Thursday, January 1, 2015

Our Year in Review

A Survey put on by Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner
Purple=Christina's Choice
Green=Sarah's Choice
Black=Both of Us
2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 75, 104
Number of Re-Reads: 20
, 24
Genre You Read The Most From:
YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

 The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin
This book is just so creepy because sometimes reality and hallucination get mixed. It’s even more terrifying when Mara knows that someone is stalking her but she has to hide it from her family because they think she’s mentally unstable and paranoid. Gosh, this book is intense.

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
I was so impressed with this book when I first read it earlier this year. The language was gorgeous, the world beautiful, and I just fell in love with the characters. I read it again in October and my love for it doubled. I must get this on my shelf soon!

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard
This book took us both by surprise. It’s not something that either of us usually read (zombies/steampunk) but it ended up being such an enjoyable and refreshing read. The first line was what really intrigued us: “Dead!” A woman screamed. “It’s the dead!”

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
I read Storm Glass before I knew it was a spin-off of this and I really liked it. I decided to read this before I continued on with the series to try and avoid getting any more spoilers. I have heard a lot of great things about this series but I did not like it at all.

Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
I was really looking forward to the end of this series but right before I even read the first page, and saw that there was no Percy or Annabeth POV, I had a bad feeling. I was so disappointed in the book I was so sad because it just felt…. Blagh.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 
In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s got beautiful writing, beautiful setting, monster horses, and it is character driven. It’s not really Sarah’s type of book but she HAD to read it. When she finally did she gave it 5 stars!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I don’t push many books on people except for my sister and my friend (and I pushed a lot on her last year) but this is one of the major books I pushed on Christina. And she liked it!

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Kiss of DeceptionàThe Evolution of Mara DyeràRuin and Rising
1) The mystery POVs were done so well it kept my head spinning. 2) It is just so twisted, I love it! 3) A great ending to a great series. The epilogue made me hug the book.

Something Strange and DeadlyàCressàRaging Star
1) Loved! Refreshing! Slow burn romance! 2) Love the world, love the characters (Captain Thorne) 3) OMG, this end to a series was probably one of my favorites! So amazing, intense, heart-breaking! So sad that it’s over but absolutely LOVED it!

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Susan Dennard

Mary E. Pearson

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
 Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Zombie/Necromancy/Steampunk. Yeah, we don’t really read this stuff much.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Evolution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
For the reasons I previously mentioned. I finished the first and second book in less than 48 hours and I was completely hooked.

Raging Star by Moira Young
Right from the first page I was hooked! I love this series and the ending was AWESOME!

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
We are both in awe of this book and read it pretty quickly (Sarah read it in a day). It’s the type of book where you just HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
We’re both planning on rereading the series after Fairest comes out but before Winter.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Kestral (The Winner’s Curse)
She’s just awesome. I love that she’s smart and level headed and a great strategist.

Rosaline (Still Star-Crossed)
I love her attitude and her strength.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Kiss of Deception

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
The Shakespearian language and world is just so beautiful, I love reading this book. I read it twice in 2014.

13. Most Thought-Provoking Book of 2014?
1984 by George Orwell
It’s not an enjoyable book but it is memorable. It presents a lot of ideas that are worth thinking about. It’s very different from today’s dystopians because there’s no big battle or war, the only way to rebel is to live differently, but even then they come for you.

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
What would the world be like if water was scarce… it’s not a pretty picture.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Such an interesting book. I read this because I wanted to do a paper comparing it with The Island of Dr. Moreau and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. There are a lot of interesting ideas in it which can be found in a lot of stories where science or technology goes too far.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
I’ve seen it around at the library a lot but because it was about zombies I never wanted to pick it up. However this year I read a review for it and then my curiosity became too much. I’m so glad it did.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy - that guy right over there - that’s him.” –Isla and the Happily Ever After

“Miss Fitt, you know curiosity gets men killed."
I grinned. "Then I daresay it's good I'm a woman.”
-Something Strange and Deadly

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may have been a bit longer in page numbers, but, come on, we all know Bleak House is LONGER!

Shortest Book
I don’t know. I read quite a few plays and short stories this year, but I don’t know which was the shorest.

Cress by Marissa Meyer
I think this is about average for a long book.

A Gallagher Wedding by Ally Carter
Cute short story to finish off the Gallagher Girl series! Love it!

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

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
This book is just shocking. Period. When reading it we were just staring at the page in shock and amusement and sometimes horror. It was a book we normally wouldn’t read, but it was certainly memorable.

Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White
This book was so intense and that part in the end! WOWZERS!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Alena and Mal (The Grisha Trilogy)
I am one of the few people out there who do not ship Alena/Darkling. I love the relationship between Alena and Mal. It’s not perfect but in the end it’s all worth it.

Saba and Jack (Dust Lands)
Oh these two. I can’t stop smiling over the pair! 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Annie and Fia (Perfect Lies)
Gotta love the sisters.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I fell in love with the time and the characters and the beautiful art. Kiersten White is one of my favorite authors because she can write short, stand-alone novels that feel complete.

I wasn’t really expecting much when I started this book, truthfully I didn’t think I’d like it even though I loved Vampire Academy but surprisingly I was hooked from the first chapter!

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Winner’s Curse
Sarah told me to read it so I read it.

The Scorpio Races
Christina has been hounding me for years to read this book. Finally she got the audiobook and, when I wasn’t in a position to escape, turned it on. I was quickly hooked and ended up giving it 5 stars.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Arthur (In the Shadows)
He is just so badass. I love his story so much!

Benvolio (Still Star-Crossed)
Love! He has honor and smarts and is just dreamy!

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
…don’t think we read any 2014 debuts

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Lost Girl by Mandanna Sangu
The world is just so messed up. People make Echoes of those they think they cannot live without. Echoes are real people with real feelings who are clones of the Others, but their life is not their own. They live in seclusion unless their Other dies, in which case they take their place and live their life. It’s so haunting and makes you thing about the ethics of such a choice.

This is an interesting, complex world that I just can’t help to love.

Across the Star-Swept Sea
Great, beautiful, dystopian world.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
About two Jane Austen fangirls. It’s so fun and has a great cast of side characters.

 To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
I would have chosen a Gallagher Girl book but I’m not counting rereads. Stephanie Plum is hilarious and pure fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Raging Star
… tears...

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
 Still Star-Crossed
We are still shocked how much we love this book. It’s not really our typical read and Sarah has never read Romeo and Juliet but we absolutely LOVED this book! The Shakespeare language is just perfect!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
 Strange and Ever After
I feel like this also counts as “made us cry.” That ending was so heartbreaking!

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
It was definitely something else. We read it for our library book club and all of us were pretty shocked by it.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Toxic (Denazen #2) by Jus Accardo
This book ticked me off because I really liked the first one and this one reduced the series to something I didn’t want to continue. Half the book consisted of “Get away from him you bitch, he’s mine” and “She really wants to be with me! *punch*”. It was just so pathetic and annoying.

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kirstin Cashore
What disappointed me most was that, until a certain scence, I was raving about this book and loving it to no end. Then after a particular scene everything went downhill and I ended up barely being able to finish it.
Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
There was no Percy or Annabeth POV and everything just seemed to fall flat and dull.

Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
It looks really interesting and the cover is gorgeous!

Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I have been trying to read this for a few years now and I am determined this time to read it!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
We don’t read a lot of debut’s the year of so we’re not really sure.

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) Marissa Meyer
Can’t wait to see what finally happens! 
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading In 2015?
 Read more classics
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