2014 End of Year Book Survey

This survey is hosted by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner!

I was reading through Brin’s Book Blog when I came upon this survey and thought that this would be a good way to talk about my year here in this blog. I hadn’t seen it before this year but it has been going on for 5 years and almost 400 people participated in it last year!

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Number of Books You Read: 130 books
Number of Rereads: 6 books
Genre You Read Most From: 
Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read in 2014?

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Basically the whole series, but this was my favorite book in it)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. One of my favorite booktubers recommended reading this book and I was really excited to read it but for me it was just meh.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It was a reread for me and I remembered loving this book but this time I felt that there was too much going on and couldn’t concentrate fully. But I loved the second book!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

I didn’t really push books on people (or at least don’t remember doing it :D) but I got my bf to read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Mistborn-series by Brandon Sanderson and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Brandon Sanderson! (Yes, this year survey is going to be me hyping Sanderson.) Also Emily St. John Mandel.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell. I haven’t read that many non-fiction books but this was my favorite of them!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Can I say again The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson? If not that then Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Half Bad by Sally Green. The second book comes out some time in 2015 and I don’t remember that much about Half Bad so I am thinking about rereading it before reading Half Wild.

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

Talon by Julie Kagawa. The book is really beautiful, with or without its dust jacket.

naritasan11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Vin from Mistborn-series. Did anyone see that coming? 😉 Also Jean from Gentlemen Bastards-sequence.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 Station Eleven again. This just made me think about my life and what would happen to me if I was in that situation.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

Every Day by David Levithan. I don’t know how I haven’t read any of his books before but this was just amazing!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“All I get is tomorrow.” – Every Day by David Levithan

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

 Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown and The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. That ending!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Vin and Elend. They are just perfect together!IMG_20140402_150858

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Vin and Kelsier. And Vin and Sazed. Also West and Glokta from The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read her Wolfs of Mercyfalls – trilogy before but this book, was perfect! Can’t wait to read her Raven Boys next year!

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. So many people has been recommending this and finally read them this year. It was really worth it, can’t wait to read the ending of this series!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Vin? Okay somebody else… Hmm.. Jean from Gentleman Bastards – sequence by Scott Lynch. I fell in love with him in the second book!

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

 Half Bad by Sally Green and seems to be the only debut that I read this year…

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I really want to have same kind of adventure in Paris that they had.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

 Let It Snow by three different authors. I was laughing almost the whole time I was reading it, so much fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

 Mistborn-trilogy. I cried on every book, I think.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka. This is the first book in a trilogy by a Finnish YA – author, who writes really good books! So if you have a chance, check this book out!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Mistborn-trilogy? Also Maus by Art Spiegelman.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

 Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. I loved how they mixed magic and technology together in this book.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I think I hated every character in this book. Every. One.

yourbloggingbookishlife1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

Soo many! Cautious, Paper Fury and The Book Addicts Guide are the three blogs that I visit most often.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?   

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?  

On Reviews, My Opinions

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?  

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?  

When I started my blog. One of my best decisions this year.

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?  

Top 5 Wednesday | Series Titles

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?  

My reviews.

8. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Crafted Van on Etsy and Lukulaari at my city.

9.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?   

I started blogging so late this year and didn’t have any goals for this year except the Goodreads goal that I finished some time ago.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?    

Sooo many books! If I need to choose one, I have to say The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?  

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. People has been hyping this book already a lot and I just can’t wait to get my hands on it!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?    

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I think this is a debut author but correct me if I am wrong!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?  

Winter by Marissa Meyer!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?  

Hopefully I write more discussions posts next year! If you have any suggestions for topics, please tell me on the comments!

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:  

I haven’t actually read any 2015 releases. Too much to read at the moment.

How was your year? What was your favorite book you read this year? Tell me down on the comments!

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

I was looking at my books the other day and how there are so many great books that I want to re-read. Then as I was looking for the challenges to participate on 2015 I saw this re-read challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. The challenge is really laid back, there are not really any rules, you just decide how many and what books do you want to re-read in 2015.

I don’t know how much time I’ll have for rereading in the coming year but I am hoping to at least re-read one book a month. I don’t have all the books decided yet but some of the books I really want to re-read are Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and the The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Are you going to read any books on 2015? What reading challenges are you going to participate in?

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2015

 

This is a new fantasy themes reading challenge hosted by Alexa from Alexa Loves Books and Rachel from Hello, Chelly. There are no levels in this challenge, you just decide amount of books that you want to read and try to accomplish it. I want to read 30 fantasy books in 2015. Here’s the rules and how to participate:

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • The challenge will run from January 1-December 31, 2015.
  • We’re welcoming all readers to join us for this challenge! In order to sign up, readers must link to their blogs or their Goodreads profile in the Linky provided below.That way, we can see where you’ll be sharing your thoughts on the fantasies you’ll read!
  • You can read as many fantasy novels as you’d like to. No levels for this challenge!
  • There will be 2 giveaways, one at 6 months and one at the end of the year. More details will be provided closer to those dates.
  • Help us spread the word! Feel free to tweet about the challenge using our official hashtag#flightsoffantasy, grab the button to link to the challenge in your sidebar & pin the image on Pinterest.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Challenge yourself to read a certain number of fantasy books. Share your challenge number in a comment below, a post on your blog or even a tweet!
  • On the last Sunday of each month, we’ll be sharing our personal updates on the challenge. We’ll be including a Linky, just in case you decide to do the same. (This is optional!)
  • As mentioned, we will have giveaways! If you want to gain bonus entries for the giveaways, read any (or even all!) of our favorite fantasy books listed below:
    • Joint Favorites: Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Fire and Thorns, Snow Like Ashes, Queen of the Tearling
    • Alexa’s Favorites: Eon, Daughter of the Forest, The Elemental Trilogy, Song of the Lioness, The Hobbit
    • Rachel’s Favorites: The Grisha Trilogy, Harper Hall Trilogy, The Fever series, The Winner’s Curse, Graceling

Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? Comment down below!

Week in Review | Week 52

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It’s almost new year! This year went so fast, sometimes it feels unbelievable that it’s almost 2015. I’ll be posting my End of the Year review next week where I’ll talk about the books I have liked this year and other things. Also will be posting a New Year’s resolutions/goals posts on the 1st of January, telling you all the challenges and goals I have for 2015.

This week I didn’t read that much because we went to my mom’s house and spent Christmas there. I had books with me (over 7 for 3 nights holiday cough, cough) but didn’t really find that much time to read. Instead I spent time with my family, ate good food and rewatched Hunger Games. Also I got some nice presents, like a waffle maker, a gift card to a book shop and couple movies.

After coming home I finished reading The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, tried to read Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith but finally dnf’ed it because it just didn’t catch my interest. For some reason I couldn’t really relate to a horny, catholic school boy. Last night after watching The Two Towers with boyfriend I started The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. It’s really good so far and I am excited to see what happens next.

On the Blog

Bout of Books 12
Xmas Booktubeathon Wrap Up 

Merry Christmas! 
Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge 2015 

 How was your week? Are you excited for 2015? Leave a comment down below, please!

Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge 2015

The Daily Prophecy

This is another reading challenge I decided to take part on 2015. The idea behind it is to read fairytale retellings or other retellings on 2015. It is organized by The Daily Prophecy (click the picture to go to her blog) and there are several levels to aim for. I decided to aim for the level Magic Mirror which means that I need to read 5-9 retellings. I’ll be posting at the end of every month how my challenge is going and the books I have read so far.

Are you going to take part on the Fairytale Retelling Challenge? Or any other reading challenge? Tell me down on the comments!

Merry Christmas!

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When this post is going up I’m with my family, hopefully enjoying good food and watching lots of movies. I hope you have a great holidays, however you celebrate them! Here are some pictures of my Christmas presents that I opened early. The posters and soy candles are from my lovely boyfriend and the fourth picture is of my #TBTBSanta present! I got it on Monday and couldn’t stop myself from opening it. So thank you Sifra from Brilliant Bookshelf, your gift was awesome and I can’t wait to taste all the sweets you send me!

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Xmas Booktubeathon Wrap Up

C360_2014-12-22-14-08-03-238So I exceeded myself with this readathon. I changed my tbr books a little bit by changing The Narrow Road to the Deep North to Saga Vol. 2. Also I finished 7 books this weekend! One of them was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which I will talk more on my A Very Dickens Christmas Read-along Wrap Up. I also read three graphic novels, and my favorite from those was definitely Saga vol. 2. I love the artwork in this and all the different characters we are introduced to. Would you like me to talk more about the graphic novels/comics/manga’s I have read? I have been thinking that I could start next year a series talking about favorite comics.

Maus 2 was really interesting to read. I haven’t read that much about the world war’s so it was really interesting to see it told from the perspective of the person who lived through one of them. After this I read a Finnish graphic novel, about a transgender who didn’t really know how to identify herself/himself. I feel that this was little bit confusing sometimes and I would have preferred there to be more dialogue even though it’s a graphic novel.

The books that I finished were Talon by Julie Kagawa, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. I really liked all three of these, but I think that The Bone Season was my favorite. It was just so fast spaced and the romance in it didn’t bother me at all and I wanted to read the next book in the series straight away. Talon was also a good read, maybe a little predictable sometimes but I liked it a lot. And it has dragons! Definitely checking out the next book when it comes out! Let It Snow was my Christmasy type read and it was cute. I loved the story from Maureen Johnson, mainly because I found the couple to be just so cute! The other stories were also cute but I couldn’t really connect so well to them as I did to Jubilee and Stuart.

All in all, I feel that this read-along went very well. Can’t wait my next read-along which actually starts on the 5th of January! Did you participate on Xmas Booktubeathon? I hope you have a lovely holidays and Christmas if you celebrate it!

Bout of Books 12

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ll be participating on this read-a-thon right at the beginning of the year. This is my first time participating in Bout of Books read-a-thon and I am excited! I have had so many great experiences on different read-a-thons so I can’t really wait to see what other people are reading and how they are doing and so on. I’ll be posting my tbr closer to the starting day, but it might be that this week I would try to read the last books I have from my library at the moment.

Are you taking part on this read-a-long? Comment down below!

Week in Review | Week 51

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Books I read

This weekend was Christmas Booktubeathon which I participated on. I changed my tbr for that a little bit but I’ll talk about that more in its own wrap up later this week. With the books that I read for the Booktubeathon I have read 7 books this week. Four of those have been for the read-a-thon and might change still because I have about six hours of Sunday to go.

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1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman 3 stars
2. The Chimes by Charles Dickens 3 stars
3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 4 stars
4. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 4 stars
5. Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan 5 stars
6. Talon by Julie Kagawa 3 stars
7. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle 3 stars

At the beginning of the week I finished reading Just One Day and The Chimes. I enjoyed both of them and hopefully post a review of them soon. Actually I am hoping that I finish A Christmas Carol today or tomorrow and then I can wrap up all the Dickens short stories that I have read recently.

Most of my week went with reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Now I can say that I have read all of her books hopefully and this definitely was my favorite out of the three. Gone Girl was also good but at the moment I feel that it’s too hyped up. WIth Dark Places there’s not that much hype, but it was a great read. There was mystery, and sadness and insane people and I think that the character growth that the main character went through was very well done. I’m hoping that Gillian Flynn releases a new book soon because I really like her writing style.

 

Books I bought/received

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This week I gave a new home to 8 new books! Four of them, Dead Reckoning, Dead Ever After, Deadlocked and The Sookie Stackhouse Companion, are continuation to the Sookie Stackhouse-series by Charlaine Harris. I’m planning on marathoning that series next year and these were the books I was still missing. Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter, Dear Life by Alice Munro and The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan I got from the fabulous second hand shop, Lukulaari.

Prince of Fools I got from the author, Mark Lawrence himself! I found out that he was looking for people to review his newest book and I sent him and asked about it and he send me a copy for a review! I just last week finished the first book in his first trilogy, Prince of Thorns, so I might finish that before I start this one but I can’t wait to read this one! And it’s signed! I am so glad!

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On the Blog

A to  Bookish Survey
All I Want For Christmas Is Books
Xmas Booktubeathon TBR
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Saturday Trailers | Cinderella

Next Week

Next week is Christmas week and I’ll be visiting my family from Tuesday to Friday. I’ll schedule some posts to come up till the Christmas Eve but then I am not sure when I’ll be posting again. But definitely before New Years because I need to write my New Years resolutions.

How has your week been? What have you read? I hope you have lovely and fun Christmas and holidays wherever you are!

Saturday Trailers | Cinderella

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This week I want to share to you a movie trailer of a live action that is retelling of one my favorite fairytales. Have you guessed already? Yes it’s Cinderella.

Not only there’s Helena Bonham Carter who is the fairy godmother, there is Richard Madden who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. I loved his portrayal of Robb in the series and can’t wait to see how he acts the part of the prince Charming. Also the dresses in this look so cool!

Are you waiting to see Cinderella in the theaters? What is your favorite fairy tale, retelling or not? Tell me down on the comments!