Saturday, January 3, 2015

End of Year Reading Survey

I came upon this survey by Perpetual Page Turner that asks questions about what you read over the past year.  I thought that it seemed like a fun thing to get involved in. 

Number Of My Books I Read: 30 books
Number of Re-Reads: Zero
Genre You Read The Most From: Surprisingly fantasy…between book club things and Fablehaven I have become a bit of fan

Best in Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
This was tricky…I have three. I think even though it sounds like what everyone is saying: The Fault in Our Stars was the one that I really connected with on an emotional level. On an intellectual level, I connected to The Night Circus.  On a “ooh I want to recommend this to my students” that would be The Looking Glass Wars

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Gone Girl—oh my don’t read it unless you want to read some really dirty stuff

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
The Kite Runner ended up surprising me because it took me a bit to get into and then I ended up enjoying it a lot by the end.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
If I Stay—if I found out a student had read  TFIOS I immediately recommended this one—great genre for them right now. 

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Fablehaven is the series I started this year---and I really need to get the last one read. So that
would be the best sequel too... In terms of series ender, I didn’t actually read one.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
I have gained a new appreciation for Neil Gaiman…yes I blame my book club J

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t usually read the fantasy genre—I like reality type books—so The Night Circus was really amazing.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Looking Glass Wars

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
No Promises in the Wind and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle—ah the life of a teacher
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
A certain cover of The Looking Glass Wars

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Liesel from The Book Thief

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Actually….The Book Thief had so many historical connections

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
The Fault in the Stars

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.” 
― Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Longest: Gone Girl

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
 As much as I did not like the writing of Gone Girl—that plot was really shocking!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Hazel and Gus from TFIOS

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
King and Maxwell from Split Second

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Grip of the Shadow Plague

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Looking Glass Wars or The Night Circus

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
I don’t get crushes…..

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
The Plague Legacy: Acquistions by Christine Haggerty

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Night Circus

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Looking Glass Wars

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
The Fault in Our Stars

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Sea of Trolls

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Gone Girl

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Thirteen Reasons Why

Book Blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
 Honestly not sure…I stumble on blogs all the time but I don’t know when

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
With the lack of blogging…not a lot of discussion has occurred…

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

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
 My favorite was doing a Right Now I Am….I hadn’t blogged in so long and it felt good to put writing what was going on

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Which apparently is the one that got the most views too!
A is for Allegiant was the one that got the most comments I think ever on Inspirefly

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Honestly…just looking at the numbers I really can’t pick because the ones with lower numbers were probably not that great of posts.  But one actually surprised me…the Grip of the Shadow Plague Book Review

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
A little book called The Book Whisperer that I’m still reading

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did do 30 books like I challenged myself on Goodreads to do

Looking Ahead Books 2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
The Help

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
The Plague Legacy Book 2

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Don’t know any debuts coming….

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
See above

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Keep up on my blog!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: N/A

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