The Year in Books 2014: A Long List and a Book Lover’s Blog Hop

It is time!  My favorite time of the year.  Ie the unveiling of my Year in Books.  As usual, I invite everybody to link up to their own year’s book posts using the linky below.  And to tell me if they’ve noticed anything on the list that they’ve especially loved or hated.  All links go to reviews I’ve written this year.  It has been a good one.

At the beginning of the week I handed out the 2014 awards on Book Punks.  I have never read this many books in one year in my entire life.  Well, ok, maybe when I was a kid and devouring the skimpy mysteries of R.L. Stein and Christopher Pike alongside The Saddle Club series and the like, but probably not since, and certainly not since I started keeping track.

I blame it on my daughter.  Yeah, yeah, all the stuff about having less time when you have a kid is true, but it has also made me extremely focused.  All the bullshit has fallen to the wayside, and I have really been concentrating on the things that make me ultra happy.  With Book Punks in full swing, reading has become a trifecta of my favorite things: reading, writing, and talking about both.

January is already lined up with books I want to read, far more than I can read in January.  If the books are the word, then 2015 is going to be another good year.  But, hey, wait, what did you read in 2014?  If you have a blog and a post something like this, link up using the linky tool at the bottom of this post.  Or tell me about some of your year’s favorites in the comments below.

January

1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
2. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
3. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (reread)
4. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (reread)
5. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (reread)
6. Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
7. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi (cookbook)
8. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments 1) by Cassandra Clare

February

9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
10. The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle
11. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments 2) by Cassandra Clare
12. Nachtläufer by Reinhold Ziegler (first German read of the year!)
13. Arslan by M.J. Engh
14. How to Be German in 50 Easy Steps by Adam Fletcher
15. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments 3) by Cassandra Clare
16. Wolves by Simon Ings
17. In the House of the Seven Librarians by Ellen Klages
18. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
19. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

March

20. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison
21. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
22. To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction by Joanna Russ
23. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard
24. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness 1) by Tamora Pierce
25. In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness 2) by Tamora Pierce
26. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness 3) by Tamora Pierce
27. Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness 4) by Tamora Pierce
28. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
29. The Circle by Dave Eggers
30. Among Others by Jo Walton

April

31. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney
32. The Scarlet Plague by Jack London (novella)
33. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
34. After Doomsday by Poul Anderson

May

35. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
36. Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey
37. Speculative Fiction 2013: The Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
38. The Apology Chapbook by China Mieville
39. Necessary Ill by Deb Taber
40. The Ganymede Takeover by P.K. Dick and Ray Faraday Nelson
41. Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe
42. Arrowhead by Paul Kane
43. Weight by Jeanette Winterson
44. Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman
45. Valiant by Holly Black

June

46. Die letzten Kinder von Schewenborn by Gudrun Pausewang
47. Tithe by Holly Black
48. Ironside by Holly Black
49. One Second After by Willian R. Fortschen
50. Speculative Fiction 2012 edited by Justin Landon and Jared Shurin

July

51. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
52. Habibi by Craig Thompson
53. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
54. Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
55. Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
56. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

August

57. Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
58. The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
59. The Wind Whispers Madness by Albert Nothlit (editing job)
60. Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
61. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
62. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
63. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

September

64. Feed by Mira Grant
65. Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
66. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
67. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
68. The Little Book of Big Visions: How to Be an Artist and Revolutionize the World edited by Sandrine Micosse-Aikens and Sharon Dodua Otoo
69. Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
70. The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
71. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
72. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

October

73. Finding Your Feet in Berlin by Giulia Pines
74. The End Is Nigh edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey

Did not finish: Catch Your Death by Lauren Child

75. Nightmare Magazine Issue 25: Women Destroy Horror! edited by Ellen Datlow
76. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
77. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity Volume 1 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
78. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
79. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
80. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Half by Catherynne M. Valente
81. the things i am thinking while smiling politely by Sharon Dodua Otoo
82. The End Is Now edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey
83. Saga Volume 1 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
84. Saga Volume 2 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
85. Saga Volume 3 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
86. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice by Peter Gross and Mike Carey

November

87. Patternmaster by Octavia Butler
88. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
89. The Unwritten Volume 2: Inside Man by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
90. The Unwritten Volume 3: Dead Man’s Knock by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
91. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
92. The Unwritten Volume 4: Leviathan by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
93. The Unwritten Volume 5: On to Genesis by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
94. Apocalypse: A History of the End of Time by John Michael Greer
95. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
96. Wilde Reise durch die Nacht by Walter Moers (audio book)
97. Journal of the Plague Year: A Post-Apocalyptic Omnibus containing Orbital Decay by Malcolm Cross, Dead Kelly by C.B. Harvey, and The Bloody Deluge by Adrian Tchaikovsky

December

98. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen (audio)
99. Finnisches Feuer by Johanna Sinisalo
100. The Unwritten Volume 6: War of the Words by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
101. The Unwritten Volume 7: The Wound by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
102. The Unwritten Volume 8: Orpheus in the Underworld by Peter Gross and Mike Carey
103. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audio, re-listen)
104. Gung Ho: Schwarze Schafe by Benjamin von Eckartsberg & Thomas von Kummant
105. Hot Head by Simon Ings
106. Art Objects by Jeanette Winterson
107. Headlong by Simon Ings
108. Slow Travel Berlin: 100 Favorite Places
109. The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord
110. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
111. Steam Noir Das Kupferherz 2 by Verena Klinke & Felix Mertikat
112. Steam Noir Das Kupferherz 3 by Verena Klinke & Felix Mertikat
113. Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (audio, relisten/read)
114. Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail by Paul Scraton and Paul Sullivan
115. Hot Wire by Simon Ings

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21 Comments on “The Year in Books 2014: A Long List and a Book Lover’s Blog Hop

    • Hey, no shame in it! Some years I only read 20. I just happen to currently be in my reading prime. Who knows what next year will look like. Or the year in reading in ten…

  1. Oh wow. Just randomly stumbled on your blog and I shall stumble away in awe :O I set a goal of 20 books this year and read 13 :’) Hats off to you for 115! Also would love to follow your blog but just can’t seem to find a way haha

    • What kind of books do you like to read?

      How do you usually follow blogs? I have a reader, so I always am just copying and pasting urls into that and it automatically feeds me all the posts from those blogs foreverafter. But Im in the middle of redoing the whole site, so Ill take note and be sure to make some following options more visible!

  2. Happy New Year! I’m working on my book list now, and want to link in with your blog hop, but there’s a problem with the linky thing. I’m just getting it as a line of text that doesn’t link to anything.
    And that list is indeed astounding.

  3. Never mind, I got a heads-up from Moonwaves’ post and found you on book punks. Yay!

    • Hey, 50 is a lot too! Don’t think of it as a competition anyway. I think I’m reading more than ever because with a little in the house, I’m not going out much (cough EVER) so nights I mostly relax with a book once she falls asleep. Since we all sleep in one room, tv isn’t really an option anymore either, nights.

    • I have to say, that has been my least favorite Vonnegut book so far. Link tool is fixed, so I added your link to it.

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  5. Crazy amount of books in a year! I have all the time in the world (empty nester housewife) but I don’t read near as much as I used to, although I have been intentionally shutting down my laptop more often to read, stitch or do puzzles. My favourite books of 2014 were ‘Indian Horse’ and ‘Medicine Walk’, both by Richard Wagamese and ‘The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer’ by Jim C. Hines

      • Indian Horse is the best of the three. Wagamese is a local to me (Kamloops, BC) Ojibway author. Saul Indian Horse is a residential school kid who finds escape in hockey, and all the shit that comes with being Indian and how he works through it. I suck at book reviews, but if you can get your hands on it I recommend it

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