Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Hardcover Lover's Year in Review

Wow! I cannot fathom that 2014 is already over! I know it seems like a cliche, but it really seems like 2014 only started yesterday. Well maybe not yesterday, but it doesn't really feel like a year has already gone by.

This year was a really great reading year for me, and I read all sorts of different books!

When I worked at the preschool, I read a lot of children's books to the kiddos, and that was a blast just to see their faces light up because they enjoy a story so much. Also... I'm pretty awesome at doing voices for them. I also had a lot of time on weekends and over the summer to just relax and read. I read a bunch of different and new-to-me authors this year, giving me more variety to my reading tastes and establishing a new favorite genre.

I know my blog hasn't been around for a while, but that doesn't mean that I wasn't reading and reviewing books before I created it. In 2014, I read over 130 books! Before I start things for the new year, I thought I'd share my favorite 2014 releases and other books that I read this year.

Favorite 2014 Releases

  • Zodiac by Romina Russell*  
  • Damsel Distressed by Kelsy Macke*
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins*
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer *
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart*
  • The One by Kiera Cass (May 2014)
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen*
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell* 
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han*
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira*

    *Denotes a new-to-me author this year.

My Favorite Book of 2014

So... it all comes down to this. I have to pick one favorite for the year, and for me, there is really no questioning my choice because my favorite book of the year is a stunning debut.

My favorite book of the year definitely has to be Zodiac by Romina Russell. It was released on December 9. 

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Goodreads giveaway winner for this book, and I absolutely loved it. I loved the concept of space travel in a galaxy based on the signs of the Zodiac, and the world building was spectacular.

Seriously... if you haven't read this book yet, I urge you to go to your local bookstore and grab a copy! It's amazing! You can check out my full review here.

Favorite Back Listed Books I Read This Year

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivan
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • How to Love by Katie Cutugno
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio


  1. I love love love Cress! I ship Cress and Thorne so hard. lol It looks like you have had a wonderful reading year. I hope 2015 is just as good, which I'm sure it will be.

    Kay @ It's a Book Life

    1. OMG. I ship Cress and Thorne too. He's so perfect for her! I can't wait to see how things develop in Winter for all of the characters.

      Happy reading, Kay! And Happy New Year! :)

  2. I really need to read half the books in your Favourite Back Listed Books I Read This year, I do own them they just haven't made it out of my TBR pile, so many books too little time. I will see to it in 2015 though.

    Happy New Year!

    1. There are probably a ton more back listed books that I didn't even list because I didn't want it to be so long. I know I'll have a ton of back listed books to read this year because I bought so many. Oops.

      Happy New Year, and good luck with reading all those books! :)

  3. I really need to read We Were Liars, Zodiac and Damsel Distressed! All three of those are at the top on my wishlist :) I loved The One and Isla!

    Happy New Year!

    1. All three of those books are amazing! I hope you get to read them soon! :)

      Happy New Year!

  4. Among all the books you've listed, I've only read The Sillver Linings Playbook and the rest are still chilling in my TBR. Ohdear, I'm so behind with all the YA hype. :o I really need to get YA books in my system, like pronto! Great picks you've got, btw!

    Happy New Year!

    1. Most of these were like spur of the moment reads because I wanted to get into blogging. lol

      But I loved The Silver Linings Playbook. It's now one of my favorite books!

      Happy New Year, Blessie! :)

  5. I really loved My True Love Gave to Me and Landline - they definitely were some of my favorites this year as well.

    1. They were really, really good. I only wish I would have saved Landline for around Christmas time, but I had to read it the minute that I bought it. lol

      Happy New Year, Katie!


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