But I also got a lot of my backlog read for Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from the public library:
Vonnegut: Welcome to the Monkey House, Bagombo Snuff Box, The Sirens of Titan, Galapagos, Look at the Birdie
Atwood: Lady Oracle, Moral Disorder, The Penelopiad, Bluebeard's Egg
Have to say I'm pretty proud of the results.
Then there were two this year that stood out as the biggest surprises--I had no idea that they would be amazing:
Pretty good, considering I wasn't even going to read The Luminaries, it didn't seem like something I was going to be interested in, but I picked it up on a whim at the library and didn't read any other books while enjoying it. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I expected to be your fairly typical run of the mill YA book and I didn't think I was going to love it as much as I did. Plus, look at that stunning cover.
But I also had two huge disappointments:
And just because life is like that, I bought Shadow and Bone and Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, convinced I would love them, and both fell flat spectacularly. Needless to say, they'll be going out of my book collection. I wish I had bought The Luminaries and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown instead, but hey, I thought I wasn't going to like them.
I'm looking forward to 2015, I'm going to try to not re-read as much as I did this year, though Georgette Heyer is bit of a comfort read for me (I'm determined to try some Marion Chesney and other authors that have been suggested as alternatives to get some variety). I do really want to re-read The Luminaries, but I'm hoping to wait at least a year so I can get some more new reads in. Of course, I also want to work my way through the rest of Kurt Vonnegut's works and catch up on a lot of Margaret Atwood's.
It'll be a busy year.