The 2014 Recap & Annual Book Survey

Monday, 29 December 2014

2014 was the year that I really got into the swing of blogging after starting at Chasm of Books last year, and I went solo here at Genie In A Book. In the last 12 months I've had the wonderful opportunity of attending book events/launches, reading some fantastic new releases and meeting some fellow Aussie bookworms/bloggers. I can't wait to see what next year will bring!

2014 End Of Year Book Survey

This is the first year that I'm participating in the 2014 end of year book survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual page Turner. Now that I've found out about it, I thought it'd be a great idea to go over some of the bookish highlights and share them with you!

2014 Reading Stats

Number of Books Read: 128
Number of Re-reads: 1 (The Great Gatsby)
Genre you read the most from: YA Dystopian

Best In Books

Best book you read in 2014: To Love A Sunburnt Country by Jackie French

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill - I wanted to love it, and though it was still a satisfactory read it didn't have me as excited as I thought I would be.

Most surprising (in a good or bad way) you read in 2014: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart definitely surprised and wowed me at the same time!

Book you 'pushed' the most people to read (and they did) in 2014: I've definitely been a big advocate for Spark by Rachael Craw which I loved this year, and Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series has also been a hit with my friends once I'd suggested it.

Note: I definitely wasn't as pushy as this may suggest.
Best series you started in 2014: The Winner's Curse trilogy - I can't wait to see what Marie Rutkoski will come up with in The Winner's Crime!

Best sequel of 2014: You and Everything After by Ginger Scott - Although it can be read as a stand-alone, it's the second book in her NA 'Falling' series and it really tugged at my heartstrings.

Best series ender of 2014: In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken - I loved The Darkest Minds series from the beginning and this ended it perfectly. Shattered by Teri Terry (Slated #3) comes in at a close second.

Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone: I had been wanting to read something by Kate Forsyth but wasn't too sure whether I'd like her style, but with Bitter Greens she really blew me away.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: The End of Everything by Megan Abbott was creepy - but addictive.

Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year: Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting - it's a contemporary that I really enjoyed and wouldn't mind reading again this summer.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2014: Easily A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray


Most memorable character of 2014: Maggie Stevens from Disruption/Corruption by Jessica Shirvington - she's got an attitude and sass with a side of compassion.

Most beautifully written book in 2014: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. And because I can't just choose one, Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang is up there too.


Most thought-provoking/life changing book of 2014: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath was intriguing and really made me think.

Book you can't believe you waited until 2014 to finally read: Definitely Dangerous Girls - and I'm so glad that I finally did read it! 

Favourite passage/quote you read from a book in 2014: 

Fate. As a child, that word was often my only companion. It whispered to me from dark corners during lonely nights. It was the song of the birds in spring and the call of the wind through bare branches on a cold winter afternoon. Fate. Both my anguish and my solace. My escort and my cage. 
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Longest and shortest book you've read: Longest - Paradise by Simone Elkeles (594 p.) | Shortest - Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman (56 p.)

Book that shocked you the most: Gone Girl - I was left utterly gobsmacked at the turn of events.

OTP of the year: Rowan and Dahlia from the Flora series by Jessica Brooks. Rowan is so chivalrous, and that's a nice thing to see with his classic charm.

Favourite non-romantic OTP of the year: Maggie and Gus from Disruption were hilarious to read about with their witty banter - and I shipped that.

Favourite book you read in 2014 from an author you've read previously: Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James - I 'd read Beautiful Malice and Sweet Damage last year, and this newest release from her was amazing too.


Best book you read in 2014 SOLELY on a recommendation/peer pressure: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - and that was a good choice to read.

Newest fictional crush from a book you've read in 2014: Etienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss certainly ain't a bad place to start.

Best 2014 debut you've read: Spark by Rachael Craw - I'm already waiting on the edge of my seat to see what  happens in the sequel Stray.

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you've read in 2014: Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier sure painted a picture of 1930's Surry Hills with a focus on gang warfare.

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read: The Intern/Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer - they were each equally hilarious and fantastic YA contemporary reads.

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014: The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss definitely got tears flowing.

Hidden gem of the year: Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor was really unique and fascinating, as well as emotional - definitely a book I'd recommend.


Book that crushed your soul: I would say All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven...but that's a 2015 release - so I'll go with Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang.

Most unique book you read in 2014: Every Day by David Levithan really stood out to me as something totally different from anything I'd read before - with those existential themes and beautiful writing to match. 

Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it): This Is How It Ends by Jen Nadol got annoying with the characters who just didn't connect with me and were irritating. So I suppose that means that I actually didn't like it all that much.

Your blogging/bookish life

New favourite blog you discovered in 2014: I have found a lot of new blogs this year which all deserve a mention - some of the ones that I've visited the most include:

Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer | Cait @ Paper Fury | Jess @ My Reading Dress | Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Joy & Alana @ Thoughts by J | Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer | Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity | Kelly @ Diva Booknerd | Ebony @ Daring Damsels | Cami & Ely @ A Book So Fathomless | Gina @ Behind the Pages | Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

so much for picking just one...

Favourite review that you had on your blog: I'm quite happy with my review for Dangerous Girls.

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog: I liked exploring some of the best thrillers I'd read and how we as readers react to surprises. My open letter to authors is a post I'm quite proud of too - #authorappreciation FTW.

Best event that you participated in/bookish moments: There have been a few highlights this year bookish event wise, all which had their own merits:

  • 30th January - I went to the book launch of The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer at Kinokuniya
  • 26th March - My best friend and I went to Jessica Shirvington's launch of Disruption at Dymocks
  • 16th June - I went to my first Penguin Teen Australia event and met some awesome bloggers there too
  • 9th August - For National Bookshop Day at Kinokuniya I met the lovely Justine Larbalestier and got some books signed
  • 1st September - I met Laini Taylor at the Hachette Australia YA bloggers night
  • 16th October - HarperCollins had their BTCYA event where I met some more amazing YA authors and bloggers as well
Tara Eglington and I at BTCYA
  • 6th November - Thanks to HarperCollins I found out about the Jackie French/Bruce Whatley event at the State Library for the release of their new book The Beach They Called Gallipoli - it was amazing to meet her in person
  • Beta-reading for one of my favourite indie authors Jessica Brooks was lots of fun, and it was great to see her novels coming together in the Flora series. Having my name in the acknowledgements section of a couple of her books is pretty amazing too! 
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014: Definitely meeting Jackie French in person (and getting all of my books by her signed). 

Most popular post this year on your blog: My discussion on ranting, rating, raving seemed to get the most comments.

Post you wished got a bit more love: None - I appreciate any time that you guys stop by to read something that I've posted here!

Best bookish discover: Definitely Kinokuniya bookstore in the city - it's HUGE (and their YA selection is fantastic).

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals for this year?: I did complete my goodreads challenge, and reading more books by Australian authors, along with finding time to blog while still getting good results academically as well. 

Looking Ahead:

One book you didn't get to in 2014 but will be top priority in 2015: I really need to get to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I mean really, FINALLY, actually read it. 

Book you are most anticipating for 2015 (non debut): I Was Here by Gayle Forman - I can't wait to start it!


Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating for 2015: I can't wait to read the third book in the Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. 

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2015: Schedule more posts in advance and read more classics. 

A 2015 release you've already read and recommend to everyone: Definitely All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. It is such an emotional and moving read that's going to be a big hit in the YA contemporary scene for 2015.


And finally, I'd like to thank all of you for supporting my blog here at Genie In A Book and taking the time to stop by and visit. Knowing what a fantastic bookish community we have and the authors that also appreciate what we do to promote their books which we love makes it all worth it!


  1. I'm sitting here feeling very humbled by your tremendous support and generosity. Bless you. Xxx <3

    1. Aw Rachael you're so sweet! Thank *you* for writing such a fantastic novel and also supporting the Aussie blogging community too :)

  2. Aw, thank you for the mention! <3

    I can't believe I still have not read Fangirl. I think I must be the only person on the planet who has yet to read it! (Can I blame my massive TBR pile? Yes, yes I can.) You know, I've never been to Kinokuniya either. I've spent a little bit of time in Dymocks in the city, but never that store. Clearly, I need to rectify this ASAP. ;) Searching for Sky was fantastic! I don't think I expected to love that read as much as I did, and I certainty wasn't expecting it to be as emotional as it was. All in all though it looks like you've had a fantastic reading year! I've really loved your blog so far, and can't wait to see more of it in 2015. :)

    1. You're welcome Kara, I've loved discovering your blog this year!
      Fangirl is fantastic (haha see what I did there ;) - It's a good excuse to blame your TBR pile (I have the same problem). Kinokuniya is amazing as a bookstore, they have such a massive collection, you're bound to find anything you want! Thanks for your support :)

  3. I'm so glad you liked In the Afterlight. I got it as a present this Christmas but I have not read the first two books. I'll definitely get to them next year though. I'm also going to tackle We Were Liars since I love books with good twists! When that book came out, everyone just got crazy since it was crazy good so I'll def. read it asap. :D Yessss to Every Day by David Levithan! I read it this year too and it was sooo different from all the contemporary books I've read. It was amazing yet sad! If that happened in real life, that would be just crazy :O I can't imagine living like that. I've seen Searching for Sky twice now on this kind of post so I'll check it out on Goodreads. Hope you have a fantastic New Year's!

    1. You've got some great reads ahead of you! The Darkest Minds Trilogy is one of my favourite dystopias ever and We Were Liars blew me away. Glad to find another fan of Every Day, I definitely agree that it was very unique, and his writing style is beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful new year too :)

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Also The Year of the Rat. Ah, so many books I need to catch up on. All The Bright Places has been mentioned ever so frequently and I'm really eager to see what it has to offer. Hope you have a great new year! x

    1. Naban, Ava Lavender is so utterly beautiful. Such a feast of words.

  5. Ohhhh, All The Bright Places was incredible! It's been THE book of 2014 for me, even being a 2015 release. Year of The Rat was so emotional, I read and loved The Intern as well. I think there's a bit of Josie in all of us. Spark goes without saying, I don't know how we'll cope until Stray. Lucky we have a support group now.

    Brilliant list poppet and here's to an even bigger 2015 <3

    1. YES it was amazing! It's great that you enjoyed The Intern, I found Josie really relatable as a character too. Haha definitely - can't wait to see what Rachael has come up with!


    The Lavender book has such a beautiful cover AND NOW I'M SUPER CURIOUS. I want to read it so much now!

    LOOK AT YOU WITH ALL YOUR AUSSIE YA. YOU PUT ME TO SHAME. I've seriously got to pick up more in 2015. You're my inspiration haha

    I adore Kino. I'm actually there every second day or so AND LOL THAT'S BAD FOR MY WALLET.

    AWWWWWW HUGS EUGENIA. THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was fantastic to meet and hopefully I get another chance in 2015! <3

    1. YES JESS, YES YOU DO! :)
      Leslye Walton's writing style is just stunning, and super-lyrical, so I think you'd enjoy it :)

  7. It looks like you had a great year of reading! And Fangirl, yes. great choice indeed! One of the few that lived up to the hype I think :)

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

    1. Thank you - I was definitely glad it did live up to expectations :)

  8. Hi Eugenia! Congrats on 128 reads, that is a pretty awesome achievement. Everyone keeps raving about We Were Liars and I was really confused by the first few chapters so I dismissed it but after seeing this, I'm going definitely attempt it again. Spark is also another book on my shelf I haven't touched, so I'm interested to finally pick it up after hearing that you loved it.

    I'm also really glad you mentioned the Slated series because that's one I loved so I'm really glad it ended well. Falling Into Place, A Thousand Pieces of You, Disruption and All The Bright Places are also books I need to read. I hope 2015 is just as if not better for you reading wise! Great post x

    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

    1. Hi Sunny, We Were Liars and Spark are definitely books that I'd recommend picking up! Although the first had gotten some mixed opinions on the style, Spark has had pretty good ratings all round - and for a good reason (it is pretty awesome :)

      I was happy with how Shattered ended things - sometimes series enders can miss the mark, but that one worked really well!
      Thanks for stopping by x

  9. GUS AND MAGGIE WERE AWESOME. I never shipped them romantically, but they were the best friendship/hateship I have ever ever read. When Gus nearly died....I about exploded a braincell. *hyperventilates* I can't WAIT to read Corruption. Just needs get my hands on that. *stalks the library*

    1. I agree - they had the best banter and worked so well with their love/hate relationship. YOU NEED TO READ CORRUPTION - big things happen in that book!

  10. It's so interesting seeing We Were Liars on so many of these lists, either good or bad. It's definitely an interesting book that was hit or miss! I'm so glad you loved spark and disruption as well, I think our aussie/NZ authors have awesome YA.

    A Thousand Pieces of You definitely has such an amazing cover and YESSSS I am so happy for seeing everyone loving and mentioning Dangerous Girls. And Rebecca James, I haved loved and rec'd all of her books to everyone, so glad you loved them too!

    Happy New Year lovely and thanks for the shout out <3

    1. I definitely agree Jeann - it got some mixed reactions in the blogosphere and even polarised it, but I'm happy to say that for me it worked!
      Dangerous Girls is a book that definitely had to be mentioned, and Rebecca James is of course amazing - glad to hear you're a fan as well :)


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