Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 End of Year Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
This is my second year to jump on the end of year survey hosted by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner and has quickly become one of my favorite posts of the year to write, right up there with my out of control best of lists.  December is such a fun blogging month all around!  I'm pleased to present you with my answers to this year's survey:


Number Of Books You Read: 


Number of Re-Reads:

 2 - both Shakespeare

Genre You Read The Most From: 

Graphic Novels, oddly enough.  I think it's skewed that way because I counted each entry in a series, which means the entirety of Y: The Last Man counts as ten books, even though it read faster than most others.  I also read a lot of literary fiction and more YA that I would have guessed.


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

I have to start by pointing out that I finished the last two books in the Harry Potter series this year, which seems almost unfair to any other book ever written.  The experience as a whole was so amazing that it's hard to compare anything else.
That said, outside of Harry Potter, my favorite was probably either:

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

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

The Good Girl by Mary Kubicka - I didn't expect a literary masterpiece but I was super surprised with just how bad it wound up being.

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

First, I just have to brag about my reading community.  I have an amazing group of Reader Friends from the blog world, from my real life book clubs, and from my online book club group (Yay Nesties!)  They not only give great recommendations, but they are completely awesome about actually reading the books I try to force on them in their own best interest.  There are more than one that I think went over well this year:
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - I had a great opportunity to push this at the library too, and was thrilled every time a student checked it out.

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

Best series started would be a tie between Y: The Last Man and the Southern Reach Trilogy.

Best sequel is Dreams of Gods and Monsters to finish out the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

And, of course, Harry Potter wins for best series ender

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Helene Wecker, Roxane Gay, John Scalzi, Maggie Shipstead

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

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean - this was my first adult experience with regency romance and I was totally a fan

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

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

I almost never reread, so I doubt I'll reread any this year.

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

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

In close second, I'll Give You the Sun and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - interesting that with all the lit fic I read this year, two YA books kind of stole the show.

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

Reality Bites Back by Jennifer L. Pozner - it's kind of ruined reality tv for me, honestly.  I can't watch without dissecting the gender and race issues. 

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

No answer - I don't really keep track of quotes.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (759 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch - just the absolute ickiest characters and most shocking choices I read this year.  I loved it, obviously.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

My dog Chief and his loyal sidekick, the green rubber fork squeaky toy.
I can't really get into the whole OTP thing with books.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Karou and Zuzana in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

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

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

The entirety of the Harry Potter series, of course.  Also, the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

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

Kind of like OTPs, this is just something I don't tend to do.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

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

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series, The Martian, I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quattro (set in the area where I live and I LOVED it)

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

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

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - I almost never cry during books, so the fact that this one made me tear up is impressive.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

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


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

They probably actually started last year, but they're still my favorite, so We Still Read wins for me, as always.  In fact I even think I picked them last year.  But whatever, I love them and you should read them.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

Definitely my review for Bad Feminist - which is linked on Gay's blog!

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

I got a great response and enjoyed putting into writing my thoughts on working in for-profit education.

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

I almost always say Decatur Book Festival, but it really let me down this year.  Unmanageable lines, hottest weekend of the year, and no shade made it kind of miserable.  Next year I think I'm going to try Nashville's festival instead since it's later in the year and less likely to fry me.  So for this year, I'll say vacation with my BFF's that I met through books.  It's kind of a stretch but whatever.  We read on vacation so it counts.

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

Being linked on Roxane Gay's blog was kind of a big deal.  I also got some fun tweets from authors.  I didn't participate in a whole lot this year in terms of bookish stuff - mostly just kept up my reviewing.  Hopefully I'll find something bigger to get involved in this year.

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

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My series on working at a for-profit school was my favorite and it did well, but I'd love to see more people read it and comment on their own experiences or thoughts.

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

I got to make a trip to Parnassus in Nashville for the first time and fell in love with the store.  I just wish they had more readings on weekends, since it's hard to make the drive on a school night.

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

 I did!  I had hoped to read 150 books and wound up reading 182.  I didn't complete my serendipitous reading goal, but I've kind of given up on that.  I discover so many books online that it's hard to find something I want to read that I haven't already heard of.


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

Probably one of the ones I have out from the library right now - maybe Is God A Moral Monster by Paul Copan?

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

Confession: I am terrible about knowing in advance what books are coming out.  Unless it shows up on NetGalley, I can't tell you when the next Ann Patchett or Brandon Sanderson or Stephanie Perkins is coming out.  I just get excited when I start to hear buzz.  Nothing comes to mind right now.
I'm skipping the next few since they're pretty much the same answer...

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

I'm super excited to be reading the Penguin Drop Caps series with Jacki (We Still Read) - we're reading one book every month, which means we'll get in some classics we've been meaning to read and be rewarded at the end with a gorgeous new collection.

If you participate, I'd love to see your answers!  I'll be stalking The Perpetual Page Turner's linky page, but feel free to leave a link in my comments too, and I promise to check it out and leave you a comment!  Thanks again to Jamie for creating the survey!


  1. I'm not always great at knowing when new books are coming out either! lol There are a few books on your list I want to read like Confessions by Kanae Minato, Horrostor, etc. I read a lot of graphic novels this year too!


    1. Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely check out Confessions - it was such a great read! Heading over to check out your blog now!

  2. I love these huge surveys because I get to discover so many cool blogs to try out! I'm definitely going to check out the We Still Read website. The Penguin Drop Caps thing sounds fun!

    Also, I am totally down with your OTP. Chief-Fork 4ever! :P

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy We Still Read as much as I do!

  3. Quite an interesting and extensive several lists. I couldn't keep track of that much :)

    1. Just wait - tomorrow I'm posting my stats! The anal part of me thoroughly enjoys detailed record keeping!