2014: A year in [book] review

So 2014 was one heck of a year.

I read a lot of books.

They try to take over my room now, not just my life. They defy the concept of fitting on my shelf and I can do nothing but find other places to stack them.

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Imagine having to keep my Currently Reading on my desk, of all places, and my TBR on the windowsill…

In addition, I kept a running log of everything I read this year on a piece of paper taped to my wall. That was probably the best New Years Resolution type-thing I’ve ever done.

But aside from the slow takeover of my living quarters, I read some great stuff this year. See, look…

(if you’re not interested in all of them (there’s a decent amount) then skip to the bottom where my favorites/least favorites are. Ok?)

January

January consisted of a REALLY good sci-fi romance, a not-so-good what I thought was supposed to be a thriller, amazing re-reads, and that one incredible Christie novel.

These Broken Stars — Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

The Dream Thieves — Maggie Stiefvater (fourth re-read)

The Raven Boys — Maggie Stiefvater (eleventh re-read)

And Then There Were None — Agatha Christie

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown — Holly Black (second re-read)

The Vanishing Game — Kate Kae Myers

The Dream Thieves (fifth re-read)

February

The annual re-read-all-my-favorite-romances month. In addition, my library did the Blind Date with a Book thing and I was ridiculously pleased.

White Cat — Holly Black (third re-read)

Red Glove — Holly Black (third re-read)

Honk if you Hate Me — Deborah Halverson

The Cupcake Queen — Heather Hepler (second re-read)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight — Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like — Jennifer E. Smith

Runemarks — Joanne Harris (second re-read) (also not a romance? apparently I was in the mood for some good Norse Myths at some point.)

The Raven Boys (twelfth re-read)

March

Held many wonders, like new favorites, a bit of a let down, and a lovely re-read marathon of one of my favorite trilogies.

Endless Night — Agatha Christie

The Screaming Staircase — Jonathan Stroud

The Maze Runner — James Dashner (unfinished)

Divergent — Veronica Roth (second re-read)

Insurgent — Veronica Roth (second re-read)

Allegiant — Veronica Roth (second re-read)

Divergent (third re-read) (So maybe I pulled an all-nighter. Maybe.)

April

Was FULL OF BOOKS. So many books.

Divergent (fourth re-read, alongside my best friend)

The Splendor Falls — Rosemary Clement-moore (so gosh darn good)

Insurgent (third re-read, alongside my best friend)

Shadow and Bone — Leigh Bardugo

Allegiant (third re-read, alongside my best friend)

Dizzy in your Eyes: Poems about Love — Pat Mora (weird)

Hurricane Dancers: The First Carribean Shipwreck — Margarita Engle

Siege and Storm — Leigh Bardugo

The Screaming Staircase (second re-read)

Incarceron — Catherine Fisher (second re-read)

Sapphique — Catherine Fisher

You Are Here — Jennifer E. Smith The Dream Thieves (sixth re-read)Siege and Storm (second re-read) (yes it’s that good)

Half Bad — Sally Green

May

Was slightly less productive in numbers, but man was this stuff good.

Girl of Nightmares — Kendare Blake

Sea of Shadows — Kelley Armstrong

The Geography of You and Me — Jennifer E. Smith

Grave Mercy — Robin LaFevers

The Raven Boys (thirteenth re-read)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (third re-read)

June

Was…nothing spectacular.

Divergent (fifth re-read)Shadow and Bone (second re-read)

Siege and Storm (third re-read)

Ruin and Rising — Leigh Bardugo

July

However, picked up a bit.

Sinner — Maggie Stiefvater

Four: A Divergent Story Collection — Veronica Roth

Linger — Maggie Stiefvater

Forever — Maggie Stiefvater

Tithe — Holly Black

The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea — April Geneveive Tucholke

August

Wasn’t bad either.

Sinner (second re-read)

Black Heart — Holly Black (third re-read)

The Dream Thieves (seventh re-read)

Infinite Sky — C. J. Flood

Ironside — Holly Black

She is Not Invisible — Marcus Sedgwick

If I Stay — Gayle Forman

September

Brought new releases and…old things.

The Whispering Skull — Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase (third re-read)

Between the Spark and the Burn — April Geneveive Tucholke

Animal Farm — George Orwell Ruin and Rising (second re-read)

The Secret Side of Empty — Maria E. Andreu

October

Brought me home.

Sabriel — Garth Nix The Raven Boys (fifteenth re-read)

The Vanishing Season — Jodi Lynn Anderson (NOT to be confused with Vanishing Game from way back in January. Ever.)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue — Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (second re-read)

November

Was…a little of everything, and the month in which this blog started.

The Scorpio Races — Maggie Stiefvater (second re-read)

Half Bad (second re-read)

War of the Worlds — H. G. Wells [x]

I am the Messenger — Markus Zusak [x]

Belzhar — Meg Wolitzer [x]

We Were Liars — E. Lockhart [x]

And a novel by a friend.

December

Was a little underwhelming, but not bad in the end.

Beware the Wild — Natalie C. Parker[x]

Fiendish — Brenna Yovanoff [x]

Keturah and Lord Death — Martine Leavitt [x]

Half Lies — Sally Green [x]

And so…there’s the year in eighty-three books.

The Best Stand-alones

Honk if you Hate Me (new favorite)

All of Jennifer E. Smith’s works

The Splendor Falls (seriously I cannot even)

Sinner (Cole St. Clair is life)

Infinite Sky (this book is a dream)

The Vanishing Season (inspired me enough to kill my writer’s block, believe it or not)

I am the Messenger (my heart. I can’t.)

Keturah and Lord Death (another new favorite)

Fiendish (!!!!!!)

Best Series

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea/Between the Spark and the Burn were the best “series” that I read this year, I think.

Biggest Letdown

Ruin and Rising, if I’m being real, here. It’s easier for me to walk away from a thing like We Were Liars and say “it could have been better” than it is for me to look at the conclusion of the Grisha Trilogy and say the same. I’m not very torn over Liars. It had lots of good points to it. So did Ruin and RIsing, but the overall conclusion just…Upsets me. I’m still upset about how that book ended.

Best Overall

Blue Lily, obviously. Though the Lockwood and Co. books run a very, very close second.

Biggest Recommendation

Either Vanishing Season or the Lockwood books, followed closely by Sinner and Keturah depending on who I’m recommending to.

Well, that’s that I suppose.

Here’s to a new year, and even more beautiful books.

-l.

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