Wow! The last time I blogged was June, my bad! Well here I am sending through a post that will always get me out of hibernating, a good old fashioned end of year survey. I have always loved end of year sum ups, including ‘best of’ lists, and the following survey is no exception. It was great looking back on what I’ve read over the past year, and what left a lasting impression on me. I got this from The Perpetual Page Turner (one of my all time favourite book blogs).
So here goes:
2014 Reading Stats:
- Number of Books You Read: My aim was to read 37, I’m not sure I’m going to quite get there as I’m currently on 32, but I should get to at least 34 or 35.
- Number of Re-Reads: Zero. They’ve all been new reads this year.
- Genre You Read the Most From: I thought this would be a hard one for me to answer, but looking at what I’ve read it’s actually incredibly easy. Dystopian, both Young Adult and Adult.
Best in Books:
- Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Most Surprising Book You Read in 2014: Hmm, this is a hard one, I’ve read a lot of good books this year. I’ll say, Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, I didn’t have much of an idea what this book was about, and found it’s plot, characters and the various areas it treated with beautiful and surprising.
- Book you ‘Pushed’ the Most People to Read, and They Did: Haha once again, Station Eleven (I still haven’t stopped ranting about that book).
- Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014? Wow! There’s a lot in this question.
- Best series I started: Chaos Walking, By Patrick Ness
- Best Sequel: The Year of the Flood, By Margaret Atwood
- Best Ender: MaddAddam, By Margaret Atwood (yes I love the MaddAddam trilogy)
- Favourite New Author You Discovered in 2014: I’ve actually discovered a lot of new, particularly female, authors this year, which has been great! But sticking with the theme I’ll say: Emily St John Mandel
- Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin. At the start of the year, I challenged myself to read my Australian female authors, I realised that I didn’t know many, and had read even less. I often shy away from classic ‘Australian’ novels i.e. set in the dry, dusty country, working on the land (I blame Yr9 & 10 history for this), but I actually really enjoyed this book, and was blown away by the fact that she wrote it so young.
- Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Station Eleven. With a special mention to the Year of the Flood, Oryx and Crate and More Than This.
- Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? The MaddAddam Trilogy, I gobbled all three of those books up, and am keen to revisit them again.
- Favourite Cover of a Book You Read: Looking at the books I’ve read, I’ve actually come across some cool covers. I think I’m going to go for this version of Rooms, By Lauren Oliver.
- Most Memorable Character of 2014: This is a hard one, I’ve come across some great characters this year. I’m going to go for Arlen in the Desert Spear, By Peter V. Brett.
- Most Beautifully Written Book of 2014: This one is almost impossible, I’m struggling big time. If I have to make a call though, I think I would say: The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014? Hmmm…I think I’ll say Middlesex
- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? Oryx and Crake, By Margaret Atwood (I didn’t even have to think about this one).
- Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014? This will have to be a Margaret Atwood quote; I love pretty much everything she puts into words. Deciding on one quite is difficult! Let’s for this one:
“Glenn used to say the reason you can’t really imagine yourself being dead was that as soon as you say, ‘I’ll be dead,’ you’ve said the word I, and so you’re still alive inside the sentence. And that’s how people got the idea of the immortality of the soul – it was a consequence of grammar.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
- Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013? The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, was definitely my longest (I didn’t even need to look this up), at 834 pages, it was a hefty one to carry around. I’m not sure on the shortest book, I’m struggling to work out how to find this out, it’d probably be, My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin
- Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Todd and Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness. I loved that dog (Manchee)!
- Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: I’ve read so much Margaret Atwood this year, but my favourite of hers that I read is The Year of the Flood (The second book in the MaddAddam trilogy).
- Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Middlesex, by Jeffery Eugenides
- Best 2014 debut you read: Hmm I don’t think I’ve read any debuts yet. Rooms, by Lauren Oliver was really good, and was her adult fiction debut.
- Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? You can’t go past fantasy for an answer to this question. I’ll say The Eye of the World, By Robert Jordan (the first in the Wheel of Time series).
- Book That Put a Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? That’s a tossup between: A Fraction of the Whole, by Steve Toltz and American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.
- Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014? Hmm there’s a quite a few (I’m such a sook when it comes to a well written book). Probably the one that made me cry the most was The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
- Book that Crushed my Soul: Haha, wow that’s dramatic…I guess The Shadow of the Wind, or maybe MaddAddam, because I was so sad that I’ve now finished the MaddAddam trilogy and can never read them for the first time again.
- Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, there isn’t a lot of competition to Gaiman’s amazing, creative mind.
- Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Allegiant, by Veronica Roth. What a ridiculous/messy ending to an otherwise entertaining Young Adult series (and yes, here mad means I did not really like it).
I’m skipping the bloggish questions as I am not much of a blogger, despite constantly trying to kick-start my blogging ways, I never really get there, just dabble every now and again (with fun yearly sum ups like this).
- One Book You Didn’t Get to In 2014 but Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? Monsters of Men, by Patrick Ness – I need to know what will happen in the final book of the Chaos Walking series.
- Book You Are Most Anticipating for 2015 (non-debut)? I have no idea, honestly, fill me in on details of books that are being released, I haven’t even looked into it yet. I have heard whispers about All the Rage, by Courtney Summers, I’ve never read anything by her, but it sounds really interesting.
- 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy. I love family/character based novels.
- Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? This isn’t new in 2015, but I am looking forward to finishing the Chaos Walking Series, by Patrick Ness and the Demon Cycle Series, by Peter V. Brett.
- One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015? Read, read, read.