It’s the most wonderful time– the 2014 End of year Book Survey!

Posted 31 December, 2014 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments


It’s time for the 5th annual End of Year Book Survey hosted by the Perpetual Page Turner! I enjoyed this so much last year that I’m excited to do it again this year. 

Joining in? YAY! So feel free to fill this out whenever you feel like it…whether that’s today or in January   and drop your link at the hostess’ page so everyone can take a look!

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2014!!



Number Of Books You Read: Current count is 90 (my goal was 75).

Number of Re-Reads: 0- I rarely re-read books. I just have too many in my TBR stack to re-read. I did pull two from the DNF pile and finished them.

Genre You Read The Most From: Literary Fiction, with a second to romance/Erotic Romance thanks to my friend Roni. :)


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

This question is IMPOSSIBLE to answer! I’ll tell you, though, my five star reads for 2014:

  • Five Minutes Alone (Theodore Tate, #4) – Cleave, Paul
  • The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress  -Lawhon, Ariel (Literary/Women’s fiction)
  • Lost Lake  -Allen, Sarah Addison (Literary Fiction)
  • Need You Tonight (Loving on the Edge, #5)  -Loren, Roni  (Erotic Romance)
  • The Silent Sister – Chamberlain, Diane  (Literary Fiction)
  • No Limits (Ultimate, #1) -Foster, Lori  (Romance)
  • The Fragile World -DeBoard, Paula Treick  (Literary Fiction)
  • Blurring the Lines (Invitation to Eden series)  -Loren, Roni  (Erotic/Paranormal/Romance)

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

Slow Satisfaction, by Cecilia Tan. This writer had me hooked from book one, except I didn’t know that it ended in a cliffhanger. Book two did nothing for me, there wasn’t more than a cameo, in my opinion, from the love interest from book one. By book three I was tired, but excited to see the story wrap up. I just didn’t like the execution and I dislike that it took me two years to read what could have been one book.

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

Gray Mountain, John Grisham- After Sycamore Row, I thought Grisham was back, but Gray Mountain reads like something he shot off his hip and decided to publish this year. He is hot and cold to me; this year he was very cold.

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

I don’t think I pushed anyone to read anything this year. I did talk a lot about The Wife, The Maid and the Mistress, mostly among people who’d already read it.

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

Not really a series reader though the Invitation to Eden series that Roni Loren was a part of has been pretty good.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Caroline Kepnes. I can’t WAIT to hear more from her!

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

XL Love by Sarah Varney was excellent. I almost never read nonfiction but I read that book twice and referred to it extensively

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

Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave. I dread the day when there will be no Cleave books for my year end survey but it looks like he’s got another in the pipeline for 2015, as does John Lescroart.

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

Not really a re-reader. I’ve already re-read XL love. Maybe You? But… I don’t really -re-read books.

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

First Frost is GORGEOUS.










Fragile World was great too.


11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Cleave wins again. Theodore Tate!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Fragile World, Paula Treick DeBoard. It was one of those books I want to close and start reading again from the beginning.

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

Books don’t really change my life… I enjoy them and that’s pretty much the extent of their effect on me!

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

Didn’t really read any oldies this year!

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

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

I have a ton of books that don’t have page numbers listed. I think the shortest may be The Giver.   The longest was Sandra Brown, Chill Factor at 560, but that book didn’t really feel that long… I think that’s probably a misprint. The next longest is Farthest House at 504 pgs.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t remember a shocker this year… not really.

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

I am not a pairer.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year


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

TIE! Five Minutes Alone,  Paul Cleave and The Keeper from John Lescroart. I look forward to their novels every year.

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

Hmmmmmmmm. A book I read based on peer pressure…. Probably…. 32 Candles by Ernessa T Carter.  I heard a LOT about her book and was given a sideways glance a few times when I said I hadn’t read it. I really enjoyed it as well as the follow up, The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men.

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

Cannon Colter from No Limits, and Getting Rowdy and Run the Risk by Lori Foster. HOLY CRAP. *fans self* 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

You, Caroline Kepnes. THOROUGHLY enjoyed.

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

First Frost. Sarah Allen just has a way with words.

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

Hmmm. Five Minutes Alone was a really good read and I don’t know about putting a smile on my face, but every chapter was pretty much a deeper fall into the pit of despair. There was a lot of flailing and ‘Oh my GAH!’ going on while reading it!

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