Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Favorite Books of 2014

I'm not trying to say that these were the ten best books from 2014, cause that's just silly.  Some of what I'm including on this list came out  before the year even started, and since I didn't read every book published in 2014, I will never call these books the best.  What I am saying, is that these are my ten favorite books that I read/reviewed during the year.

2014 saw a huge change in not just my reading habits, but in my reviewing habits as well.  For the last few years, I've reviewed every single book that I've read.  2014 was the first year that that became psychically impossible to do.  For whatever reason, I got hooked on romance novels last year, and read over 400 of them on my NOOK.    There is no way I could have reviewed them all, especially since a lot of them were read during my blogging hiatus.  I do occasionally, pick one at random and do a review of it, but that's about as far as I'm getting with those.  Chances are I will never review them all, and that's okay.

So with no further ado, here are my favorite reads of the last year, in order that I reviewed them.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

A Farm Dies Once a Year by Arlo Crawford

The Tin Box by Kim Fielding

All I Know and Love by Judith Frank

World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey

Horrostor by Grady Hendrix

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler


Anonymous said...

I plan to try your top one. here is my list:

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Ryan, a very Happy New Year to you! I'm hoping to read Ben H. Winters' books in 2015.

bermudaonion said...

I haven't read a single one of those but I do own one or two of them.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I haven't read any of these books, but I remember noticing Bellman and Black and thinking it looked intriguing.


Alexia561 said...

You read over 400 romance books last year? I don't think I've ever read that many books in a single year, much less in a single genre. Color me awed and impressed! Horrostor looks interesting, but I haven't read any on your list. Need to expand my reading horizons!

Unknown said...

Great list! I haven't read any of these yet, and they all look good.

Teddyree said...

Holy cow 400+ romance novels ... way to go Ryan!! Bellman & Black is on my TBR mountain, good to hear it's a favourite of yours.

Katherine P said...

I think that's the way romance novels work. They hook you and you basically read nothing else for awhile! But 400 is impressive! I don't think I've read any of your favorites though Patrick Rothfuss and Bellman & Black have been on my radar for awhile. I'll have to go check out the others. Happy reading this year!

Lisa said...

Glad to see Bellman and Black on your list - it's gotten such mixed reviews but I think it had a lot to do with people going in with such high hopes.