sure!
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
I think Henrietta Lack’s story, though again Howard Dully’s too because they were just so powerful and challenging to read about.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The A Song of Fire and Ice series!
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
Every year I come to this without knowing what to do cause I don’t have any on hand. So for 2015 I want to make a note of these.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Longest: A Storm of Swords (A Dance with Dragons comes close – and perhaps beats it depending on the edition, which I’m not sure about) at 1193 pages! If you ignore ASoIaF then it’s Moby Dick.
Shortest: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – only 119 pages, but really Ocean at the End of the Lane takes the cake at 181 (since it’s a novel). Or The Ice Dragon, but it’s a short story with illustrations so I don’t know.
(in total I read 18793 pages according to Goodreads)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Eek, maybe The Kite Runner, but others I’ve mentioned again are up there.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Oh, I don’t think I’ve ever consciously shipped anyone. So I’ll pass on this one.
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Moby Dick and Ahab 😛
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Silmarillion by Tolkien, that was something else.
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The House of God, a medical book, was recommended by a friend of mine who is a nurse. Who was recommended it by an anaesthetist!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I want to say The Long Earth by Prachett and Baxter, simply because there’s so many worlds!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, his books (excluding the death/cancer parts) are always fun.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
I don’t recall, that makes me seem heartless, but I don’t actually remember any moment like it. Probably was one.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Sad to say too many of my books I read weren’t that hidden, I need to work on that in 2015.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
All of ASOFAI
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Um, All Quiet of the Western Front? This is too hard.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Opps, don’t think I discovered any. It’s hard enough to find time to write my own reviews let alone read everyone else’s, though I do try to read the ones I’ve already found. Plus it doesn’t help when you haven’t read what books they’re talking about!
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014?
I have no idea.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Again not really sure.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The only thing I was involved in was a Book Tour for Reticulum by Marta Salek, so that was the best!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Even though it probably, technically was last year, I forget, I’ll say meeting Markus Zusak!
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
That would be The Book Thief – Part One – Growing up a Saumensch, which is probably so high because of it’s Google position due to Saumensch. It was viewed over 3000 times!
For posts published this year it would be my post on Isobelle Carmody.
In terms of comments it would by my post on Top 10 authors
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Honestly all of them :P, can’t think of any in particular.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Can’t say I’ve had any of bookish discovery, though I have listened to a few audio books/stories, and enjoyed them more than I thought, so I’ll say that.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did! I completed my goal of 50 books, which was great. Though 10 of those were in December, so I’ll try to read more consistently throughout the year, but with life that can be hard.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Catch-22! I really want to get around to reading it finally.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
Um well depends on whether The Red Queen or The Winds of Winter are coming out!
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I’m bad at this aren’t I? I don’t know any books coming out in 2015!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Well that most certainly has to be The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody to wrap up The Obernewtyn Chronicles! As long as it comes out in 2015 😛 Same goes with The Winds of Winter
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I certainly would like to pare back my To Read pile! And I think expanding my reading horizons into a few different areas (away from authors I have read and loved) might be a good idea too. And perhaps finding more book blogs to read, and keep up to date with new releases a little more. And keep a track of some quotes, I’ll try to post 1 quote per review!
6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Haven’t read any unfortunately.
And there you have it! 2014 all wrapped up.