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I’m trying to ignore the fact that I have to actually dress properly and go to work tomorrow and also the fact that I am still a little the worse for wear after an over-indulgent New Year’s Eve at 5.30pm and looking back over 2014 (again) seems like as good a way to do that as any! As with last year, I’m sort of a day late and I’m declaring a clean state on the books I read last year but didn’t get round to reviewing. If you’re really curious about my annual ramblings, 2012 and 2011’s offerings are here and here. You’re welcome.
2014 Reading Stats
Number of books I read: 59
Number of re-reads: 0 officially, although I have read most of 1!
Genre you read the most from: Fantasy, I’d guess…
Best in Books
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)
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2014?
Sarah J. Maas, I think. See above.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
None. I’ve embarked on my first re-read in years so that I can make my way to the end of the Wheel of Time series but generally speaking, I never re-read.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
In a good way, Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series. In a bad way, Charles Manx from NOS4R2.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
I’m not sure it’s quite life-changing but Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley had the most real life impact.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I came across a complete spoiler for this book a few weeks after I’d finished it so I’m lucky that I managed to read it before then. Even without that, I can’t believe I’ve never read this classic Christie before this year.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
From Wake by Anna Hope:
“And whatever anyone thinks or says, England didn’t win this war. And Germany wouldn’t have won it, either.”
“What do you mean?”
“War wins.” He says. “And it keeps winning, over and over again.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Longest: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas at 1,276 pages (I listened to it on over 40 hours of audio)
Shortest: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell at 119 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Many tears were shed.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just say the relationships in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Oh, also Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
All of the friendships in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. They warmed and broke my heart.
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I don’t think any this year. I’ve read books because of recommendations but they were generally ones that I think I would have read anyway.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Meh. Nothing springs to mind for this, either!
23. Best 2014 debut you read?
I read one 2014 debut this year – Wake by Anna Hope. So that.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Here’s where we start to get repetitive! The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t think this series would have been half as good if it wasn’t for the fabulous worldbuilding.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Oh, loads. I’m a big book crier.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?