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Number of books you read:
Kara says: 143. I had set myself a goal of 150 and I didn’t make it. Wahhhh. I blame World of Warcraft.
Bekka says: As of right now, 83. Working on the 84th right now!
Lyn says: 75. Better than the 50 I started with at the first of the year.
Number of rereads:
Kara says: 10! Way better than I usually do! I’m lucky if I reread 1 or 2 books a year. I think that’s what I did last year, actually.
Bekka says: 15! A lot more than I expected, to be honest.
Lyn says: Ha, 2. Both manga.
Genre you read the most:
Kara says: Contemporary, actually! That was a surprise. Guess I am getting into that more. Fantasy came in second, and those are probably my two favorite genres right now. Especially middle grade fantasy.
Bekka says: Contemporary as well. Not surprising as that’s always been my main go-to genre.
Lyn says: Fantasy won it, followed closely by contemporary, then paranormal. I’m honestly shocked.
1. Best book of 2014:
Kara says: Compulsion by Martina Boone
2. Book you were excited about & thought you would love more, but didn’t:
Kara says: Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule
It was so purple and cheesy and TERRIBLE.
Bekka says: Bleed Like Me
I was so excited for what promised to be a gutwrenching contemporary about self-harm and abusive relationships but instead what I got was a shitshow.
Lyn says: Raging Star by Moira Young.
Such a terrible ending to an otherwise great series.
3. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book read in 2014:
Kara says: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
This was surprising in a bad way. This book won the Printz Award. I thought it was boring, unmemorable, and kind of pointless. With all the rave reviews and hype, I expected to love it.
Bekka says: Vampire Academy
I really didn’t expect to love this at all but instead it reawakened my love of vampires!
Lyn says: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
I just do not care for Finnikin of the Rock, and I thought I would end up disliking this one as well.
4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read:
Kara says: I always push Night Film the most, it seems. Since I reread it in 2014, it counts!
Bekka says: I think The Kiss of Deception. I just think it’s such a fun fantasy and it has mass appeal.
Lyn says: The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker. Awesome historical/cultural issues novel!
5. Best series started? Best sequel? Best series ender?:
6. Favorite new author discovered in 2014:
Kara says: Heather Demetrios.
Bekka says: Melina Marchetta.
Lyn says: Mindy McGinnis
7. Best book outside of your typical genre/comfort zone:
Kara says: Blood Royal by Eric Jager. I don’t read nonfiction very often but this was awesome and I loved the narrative style.
Bekka says: Magnolia by Kristi Cook. I’m not one to read contemporary romances, but this book was awesome and really helped me step out of my comfort zone.
Lyn says: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I stay inside of YA, so I was pleasantly surprised when I highly enjoyed this adult fiction novel.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of 2014:
Kara says: Pawn by Aimee Carter. This book was twisty and paced faster than most action movies. The sequel let me down though.
Bekka says: A Night Without Stars by Jillian Eaton. Vampire apocalypse guys!!
Lyn says: Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. TREES THAT KILL YOU!
9. Book you read in 2014 that you’re most likely to reread in the next year:
Kara says: Probably none of them? I did a lot of rereading in 2014, and I just don’t think I’m going to have as much time to do that in 2015. So many books, so little time!
Bekka says: Heir of Fire and Kiss of Deception, since they have important sequels coming out next year.
Lyn says: Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I’m going to end up rereading that series!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014:
Kara says: California by Edan Lepucki. Too bad the book was completely underwhelming.
Bekka says: The Walls Around Us. The cover AND the insides are just beautiful.
Lyn says: Imaginary Girls. I loved that cover, ever since I saw it a while back.
11. Most memorable character:
Kara says: Ummm, I reread Harry Potter in 2014. Severus Snape, y’all!
Bekka says: Celaena Fucking Sardothien.
Lyn says: Liraz Liraz Liraz!!!
12. Most beautifully written book in 2014:
Kara says: Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Bekka says: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Lyn says: Yet again, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. #Sorrynotsorry
13. Most thought-provoking, life-changing book of 2014:
Kara says: For me, it was Love, In English by Karina Halle.
Bekka says: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno. Seriously, I’ve never had a book mirror my own experiences quite as accurately as this one. I am in love with it.
Lyn says: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I picked it for my Banned Book choice this year, and I am so thankful I read this one.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2014 to read:
Kara says: Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones. So glad Lyn made me read this. It was ridiculously fun and imaginative. You’re welcome!
Bekka says: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Everyone has read (and loved) this. I cannot believe it took me so long to finally read it. Thanks Lili!
Lyn says: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I was missing out!
15. Favorite passage or quote from a book you read in 2014:
Kara says: “I hate how the people who really get you are the ones you can never hold on to for very long. And the ones who don’t understand you at all stick around.” -Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Bekka says: “She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.” – Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Lyn says: “One’s own life: an instrument for the shaping of the world.” – Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
16. Shortest & longest books you read in 2014:
Lyn says: Longest – The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker at 809 pages
Shortest – (actually, it was a graphic novel) Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment by Stefan Petrucha at 94 pages
17. Book that shocked you the most (due to a character death, plot twist, etc):
Kara says: Gahhhh, I am not sure but I think I am going to go with Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. That did NOT go how I thought it was going to.
Bekka says: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas. That ending!
Lyn says: I have to go with Kara on this. It has been a long time since a book has completely thrown me off: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.
18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
Kara says: Barrie and Eight from Compulsion by Martina Boone.
Bekka says: HOW DO I CHOOSE??
Celaena and Rowan – Heir of Fire
Taylor and Jonah – Jellicoe Road
Annith and Balthazar – Mortal Heart
Lyn says: Liraz and Ziri – Dreams of Gods and Monsters
19. Favorite nonromantic relationship of the year:
Kara says: Ummm, Harry and Hermione from the Harry Potter books. Of course I was gonna pick them. What do you expect from meeee?
Bekka says: Scarlet and Much in Lady Thief by AC Gaughen. ALL DAY EVERY DAY.
Lyn says: Addie and Lalia from Split Second by Kasie West – damaged BFF status FTW!
20. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously:
Kara says: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Bekka says: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn. I LOVED this book, but not only that – I also thought this was the biggest improvement from debut to sophomore effort.
Lyn says: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
21. Best book you read in 2014 based solely on a recommendation:
Kara says: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Thanks, Lyn!
Bekka says: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This is one of my favorite books of the year and I never would have read it without Jessie and Blythe pushing it on me!
Lyn says: The Martian by Andy Weir. so many recs!
22. Newest fictional crush of 2014:
Kara says: You guys know I don’t do book boyfriends. 😉
Bekka says: JONAH GRIGGS
Lyn says: Bekka has it – Jonah Griggs. Mark Watney also wormed into my heart.
23. Best 2014 debut:
Kara says: Far From You by Tess Sharpe. That book destroyed me.
Bekka says: I’m going to have to go with The Half Life of Molly Pierce again. Words cannot describe how much that book means to me.
Lyn says: Lies We Tell Ourselves yet again. That book. THAT BOOK.
24. Best world building/most vivid setting of 2014:
Kara says: I would almost agree with Bekka down there if I hadn’t reread Harry Potter this year. Hogwarts, baby! Diagon Alley. Hogsmeade. The Forbidden Forest.
Bekka says: Terravin, The Kiss of Deception. This is where Lia runs away to. It’s this beautiful, colorful city sitting on the water. The people there, too, are vivid and memorable, with a ton of pride for their city.
Lyn says: The Kiss of Deception wins again. The world was just amazing. I have an issue placing the book as fantasy or as post-apocalyptic.
25. Book that put a smile on your face and was the most FUN to read in 2014:
Kara says: This is going to get a bit repetitive again, but Harry Potter. There is nothing more fun. Though Compulsion by Martina Boone comes in a close second.
Bekka says: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Honestly, all the amazing characters, the awesome dialogue, and the beautiful setting just brought out all the things I love about reading.
Lyn says: The Martian! I had a blast reading that novel!
26. Book that made you cry in 2014:
Kara says: Again, Far From You by Tess Sharpe. Destroyed. In a fetal ball, sobbing.
Bekka says: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. I mean, it’s a book about two best friends and one them has cancer and it’s just SAD all around.
Lyn says: Jellicoe Road, once more. Seriously, like, “go to bed I can’t function” crying.
27. Hidden gem of the year:
Kara says: The Thickety by J.A. White. What a dark and disturbing middle grade.
Bekka says: Inland by Kat Rosenfield. Honestly, HOW are Rosenfield’s books so overlooked? Her writing is absolutely gorgeous.
Lyn says: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Finereally got overlooked this year. What a fun, awesome story!
28. Book that crushed your soul:
Kara says: For me, this is pretty much the same as ‘made you cry,’ although soul crushing goes a little bit further, so I will say Love, In English by Karina Halle.
Bekka says: At the risk of sounding redundant, JELLICOE ROAD. 50% confusion, 50% pain, I will never recover from this book.
Lyn says: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. I will never look at segregation fiction the same way, ever.
29. Most unique book you read in 2014:
Kara says: I agree with Bekka. I also read Horrorstor and it definitely has the most unique format. I didn’t love it, though. I found it predictable and too linear for me.
Bekka says: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. Not only is the story a little ‘different’ – a ghost story set in an Ikea-type store – the book itself is designed like an Ikea catalog!
Lyn says: Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. That book was so much more than just a story.
30. Book that made you the most angry:
Kara says: Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule. It was definitely my ranty review of the year. This book was just cheesy and terrible.
Lyn says: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Sorry, y’all, but cheating fic/gross female-on-female hate is just not my thing.
1. Favorite new blog discovered in 2014:
Kara says: Feel free to hate me but…I hardly did any blog reading this year. I’ve just been so busy with working and anxiety, and the time was jut not there. 🙁
Bekka says: This is always so hard to say, so I’m going to go with a blog I know was actually formed this year – Bookish Broads.
Lyn says: I really did not have too many new discoveries. That, and I can’t keep up with what year I started to follow everyone. Sorry, y’all.
2. Favorite review you wrote in 2014:
Kara says: This is a really tough question as I hate most of my reviews. But I am going to go with Tease by Amanda Maciel because so many hated this book but I vehemently disagreed.
Bekka says: ALL THE HARD QUESTIONS. I’m gonna go with my review of The Half Life of Molly Pierce because I felt like I really opened up and wrote a very personal review for this book.
Lyn says: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, because I got to use mean Girl gifs!
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog:
Kara says: I loved this post I wrote called I Like Writing Negative Reviews.
Bekka says: For posts I wrote by myself, it’s a tie between YA Characters and Their Fave Reality TV Shows, and Whose Line is it Anyway?
For a group project, it’s definitely the Blind Date with a Book Giveaway. I LOVED this as a Great Imaginations reader, and I loved participating as a Great Imaginations blogger.
Lyn says: Group: I will always love Blind Date with a Book. It is my FAVORITE event!
For myself: I loved the Stranger Interview!
4. Best event that you participated in:
Kara says: Yeah, BEA, definitely. I am so sad I cannot go this year, but I’ll never forget BEA 2013 and getting to spend time with all my bookish friends and see NYC again.
Bekka says: Going to BEA. This year was my second BEA experience, and far and away the best of the two. Meeting Kara and Lyn was awesome. Those two, along with Pixie and Jessie just made it such a wonderful experience. I wish we could do it again!
Lyn says: Nothing will top BEA. How many times can you leave a book event and go to a book store with no judgement? Or try to car jack someone? Or idle in a room watching fireworks and reading with some of your most favorite people?
5. Best moment of your blogging/bookish life in 2014:
Kara says: Definitely BEA again. I got to meet so many bloggers that I have known and talked to for years. Being able to meet Kat Kennedy from Cuddlebuggery (she came all the way from Australia) and Debby from Snuggly Oranges (Netherlands) was just unforgettable. That whole experience was something I will always treasure.
Bekka says: Joining Great Imaginations! I was at the end of my rope when 2013 was drawing to a close. I wrote and posted a goodbye to blogging post, even. And then Kara invited me to join her and Lyn here and they totally brought back my love of blogging. I’m eternally grateful for their support and friendship throughout this year. (Also I can’t believe it’s been a YEAR!)
Lyn says: Still: BEA. I got to meet so many of you that I have loved from afar, and I connected with so many new bloggers!
6. Most popular post on your blog:
Kara says: That would be my review of No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale, but I would rather not link to it as it has gotten enough attention and the author actually stalked one of the bloggers I was closest with, forcing her to stop blogging. Hopefully next year we will have a post that is popular on its own merit.
7. Post you wish got a little more love:
Kara says: Any of the Forgotten Fridays’ discussion reviews we did. I know older books don’t have as much interest as newer ones, so I get it, but it still sucks, investing all that time in a post and being lucky to get even one comment.
Bekka says: A lot of people participate in it, but I’m still going to say Bookish Bingo in general. There’s a new card going up on the first!
Lyn says: I have to agree with Kara. I feel that there is so much work that goes into our FF posts, and they do not get many hits.
8. Best bookish discovery (bookish sites, bookstores, etc):
Kara says: Gah, I don’t even know. Can’t think of one. I will come back to this if I can come up with something.
Bekka says: Gillian’s Society6 shop!!
Lyn says: I have a new publisher contact.
9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals you set for yourself?
Kara says: I wish. 🙁
Bekka says: Not yet, but at the time of writing this, I’m only 2 books away from completely my Goodreads challenge.
Lyn says: My yearly reading challenge.
1. One book you missed in 2014 but will be your number 1 priority in 2015:
Kara says: So, so many. I bought so many books and had time to read almost zero. The life of a blogger. All I can say i that I will try to do better. I’ll go with Sunrise by Mike Mullin. Also Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.
Bekka says: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I just ordered this one so as SOON as I have an opening, I’m reading it!
2. A non-debut book you are most anticipating:
Kara says: Okay, since this doesn’t say it has to be a 2015 non-debut, I am going with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I have heard so much about it but was not interested in reading it until very recently. I have to have it!!
Bekka says: Aside from the obvious sequels (Lion Heart, Heart of Betrayal, ToG 4) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas!!
Lyn says: The Shadow Revolution: Crown and Key by Clay and Susan Griffith
3. 2015 debut you are most anticipating:
Kara says: The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee
Bekka says: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.
Lyn says: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
4. Series ender or sequel you are most looking forward to in 2015:
Bekka says: It’s a tie between Lion Heart and Throne of Glass #4.
Lyn says: Shadow Scale! I have wanted that book for YEARS!
5. One thing you hope to accomplish in your reading/blogging life in 2015:
Kara says: Read more books off my TBR. I have bought so many books over the years and haven’t read MOST of them.
Bekka says: I’d really like to read more than I did this year. 2014 was abysmal compared to the previous three years.
Lyn says: Read more books that I actually own.
6. 2015 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone:
Kara says: I’ve only read a couple of 2015 books, and so far I don’t think I would recommend any of them. But I am reading The Mime Order next!!
Bekka says: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Orange is the New Black Swan y’all!!
Lyn says: The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. LOVE IT!