Sunday, January 4, 2015

End of Year Survey 2014

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
This is the first time we're participating in Broke and the Bookish's
End of the Year Survey and I'm so excited to share our responses!

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!!

 Reading Stats of 2014

Number Of Books You Read: 144 and counting
Number of Re-Reads: 5-10 (I don't count them)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best YA Books 2014 

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)
   Paranormal (2013): Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
   Dystopian: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
   Contemporary (2013): Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
   Contemporary (2014): To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
   Sci-Fi/Thriller: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
   Fantasy (2014): Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
   Fantasy (2015): A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There was so much hype for this book and it just fell flat for me :/

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

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
     To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
     Best Series I started: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
     Best Sequel: Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger 
     Best Series Ender: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
     Sara Raasch (author of Snow Like Ashes)
     Heather Demetrios (author of Exquisite Captive & I’ll Meet You There)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
    I’m not big on books like these because they usually end up backfiring but Courtney Stevens did         an amazing job with this story!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
     The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
      A lot. But most probably Ignite Me and A Court of Thorns & Roses.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
      Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
      Kat (Mad Dog) from The Queen of Zombie Hearts

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
       Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
      Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
     TOO MANY. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The        Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo are just some.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
     “Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
      No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut         and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we               carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”
      -Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
     Shortest Actual book (not a novella or comprised of some): Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany              Schmidt (288 Pages)
     Longest: Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (722 Pages) 

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

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
      Warner and Juliette (from Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi)
      But honorable mention to Cole and Ali (from The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter) 

 19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
       Kenji & Juliette (from Ignite Me)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
      Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
      Theron (Snow Like Ashes) and Rhys (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

 23. Best 2014 debut you read?
      Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
      A Court of Thorns and Roses or Red Queen

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
      To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
      The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
      Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
      Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
      Honorable Mentions: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
                                        The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
      Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
      Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
       Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

 Book Blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
    I don't think I found any this year...

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
    I don't really have one...but maybe Heir of Fire?

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
   Discussion Post: Crossover Edition
   (We put different characters from different genres into the world of Everblaze and predicted what        they would do.)

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
    LA Times Festival of Books

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
    Getting an ARC of A Court of Thorns and Roses and having an author say that they’ve seen/read       our blog before even though we’ve never really talked to them before. But also being asked to host     a giveaway for In the After Light. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
    Giveaway Orange Prize Pack (Mind Control)

 8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
    Discussion Post: Crossover Edition

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

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the                    beginning of this year?
       I only did the Goodreads 2014 Challenges

Looking Ahead Books 2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
    Taherah: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thoma
    Caitlyn: Unhinged by A.G Howard

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
    Throne of Glass #4

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
     P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
    Just to do more. Be able to read a whole lot more. Be more interactive with authors on the blog.           (This is so not just one thing. Sorry!)

 6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
    A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Oh my I thought that would take longer than it actually did! 
I'm glad we got a chance to do this! 2015 is going to be an amazing year :) 

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