'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

5th Annual End of Year Survey: 2014 Edition

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
The lovely Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner has hosted an end of year bookish survey for the past five years and I've loved doing them! This is this years one, don't hesitate to fill it out too and link up on Jamie's post! 

Number Of Books You Read: 131
Number of Re-Reads: None!
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Contemporary I think.

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)
Jewel by Amy Ewing... and The Walled City by Ryan Grauding.... and Red Rising by Pierce Brown... and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

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

Not a 2014 release by Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. I just didn't love it!

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

The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I didn't expect to enjoy them as much as I did! I loved them!

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

Probably The Jewel by Amy Ewing. No idea if people actually went on to read it! 

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

Bloody hell. I started a lot of wonderful series this year so series starters though are three again! Snow Like Ashes, The Jewel and Red Rising. See above links! 

Sequel: What a Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk. Absolutely hysterical! 

Ender: Delete by Kim Curran. I hope you all get the chance to read this soon!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

FNUUUR! Sara Raasch. There. She wins. Snow Like Ashes!

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

Saga Volume #1-#4. I've never been a graphic novel reader but these have completely sucked me in and I'm looking for more!

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

The Book of You by Claire Kendal. It was so chilling!

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

The Jewel and Snow Like Ashes. Their sequels will be coming!

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

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. The entire book is gorgeous.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Doggo! If you haven't read Waiting for Doggo I don't know what you're waiting for :)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It's gorgeous.

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

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Such an in-depth and heart breaking look into suicide.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill. A close look at the dangers of the pressure to look perfect. Feminist fiction at its best.

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

The Selection series! I fell in love.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
I think most of American and Maxon's conversations could be copied into this section. I'm going to go with this one; it cracked me up so much!: 

“I hit your thigh!”
“Oh, please. A man doesn’t need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

Shortest: The Queen's Army - Marissa Meyer (18 pages)
Longest: A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin (911 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Walled City had me gaping at the book a lot! I didn't expect certain elements and the graphicness of some parts of the story.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

America and Maxon!!!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kelsey and Mace in The Queen of the Tearling :) I loved their relationship so much.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

George R. R. Martin's A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold. My favourite of the series so far!

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

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Needless to say, I adored it.

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

Maxim. There was just something about him! Or Aiden...

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Gulp. The Jewel or Snow Like Ashes. I can't decide between them. They're both phenomenal.

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

Snow Like Ashes. I thought I was there!

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

Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills. I read it with my own pooch curled up on my lap. Perfection!

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

Eleanor & Park. Thirteen Reasons Why. My heart couldn't handle those feels.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

For me, Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I've seen her books everywhere but always thought that they weren't for me. Oh how wrong I was. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Thirteen Reasons Why. It broke me but enlightened my all at the same time. I definitely recommend it .

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I've never read anything like it. It's touching, heartbreaking but so beautiful.

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

Probably Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. It made me so angry at all of the characters that tried to get in the way of the couples in the book. Not much makes me as angry as homophobia. 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

So many! I love Faith at Geeky Zoo Girl, Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa, Faye at Daydreamer's Thoughts and that's only a handful :) 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

I had the most fun writing my review for The Jewel.

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

Probably the post about my own dealings with anxiety and panic attacks. Everyone was absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much guys.

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

LBF 14 because I met the lovely Ula at Blog of Erised, the Harper Voyager GRRM and Robin Hobb event in London and myself and Ula's Mental Health Awareness Month on the blog back in June :).

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

I finally, finally got my very first job in publishing starting in January! Not blogging related but definitely book related!

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

My Mental Health Awareness Introduction Post with 2,669 views!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My reviews generally. I don't get as many views and comments as I'd like!

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

Charring Cross Foyles. Hahaha. I know I'd never been in there until this year! 

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

Completed my Goodreads Challenge, Harry Potter Month and Mental Health Awareness Month reads :)

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

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I've been meaning to read it for years!

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! Can't wait to sink into that next!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

The follow up to The Jewel and Snow Like Ashes!

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

Be successful in my publishing career :).

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

I haven't read one yet that I'd recommend to everyone, but I've really enjoyed There Will be Lies by Nick Lake! 


  1. Looks like you had a great year in reading! I really need to read The Miniaturist next year, it's one of those books I've been eyeing since I first heard of its publication.

    Happy New Year! All the best for 2015 :)

  2. I love the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! It is one of my all time favorite series! Also,if you loved Half-Blood then you'll love the rest of the series because the books just get better and better as the series goes on.

    I'm on the fence about the Selection Series. Half of me doesn't think I'll like it because it doesn't seem like something I would love, but then I see positive, glowing reviews or recommendations from people who have similar tastes in books as me and I want to read them again.

    I read Fangirl this year and loved it and everyone tells me I need to read Eleanor and Park asap. I really want to read it, but I don't want to cry and almost everyone who has read it says they cried when reading it and I don't want to cry. *sigh* but I will probably end of reading it anyways.

    Happy 2015 reading:D

  3. I can't believe you read 131 books! I'm so impressed (and a little jealous, haha). You've got some great recs here. Happy New Year!

  4. 131 books is amazing Leah! Congratulations :D
    The Jewel was fantastic!! I actually really enjoyed Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock but it took me about 2 months to get through it (and it's so short!). I'm so happy you loved The Selection series!
    Congratulations on the job btw! It sounds like it's going to be a brilliant job :)
    Happy new year!

  5. YAY I'm so glad you decided to participate in this quiz (again) - This year my my first year doing it but I had a blast :D

    WTG with 131 books read this year, I wish I had your reading skills hehe XD All your best books of 2014 are on my tbr for 2015, Red Rising, Snow Like Ashes, Jewel and Walled City. Same goes for The Miniaturist and Eleanor and Park! And of course ASoIaF. I NEED to get into that series this year. Sigh...

    Yay for Half Blood (and Aiden!) I can't wait to see how you'll do with the rest of the series...even though I still need to read books 4 & 5 myself hehe I'll have to hurry up if you get ahead of me too :P

    And finally YESSS for anticipating ACOTAR and Red Queen. DYING to sink my teeth into those as well!! Oh and I just know you'll be a great success in publishing Leah. All the best for 2015 ♥


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