Judith’s 2014 End of Year Survey

eoysjThe year is almost over (when did that happen?) and so it’s time to fill out Jamie‘s end of year book survey again. This is the third time I get to fill out the survey, but I don’t think I have ever had such a hard time. Trying not to mention the same book over and over again, that is. The truth is, however, that I haven’t read as many books as I would have liked, and therefore I don’t have many books to choose from. And to be true, I just really wanted to yell about my favorite books over and over again, so there’s that. Enjoy my rambling and leave me a link to your end of year survey, if you’re doing one.

2014 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: currently 70 (GR refuses to include my reread of Open Road Summer)

Number of Re-Reads: 5 (If You Find Me, My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Open Road Summer – which I read for the first time this year and reread a couple of months later)

Genre You Read the Most From: probably YA contemporary, as it is my go-to genre and I love it so much

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. If you are surprised by this answer, you must be new here. Hi! (My second and third favorite books were The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson and Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and The Falconer by Elizabeth May, both of which most of my friends absolutely adored, but that never impressed me all that much. I might still continue with both of these series, though.

3. Most Surprising (Good or Bad) Book You Read in 2014?
I was not expecting to struggle with What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick like I did. I adored the main character and the romance and the family and I love how sex-positive it was, but the pacing was really off for me.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Oh man, I don’t know, I’ve talked about so many books this year, I don’t think one stood out (lol jk Throne of Glass obvs).

5. Best Series You Started in 2014?
The best series I read is the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson (which I binged and absolutely adored). I’m also happy I started the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally (which are actually companion novels).

6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2014?
Emery Lord, who is now on my will-forever-auto-buy list.

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. I don’t read show/movie to book adaptations because I don’t care for them, but this was Veronica Mars. It was not perfect, but definitely fun.

8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year?
Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley, which was super fast-paced and action-packed and made me very angry but I loved it.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I was going to say Open Road Summer, but I’ve already reread it. Oops. I want to reread the Throne of Glass series.

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2014?
I may not have loved this book, but The Winner’s Curse has one of my favorite covers ever. I don’t always like covers with dresses on them, but the picture point of view is just so on point in this one. I adore Since You’ve Been Gone’s cover mostly because the font is amazing and it is one of the most detailed books ever. Here is a picture I took of it.

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11. Most Memorable Character of 2014?
Celaena fucking Sardothien

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12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2014?
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira, Far From You by Tess Sharpe and Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. Such beautiful words. Also clearly Heir of Fire and Fire and Thorns character development-wise.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?
A book I would like to point out is Adam by Ariel Schrag, which I didn’t love per se, but which taught me a lot about the LGBTQ+ and transgender community. It was definitely life-changing in that way.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 to Finally Read?
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. It’s basically a feminist high fantasy and such a me book and I also don’t understand why I haven’t read the companion novels yet, because I’ve heard they’re even better. I’m a failure.

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

From Heir of Fire:

“Fireheart – why do you cry?”
“Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”

“She was as much a queen as Maeve. She was the sovereign of a strong people and a mighty kingdom. She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow for no one.”

From Open Road Summer:

“I owe Dee for so much, for the pinkie links and the kindnesses and phone calls and bail-outs. This is the currency of friendship, traded over years and miles, and I hope it’s an even exchange someday. For now, I do what all best friends do when there’s nothing left to say. We lie together in the darkness, shoulder to shoulder, and wait for the worst to be over.”

“It takes a long time to learn someone. It takes a long time to see a person as a whole spectrum, from worst to best – from the mismanaged heartache that lands them in AA to the pancake dinners, from the hurtful things shouted in a dressing room to the huge-hearted strength that only a best friend can understand. Once you get there, it’s forever.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
The shortest book (I didn’t count novellas or short stories) was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart with 227 pages. The longest book was Heir of Fire with 562 pages (see? I didn’t even mean to answer HoF again but the universe made me).

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson and Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. All had amazing plot twists I had not seen coming at all. If you’ve read all of these: View Spoiler ».

18. OTP of the Year?
Bellamy and Clarke from CW’s adaptation of The 100. If you even question this OTP, you only have to look at the way Bellamy looks at Clarke. I swear to god, if they don’t make out soon I will actually die. Oh, was this question about books? In that case, Hector and Elisa from the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson are totally at OTP level. I also ship Sam and Jordan from Catching Jordan and Will and Parker from Stealing Parker. They are adorable.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Reagan and Dee from Open Road Summer, who have the best friendship I have ever come across. Celaena and Rowan from Heir of Fire have the best connection. I don’t know if they’ll fall in love and as much as I would like to see that happen, I love them no matter what. Their relationship is just all kinds of amazing.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, which also features an amazing female friendship and which is my second-favorite of Matson’s novels. (Second Chance Summer will always be number one.)

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based Solely On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
Boomerang by Noelle August, which I only read because of Ellis’s “teenage girls having sex adventures” list.

22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book You Read in 2014?
Hector. No, but seriously, where can I find him? (If we’re not talking about books, Bellamy fucking Blake would be it.)

23. Best 2014 Debut You Read?
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, which was incredible and heart-warming and just made me so happy.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The world from the Throne of Glass series, which just keeps getting better and better. I also really loved the world from the Fire and Thorns series, which had a Latin-American setting, and had a very interesting spin on religion.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord and Boomerang by Noelle August. Both just made me so HAPPY.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor and Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. I haven’t heard too many people talk about this book but I thought it was beautiful.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman punched me in the gut and made me feel down for days.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I still haven’t quite processed it and I read it months ago. The story is one of a kind.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley (this is not even bullying anymore – it’s damn torture) and Something Real by Heather Demetrios (those parents are the worst EVER). Both were great but oh so infuriating!

Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered in 2014?
I have no idea how I am supposed to choose between all the amazing blogs I found this year. Sorry.

2. Favorite Review You Wrote in 2014?
I’m going to be so original and say my review of Heir of Fire. I loved writing it so much. (It’s basically a novel in itself.)

3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had on Your Blog?
My most popular discussion post was my post about ARC envy, closely followed by my post about why I read YA.

4. Best Event That You Participated In (Author Signing/Festival/Virtual Event/Meme)?
I had a lot of fun coming up with and working on the Thirteen Days of Ash and Fire with Alexa, Katie, Rachel and Jaz.

5. Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2014?
My favorite bookish moment was when I finally got to meet Amber, who I met through blogging and has been one of my best friends for two years now. We met up with Rinn and Mel which was great. Another great idea was starting a group chat with Amber, Ellis, Tatum, Dee and Meg, who are some of my favorite people in the entire world. They bring me joy on a daily basis. And oh hey, remember those times when Ellice and I were blurbed in two books? I still cry over that.

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7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
My Heir of Fire Blog Tour was my most-viewed post this year (apart from the birthday and blogoversary giveaway posts) and it makes me so happy to see that, because I was very passionate about that post and I spent a shitload of time on it. Plus, this means that so many of you have read about Heir of Fire and that’s the best thing ever.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All of them. Does that make me sound rude? I don’t mean to be. I haven’t been commenting lately because uni has been driving me crazy and I’m really noticing the difference commenting-wise. I totally get it though.

9. Best Bookish Discovery?
I re-discovered Tumblr this year and I have just been OBSESSED with fan art. Does this count? I think it does.

10. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges or Goals?
I only did the Goodreads reading challenge this time around, which worked out perfectly because I easily completed my goal. Admittedly, I set the bar very low and only made myself read more than 50 books. Don’t judge me.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
I particularly want to read A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, because it’s Sarah J. Maas.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, which is a fantasy in an Ancient Rome setting.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas and Winter by Marissa Meyer, which I both need now please.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Mostly, I want to restructure my blog because I”m a bit overwhelmed by all the different features and types of posts we’ve got going on right now. I want to find a schedule that works again, but I also want to be realistic. I’m in my second year of university and it’s just a shitload of work. University and real life things go before blogging. I need to remember that.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord which was lovely (even though I didn’t love it as much as Open Road Summer).

Judith is a 21 year old book blogger and reviewer, English student, part time magazine editor, compulsive book buyer, aspiring writer, proud book pusher, founder of Paper Riot and co-founder of the Recaptains. She is kind of addicted to Twitter. More?

15 Responses to “Judith’s 2014 End of Year Survey”

  1. I’m afraid to tell you this, but I still haven’t read the Throne of Glass books! Obviously I need to fix that. I tend to drag my feet a bit when it comes to series. But seeing how much you love it is making me more excited to read it.

  2. This is such a great survey and I will be filling mine out soon. I also loved Open Road Summer. It was one of my favorite books of this year. I would also like to read Jellicoe Road. It looks like a great book.

  3. I spent like hours and hours doing mine. XD SO MUCH FUN. (And I haven’t ever done this survey before!) OH it kind of makes me feel a bit better than you didn’t adore The Winner’s Curse. >_< ME TOO. I…I don't even know why. I love the cover to bits and I want to keep reading but I didn't ship the ship and I thought everyone was rather awful to Kestrel. *glares at Arin*
    Aaaanyway.
    CELANEA SARDOTHIEN FOR SURE EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T EVEN SPELL HER NAME RIGHT WITHOUT LOOKING IT UP. BUT SHE ROCKS.
    I'm so so so excited for A Court of Thorns and Roses!! XD

  4. Ahhh I love the number of Heir of Fire mentions :D Winner’s Curse was amazing, as was Rites of Passage. Great picks!! Awww it’s always so cool when blogger friends meet in real life. 2014 seemed like a great blogging year for you, YAY!! Here’s hoping for many more ;)

  5. 1. Ha, no surprise there. Heir of fire is epic.
    5. I’m still so happy you love Girl of fire and thorns as much as I do <3
    11. All the love for Celaena.
    18. Haha, sneaky, you still managed to get The 100 into your post. I think Amber would approve of this. But I definitely ship them and Elisa/Hector are precious.
    29. Cruel Beauty blew me away.

    Meeting you, Amber & Rinn was also one of my highlights this year. I'm happy we have such a fun photo of it :)

  6. wren says:

    Ooh. Where is this survey?

  7. BELLAARRRKKEEE!! Also, the Since You’ve Been Gone cover is GORGEOUS and Celaena Sardothien is the ruling badass MC. I only read 50 books this year too- I started with a goal of 100 and then that dribbled away when I realised how busy I was going to be.. Ah well! Good luck with all your 2015 goals! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Judith! :)

    Rita xx

  8. Helen says:

    WTF??!!! You SO need to read Fire, the sequel to Graceling. God, I can’t tell you HOW MUCH I loved that book! I actually read Fire before Graceling, and have reread it so many times!

  9. Helen says:

    OMG I totally want Winter to come out! But at least Fairest is coming out in about a month. . . not as long of a wait! YAY!!!

  10. I was thinking to myself “LOL, bet Judith re-read If You Find Me” and…lo and behold, she did! Also LOL at all he Heir of Fire mentions happening. ;)

  11. This survey looks so fun (the first time I typed that it autocorrected to “surgery”. Ookkaaayyy). I was too late to participate this year since all my posts are scheduled until January, but I definitely want to try it next year.

  12. Edel says:

    I also wasn’t too fond of the Winners Curse. Everyone seemed to love it but I just didn’t love it. I found the first half quite slow and while I loved Arin’s character at the start I thought he became really soft and weak towards the end. I read Noughts and Crosses when I was very young but my god that book made me feel so angry and so sad and frustration and pretty much every emotion ever. Definitely one of my all time favourite books.

  13. It’s so fun reading the answers to this survey, I’m discovering so many great books this way. Heir of Fire was amazing, but I think CoM wins for me because of my Chaolaena ship moments in that one. What I Thought Was True was one I struggled with too, which was a shame because My Life Next Door is one of my favourite books. Throne of Glass is a series I have become obsessed with, I haven’t loved a series this much since Harry Potter. And Celaena Sardothien is definitely one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across.

    I’ve owned Open Road Summer for months now and I really want to get to it, but it just never seems to happen. But I NEED to read it because I hear nothing but good things. Noughts & Crosses was a series I started reading when I was eleven and I absolutely loved it, even though book one crushed my soul so badly. Love that series, and I met Malorie Blackman a few times this year and she’s hinted that she might be working on a new book. I HOPE SO! Great answers! :) I recently did my own survey, which can be found here if you want to check it out.

  14. Laura says:

    I had the exact same issue filling out this survey – trying not to mention the same books over and over. It’s hard! Pretty sure I failed on that mark.

    You had some great rereads! Very summery. Especially Open Road Summer – I want to reread that sometime soon. Matt Finch <3

    Better start reading Maas, it looks like…

    A Mad, Wicked Folly is so fun! An informative historical (suffragettes AND art!) as well as a sweet romance and fight for independence.

  15. I thought I read more fantasy but contemporary won yet again hehe. *high five*

    The cover of Since You’ve Been Gone is the best thing really. I miss summer now.

    Heir of Fire is life and Celaena Sardothien is a queen and a BAMF. My heart explodes whenever I think about this series or book 4 or Rowan or Aedion or Sam or Chaol or- anything, really.

    I reread ToG series last year and it was the best decision ever. I’ll be there if you need any support for your reread of the whole series.

    BELLARKE FOR LIFE.

    Celaena and Rowan are soul mates and that is all.

    Bookish people are awesome! So glad you met Mel, Rinn and Amber. =D

    A Court of Thorns and Roses! ToG4! An Ember in the Ashes! The Start of Me and You! So many awesome boooooooks heeee.

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