With 2014 ending, I am doing the book meme I did last year with this year’s books. I’ve read a lot more this year than last year, and I had to increase my reading goals three times this year! According to Goodreads, I read 121 books and mangas, and then there are the 25 volumes of manga scanslations I read, so all in all, I read about 146 books and mangas, which I consider pretty good considering how I read so much less previous years due to grad school! Anyway, onto the meme!
Best Book of 2014
For me there were only four books (the rest were mangas LOL) I rated five-star, and these are the ones I considered the best: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Prodigy by Marie Lu, Champion by Marie Lu, and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Worst Book of 2014
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Do not get me started on why I hated this the most.
Most Disappointing Book of 2014
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman and Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth by Chris Stringer disappointed me greatly to the point that I’ve yet to even finish them. The latter really disappointed me in that it was too technical and scientific for my brain to handle X_X; As for the former, I think it’s the writing style that just bored me. Either that, or it was the fact that WWI just doesn’t interest me compared to WWII. A lot of my unfinished books this year tended to be WWI-related.
I also didn’t care much for the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth (though I really like Four), nor did I find The Fault in Our Stars by John Green to live up to its hype.
Most Surprising (in a good way) Book of 2014
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis surprised me the most in how much I actually enjoyed them. Simply put, I’ve not a good relationship with The Chronicles of Narnia, but these two books lured me to finally like the series and see it in a better light.
Book You Recommended to People Most in 2014
From the books I read this year, I recommended The Sixth Extinction, Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, and The Book Thief.
Best Series You Discovered in 2014
Hands down, I adore the Legend trilogy because of my own mind-blowing epiphany of the books, and I also liked the Whyborne & Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk for the gay romance — one of the better gay romances books I’ve read recently.
Favourite New Authors You Discovered in 2014
Marie Lu. I’m glad I discovered her work! I also think Markus Zusak is a noteworthy author.
Most Hilarious Read of 2014
I guess this title would go to The History of the World According to Facebook by Wylie Overstreet. Unfortunately it wasn’t as good as the one on College Humor.
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2014
The Sixth Extinction. It was a gripping read for me, and what I learned in the books terrified me by some of the changes that are happening in our world due to us human beings.
Book You Most Anticipated in 2014
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. BUT I haven’t read it yet . . . *hides* I will read the whole series soon! When I get in the mood!
Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2014
Like last year, I’ll have to pass this since I really don’t judge a book cover . . .
Most Memorable Character in 2014
I’d say that Death in The Book Thief and Four from the Divergent trilogy take this honour. Oh, and so does Edmund Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia whose persona intrigues me so much.
Most Beautifully Written Book in 2014
The Book Thief, definitely.
Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2014
The Sixth Extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder . . . notice how they are all historical, non-fiction books?
Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2014 to Finally Read
All of the Narnia and Nancy Drew books I read. I just cannot believe I didn’t read those when I was younger, but they had never appealed to me!