Well, another year has come and gone, and, according to my Goodreads account, I read 130 books in the year 2014. As in years gone by, it was a great year for reading. As we prepare to ring in 2015, I want to take this time to share the books that I especially enjoyed this year. I have linked reviews when I wrote them. Enjoy!
Literary Fiction: Newcomer Lauren Owen’s The Quick occupies this space. Her vampires and use of historical detail made for an engaging read.
Science Fiction: Elizabeth Bear’s Jacob’s Ladder trilogy (self-contained ecosystem in space is the setting for a power struggle as the ship sails to colonize) and M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts (an interesting take on the apocalypse story) take this category.
Fantasy: This was a tough category because I read a lot of fantasy, but I am going to go with Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs. The setting–a city ruined by the death of their gods–plus a compelling murder mystery made this a fantastic read.
Mystery: Elizabeth Elo’s North of Boston takes this category. Elo’s protagonist Pirio is a delightful spitfire, and I found the mystery and day-to-day challenges presented equally intriguing.
Nonfiction: I genuinely enjoyed Karen Abbotts’ Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy–a history of women who participated undercover in the Civil War. You can read a review here. I also found Julie Sondra Decker’s The Invisible Orientation to be an accessible and compassionate look at asexuality.
Manga/Graphic Novels: Again, this is a really tough category! However, the one that stuck with me was Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (high-flying adventure centered around an awesome protagonist)Young Adult: Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Impossible Knife of Memory (tells the story of a teenager with a father who has PTSD) takes this category. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S King also gets a nod (not going to explain this one–the amount of space I have will not do this fantastically weird plot justice. Click on the link if you’re curious).
Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy: Pierce Brown’s gritty sci-fi story Red Rising and Jasper Fforde’s irreverent Chronicles of Kazaam take this category. I loved Pierce’s incorporation of Graeco-Roman mythology, and Fforde’s protagonist Jennifer Strange tells a witty and thoughtful yarn.
Well, that’s that! I hope reading this gave you an opportunity to relive your own favorites or pick something out to read in the future! Happy 2015, all!