2014 End of Year Book Survey

This survey is the idea of Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner.
Wanna participate? Check her post out here!

Number of Books Read: 159
Number of Rereads: 59
Genre You Read the Most Of: Mystery (37) and Picture Books (37)

Best Book I Read in 2014
What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom
Book I Was Most Let Down By

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
Most Surprising (In a Bad Way)

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1) by Amanda Carlson

For a book about a woman, written by a woman, and intended for a female audience, this was startlingly misogynistic. And since it's my first experience with the non-YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy subgenre... bad choice, I guess.

Book I Recommended Most

The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest, #1) by Emily Rodda
Best Series

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
Best Sequel

Dragon's Nest (Dragons of Deltora, #1) by Emily Rodda
Best Series Finale

Changes for Kirsten: A Winter Story (American Girl: Kirsten, #6)
by Janet Beeler Shaw
Favorite New Author: Tony Abbott, for his The Secrets of Droon series. I'm not far into it, so there's always the possibility that it'll lose my interest or I'll eventually decide that Abbott's writing isn't for me after all, but of all the new authors I read this year, he's the only one whose book pleasantly surprised me and whose other books I expect to eventually read.

Runner up here would be Kobi Yamada, whose book I loved but didn't inspire me to seek out more of his work.

Best Book Outside My Comfort Zone

Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Most "Unputdownable" Book of the Year

Moonlight Secrets (Fear Street Nights, #1) by R.L. Stine

Favorite Cover

Shadow Breakers (Shadow Runners, #1) by Daniel Blythe
Most Memorable Character: Jasmine of Deltora Quest, Deltora Shadowlands, and Dragons of Deltora. She's an abrasive, stubborn action heroine survivalist, and she's freakin' awesome. You'll find no Faux Action Girl or Chickification here. As far as kidlit fantasy goes, Jasmine (and the series she comes from) stands above the rest.

Most Beautifully Written Book

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Most Thought-Provoking Book

What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom
Book I Can't Believe I Didn't Read Sooner

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet
(The Secrets of Droon, #1)
by Tony Abbott
Favorite Quote: This passage from The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) by Lemony Snicket, which I used in my one and only Quotable Thursday post of 2014.

Longest Book [426 pages]

The Book of Cthulhu II
Book That Shocked Me the Most

The Book of Cthulhu II
OPT of the Year: Spike and Drusilla of Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row by Christopher Golden

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year: Kirsten Larson and Singing Bird of Kirsten Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Kirsten, #2) by Janet Beeler Shaw

Favorite Book by An Author I've Read Before

The Castle Crime (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, #6)
by Ron Roy
Best Book Found Via Recommendation: Thanks, Grimlock for...

Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row
by Christopher Golden
Newest Fictional Crush: Nope!

I reject your attempts at wooing me, please get out.
Best 2014 Debut: That's a joke, right?

Oh god, does this make me some kind of book hipster?
Best Worldbuilding

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
A Book That Made Me Smile

The Third Wish (Fairy Realm, #3) by Emily Rodda
A Book That Made Me Cry

Not a bleeding one...
Hidden Gem of the Year

Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery
by Kathleen Ernst
Book That Crushed My Soul

What soul?
Most Unique Book

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Book That Angered Me the Most

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1)
by Amanda Carlson

New Favorite Blog: ...you expect me to pick?

Favorite Review: How about my American Horror Story: Coven review? (Spoiler alert!)

Best Event: #BookBlogWriMo, hosted by Book Bumblings during November 2014

Best Blogging Moment: Successfully completing #BookBlogWriMo after months of stagnation was pretty great!

Most Popular Post This Year: How about a top ten instead?

Post I Wish Got a Little More Love: Is all of them a valid answer? It's obviously my fault for not being more social myself, but...

Best Bookish Discovery: Readgeek

Pushed Back to #1 Priority of 2015

Spirits of Christmas
Most Anticipated Book of 2015

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
by Rick Riordan
Most Anticipated Debut of 2015

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Most Anticipated Sequel of 2015

The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6) by George R.R. Martin

I have no doubt that this isn't actually going to be coming out in 2015, but I do think it'd be hilarious if he managed to shock everyone by revealing it is!

Not that I'm caught up with this series anyway...

One Thing I Want to Accomplish in 2015: Honestly, I'd like to finish a first draft of one of my own projects this year. I'm hoping to do that during NaNo '15, but... procrastination and I are very good friends. Or worst enemies. However you want to look at it.

2015 Release I've Read and Can Recommend: Aw, you think I'm caught up with my ARCs? How cute!

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