Number Of Books You Read: 152. I beat my first and second reading goal.
I hope I can read 8 more books before the end of the year.
Number of Re-Reads: 11.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy.
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
THIS IS HARD. Even with cheating by breaking it down into genres, I had a hard time finding only one book.
Fairytale: Rosamund Hodge – Cruel beauty.
Fantasy: Sarah Maas – Heir of fire.
Paranormal: Elizabeth May – The falconer.
Dystopian: Susan Ee – Angelfall.
Contemporary: Cammie McGovern – Say what you will.
Middle Grade: Heidi Shultz – Hook’s revenge.
Historical: Robin LaFevers – Mortal heart.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Jodi Lynn Anderson – The vanishing season. Her other book, Tiger Lily, is one of my favorite books and I was highly anticipated this book. Her writing-style was still beautiful, but the story let me down.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Mindy McGinnis – Not a drop to drink. I was starting to get a little tired of Dystopian books, but I was blown away by the realistic approach from this duology.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
I pushed Grave Mercy on a lot of people and the work from Juliet Marillier, but I don’t think I’ve had much success so far. I will never give up though!
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
I started Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys (thanks to Christina reads YA, because she gave me a copy for my birthday) and I’ve loved all the instalments so far. The best sequel was Laini Taylor – Days of blood and starlight. The best series ender was Mortal Heart, but I’ve already mentioned it at question 1 so I’m going with my second pick, Rae Carson – The bitter kingdom.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Danielle Jensen - Stolen Songbird. She changed the way I look at trolls and you got to love the banter between Tristan and Cécile.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl. I felt incredibly connected to Cath and that made this a nice, but also confronting story.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
M.R Carey - The girl with all the gifts. It was realistic and the biological aspect was AMAZING. This was my thing.
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Marissa Meyer – Cress, or better, the whole series for the upcoming release of Fairest and Winter.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
I’ve read a lot of books with pretty covers, but I think Claudia Gray – A thousand pieces of you is one of the prettiest. The colors! Gorgeous.
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
That has to be Rowan (and Manon) from Sarah Maas – Heir of fire.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Catherynne M. Valente – The girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own making has such a whimsical writing-style.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
I don’t think I’ve had a book like that this year.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Kristin Cashore – Fire. my favorite instalment from this series. I really don’t know what to me so long.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” and "You could rattle the stars, you could do anything if only you dared."
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest: Danielle Jensen – The songbird’s overture, novella from 26 pages.
Longest: George R.R Martin – A storm of swords, with 1216 pages.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
Megan Shepherd – A cold legacy. I liked the first book, but absolutely HATED the second one. I was surprised how much I liked A cold legacy.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Ship in a new series: Iolanthe/Titus from Sherry Thomas – The burning sky.
Ship in an old series: Annith/Baltazar and Chaol/Celaena.
Ship in a re-read: Sybelle/Beast.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:
The friendship between Gigi, Bea and Neerja from Sarah Strohmeyer – Smart girls get what they want.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:
Cat Winters – The cure for dreaming. Delightful story with pictures and a strong MC in an era where there are little rights for women.
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the lightening thief. Debby from Snuggly Oranges is a huge fan of this series, so I decided to give it a shot after my hesitation.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Kasie West – Pivot Point, hello adorable Trevor!
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Without a doubt, Rosamund Hodge – Cruel beauty.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The book itself wasn’t fantastic, but I really liked the concept of Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam – Elusion.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Julie Kagawa – The forever song, because Jackal is hilarious.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Leigh Bardugo – Ruin and rising, because I was very frustrated by this book. It was not what I was hoping for and that's so disappointing.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Zoë Marriott – Daughter of the flames. I haven’t heard much about this book, so I was surprised by it. I also like that it’s a stand-alone (the ‘sequel’ is a companion)
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
A.C Gaughen – Lady Thief. The ending destroyed me.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Cat Winters – In the shadow of blackbirds, because it includes pictures that combine perfectly with the story. It gives such a haunting atmosphere.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Katherine Ewell – Dear killer, WHAT A TERRIBLE BOOK.
The new blog from two wonderful girls: Bookish broads.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
Erika Johanson – The queen of the Tearling, because it was featured on the HarperCollins website and it was the first time a publisher asked me to be part of a blog tour.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I’m still quite pleased with my ‘When bullying isn’t bullying’ post. I loved all the feedback.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The Thirteen days of Ash & Fire tour.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
All my book club meetings & meeting Amber, Judith and Rinn.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
According to Blogspot: The Thirteen days of Ash & Fire tour.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I’m actually happy with the amount of comments I get all the time. I appreciate all of your time.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The news that the new Kobo Aura is waterproof. I want it.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes, you can see in my Monthly recaps that I actually completed all my goals.
Kaufman & Spooner – These broken stars.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
If I can only pick one… I’m going to cheat a little and pick my top 3. Marissa Meyer – Winter, Sarah Maas – A court of thorns and roses and A.C Gaughen – Lion heart.
3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Maggie Hall – The conspiracy of us. The cover, the fact that it’s compared with the DaVinci Code and the blurb. I can’t wait.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
The untitled fourth book from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
I hope that I can finish another 15 series, read at least 120 books, finish all my reading challenges and I want to celebrate my 3 years blogoversary in February. I want to keep my publisher contacts and perhaps I can even grow more. I also hope that my (fairytale) retelling challenge will be a success, because it's the first time I host such a thing. And I hope blogging keeps changing me like my post 'how blogging changed my life.'
6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen. A very promising start of a new fantasy series.