Jess’s 2014 End of Year Survey!

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Jess's 2014 End of Year Survey!

Number Of Books You Read:

75 (Possibly 76, if I can finish my current read before midnight)

Number of Re-Reads:


Genre You Read The Most From:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Best Book You Read In 2014?

Young Adult: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Adult: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes


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

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac by Romina Russell – I was really excited for it and it just ended up in the middle of the pack. :/


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

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer – In a good way! It’s a really quirky book, but I ended up really loving it once I went with its flow. :)


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

Kristan Higgins


Anything by Kristan Higgins. I love her books.


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

The Raven Boys  //  Waiting on You  //  Dreams of Gods & Monsters


Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Melina Marchetta – Where have I been this whole time?!


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

Moth & Spark

Moth & Spark by Anne Leonard || Adult High Fantasy Romance – More, please!


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

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Definitely all those things. O.o


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

The Winner's Curse

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – I need a refresher before reading The Winner’s Crime! Eeeep!


Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?


Most memorable character of 2014?

Blue and her Raven Boys || The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I mean, this gang is pretty unforgettable, amirite


Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor – Just the most epic, gorgeous writing.


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


Tease by Amanda Maciel – How can you not find this one thought-provoking? Maybe even life-changing for some.


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

Looking for Alibrandi AND Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta


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

“I’m beginning to realize that things don’t turn out the way you want them to.
And sometimes, when they don’t, they can turn out just a little bit better.”
Melina Marchetta, Looking for Alibrandi


Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Longest: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor || 613 pages
Shortest: Just One Night by Gayle Forman || 40 pages


Book That Shocked You The Most

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – YOU KNOW WHY.


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

Blue & Gansey || The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterNO SPOILERS, PLEASE! I have only read the first book. :)


Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Josie Alibrandi & Michael Andretti || Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta – I love father/daughter relationships, and this one was particularly heart-tug worthy because they’re getting to know each other and what blossoms by the end of the book is just wonderful. *tear*


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

Waiting On You

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins – 2014 was the year of reading ALL the Kristan Higgins books. I even honored it with a whole week dedicated to her books on the blog! But this one was my favorite. :)


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

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas – Racquel (@purplebull7) from The Book Barbies not only demanded I read this, she let me borrow her precious copy, along with Blue-Eyed Devil, which I plan to read SOON. I loved this book so much. Thank you, Racquel!!


Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Matt Finch || Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – MATT FINCH WHAT?! *dreamy sigh*


Best 2014 debut you read?

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – Hands down. Check out my review to know how much I loved it!


Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Marie just has a gift. This world is dark and full of magic and I can’t wait to read more because it looks like it’s about to get bigger and better.


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


Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae – Italy adventure, photography, and cute boys? YES, PLEASE! So fun!


Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – Sad tears, angry tears, heart-wrenching tears, HAPPY tears. All the tears were shed. But it’s the happy ones that count in the end, right? :)


Hidden Gem Of The Year?


Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae – Not sure how “hidden” it is, but out of all the books I read this year published this year, I think this one best answers this question for me.


Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Like, what the what Marie Lu!! GAH! She’s really good at soul-crushing.


Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer – Hands down. Unique story, unique writing, unique humor, unique romance. <3


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


Tease by Amanda Maciel – It’s hard not to feel SOMETHING when reading this book, but anger is probably the most common. I felt it, for sure.


New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Love at First Page – Danielle has a great mix of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult romance books on her blog and you know I’m all about the kissing. She doesn’t like love triangles though, so watch out. :)


Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves – This was the first review I posted in 2014 and it’s still my favorite because reading it brings back all the emotions the book made me feel.


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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read So Far This Year – In June I told you about my reading so far and you guys liked it lots. :D


Best event that you participated in?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! – I didn’t read as much as I had fun doing the challenges and chatting with people on Twitter. Just the best time.


Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Having Morgan and Tamara join Gone with the Words! They’ve not only given me much needed help around here but together with Lety, it’s completely great having more people to bounce ideas off of. Love you, gals!


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

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Quotes From Books, from 2012 – This is always a top post. People love their quotes!


Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Thursday Tracks – Any of them, really. I know people out there like music. I want to reach you!!


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

Society 6 – THIS WEBSITE HAS EVERYTHING. But my favorite so far is The Art of Young Adult’s art.


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

Just my Goodreads challenge… which I lowered–twice–this year. 


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

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally – I don’t know how I let this go so long unready. :(


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

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – Duh.


2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – That cover though.


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

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – Cannot wait to read what happens next!


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

BEA in May! – Yes! I’m going! More on that later though. :)


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

None Yet! Tell me about your favorite so far!



Jess @ Gone with the Words

21 Responses to “Jess’s 2014 End of Year Survey!”

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    Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    Uff. I totally had to lower my goal a few times last year, Jess. But that’s okay. You know why? It’s a new year! (Also, I lowered mine a bunch last year, but had to raise mine this year, so maybe that’s a sign you’ll do the same in 2015.)

    BEA is supposed to be in Chicago in 2016, and THAT’S when I plan to attend. So close to me! Sadly, this year won’t work out for me.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yeah, I was just bummed that it was under 100. I’ve always at least managed to get to 100. It will happen in 2015!! :) But I’ll try not to be too disappointed if it doesn’t.

      I hope to make it in 2016, too! I was going to wait but I really wanted to go to New York. :)

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    Quinn's Book Nook

    Blue and Gansey! Yes, I will so go down with that ship as well. I love the fanart of Blue and her RavenBoys.

    I need to read more of Kristan Higgins. I’ve only read one of her books, and I liked it.

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    Amber Elise

    Woot you’re going to BEA! I think I’m going to wait it out a year until it comes to Chicago. 2016 y’all!

    I haven’t even read Raven Boys yet but I LOVE the fanart! I think that’s going on my Bout of Books stack!

    Happy New Year Jess!

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    Gone Girl!! I did so much “omg what in the…” while reading it. I have several other books you mention on my TBR list. I really want to get to The Raven Boys.

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    hi jess! your blog looks gorgeous (i know you must have changed it ages back) i’m so glad you checked out melina marchetta. she is a goddess. saving Francesca is beautiful but have you read jellicoe road. that is stunning also. saving Francesca has a sequel called the pipers son. it’s a bit more mature and really amazing. happy new year

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks, Aly! It’s so nice to see your comment!! I have not read more of Melina’s books yet, but I plan to this year! I’m reading them in publication order, so I think Jellicoe Road is next! :D

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    <3333 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE LOVE! I'm soooo glad I helped you read the awesome that is The Raven Boys, and, what's more, that you LOVED IT! So many great books on your survey.

    Happy New Year!

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    I truly thought i commented on this already. ONE PLUS ONE for the win! Also, I haven’t read The Winner’s Curse yet! I need to get to that this year!

    Another two you mentioned, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky & Covet. Yup HIGH ON THE LIST!
    Sounds like you had an epic year! ALSO: ill be checking out Thursday Tracks ;) I LOVE MUSIC!!!

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Thank you so much, Jess! That means the world to me. I feel so loved! <3
    Some of my favorites you mentioned – The Winner's Curse, The Raven Boys (can't believe I waited so long to read that series!), and MELINA MARCHETTA WHO IS MY QUEEN.
    I am so excited for you to read Blue Eyed Devil – that is my favorite contemp romance of all time. And I loved Breathe, Annie, Breathe, too!

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    Alexa S.

    I really want to read How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky! That cover is gorgeous, first of all, and it also sounds like a real interesting story. So that’s definitely happening this year, as is The One Plus One! ;) Also — you are BEA bound?? Woohoo! We should meet up at some point while you’re here.

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