2014 End of Year Book Survey!

The Perpetual Page Turner is hosting this fun survey!

It’s been a big year for me, what with starting this blog, finishing my undergrad, travelling overseas and making a few major changes! I thought it would be fun to look over my year of books to see what I’ve been doing.

Number Of Books You Read: 83 to date

Number of Re-Reads: 5

Genre You Read The Most From: Academic textbooks, mainly on witch hunting, oddly enough. I did a unit on Medieval witch hunting, which involved a ton of reading!

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason… such a huge disappointment!!

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

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton- I wasn’t expecting much at all but it ended up being a ripper of a book!

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

Hmmm… possibly The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, because it is amazing and I’m always forcing people to read it!

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

Hmm, maybe the Dark Hunter series, which I read the first two books of a few weeks ago but haven’t bothered reviewing, as I don’t have all that much to say about either of them! But I did enjoy them, they were fun! 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Simone St. James!

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

Hmmm. Perhaps After Easter by Anne Devlin, a play set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

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

 Dark Dawn by Matt McGuire kept me up till all hours and took over my life, I loved it!

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

Ha, probably any of the Harry Potter series, since I can’t keep away from them!

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

 A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England by Susannah Lipscombe is so pretty!!

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Oh, that’s hard. I think I’ll go with Coriolanus from the Shakespeare play! He’s pretty cool, and the visuals of Tom Hiddleston playing him are rather delicious.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Even though I wasn’t an enormous fan of the book, Hannah Kent’s writing in Burial Rites was pretty wonderful.

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

I honestly don’t think I have read anything “life changing” this year. It takes something very special to get me to give that sort of accolade, and books like that are rare as hen’s teeth for me!

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

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I think I was at the right point in my life to read it and enjoy it though, so perhaps it isn’t a bad thing I waited so long.

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

Basically the entirety of The Picture of Dorian Gray, so whenever Sir Henry opens his mouth. Oscar Wilde is a god!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The shortest is Doctor Who: The Highlanders and the longest is The Complete Poems and Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Dark Dawn by Matt McGuire, because it was brutal and because it was a tad scary that such a nice man can write such scary things. Perhaps that’s why Matt’s always so friendly… it’s because he kneecaps his characters instead! (Just kidding!!)

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

Me with Matthew Ryder from The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

No?

Fine.

Jeeves and Wooster.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent from The Restaurant at the End of the UniverseThey’re such hoopy froods!

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

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith  J. K. Rowling!

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

The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin, if university readings count as peer pressure…

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

Matthew Ryder! Yessss, he is just delicious.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

I’m not sure I’ve read a good 2014 debut, sadly.

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

Iceland in Burial RitesI almost could taste the dead whales.

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

 Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James was a lot of fun!

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

I cried reading Call the Midwife, but not nearly as much as I do in a single episode of the TV show!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 Agnes Grey! JUSTICE FOR ANNE BRONTE!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson is enough to make anyone consider a quick drop and a sudden stop.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote. It’s the only book I’ve read this year that changed narrating style randomly for no apparent reason in the last quarter. And it had a guy called Jesus Fever.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?

Northanger Abbey OH JESUS I CAN’T EVEN COPE.

My Blogging and Bookish Life!

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2014?   

Sweating to Mordor! Eric is awesome and runs this amazing project- if you’re a fan of Middle Earth, definitely check his blog out!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

Probably my rage review of Northanger Abbey. I enjoyed writing it far more than reading the book!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?  

I wrote a post about shell shock in The Lord of the Rings and had a hell of a good time writing it, though it wasn’t hugely popular. I’m rather fond of it!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

None =(

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?  

Hmmm…. getting my first comments was pretty cool!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?  

My #BeCritical post gets a little daily loving most days!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?  

Other than my Shell Shock in The Lord of the Rings post….

My Dark Dawn review. Because the book is awesome!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Ooh… the Berkelouw Book Barn in Berrima is pretty amazing.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? 

I didn’t really have any, but I did read more classics this year!

Looking Ahead

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

Parade’s End. I still haven’t read it. I’m hopeless. i could write you an incredibly detailed essay about all it’s themes and whatnot, I’ve read tons of papers on it, but the actual novel is terrifying to me, which is totally irrational and ridiculous.

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

Ahhh…. So many. So very many. I think I’m looking forward to The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey the most though, it’s looking good!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?    

I can’t even think of a book being released next year that I’m looking forward to at all! Hopefully Kate Morton will publish something…. anything! I think I’d read a bulldozer manual if she wrote it.

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

I’m really not a huge series person, but I’m looking forward to reading the second DS O’Neill book by Matt McGuire, and that was published this year.

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

Read more books! And perhaps take out a good chunk of my Classics Club Challenge

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

None, because I have enough to read without ARCS right now!

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2 thoughts on “2014 End of Year Book Survey!

    • Oh gosh, you should definitely have a read of it! There’s so much witticism and double entendre that I imagine got cut when the book was abridged, especially if it was intended for a younger audience (and to make it a bit less scandalous!)

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