2014 was many things… good, bad and ugly… but at least it did not throw any 1-star books at me! Of course a lot has changed in the course of this year, and I’ve had a lot to reflect upon… but the one constant has remained my love for reading (and determination to beat the Goodreads Reading Challenge). Around this time of year, I like to look at my stats and pick out the few that really stuck with me. And okay, okay, I’ve read some books that made me feel that I’ve wasted my time, but I still think I’ve had a pretty decent share of good ones, and I wrapped up the year with a pretty book (and some amazing sweets but that’s besides the point)! But first, let’s see how I checked out on the resolutions front!
- I read 50 books in 2014! It was a close call, having finished the 50th book yesterday, but I made it!
- I read one children’s novel and one middle grade novel and liked the latter more. That is important because the children’s one was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I wasn’t all that enamored by it.
- I didn’t stop reading any books! On a roll for more than two years now!
- I’ve written a review for every single book I read this year. I even went back and wrote reviews for some books I read years ago.
- I was not lured by pretty covers. Well, I was lured by a book or two, but I think I improved!
- I did not read any classics, though I bought two gorgeous leather-bound classics (The Wizard of Oz and Anne of the Green Gables) and an absolutely fantastic hardcover for Alice in Wonderland, so that should count for something, right? Right?
- I didn’t read a single indie novel and I feel terrible about it. I promise I will make up for it in 2015.
- I failed miserably when it came to cutting back. If anything it got worse because I started buying hardcovers as well as paperbacks. They’re so gorgeous I couldn’t resist!
Next year I will have the same resolutions, though I’m forgetting about the cutting back because obviously that’s not working out for me, and I will be reading 60 BOOKS.
So now comes the breakdown. Unfortunately I don’t have the books I read with me, on account of having left them when I moved to Dubai, so I can’t take any pretty pictures. 😦 Instead, I’m going to name the few that stood out this year.
Best book of 2014: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson was epic. Never mind that the Mistborn trilogy has become one of my favourite series to date, this particular book was all sorts of amazing. I can’t believe the effort and brilliance that went into writing it, and I got such a massive book hangover after finishing it. It’s incredible without a semblance of a doubt.
Honourable Mention: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
Funniest book of 2014: Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma was absolutely hilarious. I know there are some who don’t consider graphic novels to be actual books, but I don’t get it – so much work goes into making them, they tell a story, they’re made of paper… it all adds up! Either way, this was amazing and had me cracking up on more than one occasion.
Honourable Mention: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Biggest disappointment of 2014: I don’t like doing this, but really I was very disappointed with Khaled Hosseini’s latest book. I absolutely love his first two, but this one… this one was missing something and I was left feeling very unsatisfied, which sucks because he doesn’t write all that many books and god knows how long we’ll have to wait before he releases another one.
Not-so-honourable Mentions: Paper Towns by John Green; and Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella.
Biggest Surprise of 2014: I wasn’t expecting much from The Universe Versus Alex Woods. Honestly I wasn’t expecting anything. I picked it up because it had a nice cover. >.> But it had such a unique plot and was so full of heart and emotion that it actually made me tear up towards the end. Not many books can do that. And strangely enough for a YA book, romance had a very minimal part in it (refreshing really!)
Honourable Mention: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Most Awaited Book of 2014: Ever since I devoured Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Cress… especially since it was a retelling of one of my favourite fairy tale characters – Rapunzel. The wait was worth it, not only because the book was thicker than the first two, oh no, but it was pretty good as well! I was a bit torn as to how to rate it, but judging by how fast I went through it… well, I had to give it 4 stars at the end. Now I just can’t wait for the final installment!
Honourable Mention: My True Love Gave to Me by misc authors.
2015 seems to be off to a good start. I already finishing reading Legion and Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson and LOVED it. Feels so good to begin the year with a 5-star book. 🙂
What were your best books of 2014? Got any reading goals for the new year?
Oh, and happy new year by the way!