My Year in Books (2014) + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, January 10, 2015
2014 End Of Year Book SurveyJamie from the Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting the 5th annual End of Year Book Survey! So let's talk about my year in books and other bookish things! This will be your one stop shop for all my bookish recs so make sure to take a look! I also have a GIVEAWAY at the end, so don't forget that after you read the post!

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Number of Books You Read:
70 books in total according to my Goodreads, but I know there were at least 10 that I did not log

Number of Re-Reads:
4 books

Genre You read the Most From:
Fantasy

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1. Best book you read in 2014?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I think I've gone over this about a thousand times. Everyone who has not read this series should get on it like ASAP!

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. To me, it was a wannabe Song of Ice and Fire series that just did not cut it. I was so severely disappointed and I LOVE fantasy.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It was a rough start for me because I'm used to action in my books, and this book most definitely is not like that; however, the story and characters are heart-wrenchingly realistic, and I ended up absolutely loving it.

4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and the did) in 2014?
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I loved this book so much that it won my second favorite book of the year. I told all my friends that they needed to read it, and a lot of them did and ended up loving it themselves. I cannot wait till I have the sequel in my hands!

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series Ender of 2014?
Best series I starter: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Best Sequel: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Best Series Ender: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
This was a year of discovery for me since it was my first year blogging and first year reading as much as I did. So I have to mention quite a few: Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Curse), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Colleen Hoover (Ugly Love and Maybe Someday), Erika Johansen (The Queen of the Tearling), Marie Lu (Legend series), Danielle L. Jensen (Stolen Songbird), and Sara B. Larson (Defy series).

7 Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Honestly, anything contemporary is out of my comfort zone, so I hardly touch the stuff; however, I picked up a Colleen Hoover book and I immediately fell in love, reading the entirety of Ugly Love in one sitting (LATE into the night).

8. Most action-packed/thriller/unputdownable book of the year?
That one has to go to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. That book is well over 800 pages, and I read the entire book in three days. I'm actually a pretty slow reader compared to a lot of others out there, so to finish that beast of a book in three days was a feat in and of itself... and so damn worth it. It was fantastic in every way!

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, and Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. 

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

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Rowan from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Lazarus from The Queen of the Tearling, and Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
I would have to go with Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. It was so beautiful that I couldn't help but annotate!

13. Most thought-provoking /life-changing book of 2014?
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I was astounded with this book despite its simplistic way of conveying the story. It hit you right in the feels.

14. Book you can't believe you waiting UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I seriously read this entire series in the span of two weeks of glorious vampirism. It was amazing and I look back on those weeks with major nostalgia and daydreams of a sexy Russian dhampir.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?
"You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you've committed. And I know this because I've been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You're hoping for hell -because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity..."     -Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

"And then I'm going to rattle the stars."
-Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
Shortest: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
Longest: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

17. Book that shocked you the most
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. This book had my mouth hanging wide open, because I totally did not see that plot twist coming. I applaud Pearson for pulling one over on me, because I generally see things like that coming!

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy, and Arin and Kestrel from The Winner's Curse.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year
Rowan and Celaena from Heir of Fire, and Lazarus and Kelsea from The Queen of the Tearling.

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I read her book Scribbler of Dreams waaaayyyyy back when I was in 8th grade (that's over 10 years ago), and I remember loving it so much I wrote a book report over it for class for extra credit. It was nice to read another book by this lovely author.

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:
Becca from Pivot Book Reviews was astounded when I told he I had not read any Scott Westerfeld books, so she immediately recommended Afterworlds. It was an okay book in my opinion, but I would have liked to see more development in both worlds of the book.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Do you even have to really ask this question? Everyone knows that I have the biggest crush on Rowan from Heir of Fire. I mean, if I don't get major plot time with him on the next book, I think I may scream!

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen. She has a gorgeous way of weaving a tale.

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo definitely. That was probably one of the most unique series I've ever read.



25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
I really didn't read many funny books this year, but the one that made me laugh the most was probably the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, purely for the smart ass comments Rose always made.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
Oh sooooooo many books. I wouldn't say I cry easily, but I read a lot of good books that pull at the heart strings. There are way too many to name.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas. This entire series is GOLD! I don't know why people aren't tripping over themselves, because I just love it so much!

28. Book that crushed your soul?
Heir of Fire and Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas. HoF just because of all the absolutely amazing character development stuff going on. I mean talk about heavy and amazing development! And Assassin's Blade because of Sam! My poor Sam!!!

29. Most unique book you read in 2014?
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Hands down the most unique series I've ever read in my life just because of all the unique world building.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen. That book just pissed me off. I hated it, and I don't know why everyone was raving about it.



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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
That's not a fair question. I have discovered too many book blogs to name, especially since this was my first year blogging. I'll name my top three though: It Starts at Midnight, Paper Fury, and Pivot Book Reviews.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and though I didn't necessarily like it, I thought it was exceedingly interesting, so I wrote more of an analysis of it. I studied English in college, so I could help but get really particular and a bit academic, but for some reason, I really like it.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My favorite discussion posts:

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

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
When Sarah J. Maas tweeted me (three times)! I think I totally freaked out, because she is seriously one of the coolest authors EVERRRRR!!!

6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Other than giveaway posts, my most popular review (by views): The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
7. Post you wished got a little more love?
I really don't know, but I wish my wrap up posts got a bit more love in general.

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Microsoft OneNote. This is more of a school thing, but to me, this totally saved my life this year and keeps me WAAAYY more organized. I will also say that Scrivener has also been a life saver (though I've been using this software for years now). This has come in particular handy this year, because I'm able to keep all my posts in one place, and it's extremely convenient.

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Goodreads challenge of 70 books
Katies Book Blog Summer Reading Challenge of 15 books. I actually ended up reading 24.
The Debut Author Challenge of 12 books.




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1. One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I've needed to read this book for forever, and now I finally open. It will happen in 2015. It will!

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)?

ACOTAR!!!! I need this book in my life ASAP. Thanks to Stacce from Adventures of a Book Junkie, I will have probably read it by the time this survey posts! YAY! Also, take a look at this massive list of my most anticipated reads of 2015.

3. 2015 Debut you are most anticipating?
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury


4. Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2015?
Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015?
Get involved with more bloggers in real life. I really want to work on friendships and meeting other awesome bookish people. I got to meet Becca from Pivot Book Reviews this year, and it has seriously been so much fun with that girl! She has been my rock in the blogging world and also in real life. Even if we didn't have blogs and books connecting us, I think we would still be good friends.

6. A 2015 release you've already read and recommend to everyone:
I haven't read many books published in 2015, but I have read the eSampler of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Have we talked about how excited I am for this book??!! I highly recommend her work to just about everyone I meet!

Thanks so much, Jamie, for the amazing bookish survey!!



GIVEAWAY!!
Now for the exciting part! Enter into the giveaway to win one mystery book that I read this year and some miscellaneous (and possibly SIGNED) swag!

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14 comments:

  1. Best book you read was Heir of Fire?? Eeek, I need to get to Crown of Midnight asap, then! I read my ARC of Throne of Glass a while ago and even though it was nothing particularly mind-blowing, I still enjoyed it enough that I went and bought paperback versions for both it and the sequel. I've heard only good things about CoM, too. :D And omg, uber happy that Ruin and Rising was your best series ender. IT IS INDEED THE BEST. But you know how I feel about that already, haha.

    Oh man, The Winner's Curse. Literally everyone I know has been raving about it. Thank goodness I already have my copy, so I can get started on it soon! I have a ton of other books to read first though. *sobs* Gosh, I think I must be the only person left on the planet who hasn't read Vampire Academy yet. I managed to read a few chapters in a bookstore a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed it! Sad thing was, I didn't have enough cash to go buy it. What a nightmare. But I love Rose's character so much. Her snarky attitude and mine will get along very, very well. xD I'm glad you enjoyed it so much as well, Amanda! And wow, that is one badass quote. More reasons to read Heir of Fire soon, huh?

    I'm the black sheep here, but I didn't find The Kiss of Deception that great. Maybe I had my hopes up too high or something, but the whole thing was kind of like a contemporary set in the medieval times, not the epic fantasy the blurb had been advertising. And ugh, the book was so damn long. Don't think I'll be continuing the series, but I do agree, it had a pretty good twist. Also, THAT COVER!

    Ooh, yes, Microsoft OneNote is the best! I use it all the time for school and blogging ideas, because it's really like an electronic notebook. You can jot down all your ideas so easily. Love it.

    Looked like you had a fantastic year in 2014, blogging- and reading-wise! Here's hoping that this new year will be the same, or much better! Thanks for sharing, Amanda. :D

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    1. YES! You MUST read the rest of the ToG series. It gets better and BETTER and then tearfully KICKASS! It's a must! Ugh and Ruin & Rising... my heart!

      You must read Winner's Curse as well! I REALLY enjoyed that one tremendously. As for Vampire Academy you kinda have to accept it for what it is. Rose is definitely a kickass character, but there are times that this series acts just like a teenage paranormal book with all its tropes, so just go in not expecting it to be the best series, and if you do that, I think you will find that you will enjoy it. Also, the series doesn't quite take off until the third book and then it gets scary good.

      Ahhhh Kiss of Deception. I hated it at first. I DNFd it about three times before I finished it. It doesn't get going till about 50-60% through in my opinion (and that's a long time for any book let alone this one because it was so damn long), but I think the next book will be MUCH better than this one. I also have a soft spot for Mary E. Pearson's work, so I gave her more leeway than I would have other authors.

      Thanks for dropping by, Megan! I've really enjoyed following your blog this past year!

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  2. *high five* Heir of Fire YES! I talk about it way too much but honestly I still can’t even write a coherent review for it.

    I had the same thing with question 6 - I’ve read so much and so many new authors that I couldn’t narrow it down! But YES Marie Lu :D

    Also a wee bit jealous that you're reading ACOTAR ;) I hope it's everything you've dreamed of AND MORE! And please tell me the sexy bits are uber sexy because I just have this feeling that Maas will be queen of those scenes because everything the woman writes is gold *heart eyes*

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    1. HAHAHAHA! ME TOO!!!! I just threw my normal review template out the window when it came to that book. Everyone had said everything that I wanted to say in a normal review by that point anyway (I didn't receive an ARC, so I had to wait till pub date), and so when it came to writing Heir of Fire I just talked about Rowan and Celaena and their characters and all the massive fangirling flails that accompany such a post lol!

      Sadly, I don't have ACOTAR in my hands just yet, but it will probably be at my apartment when I get home on Monday. I'm at my parents' house for the holidays, so you don't really even know. I'm shaking with anticipation for that book! I've read the eSampler and practically had a heart attack already! I freaking can't wait! And I hear it's really sexy and ah! I can't wait!!!! Right everything she writes is utter gold and will never not be gold!

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  3. I'm hoping to start The Grisha trilogy this year. I've got the first book. Reviews for the third book have made me a little nervous, though; people seem to love it or hate it.

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    1. The Grisha trilogy is AMAZING! I think why people love it or hate it is dependent upon what couple they ship. It's a phenomenal ending to the story either way really. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I don't even know how and where to begin, when I talk about some of my favorite reads form last year. I know for sure that I absolutely loved The Bone Season and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon and I could not stop raving about either one of them or recommending them to friends and family and fellow bloggers either. In fact, I even bought a copy of The Bone Season for a friend of mine for Christmas and sent it to her, because I thought she would absolutely love it. Last year was also the year that I discovered Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series and started reading The Final Empire, which I absolutely love. I really enjoyed We Were Liars, Prisoner of Night and Fog, and Heir of Fire and so many more. :)

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    1. AHHH YES!!! HoF ugh FEELS! But I have the Mistborn trilogy and Bone Season. They are on my TBR list this semester! And I can't wait to get started! Yay for awesome people like you who give great books to friends! Also, thanks for the follow! I hope you enjoy what you find here on my book blog! *goes to search for yours* :)

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  5. I loved so many books! Some are Heir of Fire, Stay with Me and Wait for You! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

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  6. There were so many great books in 2014! I loved The Diviners, On the Jellicoe Road, A Thousand Pieces of You, Cress, Into the Still Blue, and Waistcoats & Weaponry.

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  7. I am a romance reader and this year I loved, la isla, on the fence and my life with the walter boys

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  8. Any Duchess Will Do and Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare, Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.... Soooo many more!

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  9. There were a bunch of books that I loved last year including Kiss of Deception, Broken Skies, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Silver Shadows.

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