Looking Back: 2014 Reads

2014 Reads

2014 Reads

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Now that 2014 is done and over that means it’s time to start a new Goodreads Challenge this year! But first, I wanna take a look back at the books I read in 2014 and give an overview of my hits and misses! 

Originally my goal was 50 books for the year and I didn’t start using goodreads again to track those books until around May so I am missing a few over that time period and around August I did reach my 50 book goal. I went ahead and raised that to 75 and as we see I missed it by TWO. Or did I? Looking at this I realize that I read the entire Selection series and some other books that aren’t being shown. Remember:  You can read all (if I wrote them!) my reviews on these books on goodreads. I’m bad at reviewing, but hey.

Did Not Finish:

Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige

Anything But Ordinary – Lara Avery

Feed – MT Anderson

Dorothy Must Die started off really well then went downhill very quickly with it’s weird romance, violence, and overall just BORING storyline. Anything But Ordinary was really just moronic in my opinion and Feed was the same. I’m unsure of how so many people loved Feed when I couldn’t get more than 20 pages without wanting to throw it out the window. You can read my reviews on them on goodreads.

Favorite Series:

Immortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

I spent the entire month of July just reading all of the Immortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. I absolutely loved them despite my annoyance with Clary and Jace. I was not a huge fan of ID, but I really tore through the rest of the series and often talk about it with my friend. I anticipate re-reading them again soon.

Favorite Sequel:

The Silkworm – JK Rowling

Rowling’s latest novels have stood on shaky ground and I know a lot of friends who just can’t get through Casual Vacancy or her other books since Harry Potter. I totally feel them because I had the same problem with Casual Vacancy. I ended up loving it but when it came to Cuckoo’s Calling I felt dissapointed. However, Rowling completely makes up for it with The Silkworm. I was intrigued, grossed-out, and became attached to the characters in this sequel. The mystery is much more interesting and will leave you guessing. I read that she would be continuing to write more Strike novels and I look forward to them.

Favorite Contemporary YA:

Reality Boy – A.S. King

This book was legit on top of some serious societal norms. I love the idea of following someone (especially a kid) who grew up on reality television and to see how far the industry pushed him into his adulthood. I wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick 

I read The Good Luck of Right now this year as well and it’s weird to see how different his two books were. I loved FMLP A LOT. I was hesitant considering it was following a kid who was planning on bringing a gun to school and killing his best friend and with as many school shootings as the US has had lately I wasn’t sure I was up for something so depressing. I promise that it is definitely not as bad as I thought it would be and Quick is so witty and has such a great voice that he then gives to his characters.

 Favorite 2014 Author/Book:

Gillian Flynn

I’m honestly just blown away by Flynn. I only picked up Gone Girl because a friend told me too and I knew that the movie was coming out. The only thing I knew about it was what I’d seen from commercials. Working at the library the past few years a lot of women were so angry at the ending and didn’t like the book that I figured it couldn’t be that good. It was my favorite book this year. I DEVOURED it, I sat on the edge of my seat, I would not eat just so I could read some more. As long as it was I figured it’d take me a week but I finished it in 2 days. I went back and forth the entire time and once the twist was revealed I absolutely couldn’t believe it. The whole story was just a shock that I hadn’t ever experienced before. Like the other ladies I, of course, hated the ending as well. It just couldn’t make sense in my head as a normal human. I did however, like that the movie explored the end a bit, and to me gave more reasoning to it. I also read Flynn’s Sharp Objects which I loved. I plan on reading Dark Places soon.

Worst book of 2014:

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

I just don’t get it. I hated this book, I don’t know why people loved it. That’s all.

Pleasantly Surprised: 

The Selection – Keira Cass

I hate romance books a lot. I hate the romance in most of the books I love so I thought there was no way in heck I was going to even semi like The Selection, but I DID? It’s not that most amazing series of all-time and to be honest I hated the end of The One, but reading them was rather enjoyable and the story was light enough and short that I didn’t feel bogged down. The romance is tolerable and I’m interested in reading The Heir.

Favorite Classic:

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Wow, wow, wow. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. I had no idea what it was even about before I started it and it was absolutely beautiful. It made me angry, it made me laugh, and it made me cry. I love strong women and I loved these wonderful ladies. Such a great read.

What was your favorite book of 2014? My new goal for 2015 will be 100 books! 

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