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A look back at 2014’s year in books

It’s 2015 and I’m still playing catch up on reviewing books I read in 2014. I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions, but if I did, one of them would definitely be to be more on top of my reviewing game.

2014 was an interesting year for me in terms of the amount and types of book I read. Let’s compare some of the stats.

In 2013 I read a total of 17 books (and in 2012 I also read 17 books), but last year I finished on a personal best of 25 books. While that number doesn’t compare to a lot of bloggers and fellow readers, I’m quite happy with it. 25 is a satisfying number of books to end on.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Out of the 17 books I read in 2013, I would say that 10 of those could be classified as Young Adult or Teen books (including rereads of Sherwood Smith’s Crown Duel and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, a debatable YA book, I know). Out of the 25 books I read in 2014, I’d argue that only 8 of them really classify as YA or Teen books. I went from reading almost 60% YA books, to reading only 32% YA books. That’s a huge shift in my reading patterns.

2014 also saw me return to reading multiple books by an author, something which I’d consciously avoided for a while. I read multiple books by Rainbow Rowell, Ransom Riggs, James Dashner, and Ann Leckie. I also continued reading books by Jasper Fforde and Lev Grossman.

 

And, happily, I also finished some books that had long been sitting in my TBR pile: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight.

I read twice as many nonfiction books in 2014 (two versus one). I read one horror book and one ‘classic’ book. I read books by 10 different female authors and 9 different male authors.

I travelled through space and time, to archaeological digs, haunted Swedish furniture stores, and dystopian futures. I learned how to read like a writer, and study dragons, and got a lesson in space opera politics.

Genre-wise, it was a very diverse year for me, but it was also a good one. I’m looking forward to continuing the pattern in 2015.

Here’s to having another great reading year!

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