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Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan

Hello, friends! Happy last day of 2014! I wish you the happiest New Years Eve and hope you have incredible plans tonight. Dustyn and I will be staying in, playing games, and ringing in the new year in a very low key way. 2014 was full of amazing new firsts, lots of incredible books, less […]

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January 23, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your survey, M! As always, we have very similar book picks for the year, which I LOVE. I’ve read most of the ones you’ve highlighted (and loved them), and for the ones I haven’t, I’m definitely taking notes and looking them up at the library 😉 Here’s to hoping 2015 is an amazing year, for reading + blogging + life!

January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

When You Relate to a Character You Don't Like, Magan - […] vowed to get caught up on Miranda Kinneally’s work in my 2014 End of Year Book Survey. It’s something Estelle’s been asking me to do (and that I also really want to do). I […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I loved a lot of these, too–Open Road Summer, All the Boys and 17 First Kisses! I still need to get round to I’ll Give You the Sun and Isla and actually can’t believe I haven’t read them yet, considering how much I was anticipating them. Long story. Good news, Sun is ordered and on it’s way!

I think I remember your review of Head of the Review, but I’m off to give it another read to refresh. I totally get not being a big re-reader. There’s always so many new books to discover (+ other reasons). Oh, and I LOVED your post on friendship.

January 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm

L.C. Spoering - I love surveys! You’re far more insightful than I can be, though, nice work!

Have to agree most on Nick and Amy in Gone Girl. I still find myself stopping and thinking HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS THAT.

December 31, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - Well, you’ve convinced me to move All the Bright Places up on my list. I just started Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, but I’ll read All the Bright Places after that.

December 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

Emma @ Miss Print - *clap* I am always super excited to see To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before getting lots of love (and reading the rest of the answers in surveys like this). Here’s to another great year!

December 31, 2014 - 8:07 am

Tawney Bland - Wonderful post! I have to agree that Heir of Fire and We We’re Liars. I do love your post Lola’s bedroom decor. It was so unique and fun. I can’t wait to see what you bring next year!

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey

The lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner hosts the Annual End of Year Book Survey. Jamie asks the questions and we answer! Estelle and I are each doing separate posts so we can share whatever we’d like. Be on the lookout for Estelle’s answers later this week! Best In Books 2012 1. Best Book […]

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December 29, 2012 - 10:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - 1. I feel like I just wrote a novel on E’s end of the year survey about This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. I talked about how I would’ve chosen it BECAUSE it was a zombie book because the contemps were new to me but I fell in absolute love with her beautiful one-of-a-kind writing and now I’m working my way backward thru her books. I LOVE that you both mention that book. So fun!

2. Re-reading. I’m an obsessive re-reading. My husband Mike thinks I’m the weirdest person ever because at any given time I’m re-reading several books and reading-for-the-first time AT LEAST one. I’m such a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants emotional reader, and re-reading books I’ve LOVED before makes me feel good. I also love re-reading on audio. So, YAY for re-reading. Do it in 2013! Especially the Book #1’s and Books #2’s for the next books coming out. I LOVE DOING THAT. In fact, I have a little problem with doing that – like, I neglect activities of daily living in order to do that. He. He. 🙂

3. I’ve put off reading the Delirium Trilogy until the final book comes out because I’ve heard the cliffhangers are so pesky. So I’m super excited that I can start that series soon! YAY for that!!

Super fun survey, M! I love this blog – both your stuff and Estelle’s stuff. Every time I come here, it just makes me immensely happy to read what you girls write. And you both make my to-read pile grow taller. I love it. 🙂

December 20, 2012 - 1:10 pm

elena - YOU LOOK QT IN ALL THESE PICS! hooray for morgan matson love, she is sooo lovely omg. :3 you had such a great year and i hope NEXT YEAR i will get to meet you. please read requiem soon, i am dying to discuss it. AAAND i still need to read sara zarr, geez. thank you for your friendship & kind words & i can’t wait to see what next year brings. 🙂

December 19, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Yay! The Ruby Oliver books! I just read them about a week ago, the full series in a week. That person who didn’t return book four deserves to go to the special hell, because it is so sad you didn’t get to finish!

December 19, 2012 - 6:24 am

Lori - You have so many books on your favorites list that I still need to read. *adds them all to TBR* I’m kind of thrilled that you were wrong about Delirium. It’s one of my favorite books EVER. I’m happy you rediscovered it. I wish you would have liked The Disenchantments more, but I definitely understand. It was very different than I was expecting. Have you read Hold Still? Love that book! It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. Really, the trailer for it makes me cry.

And YES to Finnikin! Read it! Froi too! I can’t wait for the last book. If you guys do a group read let me know. I could be easily convinced to reread.

December 19, 2012 - 12:00 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Magan, you’re the only person I’ve met who loves Unbreak My Heart just as much as I do! So excited to find your blog (thanks to Jamie @ The Perpetual Pageturner). Can’t wait to read more.

Second Chance Summer is on my shelf and I’ve been dying to get to it. It’s killing me that I haven’t yet…

Thanks for the recs! I’m following now…And if Estelle is reading, apparently, we need to talk about Zac Efron!

December 18, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Magaaaaaan — your comment just MADE MY NIGHT. You are one of the kindest and sweetest people that I have ever met, and we totally need to meet in real life one day =)

Also, your survey is AWESOME. I share your love for Second Chance Summer and Courtney Summers (thank you thank you for introducing both of these to me!) I’ve JUST discovered Sara Zarr in the last week, and I am in LOVE. I can’t wait to read everything she’s every written. I want to say yes, yes, YES to everything in your whole survey, but I’ll comment on just one last thing: I totally share your sentiments on Requiem. I’m excited, but nervous too — how will the story end? And how will I feel when that whole saga is OVER?

December 18, 2012 - 7:33 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so, so glad you loved I’ll Tell You Mine, hun! It makes me so happy when I send a copy overseas and the recipient loves it! I can’t wait for more of Pip’s work and will happily send you her next book!

Also, I am stoked that you love Sara Zarr too! Her books had been on my to-read list for a while but I didn’t read any until this year and her writing is just amazing!!

December 18, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Looking through your top books of the year I’m like “yes! yes! want to read that! loved that!” Good taste, my friend.

Having just finished Amy & Roger, I’m SO READY for more Morgan Matson! Good to hear you loved SCS because as previously stated, I tend to adore what you do!

I still have to read Cinder. I KNOW. I know.

FYI – the adoration is clearly mutual. Let’s read Finnikin of the Rock together okay? Great.

December 18, 2012 - 11:39 am

Alexa Y. - I love you Magan! It was truly a pleasure to get to meet you this year, and I certainly hope we can hang out even more in the future. You’ve been such an awesome friend, and book pusher, and just all around talented individual, and I certainly consider you (and E) an inspiration! <3

December 18, 2012 - 10:50 am

Cynthia - I really need to read Second Chance Summer, don’t I?! lol!! I love it when people are so enthusiastic about a certain book. I’ll definitely be looking for that one. And I have How to Save A Life on my tbr pile, I’ll be moving it up to the top now. I’m currently reading What’s Left of Me and even though I really liked the beginning of it I’m starting to put it down more and more.. I’m wondering if it’s going to end up being a disappointment now and should I even bother to continue reading it. =/

December 18, 2012 - 9:44 am

Anna - 1. I love this post. 2. Top goal of 2013? MEET MAGAN AND ESTELLE. Let’s make it happen, yo! <3

December 18, 2012 - 8:59 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh Magan, I loved reading this. I feel like you and I got to experience a lot of bookish greatness together this year! Being at TLA with you, getting a copy of Insurgent, & meeting Veronica Roth = AMAZING. I will always remember that 🙂 I love your enthusiasm for books & reading. It fuels my own reading hunger!! When I look back on 2012, the book that will always make me think of you… Unbreak My Heart. It was one of my favorites read this year & I have you to thank for that.

December 18, 2012 - 8:11 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Thank goodness! *hugs* Good to know I’m not the only one The Disenchantments let down. Seriously thought I was moslty alone there. I loved Second Chance Summer and My Life Next Door too! I’ve yet to read Sara Zarr but soon! I think 2013 will be the year I try her 🙂 That Sweethearts quote? BEAUTIFUL. Which Zarr book do you think is best start with? I read Delirium this year and loved the beginning but felt kinda ‘meh’ about the rest of it. Hmm, intriguing (but awesome news!) that you loved it the second time round! Before I Fall! Though we had a bit of a rough start, I loved it as it went on and THAT ENDING. *sobs* Speechless was amazing and Hannah Harrington is an author who always amazes me! You met Ginger? Lucky you! She is so awesome and one of my favourite bloggers! Also, you met Morgan Matson and she knew who you were? I’m grinning crazy right now because that is off the charts amazing! 😀

December 18, 2012 - 7:43 am

Hemborgwife - I also set 115 as my goal and am currently half way through my 99th so I think I will maybe be about 8 books short but o well!

I loved reading this review and I think I might do something similar on my blog even though it is not a book one and many of the books I read were old but they need love too!

December 18, 2012 - 7:15 am

April Books & Wine - My biggest takeaway from this is that I need to read Second Chance Summer and lucky me, Shanyn got it for me as a Christmas gift! OH OH and How To Save A Life!

ALSO ALSO, Lisa is THE BEST! Seriously, that girl is one of my favorite bloggers and people ever.

Looks like you had a superb year 🙂

Magan: Joining in on the Annual End of Year Book Survey

Estelle and I are both participating in the End of Year Book Survey, hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. We’ll independently be posting our surveys because we did a heck of a lot of reading before starting Rather Be Reading and we have plenty of books that haven’t gotten face time on here […]

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December 18, 2012 - 7:04 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Let’s say I rediscovered Delirium by Lauren Oliver. You may remember that last year, this book was filed under my most disappointing reads of 2011. I reread it earlier this year to give it another chance and FELL IN LOVE. I was wrong, […]

January 1, 2012 - 6:23 pm

Estelle: Did This Year Fly or What? (2011 Survey) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] as Magan did earlier this week, I’m joining the Jamie’s End-of-the-Year Annual Survey party! I […]

January 1, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Lu - You know, I read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and surprisingly loved it, but the first few pages of Delirium totally left me cold! The writing seems totally different and not nearly as well-done. I might give it a chance in a year or so, but for now, I will pass.

December 26, 2011 - 8:49 pm

Magan - Isn’t that crazy!? I was so afraid I would fail, and I didn’t at all. After three years of setting that goal, I made it! 🙂

December 26, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Tea Time with Marce - You read way over your 52 goal. wow.

December 24, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Christina - I also read Anna and the French Kiss this year; my first read by Stephanie Perkins. I adored it and received Lola and the Boy Next Door as an early Christmas gift. Can’t wait to start it. 🙂

December 23, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Mands - I borrowed Forgottan by Cat Patrick from the library yesterday after reading this post! And I cannot wait to get a copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door

December 21, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Magan - ALEXA! You should definitely check out the JD books. I was in Greece (YES, GREECE) and was obsessed with those books. Couldn’t. Stop. Reading. Them.

Divergent is just so good. I need to work some time into next year before Insurgent is released so that I can re-read and be refreshed.

I agree with you about Cricket and St. Clair – I think my perfect boy is a blend of them.

I’m so happy we’re blogging, twitter, and goodreads buddies. It makes everything so much more fun when we share awesome books and even just pieces of our day. I’m so glad we’re friends!

December 21, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Magan - Hi Miss Jana! 🙂 Thanks so, so much! I tried to mix things up so I wasn’t just screaming “OMG-STEPHANIE PERKINS” or “OMG-THE HUNGER GAMES” over and over again. Ha!

Amen to your comment about how Stephanie has to continue writing. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have a book of hers to look forward to. Oh, how I count down the days until I can read Isla! Are you a follower of hers on Twitter? She recently died her hair PINK and it’s awesome. Go stalk her blog and check it out.

I cannot wait to read your survey. It’s been such a fun year of books, but I’m always on the lookout for ones that I may not have read – ya know, the ones that just slip through the cracks. Thank you for reading all of our silly antics and reviews. We’re both so glad to have your friendship!

December 21, 2011 - 10:58 pm

Magan - Hi Hanna! Hello! *waves back excitedly*

OH MY GOSH. I can’t believe you haven’t read Stephanie’s work. I kind of want to send you a copy right now so that you can join in on the awesomeness. I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t loved the books yet. The reviews all rave in favor of the books and I certainly have never felt so compelled to want to re-read something so much before. I ADORE Stephanie Perkins. Please read them so I can read your review!

December 21, 2011 - 12:38 pm

Hanna - New follower! *waves*

I can’t believe I didn’t know about THG before I did either. I wasn’t that into YA before this though so that’s my excuse. I do wish I’d read it sooner though – I could be rereading it by now! 😀

I love the Imaginary Girls cover too, although I’d never thought about how it was taken before.

I’ve heard such great things about Stephanie Perkins’ books that I’m almost apprehensive about picking them up! I’d hate to have all these expectations and then NOT like it. To be fair, I haven’t read a single negative review so it’s probably a good sign… Perhaps I’m over-thinking this just a little? :p

December 20, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Jana - Magan, I love this post! You have some awesome books listed on your survey, and some that I need to go look up. I was the same way with The Hunger Games, although I finally bit the bullet and read after Catching Fire was released. I think you are so lucky that you could just read them back to back to back. I hated waiting. I, too, was very scared to read because of all the death and killing. The premise of the book is sick. I loved it, though. You really have to read it to see why.

You’re SO right about Stephanie Perkins. She better keep writing until one of us dies, because I can’t get enough of her writing style. She’s amazing, and it really helps that she has blue hair.

Thanks for mentioning me and my Bookish Bad Habits post. 🙂 You’re so sweet! I adore you too, well both of you. 🙂 I think your blog is the only one I consistently visit. I’ll be posting my survey soon! I’m still waiting to see if anything new that I read between now and the 31st makes me want to change all my answers!

December 20, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love, love, love most of the books that are on your radar for this survey (though I have yet to read the Jessica Darling series – and please don’t shoot me haha).

Divergent is probably my all-time favorite book of 2011, though I read so many good ones 🙂 You’re so lucky to have a signed copy of it!

And I love Stephanie Perkins. Forever and ever and ever. I can no longer decide between Cricket and St. Clair at this point.

I love you (and Estelle too!). Your blog is one of my favorite ones to visit. And I’m so flattered that you enjoy mine too. I’m so happy we’re book blogging buddies!