Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2014 Book Review...

end of year/review of year tomayto/tomahto
Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner is hosting her fifth annual book survey.  Check that and links to other's here.

Number Of Books You Read:  101
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: memoir

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1.  Best Book you Read in 2014?
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Edge of Eternity (Century Trilogy #3) by Ken Follett

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Honor Among Thieves (The Honorables, #1) by Elizabeth Boyce

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Best Series:  The Honorables by Elizabeth Boyce
Best Sequel:  Silkworm by JK Rowling (winner by default)
Best Series Ender:  Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett (also by default)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
New to me - Mary Roach.  I quickly gobbled up all of her funny quirky books.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn maybe or The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I rarely reread.  Too many books not enough time.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
Honor Among Thieves by Elizabeth Boyce

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Malala Yousafzai from I Am Malala

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell because sometimes you just want a sweet book with no characters you dislike. This was a sweet book.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. Finally, I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” 
― Bryan StevensonJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
“Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question: If you saw a burning bush, would you (a) call 911, (b) get the hot dogs, or (c) recognize God? A vanishingly small number of people would recognize God, Anne had decided years before, and most of them had simply missed a dose of Thorazine.” 
― Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow  
“I do what I do without hope of reward or fear of punishment. I do not require Heaven or Hell to bribe or scare me into acting decently.” ― Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow  
“The man who prays is the one who thinks that god has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks that he can instruct god how to put them right.” ― Christopher HitchensMortality 
“Or to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

It's a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I'd say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.” 
― George SaundersCongratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Longest:  Edge of Eternity at 1,098 pages
Shortest: The Five Orange Pips at 40 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Less shocked and more just in awe of the ways in which women are treated around the world, and that those ways have been determined acceptable:  The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
From Veronica Mars #1, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, Veronica and Logan 4EVA!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The Paris Architect, Lucien's relationship with his conscience. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens. I love his wit and sarcasm.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Just Mercy - Jon Stewart had the author on and just based on their short discussion I wanted to read the book.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Brandon Dewhurst from Honor Among Thieves

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
The Honorables Series

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I have a thing for WWII books because the setting of Europe in that era just goes beyond my understanding no matter how much I read.  I read The Dream, Slaughterhouse-Five, The All-Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion, The Paris Architect, Letters From Skye, Life After Life, and War Brides.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was adorable.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Just Mercy

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Just Mercy

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Seconds: A Graphic Novel - I don't read or have not read many graphic novels so this was different for me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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