Featured: 2014 Annual End of Year Book Survey


Jamie has a wonderful survey for the end of year that she does annually. Here are my answers. These are books I read in 2014, not just books that are published in this year.

  2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 169
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
Probably Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Kiss, Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

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

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson, and The Red Rising Trilogy for best series and Golden Son for best sequel. Ruin and Rising and The Retribution of Mara Dyer for Best Series Ender.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Rae Carson, Pierce Brown, Kody Keplinger

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Graphic novels, The Walking Dead. They were definitely violent!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Leonard Peacock from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
This Song will Save your Life by Leila Sales

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick and This Song will Save your Life by Leila Sales

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“You are what happiness means to me. And I would rather have today with you than forever with anyone else.”―Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest: Forged (Altered, #0.5) by Jennifer Rush
Longest: Flowers in the Attic; Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #1-2) by V.C. Andrews.

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

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Mara and Noah from The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin,
Paige and Warden from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:
Yukiko and Buruu from the Stormdancer trilogy by Jay Kristoff

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) by Leigh Bardugo

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Body from Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens and A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
This Song will Save your Life by Leila Sales and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell and No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Jasmine from Flip that Page, though she has stopped blogging 🙁


2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
Golden Son by Pierce Brown because it was the easiest to write and talk about.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I lost my discussion post ugh..

4. Best event that you participated in?
Meeting Sophie Kinsella for the first time and basically fangirling


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
Every time I get to talk books with everyone on social media, Twitter, GoodReads, YouTube and especially in person 🙂

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
My Thoughts: Authors Behaving Badly

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Any post really!

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

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes I finished my GoodReads challenge of reading 160 books.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab I said that last year too. OOPS

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015?
The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) by Samantha Shannon and A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) by Erika Johansen

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
To bring back all the posts that I lost during my down-time 🙁

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Golden Son by Pierce Brown *book pusher*


  1. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    January 1, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Okay, I am SOLD with Golden Sun, though I have to read Red Rising first. I’m so excited to read it since you loved it so much!

  2. Cynthia

    January 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Oh I loved the Mara Dyer series. And I LOVE the Flowers in the Attic series. I haven’t read that in a while.

  3. Jaime Lynn

    January 1, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    So, The DUFF? Was it surprising in a good way, or a bad way? Nevermind…. that question was answered, I think! I am getting ready to read The Retribution and the level of excitement is enormous!!! And one more thing, though I have several I could say but this comment would be miles long…. So, you like Pierce Brown at least a tiny bit, eh?! Thank you for this. I loved it so much. I would love to participate in something like this for my blog… Any suggestions?

    • Jaime Lynn

      January 1, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      Again, never mind. i didn’t see the text right under the button with the link…. I blame it on New Years Hype! OHHH, that is what I forgot to say…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

      • giselle

        January 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        Lol no worries! HAPPY NEW YEAR JAIME!

    • giselle

      January 1, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      The DUFF was surprising in a good way! It was a great read with the most cyncial character I have ever read!

      RETRIBUTION was intense to say the least! Waiting for you-know-who to appear..

      YEAHHH Pierce killed it with GOLDEN SON! Lovee!

      Oh its from Jamie’s survey

  4. Sophia Rose

    December 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Haha! I’m seeing a pattern there with Pierce Brown’s series. It’s on the radar. Fun survey!

    Happy New Year, Giselle!

    • giselle

      January 1, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      Haha I just couldn’t stop raving about it lol

      Happy New Year Sophia!!!

  5. Beth @ fuelled by fiction

    December 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Red Rising has been catching my eye every time I pop into the book store. Your enthusiasm for it has tipped the scales! Next time I’m in ill have to pick up a copy 🙂 I’m also really excited for The Invasion of the Tearling! Can’t wait! Also so jealous you met Sophie Kinsella! Best chick lit author hands down!

    • giselle

      December 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Whoo hoo! I’m so glad. I hope you give it a shot 😛 That cover for THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING..Not so pretty as the first one lol YES I LOVE SOPHIE! She is so sweet in person!

  6. encgolsen

    December 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Okay, I guess I really need to read Red Rising!

  7. Eileen @ BookCatPin

    December 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I really enjoyed The DUFF too! After I finished it, I found all her other books and read them. They were pretty good too 😀 Hehe I love Paige and Warden! I hope you do read The Archived next year! It’s such a unique book so I hope you’ll love it. Happy New Year Giselle 🙂

    • giselle

      December 31, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      I don’t know why it took me so long to read! It’s so cute! I’ll have to check out her other books too. I know, I said that last year too. To read THE ARCHIVED

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