22 Dec 2014

End of Year Book Survey - 2014 Ed.

Welcome to my End of Year Book Survey, hosted by the fabulous Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner! I totally hadn't planned on taking part in this as I felt I hadn't read enough to answer it decently. But I wanted a way to reflect and chat about my favourite books and here I am. FYI, I've adapted it to suit me and so I won't be answering all the questions. Still - fun!
Best books you read in 2014? (I was supposed to choose one book, but instead I chose five. Oh well!)
- Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood - Refreshing, honest and awesome book, oh how I loved you! 
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - I had super high hopes and this book didn't disappoint. So sweet and lovely, can't wait for #2!
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord - So glad I was finally compelled to pick this up. Lives up to the hype!
- 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen - I get why this isn't some peoples cup of tea, but it was mine. It made me think about slut-shaming and the vicious cycle of it.
- The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell - My favourite kind of book - thoughtful. As you are going to learn very soon, I loved this A LOT. Add it to your TBR, stat! (RTC in January.)

Most surprising book you read in 2014? 
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman - I wasn't a fan of If I Stay, so I was skeptical when I was told to check this out. I went in with no expectations, and ended up loving it! I'm so glad people told me to give Went a go and that I gave it a chance otherwise I would have missed out on something special.

- The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn - I got this Aussie YA out from the library in preparation for a book event in January. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. And I especially hadn’t expected to cry. Looking forward to Zorns' sophomore novel.

Most unputdownable book of the year?
The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi - I'm not a fast reader, but I read this in a day. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down.

Best 2014 debut you read?
There are a few I could mention here, but since this book can always use some more love: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Nil by Lynne Mattoon - This book was not only entertaining, but the vivid setting was amazing to picture in my head.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer - This was such a fun book. It was light and it made me grin a lot. I think it was because I related with the awkwardness so much. And awkward is funny. Oh, is it!

Book That Crushed Your Soul? // Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014? // That Made You Cry in 2014? // Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014? // Most memorable character of 2014? (Yes, I'm awarding all these to the one book. That is correct!)

And (all) the awards goes to… The Last Leaves Faliing by Sarah Benwell. This book - wow. I'll never forget the main character or how much it made me think and question or the amount of tissues I went through. The US covers wins at life. It's gorgeous!

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?   
I've really enjoyed reading and supporting Aussie blogs this year. Most recently - Jess @ My Reading Dress, who seems to be my twin/kindred spirit in many ways. She's lovely!

Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?    
17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen.

Best bookish moment in 2014?
Discovering the awesomeness of Becky Albertalli. Oh, the love!

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015? 
Every Breath by Ellie Marney. I'm coming for you, book!

A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
In case you didn't get the memo: the love is strong for The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell.

What were your best bookish highlights and favourites of 2014? Feel free to leave a link to your post/survey or tell me in the comments! Have I convinced you on any of these titles? *wink wink*


  1. Awesome survey!! The Intern was definitely the most fun I had with a book as well. AND YES, how good is The Sky So Heavy?? Made me cry too. Actually so did The Protected...Claire Zorn has a lot to answer for :P

    Also I saw you flailing about The Last Leaves Falling on Twitter so...*dashes over to Goodreads*

    1. Thanks! I'll be sure to prep the tissues for The Protected. I have a feeling it'll have the same effect TSSH had on me.

      I've succeeded in book pushing Last Leaves! My job here is done.

  2. THIS BENWELL BOOK AGAIN. YOU HAUNT ME. I MUST READ. January is my month to conquer the world. I just say that because it's my birthday LOL BUT JAN IS LIKE MY MONTH. Everything I want to read is coming out. AND NOW THIS BOOOK AS WELL!
    I'm not even a road trip person but am seriously considering Open Road Summer. BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT. OH THE PRESSURE.

    Moi, who horrible with AU authors, must read Zorn asap. Y'all all rave on about her. It's about time that I got on board. Get with the program, Jess.

    Before I go on, LOOK AT ALL THESE CONTEMPORARIES. I'm so bad with those. BUT I TRY (now, because y'all all book push me. LET ME GIVE YOU FANTASIES--hahahahahhahahaa-- INSTEAD)

    I'm sorry, let me brush away my tears because I'm having an incredibly emotional moment right now. I'M GOING TO HUG YOU RIGHT NOW OK. I think we're having a great moment here. Oh god, our wedding needs to happen asap. I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU <3 YOU SPOIL ME WITH YOUR WORDS OF KINDNESS <33333333 I'm going to go tackle you with love on twitter now.


    1. GET ONTO IT, JESS. And don't forget the tissues. I hope you love Last Leaves as much as I did.

      Aw, don't cry, lovely! *HUGS IT OUT* Yes, the wedding! And we're having a photo booth and performing a dance, OK? I like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PDlR40F-tY Also, our dresses better not clash!

      I like the idea of a Buddy read! I promise - I'm picking up Every Breath SOON. I can't wait for the Sherlock escapades!

  3. Open Road Summer also made it to one of my favorites of 2014! I'm currently working on my end of year survey, so it should be up soon. So many things to do before 2014 ends!

    1. I know, it's ALL happening! Glad you also enjoyed ORS, it was a favourite of many this year!

  4. Oh man! I think I'm going to have to look into The Last Leaves Falling, since it got like, ALL the awards from you! ;) And also 17 First Kisses, which is probably something I should have read a LONG time ago—I used to read 80% YA realistic, but I've been doing other things like movie marathons lately, haha.

    Hope you have a wonderful upcoming year! :)

    Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

    1. Yes, look into! While you're at it, look for some tissues because you'll need them. 17 First Kisses is a you book you'll either love or hate. It's very subjective and I get why some people couldn't see past things, so beware going in.

      Movies marathons! I need to have one of those. You should see how long my to-watch list is. It's as long as Santa's naughty, nice list, which is saying something! ...now I want to know what you've been watching :)