2014: My reading year

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A few facts and figures

In 2014, I read a total of 56 books. I’ve been tracking my reads since 2011 and this is the most I’ve read in these 4 years, although only by a margin as I read 53 last year.

57% of the books I read were written by women, this is less than last year and I put that mainly down to reading the  A Song of Ice and Fire series which is seven massive books, taking up a lot of reading time all by, of course, George RR Martin.

I’ve read a few authors who were new to me this year including Salman Rushdie and Fay Weldon, but also read new works (again new to me) by favourites like Margaret Atwood and Alison Weir.

64% of the books I read were fiction – I’ve never counted that before so I’m not sure how that sits with my usual year of reads.

I’m going to start 2015 with 64 unread books on the shelves….

Reading Highlights

A Song of Ice and Fire
2014 may well be known as the year of A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIF). I picked up A Game of Thrones in April 2014 and it defined my reading life until I finished A Dance with Dragons in September (when I then started watching the TV series!). I’ve already touched on my complicated feelings towards some aspects of this series. But overall this was one hell of a reading ride and I did not want to get off.

A song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin
A song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin

There is nothing like reading a fantasy series for the first time with no spoilers and all the shocks, and my word there are shocks (Red Wedding anyone!). If you haven’t read this series yet, you enjoy fantasy and don’t mind the commitment of such long books I can highly recommend making 2015 the year of ASOIF.

Tudor Binge
At the start of the year, through to March, I was still deep into a Tudor binge, a bit of a hangover from 2013. i had decided in 2013 that I was going to read through all the wives of Henry VIII in both fact and fiction. The sad things is I would do it all again tomorrow and stretch the time period and character lists back and forward to cram more history in. I mean, I won’t seeing as I have a huge TBR to work through. But I certainly keep this era close to my heart.

In terms of stand alone books, The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway was a totally random read which came out of nowhere and I loved. For re-reading, 1984 easily wins as I was totally enthralled when reading this for the second time.

Reading goals?

I’ve been looking around at other blogs and end of year Booktube videos and I’ve decided not to set any specific reading goals for 2015. I do want to get my unread books slightly more under control, but I also want to re-read some favourites and just see what happens! But I thought I would mention a few books I am particularly excited to pick up this year:

Vivenne Westwood by Vivenne Westwood and Ian Kelly
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Stormbird by Conn Igguden
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

My blog is still very much a new venture for me, so if you are popping by and reading any of my posts, please do say hello and I’d be interested in any feedback on the kinds of posts readers are interested in, or any other great blog recommendations.

Happy reading!

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