End of the Year Book Survey the 2014 Edition

Jamie over at The Perpetual Pageturner puts up this list with questions at the end of the year to look back at your reading for that period.

2014 has left me a bit confused. I read over 100 books and enjoyed most of them. Still I have the feeling I spend most of the year in a big reading slump (and a blogging slump for that matter). I do notice in the number of pages which are almost 10.000 pages less compared to last year.

Best in Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
The Book of You by Claire Kendal, I was genuinely engrossed by this one
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe. I was a bit skeptic about the premises of the story but it turned out very well and I really enjoyed the book.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Ow difficult one... not really sure how much this happens. I did push &Sons by David Gilbert on my book group and as soon as the Dutch version is available we will probably read it.
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
I enjoyed Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes which is the first in the DCI Louisa Smith series.
The best serie ender for me in 2014 can only be one and that is The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I love the All Souls Trilogy.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Chris Bohjalian
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I did not read much out of my comfort zone. Was having a hard time reading at all so stayed with books I felt would be a match.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Book of You by Claire Kendal
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Raw Shark Texts , Steven Hall
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
I have a lot of favourite covers but I enjoyed the cover of Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie best. It was an arc but with a beautiful cover.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Wade Watts (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline)
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
& Sons by David Gilbert
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
De vlucht, Jesús Carrasco
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Not really a book. I read my first Chris Bohjalian this year. Have been hearing a lot of good things about his writing and I really enjoyed 'Close your Eyes, Hold Hands'. Now I have more of his books lined up.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
'Don;t you want to be alive, before you die' All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Shortest: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Longest: It by Stephen King
17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Book of You by Claire Kendal
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Not much of a shipper ;)
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I like the interaction between Diana and Gallowglas in The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
I totally crushed on the art Kumiko and George made in The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Horns by Joe Hill, not your average smile story but it made me laugh out loud a lot!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
I do not cry that quick over books. The book that make me feel close to crying was Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicolas Butler
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The book that stopped me from picking up another book in one go was The Book of You by Claire Kendal
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
S. by J.J. Abrams
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
None that really stuck to me. I have cut down on the blogs I follow because I noticed I was overwhelmed to much. Will try to venture out more again in 2015 but will be more careful.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop in February
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Deciding to cut back for a moment and get back to basics for a moment and get an overview again of everything.
6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop in February 7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My review of Undertow by Kelly Cozy. Her books are written so well and she deserves love!!
8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I was overwhelmed by the information I found this year. I got information on how to use Edelweiss and found some interesting bookish news sites. This resulted in a total writers block not knowing where to start or finish. So my best discovery might be not to have to many discoveries.
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I just managed to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
I have not been checking much yet on releases for my series for 2015
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Getting back into the blogging and reading rhythm
6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
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Jennine G.
01 January, 2015 delete

Outlander is on my priority list for 2015 too!

08 January, 2015 delete

I also loved the cover of Gutenberg's Apprentice. It really is beautiful. I haven't read it yet. Neither have I had time for The Miniaturist :(.