Sunday, January 4, 2015

Reading 2014: End of year book survey

Last year, I had great fun reviewing the year gone by according to this end-of-the-year-survey @
Perpetual Page Turner. This year, too I am going to do the same.

Number Of Books You Read: 84

Number of Re-Reads: Five

Genre You Read The Most From: Mystery

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Mystery: The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

Non-Mystery: Up at the Villa by William Somerset Maugham

Non-Fiction: Bhagat Singh aur Unke Sathyon ke Dastaez (Documents of Bhagat Singh and His Comrades)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Rope's End, Rogue's End by E.C.R. Lorac

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

(In a good way) Between Love and Freedom by Nikhil Govind

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand (Inspector Cockrill series)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Mystery: Arthur J. Rees

Non-Mystery: Brian Moore

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Reading Sci-Fi is tough for me, so Fire Past the Future/ Countdown by Charles Eric Maine

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Douglas Jardine: Spartan Cricketer by Christopher Douglas

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
 Douglas Jardine in Bodyline: The Novel

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
The Jail Notebook of Bhagat Singh. It touched me tremendously that a person on the death row could read and copy quotes from books.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
The Human Factor by Graham Greene

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Bodyline by Philip Derriman

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
"All this happened,...because all these people... consider that there are circumstances in this world when man owes no humanity to man." 

"Dozens of revolutionaries are absconding and amongst them are many females. More than half a dozen prisoners are actually waiting for their executions. What about all of these people? The three Lahore Conspiracy Case condemned prisoners, who have luckily come into prominence and who have acquired enormous public sympathy, do not form the bulk of the revolutionary party. Their fate is not the only consideration before the party. As a matter of fact their executions are expected to do greater good than the commutation of their sentences..."

From Sukhdev's open letter to Gandhi in To Make the Deaf Hear by S. Irfan Habib

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Ressurection by Lev Tolstoy (586 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Douglas Jardine and Harold Larwood in Bodyline: The Novel

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

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

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
In both his fictional and real -life avatars, Douglas Jardine

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Between Love and Freedom by Nikhil Govind

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Song of Achlles by Madeline Miller

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
According to the Evidence by Henry Cecil

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Hand in the Dark by Arthur J. Rees

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet by Sharada Dwivedi and Shalini Devi Holkar. It is a treat for the eyes.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Eye of the Beholder by Marc Behm. Absolutely detested it.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
Past Offences
The Readng Life

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
My review of Helen MacInnes Neither Five Nor Three because I learnt something about which I had only a vague idea.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Don't think there was any non-review post.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
The German Literature Month 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
When I won the Sherlock Holmes Trivia Contest held by John @ Pretty Sinister Books.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
According to the stats by Blogger: Murder at the Pageant by Victor L. Whitechurch with more than 400 views and 14 comments.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
1st September: War and Crime

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Maywrite Library

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I successfully completed all the 20 challenges I had signed-up for in 2014.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
The Quest of the Ashes by Douglas Jardine

    2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
Militant Nationalism in the Punjab by Kamlesh Mohan

   3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
No idea about 2015 debuts.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Second in the Inspector Galileo series.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Be more disciplined.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:  
It's too early for that.


Have a very happy 2015.


  1. This was all sorts of fun. Love LONELY PASSION although it is soul-crushing as was the movie. Love so many of these books and writers. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Patti for having a look. Lonely Passion is very good but completely heart-wrenching.

      Wishing you a happy 2015.

  2. I love these categories, Neeru. And your choices are fascinating. Not surprised you thought the Carr among the best you read and the Brand series too. Both were really talented writers. I look forward to what you'll have for us this year.

    1. Thanks Margot. You have always been very encouraging. I have rediscovered Carr and am keen to read more of him.

  3. Neer, you read some fine books in 2014. I hope to read John Dickson Carr this year (never read him) as well as some Indian fiction. Happy New Year to you, too!

    1. Thanks Prashant. Reading THE BURNING COURT was like rediscovering Carr. I await your views on him.