Lety’s 2014 End of Year Survey!

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Lety's 2014 End of Year Survey!

I did not read as many books as I’d hoped, so many apologies if my list of answers is not as robust as my sister-bloggers.

 Number Of Books You Read:


Number of Re-Reads:


Genre You Read The Most From:


 Best Book You Read In 2014?

 A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin – I put off reading this last published book in the series because well it’s the last one in the series that has been published, but it was such an excellent book!! There was a lot of things going on and more plot-building but it was pretty grand.

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

 Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa – You guys, I LOVE dragons and stories about dragons and boy was I excited to hear that Julie Kagawa was releasing a dragon/shapeshifter series. I was a big fan of her Iron Fey series and I was so super stoked about this one. The story was good, it wasn’t horrible but I wasn’t completely in love with it either. It was just good. I’ll continue reading the series because I am hoping it will get better but this book was just ‘meh’ for me.

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

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – THAT ENDING! I will admit that I was pretty certain that we would get this ending just by the way the story had progressed but I was still shocked that it happened! And I’m still in shock that this series is over.

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

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman – This was such a great story and I made sure to tell anyone who would listen to read it and make sure to check out the movie too!

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

 Best series I started: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth – I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this but I made sure to read this before the movie debuted! So good!

Best Sequel: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman – OMG this sequel guys!! I was on an emotional bumpy ride and I was happy to be aboard!

Best Series Ender: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – EEK! I was so happy. So very, very happy.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

 Gayle Forman – Her If I Stay series was just so great, I am now a big fan of Gayle Forman and I am definitely planning on reading more of her stories in the future.

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

I didn’t ready any books in 2014 that were too outside my comfort, but I plan to in 2015!

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

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – Most definitely a thrill ride!

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

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I may re-read this one before the movie comes out, if it comes out in 2015.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

 Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark #3) by Gena Showalter – Two Words: HOT DAMN!

Most memorable character of 2014?

Will Traynor: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – For some obvious reasons and for surprising me at every turn.

Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – If I read of book of hers any year, it will always end up in this category. Her words are like poetry that ebb and flow and create brilliant pieces of imagery.

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Reading about someone that has pretty much lost everything makes you appreciate all the things you have, and are able to do in life.

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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling – What the heck took me so long?!

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

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”  ― Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest: 105 pages – The Wicked (Elder Races, #5.5) by Thea Harrison
Longest: 1,125 pages – A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin

Book That Shocked You The Most

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson – This book was chalk full of deception (as its title appropriately alludes to), but there was one deception I was not expecting. It caught me full on by surprise and I had to put the book down and just stare into the void of my bedroom with my jaw on the floor. I won’t spoil anything but telling you specifically which part, but I hope I wasn’t the only one that was fooled!!

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

Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison – Okay so I have only read this first book of this very long series (13 novels so far), but after reading this first book I was certain these two would eventually hook up. I mean, you can’t have all that sexual tension and not have it lead anywhere. So of course I started googling and doesn’t look like it. *sigh*

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kenji Kishimoto and Juliette Ferrars: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – I was constantly in a hysterical stupor when these two would start their banter. I love Kenji so much and especially loved his and Juliette’s friendship. He always seemed to get her to focus when she was going off-course or too deep into her thoughts.

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

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi – Such an intense series, I was sad it came to an end but this is one I will definitely revisit in the future. It was so easy for me to get lost in Tahereh’s words and this story!

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

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This gem of a book came highly recommend by Jess. She always has the best recommendations so when she looked me in the eyes and stated point-blank “Lety you are reading this.” Well I had to, of course! I was not disappointed!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

 Adam Wilde: If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman – *sigh* Oh Adam! Such loyalty, and love, and dedication, and pain, and love, and restraint. And he’s a musician! BONUS!

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison – I was fascinated in reading about the Inderlanders and how their world meshed with the human world and how the Ever-After came into play. Inderlanders consisted of witches, vampires, werewolves, pixies, fairies, demons, leprechauns, trolls, elves and lots of other interesting creatures. The Inderlander/Human world was a very bustling world with lots of enthralling characters.

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

 Light My Fire (Dragon Kin #7) by G.A. Aiken – Any time I step back into this series with the latest book I have tons of fun reading and laughing along with these crazy characters. Always a fun ride!

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

 If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman – The tears were steadily flowing throughout this book! Emotions were running high and I just couldn’t stop myself from crying!

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Definitely took me by surprise on how good it was!

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman – I was already an emotional wreck after reading If I Stay, but this one was just heart-wrenching! Very emotional and a great ending to this series.

Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

 The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry – This book wasn’t unique in the sense that it was a dystopian, children’s, science-fiction, fantasy story which are very common. Why I thought it was unique is because it was written in 1993 and had such a fresh take on the whole dystopia story-line and very heavy morals to learn from it. I was impressed by this novel and it was no wonder it had won so many literary awards.

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

Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa – What mostly made me upset was the love triangle, I guess at the time I was reading it I had just about had it with love triangles and this one was not a particularly standout one. I did like the story but I was seriously debating throwing my copy across the room once I saw the main storyline consisted of a love triangle (the cover is beautiful and pretty to touch, so I was not about to actually throw it. Duh.)

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

 Bookalicious Babe Book Reviews – Love this blog visually and also enjoy the rating style and the reviews.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

 I am slacking in this area since I only had two reviews this year, my favorite of the two was my review of  The Here and Now by Ann Brashares.

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

 My Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit post from October. I had lots of great comments and discussion of places that books made us daydream about. I would say it was my most popular post and I did lots of searching to find just the right picture for each one!

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 My review of Defy by Sara B. Larson, I thought I was in full on quirky and witty mode with this review and would’ve liked some more love! But I got a few great comments!

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

The Book Depository – Had no idea this existed until Jess pointed it out to me recently. I made my first purchase in December!

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

In 2013 I read 52 books, so I averaged about a book a week. For 2014, originally I had set out to read 60 books but that was just not going to happen. It was not my best reading year, so I had to change my goal a few times and am currently trying to make my 25 books mark, which I am confident I will reach by the end of 2014. J Not the best but still better than reading no books at all! Lol Silver lining ya’ll!

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

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin – I pre-ordered this beauty of a book and I have yet to read it! It is jam packed with wonderful artistic representations of the castles, characters, animals and lands of this series. It also delves deep into the history of the families we have grown to love and hate during this series and I am making this one a priority for 2015!

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

Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay Crownover – Yessss we finally get Asa’s book!! I’ll confess I am behind on this series but when I heard that Asa’s book was coming out in 2015 well that made me all kinds of schoolgirl excited! Guess I need to read those last two novels!!

2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – This debut book sounds like a very emotional and heart breaking story that is sure to bring me to tears. This is why I must read it!! Bring on the emotion baby!

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

Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa – I am anticipating this sequel the most so I can try and make sense of all the loose ends in the first one. As I mentioned before, Talon was not my favorite book this past year but I am hoping it will get better with the sequel in 2015.

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

Reading/Blogging Life: Must. Write. More. Reviewssssss. IRL: Marry Benedict Cumberbatch. A girl can dream right?

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

 I haven’t read any 2015 pre-release novels, but if you have please comment me your recommendations! I’d love to hear them!

Lety @ Gone with the Words

5 Responses to “Lety’s 2014 End of Year Survey!”

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    Awesome list :] You read some good books this year!

    Good luck with your goals for next year :]

    May the odds be ever in your favor this coming year :)

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks so much!! I need to catch up to you, I saw you read 100 books last year!! I am trying to at least get to 60 LOL


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    Helena Reads (@BookNerdAddicts)

    You had an awesome year in books :) I can’t believe, I haven’t read any of the books that you have mentioned lol (hinds behind a rock) Hope you have a great and safe New Year xoxo
    Helena @Book Nerd Addicts

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      Lety @ Gone with the Words

      I know exactly how you feel!! Every time I look at TTT posts I have many ONE that I’ve read. I feel so out of the loop but my TBR pile sure does keep growing LOL

      Hope you had a fantastic holiday and Happy New Year!! :D


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    Devan @ Book Strings

    I really need to read Kiss of Deception. Oh Harry Potter! My favorites are 3, 5, & 6, although 5 & 6 crush my soul every time I reread. You definitely need to pick up Red Queen for 2015. So good!

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