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2014 In Review: Books

Like everything else that suffered as a result of too much work in 2014, reading took the biggest back seat. For a moment there, I went months without reading a book. MONTHS. That was unheard of in years past for me, and in truth, it made me feel a bit crazy this year. I need the escape reading gives me! While I succeeded in really restricting myself from buying anything outside of my pre-orders this year, I failed at coming even close to my usual reading count of 50-60 books.

 

The list below are the 24 books I read in 2014 in the order I read them, with clickable links to my reviews on GoodReads. Fingers crossed I can tackle far more of my TBR pile in 2015.

 

 

Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, Book 4) by Jackson Pearce
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2) by C.S. Lewis
 Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, Book 2) by Ransom Riggs
The Unbound (Archived, Book 2) by Victoria Schwab
Fracture Me (Shatter Me, Book 2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, Book 3) by Tahereh Mafi
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sinner (Wolves at MercyFalls, Book 3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
What I Though Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Drowned by Nichola Reily
Crash (Crash, Book 1) by Nicole Williams
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1) by Kendare Blake
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Misc. Other (aka: Comics)

Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 3 & 4

The Walking Dead, Vol. 132 (LootCrate Exclusive)

Batman, Vol. 36 (LootCrate Exclusive)

2012 In Review: Books

I had really hoped I’d read more than I did last year and while I did, I didn’t exactly read as much as I’d hoped either, but it was close at least. Total, I’ve read 54 books this year!

It’s always really hard to put this list in any sort of order because mostly I read a lot of really great books this year, but I’ve tried to list them from most favorite to least favorite. Also, I’ve written small reviews for every book I read this year over at GoodReads so all of the titles are clickable!

Dreamhouse Kings Series by Robert Liparulo
(The House of Dark Shadows, Watcher in the Woods, Gatekeepers, Timescape,
Whirlwind, Frenzy)

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
(The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Guardian (Dream-Hunter, Book 5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Ghost and the Goth Series by Stacey Kade
(The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, Body & Soul)

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

Endure (Need, Book 4) by Carrie Jones

Firelight Series by Sophie Jordan
(Vanish, Hidden)

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Starstruck by Cyn Balog

Foxfire (Other, Book 3) by Karen Kincy

Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Book 3) by Rachel Hawkins

Just for Fins (Fins, Book 3) by Tera Lynn Childs

In Honor by Jessie Kirby

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Life as We Knew It (Last Survivors, Book 1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 1) by Charlaine Harris

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Time Untime (Dark-Hunter, Book 17) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
(Carrie Diaries, Summer in the City)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
(Fallen-in-Love, Rapture)

~Miscellaneous Other~

The Curiosities: A Collection of Short Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, & Tessa Gratton

Scott Pilgrim Series Vol. 1-6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
(Precious Little Life, Vs. The World, And the Infinite Sadness,
Gets it Together, Vs. The Universe, & Finest Hour
)

The Walking Dead Books 1, 2, & 3 by Robert Kirkman

Vampire Knight Vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino

I currently have 109 books in my possession and I know I’ll have at least 15 must-have pre-orders to add to my TBR in 2013. I suppose my goal is to cut that TBR pile in half if possible. I’d feel pretty good if I could report that I did that or close to that this time next year!

What were your favorite books in 2012? What does your 2013 reading list look like?

2011 In Review: Books

Like so many of my goals this year, I even failed at meeting my reading goal. The only true thing I accomplished this year in regards to books was reducing the amount I acquired. Reading requires time and sadly time is something I had very little of this year. Also, I’m not a fan of reading a book that takes me a month of more to complete. If I can’t start and finish it in a week’s time (which is still pushing it honestly) then there’s no point in starting it at all for me.

However, despite not meeting my goal for the year, I did read quite a few awesome books. The list below reflects the order in which I’d rate them, the first being the best and the last being the worst (although none of them were actually horrible reads – picking a favorite was actually hard). At some point in the middle of the year I started writing mini reviews for all the books I was reading via GoodReads so if there is a review available for the book, I’ve made the title a link to my GoodReads page. Check them out, you might find a book worth reading. Feel free to ask me about any of the books that don’t have reviews. I’d be more than happy to share why I did or didn’t love it!

Books Read in 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

The Mortal Instruments Series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, & City of Fallen Angels) by Cassandra Clare

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Daughters of the Moon Vol. 1 & 2 (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, Night Shade, The Secret Scroll, The Sacrifice, & The Lost One) by Lynne Ewing

Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Fins Series (Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever) by Tera Lynn Childs

Other Series (Other, Bloodborn) by Karen Kincy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Beastly by Alex Finn

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Passion (Fallen Series, Book 3) by Lauren Kate

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

Miscellaneous Other

For the Love of Gods by H.R. Holden (Unpublished)

Dark-Hunter Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Manga)

School Bites Vol. 1 & 2 by Holly G! (Manga)

Archie’s Christmas Stocking (Comic book)

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

What did your reading list look like in 2011?

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