The first part of the survey, hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner, is one that a lot of other book bloggers do; I started doing it last year. I’ve been doing the second part of this survey ever since I started book blogging, but I tinker with it every year.
1. Best book you read in 2014?
I discussed this over the past few days:
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee and Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2014?
The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini
4. Book you read in 2014 that you recommended to people most?
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
5. Best series you discovered in 2014?
I don’t really read series, but I did start Divergent and The Giver last year and plan to finish out the series. I also read Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, and I plan to finish the rest of her Neapolitan trilogy this year. (I know. Super late to the party on all of those!)
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?
Four of these people have been around for ages, but: Sigrid Undset, Graham Greene, Elena Ferrante, Milan Kundera, Celeste Ng
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset. I don’t really do historical epics set in the Middle Ages? But Unset was fabulous. I’ve already bought her Nobel-winning trilogy, Kristin Lavransdatter and will be reading it soon.
8. Most unputdownable book in 2014?
- Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset (drama, drama, drama)
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (powerful)
9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Probably none. I don’t re-read books so soon after I finish them.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
11. Most memorable character in 2014?
Flora 717 in The Bees by Laline Paull
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2014?
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, which I read because of my plans to visit Auschwitz last summer. That book added a whole new level to that trip.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, which has been recommended to me several times over the past decade.
15. Favorite passage/quote for a book you read in 2014?
I did not keep track of quotes this year. Sadness.
16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2014?
- Shortest: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- Longest: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.)
Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read In 2014 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Charlie, Patrick, and Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
19. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously.
20. Best book you read In 2014 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
I don’t think I read anything this year that was solely based off someone’s recommendation. I have a few lined up for this year, though!
21. Genre you read the most from in 2014?
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and The Bees by Laline Paull
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2014?
The battle sequences in Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2014?
Flirting with French by William Alexander and El Deafo by Cece Bell
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?
I don’t think any books made me cry, but if anything came close, it was Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala.
27. Book you read in 2014 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?
Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin
Questions from my old survey that weren’t in above survey:
Oldest book read: Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
Most-read review: On Divergent, Sex, and Assault
Favorite bookish moments: Reading for a couple of hours at a park in Krakow (with two sprained ankles, there wasn’t much else I could manage to do!)
Guiltiest pleasure: ???
Worst read: In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler. I’m gonna just keep last year’s gif right here:
Biggest triumph: Actually reading 85 books in 2014; I had to read 15 books during the last 15 days of December in order to accomplish that goal!
Favorite reread: I think the only book I re-read last year was Mockingjay. I listened to it on audiobook.
So what made your hall of fame/shame in 2014? Leave your links in the comments!