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)
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
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?