Happy 2015, y’all! I’ve already posted a bit about my blogging and reading goals for this year, and now it’s time for my my stats and top books. Woohoo!
Okay, so this is a little iffy because I somehow have more books in my Goodreads challenge than I do in my spreadsheet–which means I messed up somewhere. And then when I went through my shelves to try and fix it I still ended up missing two books. But I’ll do my best!
180 books read (which means I did NOT meet my goal of 205 books, but that’s okay)
25 rereads, which seems like a good amount.
First book: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Last book: The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin
Shortest: Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson / Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson (32pp each)
Longest: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (656pp)
Oldest book: Colonel of the Red Huzzars by John Reed Scott (1906)
Youngest book: King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman (Dec. 9, 2014)
2 audiobooks (boo) / 72 paper books / 104 ebooks. I think this is the first time I’ve read more ebooks than paper books, which is understandable since I’ve been TRYING to move more towards ebooks so I can free up physical space in my house for stuff other than books. Also, Scribd.
I also read 32 graphic novels, most of which I neglected to review because I find it difficult. Boo.
No surprise: scifi and fantasy came in at the top with 82 books. Next is mystery at 30 books and non-fiction at 24.
126 female authors, 51 male authors, 1 mixed (for anthologies) which means 71% of my reading was from female authors. Yay!
8% of my books were written by PoC authors, which is less good BUT 21% had PoC protagonists, which is better. Also, about 17% with GLBTQA characters (though I didn’t mark down ones with main characters vs. side characters).
Most of my books took place somewhere in North America, then Europe, and then “Fantasyland” which is either another planet or some legit fantasy place. I read no books that took place in Australia or South America, which seems really weird and which I will correct in 2015.
I mostly read authors I’ve read before, partly because I kept reading a ton of Georgette Heyer, Josephine Tey, Dorothy L. Sayers, Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett. But 48% of books were by new-to-me authors, which is great!
Looks like I mostly read from my TBR this year! Yay! Altogether, I read 90 books from my TBR (including review books), while 45 came from the library and another 51 came from “borrowed” (which means Scribd).
Best in Books
I snagged these questions from The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year post!
1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, so good I read it twice this year!
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson, which I ended up only giving 2 stars. I had such high hopes! But it didn’t click with me, unfortunately.
Also The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel, which was so terrible I’m surprised I finished reading it.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth. I went in thinking it’d be a Miss Marple rip-off, but instead I ended up liking it MORE than any Miss Marple book I’ve ever read.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Well, Jenny finally read Freedom and Necessity after I kept pushing it at her for years and years. Success! (She also read The Goblin Emperor, The Raven Boys, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and Pandemonium partially because of me. Bwahaha!)
5. Best series you started in 2014?
A Charm of Magpies by KJ Charles (starting with The Magpie Lord), a historical fantasy romance set in Victorian England.
Best Sequel of 2014?
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye, the second book in her Timothy Wilde historical mysteries. I LOVED IT and I can’t wait for the third (and final!) one to come out in 2015!
Best Series Ender of 2014?
I think I finished only one series this year, and I didn’t much love the last book so this question is bust for me.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Josephine Tey, probably! I’ve already read four of her books and I look forward to reading lots more in 2015.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I actually didn’t go that far from my comfort zone this year, but I think Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility counts because a) it’s a business book, and I don’t read that many business books (compared to other genres, anyway) and b) I gave it 3 stars, which is a pretty good rating for something I usually don’t read.
Oh! I nearly forgot! I read quite a few children’s books this year. As in picture books! Those are another thing I need to work on reviewing.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Queenpin by Megan Abbott, which is about female mobsters in the 1930s. Holy crap, so good.
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I can definitely see myself reading To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis again next year. (And probably The Goblin Emperor, if I’m being honest.)
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
I liked the cover better than I did the book, eek! But:
11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Medraut from The Winter Prince, probably.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead made me cry. Does that count?
13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?
The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles, because it motivated me to finally start digging around in smaller press’ catalogs looking for more historical fantasy m/m books to read.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, which I’d had on my to-read list since I first heard it was coming out–back in 2012. I didn’t read it until December 2014. But it actually turned out to be a good thing, because the fourth (and final?) book is coming out in 2015. Woohoo!
15. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Not a book couple, but I’ve read SO MANY Captain America fanfics this year I’m surprised I’m not dreaming Steve/Bucky in my sleep.
16. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine BUT mad props to Jaclyn Dolamore for leveling up as a writer with Dark Metropolis.
17. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Because of Memory: Prosperity, The Magpie Lord, The Winter Prince, and The Goblin Emperor
They are enablers. BOOK ENABLERS!!
18. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Possibly Dil from Prosperity. Can’t resist a charming thief!
19. Best 2014 debut you read?
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis! Which I really will try to review soon. Soonish.
20. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Alexis Hall’s Prosperity was pretty awesome, what with the floating city and the gaslamp tech and monsters from behind the stars and all.
Also The Goblin Emperor, which had magic (kinda) and steampunk and elves!
21. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
A Hero at the End of the World made me smile SO HARD.
22. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
The Queen of Attolia! I definitely teared up multiple times throughout that book.
23. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The pain is still fresh with Miss Pym Disposes; I wasn’t expecting a mystery set in a girls’ college to have an ending like THAT.
24. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis, a YA scifi/fantasy book starring two protagonists who share a soul (or something similar). It flips back and forth between two worlds, and it’s REALLY GOOD. (So good I didn’t feel up to reviewing it this year! Whoops.)
If you made it this far: What’s the best book YOU read in 2014?