The Perpetual Page Turner’s 5th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2014 Edition!

This is the first year that I’m participating in Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s annual end of year survey. Big thanks to Kristen at Super Space Chick for turning me on to it.

2014 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: Goodreads has me at a total of 32 books this year. I’ve been utterly terrible about updating goodreads this year, so I know that is low. But I also know I read nowhere close to the 65 books I read (and remembered to enter into Goodreads) last year because things have been so crazy. Hopefully, I’ll find a happy medium for 2015.

Number of Re-Reads: 2 (The Witch of Blackbird Pond and A Clash of Kings). There’s so many new books to read I never seem to make the time to re-read my favorites.

Genre You Read the Most From: paranormal fantasy and romance

 Best in Books

  1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
    monuments menThe Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel – Thanks to George (Clooney) and his movie, I picked up this book to read even though I don’t typically read a lot of non-fiction. But it was perfect for me because of the subject – art. Admittedly the book took me awhile to read because I kept stopping to research those famous pieces. I loved it despite the heart break it caused me at many moments knowing the story was true.
  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews – Don’t get me wrong, I did love it. But I had built it up a seminal meeting so much in my head that when I read that scene, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It was still pretty amazing and I’m sure on the re-read I will love it as much as I expected to, but sadly my own expectations cause me to be slightly underwhelmed.
  3. Most Surprising (Good or Bad) Book You Read in 2014?
    confession-hit0manConfessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins – I read this book as a result of a conversation and suggestion from a guy I was dating at the time. I never would have picked it up on my own. While the ‘confessions’ weren’t all that surprising to me, some of the broader implications were.  I found myself quite angry at times reading this book and in my view books that provoke emotion (good or bad) are worth your time.
  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
    I am always pushing people to read books but this year it was Ann Aguirre’s Razorland Trilogy. The first in the trilogy, Enclave, was released in 2011 and I actually read it before I ever touched The Hunger Games (and when I finally did read The Hunger Games, I kept thinking about Enclave).  The trilogy was completed in 2013 and while I personally think it’s better than The Hunger Games (they are both YA Dystopian trilogies which is why I compare them).  Razorland has not gotten nearly enough credit and everyone I’ve pushed to read it has loved it. So keep spreading the word for me, will you? I’m sure Ann would appreciate it too!
  5. Best Series You Started in 2014?
    The SPI Files by Lisa Shearin – The Grendel Affair came out early in 2014 and it was Lisa Shearin’s first book outside the amazingly fun Raine Benares series. It had that wonderful humor and quick pace that I love and I can’t wait for the second outing in this new series.
  6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2014?
    A read a couple books by Lauren Dane, courtesy of free giveaways at the RT Convention. While I wasn’t a fan of one of the books, I really liked the interesting concept in the other (In Goddess with a Blade the main character is the physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid – you know anything Celtic gets me.)
  7. Best Book From a Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?
    Free Falling by SE Jakes – This was WAY out of my comfort zone as it is a male-male adventure romance story. I’m not sure I’d read more of these, but I’m glad I did and it was still a lovely story. Maybe without the explicit scenes, I’d be slightly more open to reading more…?
  8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year?
    Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay – I’d been having trouble getting back into reading for some reason and this was the first book that I couldn’t put-down and actually was able to finish.  It was extremely predictable to me but something about it captured my attention and kept me focused on it beyond the first 10 pages. SO I’m very grateful for that.
  9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
    Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews – See my answer to number 2.
  10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2014?
    Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex – How can you not love that adorable little panda with his aviator hat?
  11. Most Memorable Character of 2014?
    Serena from Serena by Ron Rash – I didn’t like the book so much but Serena is certainly an unforgettable character. She is intriguing and utterly crazy.  It is the unforgettable nature of her character that has me looking forward to seeing Jennifer Lawrence portray her in the movie in 2015.
  12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2014?
    The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy – This is a thought provoking and beautiful, while also horrifying, story. The last issue provided answers to questions and beautifully explained possibilities in the world.
  13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?
    Cinderella Screwed Me over by Cindi Madsen – Not the most obvious choice for a thought-provoking/life-changing book, but some of the experiences and resultant reaction sot those experiences from the main character hit a little too close to home for me.  As a result, it had me thinking about my own expectations and the validity of them.  Hopefully, my new awareness and acceptance will serve me well in 2015.
  14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 to Finally Read?
    Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli – I’m not sure how I missed this book in my younger years. It’s wonderful and a Newberry Medal winner. Do yourself a favor and read it if you haven’t. It’s quick and easy and a great story.
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
    From The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire:

    “I couldn’t let you go,” I said. It was a small statement, too awkward to encompass everything that it meant: I didn’t have the words to encompass everything that it meant.

  16. 16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
    Shortest (for obvious reasons) – Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
    Longest – My re-read of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
    I’m not sure any of the books I read actually shocked me this year. Must try harder to find some that will in 2015.
  18. OTP of the Year?
    Kate Daniels and Curran (from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews) – always!
  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
    Toby and Quentin (The Winter Long, part of The October Daye Series)
  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
    The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
  21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based Solely On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
    Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli
  22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book You Read in 2014?
    “Mr. Knightly”, even with all his baggage, from Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
  23. Best 2014 Debut You Read?
    I’m not actually sure I read any debuts in 2014…
  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
    I will forever extoll the virtues of the world created by Ilona Andrews that Kate Daniels inhabits. I love the idea of magic and tech shifts as they fight for control and/or a balance that we screwed up.
  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
    The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas – I listened to the audio version which was read by Kristen Bell and she does a perfect job capturing the spirit of the book, series, and movie. She even does a pretty great job of trying to get some of the other voices right too. It was just what I wanted to keep that world alive.
  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
    I probably cried reading most of the books I read. After all, I’m a total sap. But I know I cried multiple times while reading Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews and while reading Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay.
  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
    I don’t really know….
  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
    The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel at times.
  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
    What You We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
    Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Blogging/Bookish Life

  1. New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered in 2014?
    The Perpetual Page Turner
  2. Favorite Review You Wrote in 2014?
    It wasn’t really a book review year for me. As such, I really didn’t write too many reviews. That’s something I’m hoping to change in 2015.
  3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had on Your Blog?
    See the answer above.
  4. Best Event That You Participated In (Author Signing/Festival/Virtual Event/Meme)?
    I attended the RT Convention for the first time in 2014. And it was held in New Orleans, a city I’d never been to before. And I got to go with my best friend. And I met someone amazing people and came home with way too many free books. It was a pretty amazing experience.
  5. Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2014?
    Not to sound like a broken record, but again it wasn’t really a bookish/blogging year for me. Perhaps I’ll have some exciting entries in 2015.
  6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
    My most popular post on my own blog was probably one of the fandom Fridays (they are so much fun to write and I love reading everyone elses) and my most popular post on the GeekGirlPenPals blog was probably the first review of Gotham. (Apologies for the ‘probably’, I actually haven’t had time to look into my analytics lately)
  7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
    All of them? 😉
  8. Best Bookish Discovery?
    All the things printed with the full text of classic novels. I may have to look into getting something printed with portions of Leaves of Grass….
  9. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges or Goals?
    Over at Goodreads, I challenged myself to read 75 books this year based on the number I read last year. Sadly, I came nowhere close. But that’s more than okay.

 Looking Ahead

  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
    The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer – It came in a Book Riot box from Quarterly and I haven’t gotten to it yet (along with many others), but I think it may be my first read of 2015.
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
    Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas – Can’t wait to get more from Veronica Mars and company.
  3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
    I don’t have one yet, but I’m sure I will soon!
  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
    I haven’t yet read the final entry in the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison. I’m definitely looking forward to reading that one.
  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
    First, I certainly want to write and read more in 2015. I also am hoping to give some new life to my stalled book club, including some interesting ways to brings portions of it online.
  6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
    I haven’t read any yet!

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