Thoughts

1. It’s 2015. It’s hard to think that I made it to this milestone and they didn’t, my grandpa and Hattie. A new year, a new start, a new world is beginning and they won’t be here to see it.

2. I’m constantly afraid I’m going to forget their faces, that I’m going to lose them even though they’re already gone.

3. It was Hattie’s birthday yesterday. Next Wednesday is the anniversary of her death.

4. I was sitting in chemistry honors when I got the text. She died in her sleep.

5. I went to a playoff game the day of my grandfather’s death. It was Good Friday. The Lightning lost.

6. Grandpa died twice. Once on Thursday night; they restarted his heart. Again the next morning; they let him fade.

7. Cancer killed them both.

8. I was sad, but life kept going.

9. I hit a curb – hard – the day after Grandpa passed. I was listening to Jesus music and crying and the street was dark and the curb was big. It cost me my entire life savings to repair.

10. My 16th birthday party was exactly one month after Hattie’s death. February 7th, 2014.

11. Dad changed after Grandpa died. He says he did. He tries to act like he did. But I don’t believe him; it’s all a ruse because really now he’s just desperate for life for the first time in decades.

12. We don’t keep in touch with Connie, Hattie’s daughter. She sends letters, birthday cards, occasionally calls. We’ve reciprocated once or twice, maybe thrice. It makes me feel sad/bad/guilty but I’m always so “busy” that I don’t want to have an hour long phone conversation with someone whose life makes my insides curl up.

13. Hattie was Catholic. Grandpa was an Evangelical pastor.

14. I don’t know what I am.

15. It’s 2015 and I still don’t know.

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2014: Best Books

I did a post last year called The Top 13 Books of 2013 on my old blog. I fully planned on doing a Top 14 of 2014 post this year, but I have decided to simplify it. There is no number limit; I’ll just list my favorite books that I read in 2014. Also, I’m going to stick to one book per series because otherwise I’d probably list them all out and I think you can get the gist from just one. That being said, I will mention if the whole series was a favorite. Books are not listed in order of how much I like them; they’re listed in order of when I read them. Most of these books were not published in 2014, but all were read this year. I read 70 books this year, 6 of which were re-reads, 2 of which were graphic novels, 4 of which were novellas. Here were the best!

1. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
This is the third book in the Vampire Academy series. The whole series was a favorite for me this year (I read the first two in 2013). I loved this book because it was the in-between: it was set at St. Vladimir’s Academy, was light-hearted (a lot of it anyway), and Rose was surrounded by her friends, but the climax- and plot twist- helped transition the series into its second half. I found this book thrilling and riveting. I remember reading it in AP World History, one of my favorite classes sophomore year, during review week after winter break. Vampire Academy lead to one of the best friendships I have: Korina and I gushed and bonded over this series, especially this book, which she’d read a year earlier. I adore the whole Vampire Academy series for all its wit, charm, excitement, action, romance, and its strong female protagonist.

2. My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
This is the first New Adult novel that I’ve finished. I dabbled a bit into the genre in 2013, reading excerpts and free samples. But this one pulled me in and kept me. I loved the protagonist Taylor and her icy shell, her banter with Hunter, her muddied past. Although the “secret” she kept was blatant to the reader, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It was hopeful and funny and made me laugh and I think I even teared up. It was a beautiful story, a happy ending, everything we can hope to find someday but probably won’t. I was sucked in.

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is the third book in the Shatter Me trilogy. Character-wise, this novel was brilliant. It solved the love triangle beautifully, albeit a bit painfully. Warner was wonderful. Juliet grew into herself more than ever. She was strong and finally knew what she wanted. That’s why this book made my list. However, the actual execution to the conclusion of this series was mediocre. Almost the whole book focused on resolving character issues, which I loved. But the ending was so so so rushed. As with most dystopian trilogies, the corrupt institution was overthrown and we didn’t get to see the world rebuilt. Very abrupt ending that left me wanting more: an epilogue, a novella, something to wrap up my unanswered questions. The book, while good, left me upset and annoyed at the end.

4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
I could not decide which of the three books in this trilogy were my favorite. I had all three highlighted on my list, so I decided to just list the first one. This book- and series- was brilliantly written and executed. The world-building, the descriptions of Prague, Morocco, the world of seraphim and chimaera, was all so exquisitely vivid. I love this trilogy so much, it is definitely an all-time favorite. And it got me back into the genre of fantasy, which I consistently and almost exclusively read from until sixth grade.

5. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
I had heard a lot about this book in 2013. The hype surrounding it convinced me to give it a try, though half of me didn’t expect much because it was about, well, aliens. I’m not a sci-fi girl and I had my doubts. Boy, was that half of me wrong. I loved the writing style, almost stream-of-consious for Cassie, though it took me awhile to get into rhythm with. I loved the changing POVs, the world-building, the complex apocalyptic plot with moral questions subtly woven in. This was a great read, and though the sequel didn’t live up to its predecessor (or make the list), it was good too.

6. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The hard thing about writing a post like this with no notes is that I forget why I liked the books I highlighted. I liked the whole TMI series (I still haven’t read City of Heavenly Fire yet). This one was just my favorite. Jace was a brainwashed sidekick to Sebastien. Clary joins the pair in an attempt to save Jace. Some big battle with a cup of darkness or something happens at the end, the day is saved, Sebastien gets away. I forget the details okay! All I know is that this book, the fifth in the series, was my favorite and I really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down and that is enough for it to make the list.

7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The ending and epilogue of this finale to The Infernal Devices trilogy is what made it my favorite over Clockwork Prince. The second installment’s plot was better, but the tear-jerking ending to the series takes the cake. I loved this trilogy because of the characters. The plot, while intriguing at times, was mediocre. But the characters were beyond fascinating. Their relationships to each other, their backstories, and their dialogue set this series apart. Will and Jem are two of my favorite characters ever. Their friendship and brotherhood was lovely to the point of heartbreaking. I highly recommend this series to everyone.

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This is definitely one of the best of the best of 2014. I loved this coming of age novel, set partly in Europe, partly in suburbia, partly in Mexico. This book seemed to speak to me specifically. It moved me, changed me, made me think about myself and the world and the future in ways I hadn’t before. It made me reflect and hope and dream and plan. I loved it. The second book in the duology, a companion novel of sorts, was also very good. Read more of my thoughts in this post.

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I read this late in the year, in November. It was refreshing because it was so different than I expected. It took turns I didn’t predict, the protagonist was unpredictable, the story was anything but cliche. I loved this because it was unique, because it surprised me, because it stood out on purpose and in a good way, a way that made me think. I so highly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA, villains, fantasy, dystopian, or Marie Lu’s Legend series. Or to anyone looking for a book that doesn’t follow the usual rules and patterns of YA fiction.

10. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
I read both this book and The Blood of Olympus this year. While the latter was good, it did not make my list. HoH made me feel nostalgic as I always do reading Rick Riordan’s writing. It was simple, middle-grade, safe, and entertaining. I knew everyone in the book would be okay, which is sometimes less of a certainty in YA, and although the writing style is definitely geared toward younger kids (as it should be), I think the world of demigods and its characters are magic.

The best re-read of the year was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. The best nonfiction book I read was The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal. The best book I read for school was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. And that’s a wrap! I can’t wait to see what will be the best books of 2015.

2014 End of Year Book Survey

2014-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner created this incredibly reflective end of year book survey back in 2010. I just started following Jamie’s blog, so I first came across this post on my friend Grace’s blog, Words Like Silver. I thought it looked like a lot of fun and a good way to look back on this year’s reading, so I decided to take part in the 2014 edition! Without further ado, here goes.
reading-stats-2014-1024x278Number of Books You Read: 70
Number of Re-reads: 6
Genre You Read the Most From: Definitely Young Adult, I honestly couldn’t tell you a sub-genre (fantasy, maybe?)
best-YA-books-2014-1024x2781. Best Book You Read In 2014?
Just One Day by Gayle Forman, although Laini Taylor’s books were close seconds.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Wow, there were actually quite a few of these. Of the 2014 releases I read, Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead definitely left me disappointed, especially after being one of my most-anticipated releases of the year. For earlier releases that I read this year, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Venom by Fiona Paul, A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, The Madman’s Daughter by Meagan Shepherd, and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini were probably the biggest letdowns. Also, the second and third books in the Study series by Maria V. Snyder and Tahereh Mafi’s novella Fracture Me. And The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. And United We Spy by Ally Carter (although this one might be because it’d been awhile since I read the previous installment and it’s a middle grade series). I’m actually restraining myself from going on and on.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Ah, there are so many choices. I’m going to go with The Young Elites by Marie Lu because it was such an interesting plot-line that did not go the way I expected. I cannot wait for the sequel.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Um, honestly I don’t know. Either Vampire Academy or books that were required for school that I reminded/encouraged my friends to keep up with. 😉

 5. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Laini Taylor for sure. Rick Yancey and Stephanie Perkins get honorable mentions.

6. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I have two for this one and both were required for my English class. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is a historical fiction novel set in the antebellum South, which is one of my least favorite historical settings to read about. The second book, Beloved by Toni Morrison, is a magical realism novel set mostly in the years following the Civil War in Ohio. I was surprised by how much I liked both of these novels, especially because the genre/setting/premise of each book were not ones I usually target or enjoy.

 7. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Again, I have so many answers. Either Laini Taylor’s Smoke & Bone trilogy, Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter series (either one), or Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. I simply cannot narrow it down from there.

8. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably one of the Vampire Academy books or Throne of Glass (which was a re-read this year). Or possibly one of the contemporaries I read this year; though I’m rarely in the mood for contemporary reads, my upcoming trip to Europe just might lead me to pull out Just One Day or Anna and the French Kiss.

9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
TBS-CoverI am loathe to pick These Broken Stars because I didn’t like the book much. I’d rather pick my runner-ups, like The House of Hades, or Dreams of Gods & Monsters, or one of The Infernal Devices covers. THERE ARE SO MANY PRETTY/COOL/APPEALING COVERS THAT PULLED ME IN (Meagan Shepherd’s books, The Young Elites, etc.). But this one, despite the book content itself, takes the cake. You see how it pains me?

10. Most memorable character of 2014?
Um, Will Herondale. Will Herondale, Will Herondale, Will Herondale. (Sorry Adrian Ivashkov…)

11. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Definitely the whole Laini Taylor trilogy.. I don’t even know what it’s technically called. Her writing style is beyond amazing. I fell into a trance reading her books, in the best way possible. Also, Rick Yancey’s stream-of-conscious style writing in The 5th Wave was new and impressive to me this year.

12. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Just One Day by Gayle Forman. This coming-of-age story involving a one-night stand, exploring Europe, finding oneself, and adjusting to life as a college student gripped me and changed me inexplicably. The main character started out so much like me and I saw myself in her throughout the novel and I saw my ability to change in her. I love this book so much and it has stayed with me since I read it. [I also want to add that Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and the epilogue of Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare also provoked a lot of thought in me.]

13. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 
This one goes to Cassandra Clare’s books. I cannot believe I gave up on The Mortal Instruments early in 2013 after reading only the first book. I’m so happy I gave the series another shot this year, and even happier that I read The Infernal Devices trilogy.

14. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
How is this a question I’m supposed to have one answer to? I have so many, but one that stands out to me is:

“IN NIHIL AB NIHILO QUAM CITO RECIDIMUS.” From nothing into nothing how swiftly we return.

This passage comes from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, at a point when Nyx is standing at her mother’s grave with Ignifex.

15. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
I’m not precisely sure on either of these estimates. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith or The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan (which was a re-read, so I’m not sure it counts) were probably my shortest of the year. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor or Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead were probably the longest.

16. Book That Shocked You The Most
There were a lot of shocking twists reading-wise in 2014. I think my biggest shock came early in January when I read  Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead… If you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I’m referring to.

17. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
UGH! So many. Sydrian (Sydney + Adrian from the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead) or Tessa-Will-Jem (I can’t choose one pairing, let’s be real) from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare.

18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
WILL AND JEM FOR SURE FOREVER YES. I ship the friendship and brotherhood of Will and Jem way harder than I ship their romantic endeavors with Tessa. Their friendship was one of the best bookish things of 2014, along with the Clockwork Princess epilogue.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
There are probably a few others I would pick, but since I’ve already talked about them, I’ll say Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. This was a good finale to the Shatter Me trilogy, though I did wish for an epilogue or follow-up novella.

20. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure 
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or any of Cassandra Clare’s books based on recommendations from friends and the world. Laini Taylor’s trilogy based on Grace Smith’s travel post (and some other post she featured it in; I forget which one specifically). Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder based on Christine’s repeated recommendation over at polandbananasBOOKS. (I just realized that I listed books read based on recommendations rather than best books based on recommendations. Oops.)

21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Again, Will Herondale. Adrian Ivashkov is a close second (though technically, I discovered him at the end of 2013).

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. Richelle Mead’s Moroi/Dhampir world in both her series is a close second. Rick Yancey’s post-apocalyptic alien Earth is also fantastic. GAH.

24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read
The Vampire Academy books were highly entertaining. The Mortal Instruments series (and to a lesser extent, The Infernal Devices trilogy) had me literally laughing out loud EVERYWHERE: on a plane, in my uncle’s apartment, at the dining room table. And the last two installments of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, especially The House of Hades, were so nostalgic and wonderful to read.

25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (a re-read for me). And probably a few others that I’m forgetting.

26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Either My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron (I’m pretty sure I teared up but can’t recall for certain) or Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
At the time I read it, The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. That ending, although foreshadowed and predictable, crushed me so hard. I was freaking out about the future of Sydrian. The ending of Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor also gave me a huge scare. Overall though, the endings of Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare both ripped my heart to pieces, into a million shreds, and I was bawling (each time for different reasons).

28. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (in a very bad way). Although the latter half of the Study series by Maria V. Snyder angered me with how pointless it was and how long and unnecessarily it was dragged out, Starcrossed was an annoying “typical paranormal” YA book: Mary Sue protagonist, hot and brooding lead male character who generally treats Mary Sue horribly but then comes to her rescue in a crisis, predictable plot, absent parents, blah blah blah. Ugh, this book reminded me why I hate YA paranormal romance. The only thing I did enjoy was the Greek mythology woven in; Helen of Troy and the Greek-Trojan feud is one that isn’t often retold/featured in literature.

I’m going to skip the Blogging/Bookish Life part of the survey since it isn’t really relevant to me or my blog.

looking-ahead-books-2015-1024x2781. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, which I started (albeit barely) this year but didn’t have a big enough block of time to finish in one sitting. Also, Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (the first book in a new paranormal fairytale-retelling series) and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (the first book in a new middle-grade series based on Norse mythology).

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This book has been on my Goodreads To-Read shelf forever. I’m so excited that it’ll be releasing early in 2015; the release date is currently scheduled for February 10th.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
The Ruby Circle will conclude Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, a spinoff on the Vampire Academy series. For sequels, I’m most anticipating The Rose Society by Marie Lu, a follow-up to The Young Elites.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
For blogging, I hope to post on average at least once a week; definitely at least one post per month. This blog is personal and about whatever I want, so I have the luxury of being flexible with posts and my schedule. But I would like to keep it fairly consistent. I’d also like to try to report more hockey-related stuff on my blog. I don’t know if I will like writing about hockey, but I’m passionate about the sport and watch a ton of games. It’s something I’d like to experiment with this year.

For reading, I would just like to read as much as I can. This doesn’t mean I have to miss a hockey game or dinner with a friend or any social activity to read. It doesn’t mean I need to stay up late finishing a book on a school night. I just want to try to utilize my free time better this year, be more productive with it. Instead of spending free time that I don’t know what to with on social media, I want to read or do something beneficial. I don’t know if I will set a number goal for books this year; I really just want to focus on reading consistently (not crazily or absently) and reading as much as I can manage.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I haven’t read any 2015 releases yet! I will hopefully have some good recommendations soon. 🙂

WEEELLLLLLLLLLLLL, that’s it! That’s a wrap on this 2000-something word post that I stayed up ’til almost 4 am to finish. I will be posting my Top 14 Books of 2014 list soon, along with a couple other 2014 reflections, a Looking Ahead post or two, and a 2015 Aspirations post. If I don’t finish writing them before I go back to school, there may be a week or two delay due to the end of the semester and midterm exams coming up. I hope everyone reading this had a good 2014, a reflective New Year’s, and a positive outlook on 2015. Happy New Year!

Read in 2014

I read 70 books this year, just shy of my 75-book goal. Here’s the list of what I read in chronological order.

1. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi  *
2. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
3. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
4. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
5. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
6. United We Spy by Ally Carter
7. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
8. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
9. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
10. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
11. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas   (reread)
12. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
13. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
14. My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
15. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
16. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
17. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
18. The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter  *
19. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
20. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
21. Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder  *
22. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
23. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
24. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
25. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling   (reread)
26. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling   (reread)
27. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling   (reread)
28. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
29. The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
30. Panic by Lauren Oliver
31. Maus I by Art Spiegelman  **
32. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
33. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
34. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
35. Maus II by Art Spiegelman  **
36. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
37. Venom by Fiona Paul
38. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
39. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
40. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
41. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
42. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
43. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
44. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
45. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
46. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
47. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
48. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
49. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
50. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
51. Just One Night by Gayle Forman  *
52. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
53. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
54. One Direction: Where We Are: Our Band, Our Story: 100% Official by One Direction
55. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
56. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
57. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
58. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
59. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
60. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
61. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
62. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
63. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
64. The Hidden Ivies by Howard Greene, M.A., M.Ed., and Matthew Greene, Ph.D.
65. Beloved by Toni Morrison
66. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
67. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
68. The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan     (reread)
69. 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio
70. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson     (reread)

* Novella
** Graphic Novel

2014: Best Music

This list includes my favorite music that was released in 2014 and my favorite music that I discovered in 2014 (some released prior to this year). I’ve divided the list into four categories: artists, albums, songs, and music videos. If I include an album, there may be favorite songs on it that I don’t include on the songs list to avoid repetition. If an album is listed as a favorite, the artist is not listed as a favorite to avoid repetition. Nothing is listed in order of how much I like it; it’s just listed. Here we go!

Favorite Artists 
1. Ed Sheeran
Sing, Don’t, Photograph, Give Me Love
2. Mumford & Sons
Hopeless Wanderer, Broken Crown, I Will Wait, To Darkness/Kripa
3. The 1975
Sex, The City, Girls
4. Florence + The Machine
    Drumming Song, Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), Howl, My Boy Builds Coffins
5. Demi Lovato
Really Don’t Care, Fire Starter, Without The Love, Something That We’re Not
6. Ariana Grande
Problem, Love Me Harder, Break Free, Bang Bang

Favorite Albums
1. Bangerz
(2013)- Miley Cyrus
SMS (Bangerz), My Darlin’, Someone Else, On My Own, Hands In The Air
2. 5 Seconds of Summer– 5 Seconds of Summer
Good Girls, Beside You, End Up Here 
3. She Looks So Perfect- EP– 5 Seconds of Summer
Heartache On the Big Screen, The Only Reason
4. Amnesia- EP– 5 Seconds of Summer
Amnesia
5. Les yeux plus gros que le monde– Black M
Je ne dirai rien, Ailleurs, Spectateur, Pour oublier, Solitaire, Sur ma route, C’est tout moi
6. Lock Me Up- EP– The Cab
Lock Me Up, Moon, These Are the Lies
7. 1989– Taylor Swift
Blank Space, Style, All You Had To Do Was Stay, I Know Places, Wonderland, You Are In Love
8. FOUR– One Direction
Steal My Girl, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Night Changes, No Control, Stockholm Syndrome, Fireproof, Spaces
Honorable Mentions:
Pure Heroine 
(2013)- Lorde | Buzzcut Season, Glory And Gore, Team
Prism (2013)- Katy Perry | This Is How We Do, International Smile

Favorite Songs 
1. Animals– Maroon 5
2. A Sky Full of Stars– Coldplay
3. Hey Brother– Avicii
4. Bailando (English Version)– Enrique Iglesias
5. Yellow Flicker Beat– Lorde
6. Centuries– Fall Out Boy
7. Blame (feat. John Newman)– Calvin Harris
8. Take Me to Church– Hozier
9. The Hanging Tree– James Newton Howard
10. The Heart Wants What It Wants– Selena Gomez
11. City On The Hill– Casting Crowns
12. Riptide– Vance Joy
13. Jealous– Nick Jonas
14. Chandelier– Sia
15. Bet My Life– Imagine Dragons
16. Flaws– Bastille
17. My Blood– Ellie Goulding
18. Beating Heart– Ellie Goulding
19. The Outsiders– Eric Church
20. Summer Love– Justin Timberlake
21. Come With Me Now– KONGOS
22. Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)– AWOLNATION
23. 23 (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, & Juicy J)– Mike Will Made-It
24. Classic– MKTO
25. Stan– Eminem
26. Human– Christina Perri
27. Whatever She’s Got– David Nail
28. Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)– Iggy Azalea
29. Waves– Mr. Probz
30. Stay With Me– Sam Smith
31. L.A.LOVE– Fergie
32. La La La (feat. Sam Smith)– Naughty Boy
33. Mammoth (feat. Like Mike)– Dimitri Vegas & MOGUAI
34. Tsunami– DVBBS & Borgeous
35. Remember the Name (feat. Styles of Beyond)– Fort Minor
36. Cannonball (Earthquake) [feat. Matthew Koma]– Showtek & Justin Prime
37. Booyah (feat. We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson)– Showtek
38. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)– Iggy Izalea
39. I Lived– One Republic
40. Happy– Pharrell Williams
41. Summer– Calvin Harris
42. Play It Again– Luke Bryan
43. Where It’s At– Dustin Lynch
44. Ghost– Ella Henderson
45. Riverside– Agnes Obel
46. Boom Clap– Charli XCX

Favorite Music Videos
1. Chandelier– Sia
2. The Heart Wants What It Wants– Selena Gomez
3. Night Changes– One Direction
4. Blank Space– Taylor Swift
5. Sur ma route– Black M