End of the Year Book Survey 2014

I can’t believe another year has ended.  I keep saying this, but it is so true – time just flies by.  But, I am so excited to be participating in Jamie’s 5th End of Year Book Survey.


2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 150 books (not including all the picture books and readers I read for work)
Number of Re-Reads: 5 books (the first four Harry Potter books and The MacGregor Brides)
Genre You Read The Most From: Romance (always romance!)

Best in Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (adult non-fiction)
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (Adult Fiction)
A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare (Historical Romance)
Soulless by Gail Carriger (Adult Steampunk)
Easy by Tammara Webber (New Adult)
Winger by Andrew Smith (YA Contemporary)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – I couldn’t pick between the books (YA Fantasy)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (YA Science Fiction)
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (YA Retelling)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Favorite re-read)

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

heroes are my weakness susan elizabeth phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I really loved some of the books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips I read this year, so naturally I was really excited about the release of this one.  But I was definitely let down a bit.  It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

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

I think I was most surprised with how much I LOVED Easy by Tammara Webber.  Even hearing how wonderful this book was, I was apprehensive.  But man it was so good.

But if you want to talk about books that had twists, well even hinting at them spoils that, doesn’t it.

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

That’s a toss-up between Winger by Andrew Smith and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

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

Best Series Started – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.
Best Sequel – Cress by Marissa Meyer (third book in the series)
Best Series Ender – Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

That’s a tough one, but I’m gonna go with Gail Carriger.  I just loved Soulless and Etiquette & Espionage!

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

Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (because it is science-fictionish, futuristic, and slightly dystopian)

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

blood of my blood barry lyga

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga was definitely the most action-packed book I read this year.  Talk about intense and such a great ending to the Jasper Dent series.

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


Pretty much anything by Tessa Dare.  Specifically A Night to Surrender and A Week to Be Wicked.  Also, Easy by Tammara Webber.  Talk about the FEELS!

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

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
This was a toughy.  There are just so many amazing book covers out there.  But there is just something so gorgeous about this cover.  I catches my eye every time.

Honorable Mentions: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Cress by Marissa Meyer

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

soulless gail carriger

This is a tough one because I read primarily character-driven novels, but if I had to choose, I would say Alexia Tarabotti from Soulless.  She is certainly memorable, and just plain awesome.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

raven cycle

The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater.  Stiefvater is such a beautiful writer.

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

I really had to think about this question (haha).  I think the book that was the most thought-provoking that I read was actually Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga.  It is a thriller/mystery/suspense book, but this whole series makes you think a lot of nature vs. nuture, and how that affects children.  It’s fascinating.

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

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Easy by Tammara Webber.

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

I say this every year, but I don’t really pay that much attention to quotes while I’m reading.  Nothing at all really comes to mind.  While I’m reading, I’m so engrossed with the story and the characters that I just don’t pay attention to memorizing quotations.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (734 pages)
Shortest: Holiday Spark by Shannon Stacey (65 pages)
Shortest Non-Novella: Jane, the Fox and Me by  Fanny Britt (104 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I don’t really read a lot of books with shocking twists, but there are two that come to mind:

winger by andrew smith

Winger by Andrew Smith
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
But I can’t tell you why because NO SPOILERS!

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

You saw above, where I said that the genre I read the most was romance, right?  How can I just pick OTP!  I want them ALL TO BE OTP!  But I guess, if I had to choose:

crash into you by katie mcgarry

Isaiah & Rachel from Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Sigh . . . I’m just swooning over hear.  Isaiah is just so amazing, and I loved Rachel and Isaiah together so freaking much.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

raven cycle

Definitely the relationship between Adam, Ronan, Gansey and Noah from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater!  Talk about an amazing friendship.

open road summer emory lord

Honorable mention would be Dee and Reagan from Open Road Summer.  I love their friendship.  Perhaps if I liked the book a bit more, these two would be the winner for me.

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

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  You can tell I really loved these books, huh?  🙂

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

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Like I mentioned above, I’m not really big into science fiction, and this one has SPACESHIPS and OTHER PLANETS!  But all the bloggers were raving and raving about this so I needed to give it a try.  And everyone was right, this book is AMAZING.

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

As I mentioned before I read a lot of romance, therefore I tend to get lots of crushes on fictional characters every year.  But the person who comes to mind right now is Isaiah from Crash Into You.  He’s just the kind of guy I fall for.  What can I say.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

So, I haven’t read that many debuts.  I feel like I’m always trying to catch up on backlist items.  But I did read a few that really stand out to me.


Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas – Oh yeah, she writes my kind of books!
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick – okay, so Kate Rorick has other novels out there, but Bernie Su does, so I decided to include this.  So there 🙂

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

I don’t really read books for their settings or worldbuilding.  It’s always about the characters for me.  But there is a book that does come to mind:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Yeah, this was a re-read for me.  But really, what better world building is out there?

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

snow falling on bluegrass by molly harper

Snow Falling on Blue Grass by Molly Harper
My review for this hasn’t been posted yet, but I just loved listening to this book.  Actually any of Molly Harper’s books that are narrated by Amanda Ronconi put smiles on my face.  They are just so much fun.

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

winger by andrew smith

Winger by Andrew Smith – Seriously, this book is soooooo good.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I don’t really read a lot of soul-crushing books.  There are definitely books I’ve read this year that left me somewhat emotionally upset, but I can’t think of any should-crushing books that I’ve read this year, which is actually okay.  This year was tough enough with out any soul-crushing books.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

raven cycle

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  This series just has such a unique feel.  I’m sounding like a broken record aren’t I?

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

Open Road Summer by Emory Lord – I actually liked this book (it wasn’t love though) but I really got frustrated with all the female hating that Reagan did.  It got so old so fast.  It still irritates me now, months after I read the book.

Blogging/Bookish Life

**I’m actually skipping this section.  For most of the questions I didn’t really have anything interesting to say.  But be sure to check out Jamie’s original post for all the questions.***

Looking Ahead

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

grave mercy robin lafevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I just NEED to read this book – and the whole series.  Everyone raves about it.  It’s definitely my number one priority.

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

I’ve got two books that I am most excited for:

Winter by Marissa Meyer – what am I going to do when this series is over?
Raven Cycle #4 by Maggie Stiefvater – it doesn’t even have a title yet, but many I fell hard for this series over the last month or two.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Honestly, I don’t really pay attention to what books are debuts.  Sorry.

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

The exact same books for what what I’m most anticipating in 2015 –  Winter and Raven Cycle #4.

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

I just really want to have a great blogging year.  I’ve really loved blogging, even though it is such a time commitment.  I’ve been blogging for close to 3 years, and there has never been a moment that I haven’t loved doing it.

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

I actually haven’t read any 2015 releases yet.  But I plan on read Julia Quinn’s January release, The Secret of Sir Richard Kenworthy soon.

Soooooo, how was you reading year?  Let me know.

16 Responses to “End of the Year Book Survey 2014”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Jamie’s survey is so great – it covers everything! You have such a wide variety of books mentioned here – it’s good for getting some recommendations. I’m again reminded that I need to read Soulless, hopefully I’ll get to it after my current read!

  2. Camille @ Girl meets Books

    I plan on doing this but I haven’t finished answering it yet. lol 🙂 I love how much you obviously love The Raven Cycle. I read book 1 late last year and I’m hooked. Definitely. I’m on book 2 now and gosh, these quintet (is that right?)! Here’s to more awesome books in 2015 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      This survey definitely takes a lot of time to fill out. It took me ages, and I even decided to skip a part. 🙂

      The Raven Cycle! The books get more and more amazing! I’m not sure if it is a quartet or a quintet.

  3. Amir

    I just bought These Broken Stars for .99 on Kindle! Yay deal! I’ve only read The Raven Boys from the series but I do agree that it’s beautifully written. I’m glad The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet topped your list too, it was such a worthy book that complimented the series so well. Happy new year Quinn! Wishing us all a wonderful bookish year ahead ^.^

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      What a deal for These Broken Stars. It’s a wonderful book!

      The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is just adorable, isn’t it? I kind of want to watch the webseries again.

  4. Stormy

    Love all the Raven Cycle love! I’m so glad I finally read the series this year. I agree that one of my favorite non-romantic relationships is the friendship between the raven boys. It hits me in the heart, hard.
    I’m with you on Grave Mercy! I’ve had that book on my shelf for so long now. That + the Gemma Doyle trilogy are my “MUST FINALLY READ THIS YEAR” books for 2015.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I know, I’m so glad that I read The Raven Cycle books this year too. They are just freaking amazing!

      And yes, to Grave Mercy! I need to get my act together! I did read the first Gemma Doyle book, but it was a few years ago. I hope you like it. And I hope we both love Grave Mercy.

  5. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I loved reading through this! We share so many of the same favorites – The Raven Cycle, Lunar Chronicles, Crash Into You, Across A Star-Swept Sea,Ask Again Later…
    I hope you are able to get around to Grave Mercy soon. It’s an amazing series – I feel like each book gets better and better. 🙂

  6. Alisa Selene

    I almost fid this survey but felt I wouldn’t have as uvh to say as I have little time because of mj! So many of these are on my tbr list! Broken stars, crexs are tops for me. Happy New Year!

    • Alisa Selene

      I almost did this survey but felt I wouldn’t have as much to say as I have little time because of mj! So many of these are on my tbr list! Broken stars, cress are tops for me. Happy New Year!

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