What Did Book Bloggers Read In 2014?

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Top Books of 2014 Picked by Book Bloggers on BookLikes 

In case you missed the best books lists we're reminding some of the Top Books Lists created by BookLikes book bloggers. Let's see which book were the most popular among BookLikes' book bloggers in 2014.



Best Books of 2014! by Char's Horror Corner

The Cormorant - Stephen GregoryWild Fell - Michael RoweAnimosity - James NewmanWakening the Crow - Stephen GregoryThe Thicket - Joe R. Lansdale

First the authors that each had two books on my list:

The Cormorant and Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory. This was my favorite author discovery of the year and The Cormorant my favorite book.  Mr. Gregory is an author of stunning prose and originality. I will faithfully purchase whatever books he puts out for the rest of my life. (A big thank you goes out to Valancourt Books for this discovery!)... read more & see all top books



Best of 2014 by E.


Not everything on this list was published this year. Not everything on this list will be to your liking. I'm not doing a Worst Of List this year, because who needs all that negativity, really? You can click on the title of each book to read my review. If you would like a rundown of all the books... read more & see all top books



Best Books of 2014: Non-Fiction by Literary Ames


Here are my top 12 non-fiction reads of 2014, covering health, politics and feminism... read more & see all top books



My Top 14 YA Books of 2014 by KARIN'S BOOK NOOK


#1: GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa. To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation... read more & see all top books



Best Paranormal Romance Reads 2014 by Cat's Books: Romance


Night Shift - Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla VaneHeart Fire (Celta) - Robin D. OwensLight My Fire - G.A. AikenDark Skye - Kresley ColeShield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling Novel) - Nalini Singh

I adore Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance. I adore it so much I feel like a a plate spinner at a middle school talent show just trying to keep up with all my series and the new good stuff. I know I missed a lot of great reads from new to me authors and ones for which I have long standing love. I hope to catch up next year. Here are my best Paranormal Romance Reads of 2014... read more & see all top books



5 Star Reads of 2014 by Jessica (HDB)



In the world of Jessica, five star ratings are not given lightly. I'm lucky if I find one or two books a month that really blow me away, and make my "I'm going to shout love for this to the ends of the Earth" list. This year I devoured 200 books and, of those, only 29 made the cut. Out of those, I've chosen a few to highlight. Let's take a look, shall we?... read more & see all top books



Some Of My Favorites From 2014 by Bookfanatic


Listening To Dust - Brandon ShireInto This River I Drown - T.J. KluneAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire SáenzBeautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronn-MillsThe Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella - Greg Iles

I stopped at 10 and I tried to stay away from series because well that would have created a whole other problem as in a really, really long list. I read a lot of books in 2014 that I really, really loved. I started out thinking that I could make myself pick just one and in my mind one quickly became 5 and 2 books into this list 5 became 10. So this is where I make myself stop... read more & see all top books



Favorite Reads of 2014 Part I: Interesting Facts and My Top Ten by The Reading Perusals of Rose Summers


Hate List - Jennifer BrownPrep School Confidential - Kara TaylorThin Space - Jody CasellaFrenzy - Robert LettrickThe Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison

So, in total for this year, I've read 168 books (maybe slightly more because there were some I didn't mark, but I know it was less than 200), which is way, way less than my total from 2012 (which was 365 books), and far less than the goal I set for myself this year (450)... read more & see all top books



Best Book Covers and Book Titles in 2014 by HFK


You should never judge a book by its cover, but it happens. This year I bought lots of books with beautiful covers, but unfortunately only read few with covers that I would label as doable... read more & see all top books



Books I Read and REALLY Liked in 2014 by Batgrl: Bookish Hooha


I've been enjoying everyone's end of year summings up (in various fun forms) and thinking on making one of my own - and I couldn't quite come up with a way to rank anything. Which is I suppose what happens when you end up reading a variety of random things. Anyway, there's no order to this - except I have a particular fondness for the first book mentioned. History wins out this year, which isn't always the case... read more & see all top books



My Top Books of 2014 by hippieed perceptions


Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher The Bronze Horseman - Paullina SimonsThe Handmaid's Tale - Margaret AtwoodGeek Love - Katherine DunnThe Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

As I was going through my read book list, I realized that this year kind of sucked for reading for me.  The few that I loved, I really really loved though, so I guess that is something.  I did kind of cheat because I added Geek Love even though I'm not quite done.  When you know, you know though... read more & see all top book



My Top Books of 2014 by YA FANATIC


As I near my 200 book goal I want to share with you my top books of this past year. I've read many not so great books but have also found some new favorites. I also started listening to audiobooks, several of my favorites are because I listened to them. These are in no particular order (except maybe the first one). Enjoy... read more & see all top books



Books Read in 2014 by Ani's Book Abyss


As it stands, it isn't easy to narrow 150 books down to a Top Ten list.  And so I chose to re-format my list just a little bit.  I also needed to account for the fact that I like Young Adult novels differently than I like Adult and non-YA novels--Yes, there is a difference in how I perceive a book dependent on target audience. Without further ado, and in no particular order... read more & see all top books



Top 14 Reads of 2014 by Book Sand Worm 


Keep in mind that by “favorite”, I mean this list is very subjective. In looking back, these are the ones that I enjoyed the most even though I read a lot of very good books this year... read more & see all favorite books



Top Ten Reads of 2014 by Unabridged Chick


I read about 50 books for 2014, which is a huge drop from my typical year (almost by half!). Pregnancy, and the resulting baby, are to blame, and while I'm a little disappointed, the aforementioned baby -- our Little Reader -- is so frickin' cute, I kind of can't care. I still walked away with some stellar reads for 2014, and once again, had a challenging time identifying the top ten of this year.  In the end, I picked the books I still talk about obsessively, that I purchased (for myself and/or others), and that I want to reread or force others to read... read more & see all top books



Best of 2014 - Part 1 - The Reliables & Part 2 - The Overachievers by Tina's Reading Books


Magic Breaks - Ilona AndrewsWhispers Under Ground - Ben AaronovitchA London Season - Joan WolfThe Way of Kings - Brandon SandersonMurder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Part 1: My 2014 reading year was much better than my 2013 reading year.  Not in volume, because I read about the same number of books.  But In quality. In 2013 I  had a massive reading slump and was down 75% in my total reading for the year as compared to 2012.  Nothing seemed to work for me past a few strong installments in long running series and  couple of new-to-authors that came out strong. In contrast, 2014 started out strong... read more & see all top books


Part 2: So as I look over my reads this year and compare them to the physical books I've amassed over the last 30-ish years on my shelves, I am struck by the difference in page lengths. Which in a round-about way brings me to this segment of my Best of 2014.The Overachievers are the two authors whose works this year was so good that I had to include two of their books in my top ten.  A rarity for me... read more & see all top books


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Reading progress update: I've read 48%.

Move Over Darling - Christine Stovell

Reading progress update: I've read 24%.

Move Over Darling - Christine Stovell

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino

23/8 - The blurb on GR makes me think the book is going to be a cross between Robin Sloan's Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore and a book from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series - books within books, characters aware that they are being read, and a detective story all at the same time. Sounds crazy weird and like a book that a reader's either going to get and love or not and hate. I hope I love it. Here goes... To be continued...


2 mins, 5.5 lines later - LOL! Laughing (in a good way) within six lines must be a record. Here's the passage that set me off

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the next room. Tell the others right away, "No, I don't want to watch TV!" Raise your voice - they won't hear you otherwise - "I'm reading! I don't want to be disturbed!" Maybe they haven't heard you, with all that racket; speak louder, yell: "I'm beginning to read Italo Calvino's new novel!" Or if you prefer, don't say anything; just hope they'll leave you alone.

It's uncanny how true to my life this is. With the exact same dialogue. It's almost like this particular edition of the book was written just for me. In fact my dad's watching footy in the other room (I'm in bed with the book and my laptop, but I can clearly the hear the commentary from here) and just a few minutes ago he tried to pester me into staying up and watching it with him. He called out to ask if I wanted to watch the footy and I yelled back no. Then he asked why I didn't want to watch the footy and I replied because I'm reading a new book that I've wanted to read for ages (I didn't mention Calvino's name as he wouldn't have a clue who he is/was). Then he tried to lure me with the fact that it's the family team playing (they've been losing for the last few weeks, maybe months now, so it wasn't much temptation), but to forestall any further conversations held at the top of our voices from one room to another, I ignored this last ditch attempt and wrote the first instalment of my review. He gave up after that. Best opening lines EVER !!


Later on page 34, after the chapter about the train station - Thank goodness for that opening chapter where Calvino told me to get rid of all distractions and find a comfy reading position. If I hadn't read that, and found it completely hilarious, I don't know whether I would have continued reading that whole train station section - that was weird. I can't tell you exactly what it was about, just that it was about a train station, or train stations in general. If you've already read If on a Winter's Night a Traveller then you'll know what I mean, and if you haven't I can't explain it to you, you'll just have to read it for yourself in order to understand. Despite the train station weirdness, which was a shock after the hilarity of the first chapter, I'm looking forward to continuing with the Polish book :0. To be continued...


27/8 - I'm enjoying the parts of the book where The Reader and Ludmilla are searching for the rest of the books that they've mistakenly begun reading thinking they were the continuing story from If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, but the 'books' themselves are just plain weird. If I started reading any of the books that have been featured so far I would DNF it and find something a bit more linear and less...I think existential is the word I'm looking for. To be continued...

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

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Question – Are There Books That Should NEVER Be Adapted For Screen?

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I don’t think there are. But the reason I don’t there are is complicated . . .


I don’t much like going to movies based on books. Especially if the book said movie is based on is a book that I L-O-V-E-D.


Take the Harry Potter movies—I don’t think I’ve seen them after Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I know I haven’t seen them beyond Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Why? Well, for a multitude of reasons, but all of those reasons can be boiled down to:


Fred and George.


Fred and George Weasley are one of the consistent highlights in Harry Potter (the books). They’re mischievous, they’re hilarious, they are NOT TO BE MISSED.


But missing them is exactly what happens in the movies.


If you’ve never read the books, then you don’t know what you’re missing, but if you have read them . . . the movie versions of Fred and George who occasionally stick their heads into a scene with a snarky comment is not going to cut it.


And Dobby. I’ll bet you that not a single person who had not read the books shed a tear when the Bad Thing that happens in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows happened.


But I did.


Last year, I read the entire series out loud to my husband who had never read it. It was the first time I’d read them since the last book came out, and I was a bit fuzzy on some of the things towards the end.


I had actually forgotten about the Bad Thing.


Until it happened.


Then I remembered. And I SOBBED. Like a baby.


And no one who hadn’t read the books is going to feel anything from the movies that intensely. It’s not possible. Too much had to be cut, too many personal thoughts that readers alone are privy to can’t be translated onto the big screen.




That being said, there are people in the world—people who completely boggle my mind, but people nonetheless—who will NEVER read the Harry Potter books. Even if there wasn’t a movie they could easily watch, they still wouldn’t read the books. So for those people, better the movies than nothing at all.


And the same basic principle can be applied to any based-on-a-book movie.


What do you think?


Are There Books That Should NEVER Be Adapted For Screen?

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23 Places Where You’d Rather Be Reading Right Now

Rest of the a-m-a-z-i-n-g reading places here.


Ancient library, Angkor Wat, Cambodia.


Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. 


Which Stephen King Book Are You?

You can take the test here. I got The Shining, King's third published novel and first hardcover best-seller. Which Stephen King book are you?



Review/Giveaway ~ The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson

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Giveaway - The Extraordinary Life of Frank Derrick Age 81 - J B Morrison

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

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