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Book review of 2014

Reading list 2006 - Read 55 books
Reading list 2007 - Read 62 books
Reading list 2008 - Read 71 books
Reading list 2009 - Read 77 books
Reading list 2010 - Read 77 books
Reading list 2011 - Read 52 books
Reading list 2012 - Read 60 books
Reading list 2013 - Read 62 books

Drumroll-- no. I actually don't deserve a drumroll this year :(

Reading list 2014 - read 35 books

I'm really not sure what happened...

1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [N]
2. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
3. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
3. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
4. A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin
5. A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin [N]
6. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson [N]
7. Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson [x] [N]
8. Emma by Jane Austen [N]
9. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
10. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
11. Endymion by Dan Simmons
12. The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
13. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett [x] [N]
14. The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells
15. The Ships of Air by Martha Wells
16. The Gate of Gods by Martha Wells
17. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker [x] [L]
18. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
19. Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier [N]
20. Raven Flight (Shadowfell) by Juliet Marillier [x] [L]
21. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence [x] [L]
22. Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher [x] [L]
23. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
24. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
25. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan [N]
26. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan [N] [x]
27. Lock In by John Scalzi [N] [x]
28. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson [N]
29. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss [N]
30. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss [N]
31. Coming Home by Jack McDevitt [x] [N]
32. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
33. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch [N]
34. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger [x] [L]
35. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch [N]


# of books I read for the first time: 9

First time books that were awesomesauce that I will be reading again:

  • Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson I don't know when the third book in the series is planned to come out, but it can't be soon enough.

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker A really beautiful, complex story



Books that were decent but forgettable/otherwise lacking

  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett A cute accompaniment to the web series but not groundbreaking

  • Raven Flight (Shadowfell) by Juliet Marillier This series isn't bad, exactly, but it's surely not up to her usual standards

  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence I had literally forgotten what this one was about. I had to look it up. Clever writing but obviously not a story that stuck with me

  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan I admit it... I wanted a sappy epilogue

  • Lock In by John Scalzi A good, solid, well-written scifi mystery. I wanted ship, somehow, I think.

  • Coming Home by Jack McDevitt McDevitt's Alex Benedict books are an enjoyable exercise in frustration. JUST GET TOGETHER, ALEX AND CHASE. There was some regrettable liberal utopia crap in this one, and there wasn't enough Alex in general, but I'll still buy the next one

  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger I don't read much nonfiction, but this was pretty good.



Work's been busier this year than it's been in a while, what with me being back in a regular classroom, so maybe that's why I've read so few books, relative to past years. I'm going to try to read more new stuff in 2015... and to use the library more.

Stuff I'm looking forward to in 2015:

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (January 6)
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz (January 13)

Stuff I'm still currently reading:

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Robert Lanza, MD
A Brief History of the Spy: Modern Spying from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Paul Simspon
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