My 2014 End of Year Book Survey

I am very excited to be participating in the End of Year Book Survey, created by Jamie, for the first time! This is a great way to reflect on the past year and let you guys know what I did and didn't enjoy.

Number Of Books You Read: 34 (as of December 30th)
Number Of Re-Reads: roughly 12, I don't exactly know as they weren't counted on my Goodreads Reading Challenge
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary (doesn't surprise me in the least)

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

3. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (in a VERY good way!)

4. Book You "Pushed" The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
-Best series started: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
-Best sequel: Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey
-Best series ender: I actually didn't end any series this year (I know, I'm ashamed too)

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?
Morgan Matson

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
A Breath of Frost & Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey - Historical Fiction

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan- I stayed up all night to finish this book.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014?
I cannot decide between these two:
-Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
-My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Kyle from Beastly by Alex Flinn - I loved reading about his character develop from the beginning to the end.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid - his writing style gripped me and took me on a wonderful journey.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - this book really portrayed the essence of summer and it made me think a lot about friendships and how genuine some of them really are.

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."
-Divergent by Veronica Roth

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
-Shortest: Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino (113 pages)
-Longest: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (525 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
Tin Lily by Joann Swanson - the event that takes place at the start of the book was not expected at all.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Four and Tris from Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Emily and Sloane from Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

20. Favourite Book You Read In 2014 From An Author You've Read Previously?
Vampire Knight vol. 11 & 12 by Matsuri Hino

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
-Emma by Jane Austen: My mum persuaded me to read this classic and I'm so glad I did!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Tobias Lawless from Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
-Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: I loved reading about Christmas time in New York SO much.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
The Welcome to Christmas, CA short story by Kiersten White in My True Love Gave To Me

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

28. Book That Crushed Your Self?
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
-Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer: the fact I was essentially lied to for most of the book did make me very mad.

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Wonder Reads is a brilliant blog from the UK, that has fantastic photography and writes great reviews. I love reading all her posts.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2014?
Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey (read my review here)

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My One Year Blogoversary didn't get that much love, but I think that I did write it well. (You can read it here)

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
This year I participated in the weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday, also created by Jamie. It has been so much fun and I'm really glad that I decided to take part in it.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Talking to some really great people on social media was one of the best things I could ask for, and I just hope that it will continue into the new year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Beastly by Alex Flinn: Book review - this post got the most views this year. I'm not too surprised because I know that it is quite a well-loved book.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I do wish that My One Year Blogoversary got a little more love.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The discovery of Book Blogging has been a very good one indeed. This website has enabled me to introduce my blog to new people, and to meet new people too.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my goal of reading 20 books this year on Goodreads, and have actually gone past it.

1. One Book You Didn't Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
-Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
-Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Another Day by David Levithan

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I want to write more than just my weekly reviews and Top Ten Tuesdays.

6. A 2015 Release You've Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
I actually haven't read any 2015 releases yet, despite being granted eARCS for some.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about 2014 and what I hope happens in 2015!



  1. aw thank you so much Isobel for that lovely comment, i really appreciate it. i also love your blog too! <3

    i completely agree with what you said about life of pi. i read it last year (come to think of it it may have been 2013 actually?) and i know everybody loved it but i really didn't understand the hype i was definitely left feeling disappointed and a little confused!

    i also started to read morgan matson's work this year too. i've only read since you've been gone and i was a little hesitant to read her work at first because i know a lot of people love it (i truly thought i'd be the only one who would hate it) but i adored it. i can't wait to get my hands on more of her books now :)

    1. thank you! <3 I am so glad that someone shares my disappointment and confusion at Life of Pi! I'm really pleased that you loved Since You've Been Gone because it was one of my favourite books of 2014. I actually took Amy and Roger's Epic Detour out of the library but I didn't get round to it and I wish I had.


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