So much for me trying to keep up with the regular posting, right? 🙂 November and December tend to be my busiest months at work. Throw in a SUCCESSFUL attempt at NaNo, and moving from one home to another, and you get my last three months.
I basically didn’t read for much of the rest of the year. I did start one book in the middle of December which I finished at the beginning of January, so I’m counting it towards this year’s totals. I’ll be reviewing it and the others I’ve read soon. 🙂
I thought I would put up a quick summary of the last year’s reading, kind of like I did last year, and get on to The Books!
How many books did you read? 53 total, which is down 3 books from 2013. At least I was able to break 50, which is what I’d hoped for.
Re-Reads versus New Reads? Let’s see… 24 Re-Reads and 29 New Reads. New Reads wins again! I’d like to keep this trend up, because as fun as older rereads are, finding new books to read typically leads to finding new friends. 🙂
Did you find any new favorite author(s)? I guess maybe Veronica Roth and James Dashner? I still need to finish both the Divergent and The Maze Runner series, so we’ll see if they live up to my enjoyment from the first books. Almost all the authors I read from the rest of the year I’d either heard about or read before, or else were one-shot sorts that I don’t imagine would write other things. (Like Bernie Su – love you man, but unless you decide to write up an Emma or Sanditon adaptation, I’m not sure you’ll be doing more writing. Though I did absolutely LOVE your book. 🙂 )
Favorite New Read(s)? All of Brandon Sanderson’s stuff of course, and after looking at the complete list, that’s just over two months’ worth of the reading I did last year. The other big favorite was Jim Butcher’s Skin Games. Because anything Harry Dresden is just awesome and needs to be inhaled as soon as it becomes available. OSC’s book Speaker for the Dead was also very poignant and I really did enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would. (So much so that I kind of want to look into what it means to have a Speaker at a funeral.) Favorite children’s book goes to The Little Prince. I think I need to start reading that one on a yearly basis.
Favorite Re-Read(s)? I guess if I had to pick, it’d be Tuesdays with Morrie. That book would be one of my top ten I’d take with me if I were ever stranded somewhere. Seriously – I wish there was a way for me to remember the lessons I learn every single time I read it.
Did anything surprise you? Um, I guess the most truthful answer would be that I actually managed to read the entire Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers. I don’t normally subscribe to that type of fiction, but it had come highly recommended by a number of people in my life, both family and friends, and since it had been given to me as a gift for a birthday, I felt obligated to at least give it a shot. I am glad I did, though I still hold firmly to the belief that I should have left more time between book 2 and book 3, so as to have at least some space in between there. I normally read maybe ONE of those a year, and so three back to back became a little much. I think that’s why book 3 wasn’t a favorite. I was also surprised to realize that I had never read Frankenstein before. I didn’t have to read all the books they make kids read now in junior and senior high, unfortunately, so I never had the opportunity to read it. Thanks to Pemberley Digital’s “Frankenstein, M.D.” web adaptation, however, I remedied that.
Book-to-Movie Adaptations: Were there any this year and did they live up to your standards? There were some, but because I’m a new home-owner and have had to be concerned about things like replacing hot water tanks, painting, and purchasing furniture, going to the movies wasn’t high on the priority list this year. I know there was Divergent, The Maze Runner and the third Hobbit movie, but I didn’t go see any of them. I did however read the first two Divergent books, and started The Maze Runner series, so at least if nothing else, these movies prompted me to read books I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. I’d call that a win too.
Best book moments of 2014
There were several. One of the best moments was when I got to meet Brandon Sanderson for a second time, this time bringing my two best friends along in tow. One of my others was meeting Jim Butcher at Dragon*Con back in August and having him sign several of my Dresden books. (I also got to meet the actor who portrayed Harry Dresden in the TV show, which is part of what should be a completely different blog entry!) I also took part in NaNoWriMo and won again, and this time using a completely original idea! Well, two completely original ideas. I had too many ideas bouncing back and forth in my head and couldn’t pick one, so I stuck with both. I didn’t come anywhere near finishing either of them, but I am proud that I at least started writing things other than real life.
What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
I’m looking forward to a lot of things when it come to books for the next year. I think this might be the year I designate the Year of the Reread Books, for I’m in the middle of a great reread of a childhood favorite (like I said, reviews to come!), and I’m actually in the mood to reread several other childhood favorites. There’s also the fact that I reread Harry Potter on an every-other-year basis, and it’s my year to contemplate reading it once more! And believe me, if I can somehow manage to reread Harry Potter, I will be SERIOUSLY looking forward to it.
There are other good book moments to look forward to – namely, there is new Brandon Sanderson coming our way this year. And one can hope for excellent authors at Dragon*Con, since I’m hoping/planning on attending again this year, and last year’s author lineup was a smashing success for me.