2014 Reading Review

I read approximately 50 “new” books (including a few graphic novels) this year.  Here are some that stood out:

leviathan wakesSci-Fi:

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

This book, the first in The Expanse series, is summer blockbuster sci-fi at its finest.  Here’s my original mention.  I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series (which is being adapted for TV) in the upcoming year.

I recently played Eclipse Phase, a tabletop RPG, which reminded me greatly of Leviathan Wakes.  The setting has some similar elements, and the Ego Hunter one-shot we played really had some of the same concepts and themes.  Definitely recommend it if you are a fan.

YA series:

The Thief by MW Turner, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Legend by Marie Lu

This year was for me the year of YA series.  I had a lot to catch up on (and still do) because there’s been an explosion of YA fantasy and dystopian series in the past few years.  These were 3 that really stood out to me as adding something to the genre.

The Queen’s Thief (now a 4-book series) is definitely the most intelligent of the lot. Some of the best YA writing I’ve read recently, and you must be a careful reader.  The characters feel like dear friends at this point.  Here’s my original review.

I was ready to write off The Girl of Fire and Thorns as being slightly above average when I gave the second book, The Crown of Embers, a chance and was blown away.  If you like YA fantasy romance, look no further.  Here’s my original review.

While I had some issues with the stupid science writing in Champion, it did not detract from my appreciation for the exciting Legend series.  There were some really nice sci-fi elements that elevated it from other dystopias, and the two main characters, June and Day, have really stayed with me.  Here’s my original review.  I recently read Marie Lu’s The Young Elites and I look forward to more books from her.

Parkour!Latest installment:

Skin Game (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher

I can’t believe these books are still this amazing at number 15 in the series.  Here’s my review.

countofmc“Literature”:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

A very very long book, but there’s a reason it’s a classic.  I began reading this one when I went to Europe way back in 2012, but finally got it finished over a long weekend early in 2014.  If all you know is the 2002 Jim Caviezel movie (which I admit is good), then I highly recommend you pick up an abridged copy.  Hint: the book ending is different.

Fellow bloggers:

Not surprisingly, many of my fellow bloggers are authors.  Two standouts this year:

  • Benevolence Archives by Luther M. Siler, a humorous series of short stories in kind of a Star Wars/D&D mashup world (my review)–it’s FREE at Smashwords
  • Kiss of the Fey by Charlotte Cyprus, a quick fantasy romance (my review)

Saga1Graphic novel:

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Just got volume 4 and I’m still in love.  Here’s my original review.

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11 thoughts on “2014 Reading Review

    • Mei-Mei January 3, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Thank you, sounds like fun! Happy New Year!

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  1. Aldy January 1, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I LOVE The Queen’s Thief books! Excellent choice. I had a literary crush on Eugenides for the longest time. 🙂 I’ll have to read some of your other recommendations this year.

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    • Mei-Mei January 3, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Gen is truly a wonderful character! I’m more partial to Sophos, myself 😉

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  2. starwarsanon January 2, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Hmmm tempted to put Leviathan Wakes onto my goodreads “to read” list. Can I read your review or does it have spoilers?

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    • Mei-Mei January 2, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Nope, no spoilers; it’s just a couple of sentences, the very last review on that page. I think you might like it 🙂

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  3. Lauren January 5, 2015 / 1:21 am

    Some of these I’d read but there were some I hadn’t so I am very excited to have new books to add to my recommended reading list. thank you ~ and Happy New Year!! =)

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    • Mei-Mei January 5, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Glad to be of service 🙂 Happy New Year to you as well!

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