i see life in technicolor, and while i take it all in i have some pretty awesome insights, at least i like to think so. i am traveling through this life in my own way, and that's okay because in the end, the only steps that matter are the ones you take all by yourself. that said, i think its time for me to spread the love and share the awesomeness because, let's face it, i'm basically the coolest kid you know.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
End of Year Book Survey
This is my version of the end of
year book survey from over at The Perpetual Page Turner. I left out
the whole category about my blogging/bookish life because, my blogging life is
2014 Reading Stats
Books You Read: 36
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Fiction (and I feel no shame)
Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
First of all, I don’t think it’s fair to start off with such a
difficult question. Ultimately though, I’ve settled onThe Fault In Our Starsby John Green. If you still haven’t
read it, get on that!
2. Book You Were Excited About
& Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't?
The Spectacular Nowby Tim Tharp. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn't bad, I just didn't love
it as much as I anticipated.
3. Most surprising (in a good way
or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Draculaby Bram Stoker. I thought I knew what this
was all about, but it wasn't quite what I expected it to be.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most
People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Fault In Our Starsby John
Green. Seriously, read it.
5. Best series you started in 2014?
Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
I loved the entire Divergent series by Veronica Roth and I thinkAllegiantwas the best series ender I read this
year.The Revenge of Seven(from the Lorien Legacies series) was
the best sequel I read this year. The best series I started, but have not yet
finished, wasEnder’s Gameby Orson Scott Card.
6. Favorite new author you
discovered in 2014?
John Green. Wow, I sound like a John Green fangirl. Whatever, I’m
on that bandwagon and I’m not getting off anytime soon.
7. Best book from a genre you
don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Haunted Mesaby Louis L’Amour. My dad read a lot of
Louis L’Amour while I was growing up, but I never really got into that genre. I
read Haunted Mesathis summer and I enjoyed it WAY more than
I expected to. Turns out, it’s a pretty great book.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable
book of the year?
Fault In Our Starsin less
than 24 hours, so definitely unputdownable, but not exactly thrilling or
action-packed. That honor goes toAllegiant.
9. Book You Read In 2014 That
You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Perks of Being a Wallflowerby Stephen Chbosky. I am also likely to
finally see the movie.
10. Favorite cover of a book you
read in 2014?
I really don’t pay very close attention to the covers of books I
read, so don’t hate me if you disagree with this answer, but I’m going withThe Maze Runnerby James Dashner—NOT the one with the
movie cover. Movie covers make me sad.
11. Most memorable character of
Augustus Waters fromThe
Fault In Our Stars. (I’m kind of obsessed with the book. Clearly).
12. Most beautifully written book
read in 2014?
The Book Thiefby Marcus Zusak. It was just
13. Most Thought-Provoking/
Life-Changing Book of 2014?
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bearsby Dinaw Mengestu. It wasn’t
my favorite, but it was new and different (for me) and made me think about
14. Book you can’t believe you
waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
There were actually a fewBridge
to Terabithiaby Katherine
Paterson (how did I never read this as a child?),The Wizard of Ozby L. Frank Baum (it’s been my
favorite movie forever), andThe
Helpby Katherine Stockett (I
may actually see the movie now).
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A
Book You Read In 2014?
"My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” The
Fault In Our Stars—and I was really upset when I didn’t hear it in the
16. Shortest & Longest Book You
Read In 2013?
Kingdomby Terry Goodkind.
Shortest:Bridge to Terabithiaby Katherine Paterson
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Helpby Kathryn Stockett. Possibly
because YA fiction isn’t typically all that shocking, and possibly because I
have lived the majority on my lifer in Idaho. Most likely some combination of
18. OTP of the Year (I will go
down with this ship!)
Richard and Kahlan fromThird
Kingdom(and the rest of
Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series). They are perfect and I will
never change my mind about them.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic
Relationship Of The Year
Will, Nick, and Ajay fromThe
Paladin Prophecy. If I were a teenage boy, I would hang out
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014
From An Author You've Read Previously
O! Pioneersby Willa Cather. I read My
Antonia years ago, but never bothered to read anything else. I think I like
O! Pioneers better.
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That
You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Totally worth it.
22. Newest fictional crush from a
book you read in 2014?
Augustus Waters forever! (In the pretend world where I am not 15
years his senior).
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
I don’t think I read one.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid
Setting You Read This Year?
Ender’s Gameby Orson Scott Card
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your
Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Paladin Prophecyby Mark Frost, andPaper Townshad its moments.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or
Nearly Cry in 2014?
This, my friends, is a VERY long list. 11 made me ugly cry, 5
provoked less disruptive tears, and 6 came really close.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I just can't decide.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I’m interpreting this to mean the book that I hated so much I
wanted it to not exist. Given those parameters, the book that crushed my soul
wasHawkes Harborby S.E. Hinton. I only finished it
because we needed the state of Delaware for the summer reading challenge and
this was the only book I could find. It was awful. So awful. I almost cried
about how awful it was.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In
Icy Sparksby Gwyn Hyman Rubio.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad
(doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
In addition toHawkes
Harbor(grrrrrr!), I was
excessively angry about the ending ofThe
1. One Book
You Didn't Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority
Marie Lu. It was at the top of my to-read list for most of the
year and I even bought a copy, but then I lent it to someone and never actually
got around to reading it myself.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating
For 2015 (non-debut)?
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most
I got nothing…
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You
Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
The as yet untitled next (and last) installment in the Lorien
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish
Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?