Fri, January 2, 2015

My Favorite Books and Moments of 2014

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My darling friend Jamie, a saint/sounding board/therapist/friend without whom I would never had kept this blog as long as I have, does this lovely little end of the year survey that I am now doing for the kajillionth year. Enjoy and click here to see Jamie’s original post at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

reading stats

Number of books you read: 183
Number of re-reads: 4 (The If I Stay & Throne of Glass books)
Genre you read the most from: Probably contemporary — you know how I love a realistic, funny romance!

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1. Best book you read in 2014
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
It just felt like the most perfectly “me” book I’ve read in ages. I’d have been happy to keep reading it for-ev-er.

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more…but didn’t
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I love her and the writing was spectacular, but the story itself didn’t live up to the hype and my own anticipations.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I gasped and shouted “WHAT!” louder than ever before. It’s the most literally surprising book I’ve read.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2014
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
This book was a total “what took me so long?!” read in 2014, so I made sure everyone else knew to move it up their reading lists.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best sequel of 2014? Best series ender of 2014
I’m going to go with best series ender — City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
I will be the first to admit there were some stumbling blocks within this series…but if you made it to the end, you cannot deny how BRILLIANTLY it all tied together. So, so impressive.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014
Emery Lord. I adore her writing and her as a person.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Not my typical jam, but I loved the writing in this pick from my book club.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I haven’t done my review yet for this one (it comes out in May), but it was totally unputdownable.

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-reat next year
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
For sure will reread this before the fourth book came out. This series just slays me.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The cover is nothing special, but the hardcover book itself is one of the most beautiful physical copies of a book I’ve seen in ages. It’s got thick pages, beveled edging and a red ribbon bookmark. Looooove it!

11. Most memorable character of 2014
Sway by Kat Spears
This one was a toughie, but I’m going to go with Sway (aka Jesse) from this one — he really had a strong, interesting voice.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
Her verse books have just won me over. I love her style.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing Book of 2014
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
This book probably got me thinking the most — in a sort of “OMG”/”this is disturbing” way.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
OBSESSED with this series. What took me so long???

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014
I really liked this quote from the last Morganville Vampires book: “You fall into the trap of thinking as Fallon does, that there are only heroes and villains, monsters and victims, and nothing between. We all stand in that space, crossing the line to one side, then the other. Even you.”

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014
Shortest: Just One Night by Gayle Forman (so worth the 99 cents for 40 pages)
Longest: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (771 pages!)

17. Book that shocked you the most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
See above re: Kiss of Deception.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I gotta go with Rosie and Don because they were just so crazy-cute.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Aww, man, I hate to do a repeat so soon but the sisters in this book were amazing. And I usually HATE books about sisters. So good.

20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I was really happy with this book — I actually liked it quite a bit more than her first!

21. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Solely read this one based on Twitter love for it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
I think my favorite new fictional crush is on the love interest in this book — but I’m not telling you who it is! That surprising bit of it was the best part.

23. Best 2014 debut you read
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This book was a delight.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I haven’t reviewed this one yet, but I loved it. I was pleasantly surprised too because I haven’t been a big fan of Holly Black books in the past.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
So freaking happy-making, I can’t even.

26. Book that made you cry in 2014
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
I love a good cry.

27. Hidden gem of the year
The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson
I didn’t hear a lot of people talking about this one, but found myself quite pleasantly surprised by it.

28. Book that crushed your soul
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Whew — haven’t reviewed it yet but it made me feel HOLLOW. In a good way?

29. Most unique book you read in 2014
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
“Unique” is putting it lightly, yeah?

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I loved it but OMG I AM SCARED ABOUT WHERE THIS SERIES IS GOING. CHAOL!

Oooh, it’s killing me that so many books I loved didn’t make their way on to this survey. Alas, too many books, too little time, as always.

As far as my bookish/blogging life goes, I’ve been a little absent the past few weeks. Just taking some time to regroup and take care of some other priorities. But do not fear — I’ve got some great reviews coming up for you in the next month or two. Stay tuned and thanks for a lovely 2014 in reading!

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13 Comments

  1. Elin said:

    I agree about the The Mortal Instrument series. It is certainly worth it in the end. Love CC 🙂

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  2. Shannon said:

    I am agree with you on number 30.

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  3. Erica said:

    I loved Prince of Venice Beach! I even made Tom read it since he loves LA and detective stuff–the only YA book he’s read since he was actually a teen!

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  4. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I just bought City of Heavenly Fire (finally) and as soon as I find and read a recap of the last couple books, I’m diving in. I can’t wait to see how the series is going to end and I’m excited to hear that it’s so brilliantly tied up!

    HEIR OF FIRE!!! So much love for that series. I am also quite scared about where the series is going. The ring… why???

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  5. Karin said:

    Love Letters to the Dead made me cry SO MUCH. I was crying more than not while reading that book. But it was amazing and I loved it just as much as it made me cry.

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  6. Kim Mathwig said:

    LOVE your list! I just finished The Kiss Of Deception. OMG! I thought I lost my mind. Thank goodness I had the hardcover and not the ereader for this one. I definitely did a little back tracking 🙂 I’m having last book syndrome with City of Heavenly Fire. I can’t seem to make myself read it. LOL maybe I’ll move it up my TBR based on your comments. Happy New Year. Keep up the blog. I love it!

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  7. Morgan @ Gone with the Words said:

    To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was so wonderful! I can’t wait to read the conclusion, I need more Lara Jean and Peter K.

    Throne of Glass is going to be craaazy going forward! I really appreciate that as a reader but I’m scared too! Heir of Fire was SOOO GOOD. Happy reading in 2015!

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  9. Kelly said:

    Oh my gosh, I completely agree about All the Bright Places. I just finished it, and it definitely left me heartbroken and hollow.

    I agree about Love Letters to the Dead, too. That book hit me really close to home, in more ways than one.

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  10. Rif said:

    Hi there Anna,

    I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a very happy new year. I often frequent your blog and have picked up some superb recommendations; thanks very much. I also enjoy reading your reviews and often find that your thoughts are a more eloquent expression of my own.

    Have a magical 2015,

    Rif 🙂

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  11. Sue Holmes said:

    I agree with your comment on We Are Liars – it was good but not as good as expected. Fixing Delilah was stunning – loved it.

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  12. Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife said:

    I think I walked around in a daze for a day after finishing the Mortal Instruments series just piecing it all together and loving how it all came together.

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  13. Alexa S. said:

    I really and truly love that Heir of Fire makes it way onto this list 😉 Not surprising at all, honestly. Looking forward to continuing to fangirl/swoon over the upcoming ToG books with you <3

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