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2014 End of Year Book Survey

Happy New Year!

What better day than January 1 to reflect on my year of reading.  I’m participating in the 2014 End of Year Book Survey hosted by Perpetual Page Turner.

BASIC BOOK STATS

Number of Books I Read:  92

Number of Re-Reads:  1 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream  by W. Shakespeare)

LOOKING BEHIND

Best Book I Read in 2014:  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Most Surprising (good or bad) Read in 2014:  King and Maxwell by David Baldacci (I was surprised with how much I disliked this book.)

Best Series I Started in 2014:  Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel

Best Sequel I Read in 2014: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

Best Series Ender in 2014:  The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

Favorite New Author (to me) I Discovered in 2014:  Deborah Harkness

Favorite Book Cover of 2014:  Inamorata by Megan Chance

Most Memorable Character of 2014:  Grace Marks from Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2014:  Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman (I think I’d be happy reading Gaiman’s grocery list.  He has an amazing way of stringing words together that is magical.)

Book I Can’t Believe I Waited Until 2014 to Read:  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson  and  Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel

Book That Shocked Me the Most in 2014:  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (I remember being shocked as I watched the events of Hurricane Katrina unfold but reading about how this hospital was left to fend for itself was truly shocking.)

Most Action Packed Thriller I Couldn’t Put Down in 2014:   The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson.  A close second would be Snowblind by Christopher Golden.

Best 2014 Debut I Read in 2014:  Now That You’re Here  by Amy K Nichols

Book That Put a Smile on My Face in 2014:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Book That Made Me Cry or Nearly Cry in 2014:  Please Look After Mom  by Kyung-Sook Shin

Book That Made Me the Most Mad in 2014:  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospitalby Sheri Fink

LOOKING AHEAD

Book I Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be a Priority in 2015:  The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman (My new bookclub’s first book in January)

Series Ending/Sequel I Am Most Looking Forward To In 2015:  Burned: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning and Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole  (Both come out this month.  Yay!)

One Thing I Hope To Accomplish In My Reading/Blogging Life in 2015:  I was a very sporadic reviewer and blogger in 2014.  I hope to change that this year.

A 2015 Release I’ve Already Read and Recommend To Everyone:  When by Victoria Laurie

What was your bookish life like in 2014?  Favorite books?  Is there a book that you are looking forward to in 2015?

January 9, 2015 - 6:09 am

Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) - FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL was crazy, wasn’t it? So vivid, shocking and just maddening. Gave me lots to think about. It’s been awhile since I read it and it STILL makes me think!

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