Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Blogger Round-Up, Games, Giveaways, and More!

So, this post will consist of A) the blogger end-of-year survey, B) a book puzzle that I made that you can download! C) a giveaway partway related to the puzzle. Trust me when I say each part is worth it! Also, for the survey, I'm stealing The YA Book Butterfly's outline.

Number of Books I Read: 200
Number of Rereads: I have no idea, I've reread so many books.
Genre I Read the Most Of: Definitely YA paranormal!

1. Best Book of 2014

Anthology: I have no idea. I believe I've started two this year and haven't finished either of them.
Contemporary: On the Fence by Kasie West, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.
Historical Fiction: The fact that I can't remember if I read any historical books this year.
High Fantasy: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Paranormal: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, and Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins
Dystopian: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo was a major disappoint.

3. Most Surprising Book You Read in 2014

Definitely The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I really thought I wouldn't enjoy it but ended up loving it!

4. Book You Pushed at People the Most in 2014

Either White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout or A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall.

5. Best Series You Started, Sequel, and Series Enders of 2014

Starter: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout and All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
Sequel: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout or Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Ender: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter, The One by Kiera Cass, or Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

6. Favorite Author You Discovered This Year

Kasie West for sure!

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don't Typically Read

The genre I don't typically read is historical and I can't remember any.

8. Most Unputdownable Book of the Year

Either White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, All That Glows by Ryan Graudin, or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

9. Book You Read This Year That You Are Most Likely to Reread Next Year

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin. Considering I reread it about ten times this year, there's no doubt in my mind.

10. Favorite Book Cover

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

11. Most Memorable Character of 2014

Celeana Sardothian from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. Yeah, I can't get her out of my head.

12. Most Beautifully Written Book You Read

Does a reread of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak count? Seriously, you can open that book to any page and it is beautiful.

13. Most Thought Provoking/Life Changing Book of 2014

Every Day by David Levithan. I hated the end of the book, but it definitely made me thing.

14. Book You Can't Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 to Read

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg. So much fun!

15. Favorite Quote From a Book You Read in 2014

Both are from Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, but here they are:

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

16. Shortest and Longest Book You Read in 2014

Shortest: Blackbird by Anna Carey
Longest: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

17. Book That Shocked You the Most

Lailah by Nikki Kelly or The Sin-Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

18. OTP of the Year

Anna and Kaiden from Sweet Reckoning! Or Laila and Roth from White Hot Kiss!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Couple of the Year

Kat and Alice from The Queen of Zombie Hearts! *cries a little bit*

20. Favorite Book From An Author You've Read Previously

Okay, that's enough people. Stop making me choose!

21. Best Book You Read Solely on a Recommendation

Considering that EVERYONE recommended The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski to me, that one!

22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book You Read in 2014

Rowan from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I've read all of her other books, but Rowan is a new character and ROCKS! If he doesn't end up with Celeana, I want him.

23. Best 2014 Debut

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, or All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting

Do I really need to keep repeating Heir of Fire and Red Queen? :D

25. Most Fun Book to Read

Either Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, or All That Glows by Elizabeth Eulberg!

26. Book That Made You Cry

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There was another book that made me cry, but I kinda hated it.

27. Hidden Gem of the Year

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. A super adorable book told from various different points of view (including a squirrel), but not the main couple.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul

Not many crushed my soul, but the wait for all the 2015 books sure will! That said, Unhinged by A.G. Howard.

29. Most Unique Book You Read

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater or The Sin-Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

30. Book That Made Me the Most Mad

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor. Definitely a good book, but had a, what I felt, unnecessary ending.

Puzzle Time!

So, the other day, I saw a puzzle in a magazine where you use hints to fill in the blank, then use certain letters from the blank to make a word or sentence. So I stayed up until 11:00 the other night putting it together and ended up very happy. So here are the rules!


Print out the sheets (or use in some other form)
Look at the clue for the first fill-in-the-blank
If you can't figure it out, go to the internet for help! (But do try to figure it out yourself first)
Repeat for each fill-in-the-blank
Once you've filled them all in, take the letters that are above numbers and fill them in at the top
If you think you've figured out the code, DON'T PUT IT IN THE COMMENTS! The answers are part of the giveaway, and I don't want to spoil it for them!
Feel the pride of knowing all about YA books

First, here's the easy one!

Now, here's the hard one! Hard, as in it's longer. ETA: THE LAST NUMBER OF THE FINAL WORD HAS BEEN CHANGED. I MADE A MISTAKE. IT IS 8 NOT 6!!!!!


All done? Now, on to the giveaway! Enter and you can win any one of these books!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So, how was your 2014? Remember, don't spoil the puzzle in the comments!


  1. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year! It will take me a while to figure out the puzzle. ;) I loved Unhinged and The Winner's Curse last year.

  2. My New Years resolutions are to eat healthier, and be/think more positive.

    My favorite book from 2014 was Archer's Voice. Thanks for this great giveaway! :)

  3. My favorite book I read in 2014, or rather books, was the entire The Darkest Minds trilogy. All 3 were amazing! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  4. The survey is originally Jamie's @ The Perpetual Page Turner (just so you know, there is a link up over at - - ->

    I wanted to get around to The Winners Curse SO BAD....Oh well. Will have to read it soon though.

  5. I finished off 2014 by reading Eleanor & Park and absolutely LOVED it. As for 2015... I would like to try and get a little more exercise.

  6. I love this giveaway! The puzzles are so fun, way to make those :D My favorite book of 2014 is tied between Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Thank you for the giveaway :D

  7. These puzzles were so fun!

    As for books I loved in 2014, my favorites were A Thousand Pieces of You, On the Jellicoe Road, The Diviners, Into the Still Blue, and Cress. This year, I think I want to study more.

  8. I guess to read more. One of my favorite reads this year was The Lunar Chronicles series! Thank you for the puzzles and the giveaway!

  9. I have a bunch of blogging and real life resolutions that I hope to accomplish this year. And I have three favorites of 2014: Bully, Ten Tiny Breaths, and The Kiss of Deception. :)

  10. I'm trying to be more healthier and do well for Spring semester this year! I also loved Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas for 2014 read! Thank you for this amazing chance! :)