My Reading Year 2014 in Retrospect

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2014 was for me a great reading year. Visiting Jessica @ Bookworm Chronicles, which I just discovered and love, I saw a post that made me want to replicate what she did, so I borrowed the format and the questions for this post. You can visit Jessica’s post by clicking the link above. So below is how my 2014 reading year looked like:

Books read: 40           
Fiction: 38                 Non-Fiction: 2                      Re-reads: 2

Genres: (some of these overlap)

Poetry: 2½                 Historical Fiction: 12            Classics: 3

Paranormal Romance: 9                Contemporary Romance: 2

Contemporary Literature: 9            Science-Fiction: 1

Mystery/Suspense: 2                       Young Adult: 1

           Thrillers/Espionage: 4 (3 fiction, 1 non-fiction)

Jessica @ Bookworm Chronicles created these questions which I just borrowed because I found them so fun and revealing. Kudos to Jessica!

  • Best book of the year (I couldn’t possibly pick just one): Best of 2014
  • Most surprising (in a good way!): Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • Most recommended to others: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Best series you discovered: Sharpe & Donovan series by Carla Neggers, which I read almost entirely (save the first installment) this year
  • Favorite new author: Susanna Kearsley
  • Most hilarious: The Martian by Andy Weir, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Most thrilling (unputdownable): The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
  • Most anticipated: The Heist by Daniel Silva
  • Favorite cover: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
  • Most memorable characters: Esteban Trueba and Clara del Valle from House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • Most beautifully written: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
  • Had the greatest impact: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
  • Can’t believe you waited until 2014 to read: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


  1. That's interesting. I'm going to have to do an analysis of my list for the year and see what I come up with.

    1. Yes, Dorothy, it would be really interesting and I'll visit when/if you publish it. Jessica's post was really revealing.

  2. The way you've set out your stats shows you've had a good, diverse year of reading. I can't really take credit for creating the questions I just edited pre-existing meme questions, but I am glad they inspired you. I hope 2015 is as good if not a better reading year for you.

    1. Yes, Jessica, my reading year was diverse and intense; I really enjoyed it. I used your questions, so the credit goes to you ; I found them so much fun and telling. I hope this year is equally rewarding reading-wise.

  3. I loved The Martian and Mr. Penumbra's! Penumbra was on my Best of the Year list a couple years ago.

    1. Yes, Sarah, both were great; in fact, they are among my newest favorites. I read The Martian based on your recommendation, and I loved it!


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