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The 2014 End of Year Survey

This survey was started by Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner, who aside from being a bit awesome, has created something that gives me something to post in the months where I’m too crazy busy to even think about this blog! As always, I haven’t filled in every single question, I’m sure you don’t care which of my posts I wanted to get the most traffic or whatever, but if you want to check out the whole survey and do the whole thing, you can find it here.

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)

 This is a difficult one… I read A LOAD OF WELL GOOD BOOKS THIS YEAR. In fact, to check out all my favourite books of the year, click here to see what earned the Nick Fury Seal of Approval. I think I would have to say either Let’s Get Lost or Far From You.

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

 Finding Harry Styles. I know I shouldn’t have expected anything groundbreaking and I did genuinely enjoy it, I just really expected it to be so silly and fun and it was a little more serious than I thought it was going to be.

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

Point Pleasant, I genuinely thought it was going to be terrible and it just really wasn’t!

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

 I seem to have been telling a lot of people to read To Kill a Mockingbird this year… That and the Maze Runner.

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

 A Song of Ice and Fire, I’ve only read two of them so far, but honestly I cannot wait to see if my Jon Snow theory is right!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

 Tess Sharpe, after the beauty of Far From You I kind of want to read her shopping lists

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

I’ve been doing the book genre challenge this year so I’ve found myself out of my comfort zone A LOT this year, I think I would have to say Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, THAT ENDING GUYS.

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

 Point Pleasant. I know, I know it’s published Destiel fan fic, but genuinely it was incredible!

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

 IDK about you guys, but I’ve found it really hard to reread things this year… I do want to do a massive Harry Potter reread at some point, but when I have no idea!

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

Lets get lost had an amazing cover, I also loved the cover for my My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

 Leila – Let’s Get Lost.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 I don’t know if beautiful is the right word, but We Were Liars was all kinds of incredible… Actually, Aristotle and Dante should get points for being the most beautiful book.

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

 On the Road. I honestly don’t know why I let it get this far without actually picking that book up, but honestly, the whole time I was reading it, I just wanted to roadtrip across America and eat nothing but pie.

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

 On the road

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

 For me, the whole of Two Boys Kissing and Aristotle and Dante were beautiful and I can’t really retype the whole of them because that would be plagiarism!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest book would be The Truth us a Cave in the Black Mountains… Longest would be one of the Game of Thrones books

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Dangerous Girls, I really wish I’d reviewed it, but I couldn’t do it without just flailing about the ending and that would have given everything away! It is just one of those books that makes you think you know exactly what is happening and then completely screws you over!

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Charley and Charlie (love and other unknown variables)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 Jon and Sam from Game of Thrones

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

 Two boys kissing – David Leviathan. I kind of think that everything he writes is incredible, but that was a particularly amazing book.

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

Game of Thrones. I felt bad about not reading it, especially seeing as Maisie Williams was in fact educated in the school opposite my house.

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

Honestly, I’m still not over Augustus Waters.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

 Lets get lost.

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

 Probably Game of Thrones, I didn’t delve too deeply into fantasy this year!

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

Rivers of London. Basically, if Harry Potter became a police officer in London, this would be book 8

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

Love and Other Unknown Variables. I may or may not have had an emotional breakdown at 2 in the morning when finishing that book….

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Veronica Mars. Like for serious. IT WAS SO DAMN GOOD.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Good Sister. Was she the good sister, was she the bad sister? Were any of them good? I spent the whole book just wanting to stroke all the characters heads and say: u ok hun?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank – it was a collection of short stories about Jewish families and I’ve never read anything like it before.

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

A Million Little Snowflakes. Seriously, I read this at the beginning of the year and sometimes I still get irrationally angry about it. Just read the review to find out more.

And so that was the End of Year Book Survey, 2014 edition! If any of you are interested in how my Book Genre Challenge has gone this year, I will be doing a round up of that in the next few days too! In other news, I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and that you have a fabulous New Year.


3 thoughts on “The 2014 End of Year Survey”

    1. My Jon Snow Theory – which could have potential spoilers, so sorry! – is that he isn’t Ned’s son, but Ned’s nephew and that the promise Liana Stark made him keep was Jon’s parentage, which is her and Rhegar Targarayan, which makes Jon the ice and the fire of the song that the series is named after and the true heir to the Iron Throne. But as i’m only two books in and the series hasn’t mentioned it yet, I don’t know if I’m right!

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