Another year, another end of year look back! My Goodreads tally for books read this year is
I wonder if other bloggers think throughout the year, when they finish a fantastic book - "This is the best book I've read this year". Or do bloggers only think about it at the end of the year? I do tend to think about it throughout the year, and already set the order in my head. My picks below were already in my head by the time I drew up this post, so this post was very easy to set up!
TOP INDIE READ: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
I was completely surprised by how much I loved this book. I would not have thought I would love a story with trolls. But the author recreated them in a believable and absorbing way, and the story and romance captivated me. I'm so looking forward to the next book, and for awhile I felt this was my favorite read from 2104 until I read the next book...
TOP MAJOR PUBLISHING HOUSE READ: Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell
I realize that I have a thing for characters who are honorable, yet flawed, and are exceptionally clever and resourceful. And if that kind of character can have a great wit and sense of humor then I'm done for! Falcio was all that and more, and this book is easily one of my top favorites ever. I just really connected to the world, the characters and the exciting plot.
TOP JANE EYRE DERIVATIVE READ: Jane F---ing Eyre by J.K. Really
This was such a short read, but so memorable for me, because it made me laugh so much at this new way Jane had at looking at her story. And I loved that it didn't devalue the romance or the plot in any way through the humor. It seemed like the author loves the story of Jane Eyre, despite the melodrama. I should of course mention that I really loved another Janian related novel - Halton Cray by N.B. Roberts. It has a great love for the original between the lines as well!
MOST POPULAR BLOG POST:I've gotten a lot of hits on my interview with author Danielle Jensen, but I'm afraid that is mostly due to bot traffic... I think for regular traffic, I've gotten a lot of attention on my 3 Favorite Dances by Gene Kelly and my more recent gif post on a Book Blogger's Life. Which is awesome because those were two posts that I really enjoyed making. For the gif post though, I was afraid it was too silly and had it sitting in my draft folder for a while!
FAVORITE POST:Well since this was almost like a year in the making what with watching all the Star Trek - my favorite post is my recap of attending the Trek convention earlier this month. I feel like such a newbie still, but I really enjoyed getting a feel of the fandom love at the convention and of course meeting some of the actors I've grown so attached to in only a few months!
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:
I had a lot of fun author events this year - the ones that really stood out for me was with Sarah J. Maas, David Suchet, LeVar Burton and Cary Elwes. All people I just really like, regardless of the books. I was also able to go to the surrounding areas of San Diego Comic Con for the first time which was such a treat for me. Overall, this has been a fantastic year and I look forward to another great one in 2015!
Happy New Year everyone!
Happy New Year everyone!