Gail’s 10 Favorite Books from 2014 (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Well my dear Gentle Reader, the end of the month ~ and year ~ is upon us. This month the book group read Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I went on to reread the entire trilogy, and it didn’t disappoint. It never does. I will say that this time around I noticed some of the slower bits, the whole exile sequence in the final book has never really appealed to me and I usually skim it on a reread. But I still think the trilogy holds the test of time as an excellent fantasy series and one of the best strong women leaders out there. I’m not going to write a full review, because you know that I love it. Instead…

Here are my reading statistics for 2014:

  • 52: Number of Fiction books read and finished in 2014
    • 10 Romance
    • 8 YA
    • 14 Fantasy
    • 9 Science Fiction (includes steampunk)
    • 4 Urban Fantasy
    • 5 Anthology
    • 2 Other
    • (Many fit into multiple genres I just categorized by what I felt fit best)
  • 63: Number of fiction books read and rejected in 2014
    • 13 full, the rest samples (I do NOT believe that once started I have to finish a book)
  • 27: Number of books deleted in extreme annoyance after only a few lines

10 Favorite Books I read in 2014

  1. Sword Masters ~ Selina Rosen
  2. Black Dog ~ Rachel Neumeier (review here)
  3. Newt’s Emerald ~ Garth Nix (review here)
  4. Clockwork Heart ~ Dru Pagliassotti (review here)
  5. Sworn to Raise: Courtlight #1 ~ Terah Edun
  6. Paradox series ~ Rachel Bach (review of first book here)
  7. To Play the Lady ~ Naomi Lane (warning, unfinished series!)
  8. Theirs Not to Reason Why series ~ Jean Johnson
  9. Dark Triumph ~ Robin LaFevers (review of first two books in this series here)
  10. Bitterwood ~ Rowan Speedwell (review here)

So if you are looking for something to read in 2015, these are a few of my recommendations. I’m looking forward to a lot of travel at the beginning of 2015, which means lots of reading. I’m hoping to match my numbers from 2014, if not beat them. And fingers crossed I discover 10 more books I enjoyed. Can’t wait for 2015!

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}


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