My 2014 in Books

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Hello, faithful readers! My sincere apologies for the hiatus–2014 has come and gone, and it was a very busy and not entirely positive year, so I didn’t have a lot of time for blogging. I am hoping to turn many things around in 2015, so let’s get things off to a running start with the results of my 4th annual reading challenge!

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I have a tradition of setting a yearly reading goal for myself. I’m a graduate student, so I read a lot for my own research, but a few years ago I decided that I wanted to try to reclaim my love of reading by taking the time to read non-required selections. I’m happy to announce that I not only met my goal of 50 books in 2014–I surpassed it and read a grand total of 66!

Below is the complete list of my books for 2014, in the order read. In retrospect, it seems to have been a year of young adult books for me–I was sorely in need of something fun and quick to read in my down time. But I snuck in a few more “serious” reads as well.

If you’re a reader, follow me on Goodreads! I keep track of all my books there, and I usually write reviews of each book that I read. (It’s also a great and social resource for readers, in case you haven’t yet discovered it.) In case any of you are looking for some new books to read, the items in bold are recommended based on the accompanying rating out of five stars:

* didn’t really like it
** it was ok
*** liked it
**** really liked it
***** it was amazing

Stardust Neil Gaiman ****
Casino Royale Ian Fleming ***
Dracula Bram Stoker ****
James Potter and the Morrigan Web G. Norman Lippert ***
Dangerous Dream Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ***
Divergent Veronica Roth ***
Insurgent Veronica Roth
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Allegiant Veronica Roth ***
Vampire Academy Richelle Mead ***
Frostbite Richelle Mead ***
Shadow Kiss Richelle Mead ***
Blood Promise Richelle Mead ***

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Spirit Bound Richelle Mead ***
Last Sacrifice Richelle Mead ***
Bloodlines Richelle Mead ***
The Golden Lily Richelle Mead ***
The Fiery Heart Richelle Mead ***
The Indigo Spell Richelle Mead ***
Dangerous Creatures Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ***
Tooth and Claw Jo Walton ****
First Among Sequels Jasper Fforde ***
One of Our Thursdays is Missing Jasper Fforde **
Mort Terry Pratchett ****
The Woman Who Died a Lot Jasper Fforde ***

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Anne’s House of Dreams L.M. Montgomery ***
Anne of Windy Poplars L.M. Montgomery ***
Anne of Ingleside L.M. Montgomery ***
Rainbow Valley L.M. Montgomery **
Rilla of Ingleside L.M. Montgomery ***
The 13 Clocks James Thurber ***
Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings Mary Henley Rubio ****
Sourcery Terry Pratchett ****
The Giver Lois Lowry ***
4:50 from Paddington Agatha Christie ****
A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle ****
Fortune’s Pawn Rachel Bach ***

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Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips ****
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman *****
The Goddess Test Aimee Carter ***
Cinder Marissa Meyer ****
Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett ***
Sorcery & Cecelia Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer ***
The Grand Tour Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer ***
Silver Shadows Richelle Mead ***
The Mislaid Magician Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer *
Blood and Chocolate Annette Curtis Klause ***
The Body in the Library Agatha Christie ***
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri *****

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Mary Poppins P.L. Travers *****
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami ****
Mary Poppins Comes Back P.L. Travers *****
The Selection Kiera Cass ***
The Elite Kiera Cass ***
The One Kiera Cass ***
The Prince Kiera Cass ***
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman *****
Mary Poppins Opens the Door P.L. Travers ***
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn ****
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Winifred Watson ****
Scarlet Marissa Meyer ****
Cress Marissa Meyer ****
The Book of Lost Things John Connolly ****
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel ****
The Queen of the Tearling Erika Johansen *****
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie ****
The Blood of Olympus Rick Riordan ****

Happy New Year!

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