Mogsy: Best Of 2014 and the Year in Review
This has been an amazing year for reading! At the time of this writing, in 2014 I have read a total of 191 books. Here’s the Goodreads spread for what that looks like:
So you see, choosing just 5 or 10 or even 20 books to highlight as the best of this year is going to be tough. So I apologize in advance for how haphazard this is going to be, but without further ado, here is my list of the best or most memorable books I read in 2014, and whatever I think should be getting more attention!
You can view my reviews and more information about the books by clicking on their cover images.
Starting off with Fantasy, the biggest category, this year I discovered quite a few new authors – some that were totally new to me like Angus Watson and Sebastien de Castell, and a couple who have been on my to-read list forever and now I wonder why it took me so long to read their books, like Robert Jackson Bennett and Juliet Marillier. I want to highlight Dreamer’s Pool as an absolute favorite.
Then it’s a parade of sequels! So many “book twos” have lived up to or surpassed their predecessors this year, always a great thing to see. In particular, Jeff Salyards and Brian Staveley went above and beyond with their sequels and truly blew me away (you will see my review for The Providence of Fire early in the next year).
It has been a great year for Science Fiction as well. This year The BiblioSanctum participated in the month-long Sci-Fi November event, and to see a more detailed list of my top sci-fi reads this year, be sure to check out the Top Ten post I put together for the wrap up.
Women dominate the horror scene for me this year, with Sarah Lotz’s The Three being a standout, and I also finally got to read my fist Lauren Beukes book.
M.L. Brennan’s Generation V novels and Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant books constantly vie for the top spot when it comes to my favorite urban fantasy series. Both released very strong follow ups this year (in fact, Brennan published two! Check out Iron Night as well, it’s amazing). Foxglove Summer is now out in the UK, with North America getting it on January 6, 2015. My review will be up later this week.
Young Adult/New Adult
This was a strange year for me when it comes to YA. A few of my favorite trilogies ended in 2014, not in quite the way I wanted, but it was nice that Throne of Glass lifted my spirits again with Heir of Fire. I also tried a lot of new series that, while decent, just didn’t make the cut. I did, however, discover Earth Girl. And the two standouts this year are from Joe Abercrombie and Chuck Wendig whose adult books I’ve enjoyed, and their YA releases proved quite different and refreshing. Golden Son was incredible, and I still have the book in this category though the series has noticeably matured and gotten a lot darker since Red Rising. My review of it will be up in the new year.
Heck yes, I love romance in my speculative fiction. And the frustrating this is, it’s so hard to find a book these days with a balance between the fantasy and romantic elements. So help me, I am thus driven to include this category to highlight these books for hitting that mark PERFECTLY, and if you are leaning towards something with more heart, more passion and fire, do check these books.
And if you’re still with me at this point, here are some interesting stats that I was able to pull from my shelves on Goodreads:
Books Read in 2014…
Number of pages read: 73436
Longest book: 1087 pages
By a male author: 51%
By a female author: 49%
That are for review: 67%
That are audiobooks: 27%
On My Shelves (some crossover):
Science Fiction: 30%
Young Adult: 23%
Urban Fantasy: 20%