2014 In Review



Books Read in 2014

2014 was another world wind. This year saw me in the middle of a tough year at grad school, finishing grad school (against all odds), reconnecting with a few old friends (Yay Nicole!) and making new ones. I loved the UK and I’m determined to make 2015 the year I make it back. It was a good, tough, hard year but amazing.

My FAVE Five


My fave. 5! The best books of 2014 for me.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I read this whilst I was in the throes of writing my thesis and goodness it saved me from constant misery. Every time I felt like worthless scum, I read this book and for a moment, I wasn’t struggling and it was good.

Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian Vaughn
I picked up Volumes 1, 2 and 3 at YALC and oh my goodness, before I even made it home I had finished the novels. I am in love with this series and thanks to my brother, I just managed to get Volume 4!

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
This is maybe, top 3 of my 2014 list. I love, love, love this book and it is amazing and simple. It reminds me of school because it focuses on Victorian era Enlightenment, when everything scientific was golden and everything intellectual was great. Except instead of new lands, they focus on dragons.

Angelfall by Susan Ee
So addictive, please read this book and it’s sequel. I want book number 3! And I wanted it yesterday.

Ash by Melinda Lo
Diversity abounds! Read, read, read!

Honorable Mention Five


The best in 4 Hearts for 2014.

The Codlest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Love Holly Black. Love, love, love her. She writes in a way that is both messy and clean and it works, it really works.

Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor
Best short story of 2014! Laini Taylor writes with such decadence and beauty.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
It’s a great simple horror book that I throughly enjoyed.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
A lot of people complained about this book and don’t get me wrong, I fully, fully understand why but I still liked it.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Material series) by Phillip Pullman
I read the entire series because my best friend, Jess, is a huge fan of the books (and she doesn’t read much so for her to love them, it was serious). I quite enjoyed them and it made me all kinds of homesick for Oxford. I preferred books 1 and some of 2. Book 3 was good, but there were parts that flew over my head. I definitely have to read it again.

I Didn’t Last 10 Pages Three


There were no books that I detested this year but these 3 are on the bottom of the list.

The Collector of Dying Breaths by M. J. Rose
I read this for a tour and though I don’t hate it, I was left so disappointed it was hard to rebound from it.

Burn by Julianna Baggott
No comment. Worse ending to a trilogy ever.

Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus
NO COMMENT. This book I think is the lowest on the list.



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7 Responses to 2014 In Review

  1. It seemed like a good year for books! πŸ˜€ Fangirl is definitely one of my top reads too, and I really need to hurry up and read A Natural History of Dragons – you’ve definitely encouraged me to pick it up sooner, and it was one of our Books of the Month but still… I haven’t read it 😦 And Angelfall! I got a copy of that for free, need to read it asap…

    Sadly, I didn’t get along with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown 😦 It bugged me.

  2. Tara says:

    I love the “Didn’t Last 10 Pages” part at the end. I had a few of those books myself, and I’m thinking about highlighting those a bit more this year (because I’m ready to DNF this year A WHOLE LOT MORE OFTEN!)

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      Yeah, time is too short to waste it on books that aren’t interesting!! I know some bloggers feel bad saying they DNF’d something but that doesn’t mean it sucks, it just means as an individual, they didn’t like it. Boom.

      • writersideup says:

        I’m totally with you guys. I used to push through books I hated, just to know I completed them, largely so I could be fair in my judgement of them. Not so anymore. My TBR is ridiculously long and time is very short. Life is too short, period, and I want to enjoy my time reading. After all, books are commitments, right? πŸ˜€

  3. writersideup says:

    Hmmm…Claire, that chart is from Goodreads? I didn’t know you could look at books that way in there. (IF it’s from Goodreads, that is lol). I’m going to look at mine that way so I can see the year more clearly. You certainly have been reading and I haven’t read any of the ones you mentioned here! I’ve been tempted by Fangirl though πŸ™‚

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