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Thursday, January 8

Recently Read | 2014 recap

Thursday, January 8

At the start of 2014, I set a goal for the year of reading 100 books. I wasn't quite sure I was going to make it—as that's a lot of books—but I did it! I finished my 100th read of 2014 Dec. 30. (One day early!)

To be completely honest, I cheated a little, reading a few short stories and trades, but the large majority of what I read last year were honest to goodness novels. And 68 out of the 100 I reviewed for Forever Young Adult. (You can read any of my reviews by clicking the covers below.)

My top ten reads of the year—in no particular order—were:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. Jackaby by Will Ritter
  3. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  4. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  5. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  6. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  8. Storm Siren by Mary Weber
  9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Honorable mention: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, particularly the Night of Cake and Puppets short story. (Mik and Zuzana 4EVA!)

For 2015, I've set a goal of 101 reads. I think that's a reasonable increase. I mean, I did have a whole extra day last year. I'd like to try to read more non-YA books, too, even though I do enjoy the genre a whole lot.

And now, here are my 100 reads of 2014:

All That Glows
The Almost Girl
Always Emily
The Art of Secrets
Ask Me
Ask the Passengers
The Beast of Babylon
Blackfin Sky
The Bone Season
The Calling
The Collector
The Crane Wife
Crown of Midnight


  1. Wow! Impressive list! And thank you! I've been looking for some books to read!

  2. Thanks, Erin! And I hope my list helps you find something new and awesome to read. Just a warning, though: Some of the books were ... not so good. ;)

  3. Congrats on reading 100 books last year (I set and completed the same goal). You just gave me a couple books to add to my list of 'to reads' on goodreads!

  4. My goodness!! That is such an accomplishment. I'm trying to read my Bible every day this year. That's going to be the book I reach for. But I'll add your list to my Pinterest board for future reference. Thanks!!

  5. Impressive! It's been a few years since I've tracked my reading. But I recently dusted off my GoodReads account and set a goal of reading 50 this year.

  6. Fun! I read Cress & the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series last year too! I went ahead and added you as a Goodreads friend too. :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

  7. P.S. This post is brilliant. Might have to borrow your idea and share my 2014 reads as well. :)

  8. Great job meeting your goal! I blew mine out of the water, and was quite pleased with myself about it! :D I was quite pleasantly surprised by Red Rising - I bought it on a whim, not knowing a ton about it and ended up really into it! Always a good thing when that happens. I must get the sequels to Cinder this year! I liked Cinder, and everyone I know says the others get better so I should really finish those out.

  9. Thanks, Rebecca! Congrats to you as well. It's a heap of books, to be sure. I hope you enjoy the picks you found. :)

  10. I almost didn't make it, haha, but snuck in under the wire with a few cheaters. :) And I hope you find some reads you enjoy in my list! :)

  11. Thanks, Julia. Good luck in reaching your goal! I'm sure having a little one around can sometimes make it hard to really get lost in a book, but I believe in you. :)

  12. Thanks! :) The Lunar Chronicles and Daughter of Smoke and Bone series are so amazingly great. I'm sad one is over, and the other is coming to an end. I could live in those worlds (through my imagination) for forever!

  13. Please do! I'd love to check out your list.

    I mean, I could do so on Goodreads, too, but a blog post with commentary is always more fun than just looking at a list.

  14. Thank you! And congrats to you! It's always fun to set goals and then totally beat them to a pulp. :) Red Rising can be a tough read, with all of the horrible things that happen at the Institute, but I really love it. I just finished Golden Son, and it's different, but equally awesome.

    And yes! DEFINITELY pick up Scarlet and Cress. They just keep getting better.

  15. I shared mine this morning! Thanks for the inspiration/post idea! :) <3