End of Year Book Survey – 2014 Edition!

December 29th, 2014 3:00 pm by mad mags


2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 148

Number of Re-Reads: Zero. So many books, so little time!

Genre You Read The Most From: YA (or is that too broad?).


Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?: That’s a hard one, but imma go with Not A Drop to Drink, by Mindy McGinnis. It was my gift to myself last Christmas, and hoo boy how do I spoil myself so.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?: Eating Sarah by Jaret Martens. I won an ecopy through Library Thing and it took more than three months to arrive, which only added to my anticipation. Unfortunately, it was just bad, bad, bad. For example: the author killed a character and then brought her back 50 or 100 pages later, her death seemingly forgotten. Huh?

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?: Julie Berry’s All The Truth That’s In Me age of empires 4 full version free german. Every time I thought I knew where it was headed, it threw me for a loop. Also, I liked that the setting could have been either colonial America or some future landscape; the setting is that ambiguous, without sacrificing in detail.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, this year and forever.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?: I started and finished Susan Kayes Quinn’s The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, and First Daughter), which was my favorite on all three counts. Well, save for Not a Drop, but I didn’t expect that to be the beginning of a series at the time!


6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?: E. Lockhart. We Were Liars is just AH-MAY-ZING.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?: The Tell-Tail Heart: A Cat Cozy by Monica Shaughnessy. I’m not usually into cozy mysteries, but the Poe angle hooked me.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?: Octavia Butler’s Parables of the Sower / Parables of the Talents duology testament vorlage kostenlos downloaden. There’s so much going on there.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?: The “Women Destroy SF!” issue of Lightspeed magazine – or portions of it, anyway. (Seanan McGuire’s “Each to Each” is the best thing ever.)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?: Dayna Ingram’s Eat Your Heart Out – so campy!

11. Most memorable character of 2014?: Lauren Olamina, from Octavia Butler’s Parables series. She survived the apocalypse and invented her own scientifically-based religion, yo!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?: Isaac Marion’s The New Hunger. He has a way with zombies.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?: It’s a toss-up between Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals and The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg. I suspect that the image of the white minnow, body suspended motionless in a barren tank in Havana, Cuba, will stay with me forever. (“I told the woman that I thought he was dying tip toy herunterladen. ‘No, she replied. ‘It’s been like that for two years.’”) And I’ll always wonder what became of Azita Rafaat, who lost her seat in the Afghan Parliament.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?: My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. I actually commented on this in my review!


On impulse, I picked up a copy of the original hardcover edition at the dollar store. That was nearly a decade ago; in the intervening years I hemmed and hawed and wondered whether I really wanted to read a fictionalized account of a documentarian hired to promote meat – feed lots, kill floors, and all – after all. (I’m a vegan, and have devoured my fair share of nonfiction books about the animal agriculture industry already. Enough is enough.)

Thankfully, My Year of Meats isn’t nearly as grisly or gruesome as I expected.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?: You’re kidding, right?

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?: According to Goodreads, the longest book I read was Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy #3) by Mira Grant, at 659 pages fortnite op xbox 360. The shortest book is a bit of a mystery, since some of the children’s books I reviewed don’t have an official page count. I think it’s probably Nappy, by George L. Cook III, at just 5 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which is all kinds of crazy.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)?: Julie and R., from Isaac Marion’s The New Hunger.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?: Tokyo Speedracer Mazrachi and his human, Kirby, from The Shining Girls. (I’ve already earmarked that name for my next rescue pup!)


20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?: Looking back at my 2014 shelf, I’m surprised to find that so many of my reads were from new-to-me authors herunterladen! So I’ll say The Edible Woman, because you can never go wrong with Margaret Atwood.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?: Not to be redundant, but We Were Liars.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?: Leigh, from Seanan McGuire’s short story “Driving Jenny Home” in Out of Tune.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?: Just to mix things up a little, I’ll go with The Ugly Princess: The Legend of the Winnowwood by Henderson Smith.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?: Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?: Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me microsoft internet explorer herunterladen? (And Other Concerns), for obvious reasons.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?: We Were Liars, definitely. The dogs did me in.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?: It wasn’t published in 2014, but Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post doesn’t get enough love, imho.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?: We Were Liars! (*shaking my fist in the air*)


29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?: Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky. I can’t wait for Volume 2!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?: The Underground Girls of Kabul. It’s infuriating, but in a good way.


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?: The We Need Diverse Books tumblr, because we do musik herunterladen kostenlos mp3!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?: ALL OF THEM!

Kidding. In recent memory, my review of Vegan Ice Cream: Over 90 Sinfully Delicious Dairy-Free Delights, because if there’s one thing I know, it’s vegan ice cream.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?: My blog doesn’t get a ton of traffic, but I was surprised by how much activity my review of The Oh She Glows Cookbook got on Amazon.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?: It’s not related to books, but the Vegan Month of Food. (I did a Parks & Rec theme!)

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?: That time I won 298 pounds of books in a contest I don’t even remember entering. I’m still working my way through that TBR pile!

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7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?: See #3 above.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?: Most of them, lol.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?: The Kindle/ebooks, which I just started using last winter.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?: Yes! I exceeded my goal of 101 books on Goodreads (bumped up from the original 78) as well as my revised goal of 50 physical books for the Real Book challenge (increased from 39).


2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Kelly has
completed her goal of reading 101 books in 2014!


Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?: Seriously, just one? Okay, fine. The Girl With All the Gifts.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?: The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan (but only because it’s the most recent one to be filed away in my memory!).

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?: Shutter by Courtney Alameda. The Goodreads reviews have got me hella excited about this one.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?: Pierce Brown’s Golden Son, hands down.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?: Cutting down on the number of books I accept for review so I can focus on the books I already own and most want to read. It’s hard to pass up free stuff, you know?!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?: Out of the two 2015 titles I’ve read so far? The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It’s a little like Gone Girl, minus most of the misogyny.

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