2014 End of the Year Survey – Best in Books, Part 2

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This is part two of the Best in Books section. You can read part one and the Reading Stats section here.

All answers are for 2014, so I’ve taken out all the mentions of the date or “this year” in the prompts.

16. Shortest and longest book I read?

16a. Shortest

If I rule out novellas and graphic novels, my shortest book was Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt at 139 words.

16b. Longest

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling at 734 pages. Like I said in my review, I could totally kill someone with that brick if I hit them just right.

17. Book that shocked me the most?

Last year, this question was split into three parts, and I’ve chosen to follow this pattern again.

17a. A kiss/romantic scene?

Mycroft’s “experiment” in Every Breath by Ellie Marney. HOLY COW. I almost screamed and threw my book, I was so shocked and excited.

17b. A HOLY COW moment?

There were at least FOUR of these moments in The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas. I blew up Gillian‘s DMs over this book. I punched a coworker in the shoulder over this book.

A very honorable mention goes to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling for the whole Moody/Crouch stuff. Truly didn’t see all of that coming.

17c. A my-heart-is-breaking moment?

Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan – Oh my word, that entire climax was just… In my review, I couldn’t even describe it. I had to use GIFs because words FAILED. I hoped everything would turn out okay, and yet my heart was just in PIECES.

A very honorable mention to that one death in H2O by Virginia Bergin that just killed me. Oh my heart.

18. OTP of the year (I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)?

I… I CAAAAAAAN’T. I’ve literally filled in the rest of this survey and still don’t know what to put for this question. How do I choose? WHOM do I choose? Do I pick Annith and Balthazaar from Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers? She’s my favorite girl and he’s my favorite boy, and they’re beautiful together. Do I pick Niklaas and Ror from The Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay? They have a beautiful romance AND a beautiful bromance, and through the course of the book they both grow so much. Or do I pick Titus and Iolanthe from The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas, one of the shippiest OTPs to sail the shippin’ seas? They bicker, they have misunderstandings, but they always have each other’s backs, and their chemistry is like WOAH.

Trololol, I choose not to choose.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Ror and Niklaas from Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay – Yes, a romance does blossom between Princess Aurora and Prince Niklaas, but before that happens, they’re just Ror and Niklaas, and the bromance is EPIC.

A couple very honorable mentions go to The Naturals from Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (yay! found families!) and Blue/Ronan (Bronan) from Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

20. Favorite book from an author I’ve read previously?

Well, Mortal Heart, duh. Also, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and The Winter Prince/The Sunbird by Elizabeth Wein. Yeah, I’m cramming those winners in there, BECAUSE THEY’RE AWESOME AND I CAN.

21. Best book I read SOLELY because of peer pressure?

Every Breath by Ellie Marney –  Normally, a Sherlock retelling would be my jam, but I was nervous about Sherlock (historically portrayed as a complete jerk) as a love interest. But Twitter EXPLODED with love for Wattscroft, and I heard and obeyed. And it was worth it.

22. Best new fictional crush?

James Mycroft from Every Breath by Ellie Marney – He’s literally Sherlock as the boy next door. He’s smart, sarcastic, lean, muscled, and has a mess of dark curls that have been compared to anarchy. UM. YES.

A very honorable mention goes to Kiaran from The Falconer by Elizabeth May, a smokin’ hot Fae better known as KIAAARAAAAAAAAAN, because uff.

23. Best 2014 debut?

 The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Though I loved many debuts this year, The Falconer was the only one to receive five stars. (I’m very stingy with my fifth star.)

24. Best world-building/most vivid setting?

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski –  All I can say is heck to the yes, my people. I loved many things about this book, but what I remember most vividly is the world-building that went into the Herrani and Valorian societies. It was wonderful.

A very honorable mention goes to Salvage by Alexandra Duncan for the vividness of its various Earth locales. Not only could I picture each place clearly, but every location was realistically diverse in a way that fictional settings often aren’t.

25. Book that put a smile on my face/was the most fun to read?

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas – I don’t think I STOPPED smiling while reading this book. It was vivid and fun and detailed and a perfect read for anyone who has ever been stuck working retail during the holidays.

A very honorable mention goes to Loop by Karen Akins. Any book that can give me sci-fi, time traveling antics AND banterfluff is a friend of mine.

26. Book that made me cry (or nearly cry)?

The Perfect Place by Teresa E. Harris – Owwww. Like a Hallmark movie, I knew the pain was coming, but the knowledge didn’t protect me.

27. Hidden gem of the year?

I refuse to narrow this one down. REFUSE. H2O by Virginia BerginPrincess of Thorns by Stacey JayThe Perfect Place by Teresa E. HarrisHigh & Dry by Sarah Skilton, and Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano all deserve WAY more buzz than they’ve been getting. Honestly, I want to shake all you readers and scream, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIVES?! READ THESE BOOKS!”

28. Book that crushed my soul?

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas – I spent most of the book wailing, “MA BEBES DON’T FIGHT NOOOOOOO.”

29. Most unique book?

Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane –  I talked a lot more about this book in Part One, but it’s definitely different from what I read in general and different from anything else I read this year.

30. Book that made me the angriest?

Firebug by Lish McBride – Interestingly, I really enjoyed Firebug. I love the characters and even plan to check out the sequel. Unfortunately, certain aspects made me angry enough that I had to drop my rating down to two stars, and I don’t think any other book had parts that made me drop a rating so dramatically.


That’s the end of part two of the Best in Books portion of the survey!

Come back tomorrow for a slight detour into my favorite secondary characters of the year, and then return for the Blogging/Reading Life portion of the survey on Saturday.

One Response to 2014 End of the Year Survey – Best in Books, Part 2

  1. Kyra December 18, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    I SO badly want to read Princess of Thorns after your raving about it, it sounds SO good! I’ve also been hearing amazing things about Every Breath so I’ll definitely be picking that up sometime! And YES to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I reread it for the second time this year after reading it for the first time four years ago and I’d actually forgot what happened and that Moody/Crouch plot twist – HOLY FREAKING COW. It was epic. And ruined me. And asdfghjkl.
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