Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 End of Year Book Survey


This survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.

Number Of Books You Read: 147
Number of Re-Reads: 34
Genre You Read The Most From: YA and Christian Fiction



1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Not counting rereads, I'd have to say The Bishop by Steven James.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle. I did not expect to enjoy this children's book as much as I did, but the whole series blew me away!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

The Christy Miller books by Robin Jones Gunn.

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Best series started: The Patrick Bowers Files by Steven James. Best sequel: Outcasts by Jill Williamson. Best series ender: The Silver Siren by Chanda Hahn.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Steven James. But since that's getting old, might as well throw in there Jill Williamson, Clare B. Dunkle, and Katherine Reay.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill. I don't read a lot of contemporary YA. It's usually fantasy, dystopian, etc. But I loved both of the Ellie Sweet books!


8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Pawn by Steven James or Skin by Ted Dekker.

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

Hearless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Patrick Bowers from(what else?) the Patrick Bowers files by Steven James. Also, Hadassah(Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers).

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Couldn't say.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

The Bible, of course. Who do you take me for?

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

Captives, by Jill Williamson. It was only released in 2013, but still.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy was full of them.
“Forks are absurd, he scoffed. They insult your food. They make it think you're killing it twice.”  
“Kate had never in her life seen such frightful deformities, and the goblins had never seen such a hideous dress.”   
“Don't fret. We'll just have to find something else you're good at besides killing people.”    

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

 Longest: Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen(672 pages)
Shortest: Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman(83 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Rook by Steven James

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Thalia and Kael from The Iron Butterfly Series.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sisters Gabi and Lia from River of Time Series

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Pawn by Steven James. Because I knew my dad liked it and Melanie raves about the series.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

*Sigh* Fine. Lord Greco from The River of Time Series.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Dear Mr. Knightley was Katherine Reay's debut novel.

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

I don't know...maybe Heartless, by Anne Stengl?

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

In the Coils of the Snake by Clare B. Dunkle.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

I can't think of one.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Trail of Crosses by Jo Grafford.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

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

Deluge by Lisa Bergren. I loved this book. I might  have thrown it against the wall. But I loved this book.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I don't think I can pick one, because pretty much ALL of the book blogs I discovered, I discovered this year.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

My first review! Captives.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I really enjoyed coming up with this Top Ten Tuesday.

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


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

That I actually started a blog.

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

By comments: Mailbox Monday

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Discovering my own blog :) And others' blogs.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed the Goodreads Challenge to read 100 books, a New Author to me Challenge, and a Library Book Challenge.

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

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

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Really establish myself in the blogging community. And really just to enjoy myself. :)

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

Haven't read any.


  1. I really appreciate "best of" lists. I'll be checking some new books out based on your recommendations above. BTW, for your featured reviews, (I know in a list like this it would be too much trouble) would it be possible that you add a goodreads link? I find I tend to check out more books with the links (Forget I said anything if it's a bother.) Thanks!

    1. Thanks for commenting! It's no bother. I really appreciate the feedback. Linking does take a little extra time, but you're right, I think it would be worth it.