Most Laugh Out Loud Read: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. I randomly picked up this audiobook just because I needed to mix up my audiobook reading list. I am a fan of the author’s restaurant so I thought I would give it a try. Surprisingly, it is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
Best Reread: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. I first read this book probably 10 years ago. I’ve always thought of it as a favorite, but I’ve never reread it until now. The House of the Scorpion continues to be one of my science fiction favorites.
Most Disappointing Read: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt. I absolutely loved Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-Way Street so I was excited when I found out that a spin-off novel was going to be released. Unfortunately, the book failed to live up to my expectations… So bad that I like to pretend that this book never happened.
Sexiest Read: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst. Jennifer Probst continues to be one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult contemporary romance. The Marriage Trap is particularly memorable for me because on top of all the sexy fun times, it made me crave SO MUCH PASTA.
Best Book Read for School: Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. I guess I’m not really a high fantasy person because I never would have picked this book up on my own. Yeah, I’ve also read The Lightning Thief and The Hunger Games for class this past year, but they don’t count because they are rereads. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen was such a fun read because the majority of the characters are based on literary figures, real and fiction.
Book that Most Reminds Me of High School: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Okay, let’s face it: part of why I read YA is to remind me of what it feels like to be a teenager. In this case, Rainbow Rowell brought me back to my days of reading fan fiction endlessly in high school.
Most Anticipated Read: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Isla was supposed to release this year, but unfortunately publication had been delayed. I still have not had the pleasure of reading the second companion novel to one of my favorite books. Isla tops the list of my anticipated reads of 2014.
I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve been a lot less active in the book blogging community for the last year. This has partly a lot to do with personal changes, and also a lot to do with a change in my reading habits.
I spent half the year reviewing at PostScript’d, where I’ve written some of my favorite reviews to date. Notably, I love the reviews I’ve written for Easy by Tammara Webber and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I’ve started working a new job over the summer which led to a newfound love of audiobooks. I spend approximately 20 hours at a desk job and I get through my day with audiobooks. I’ve probably read a third of the books this year through this format and I absolutely love it. The days where I forget to bring headphones are my least favorite ones at work.
Some of my favorite audiobooks from the year include:
I managed to surpass my reading goal of 100 books this year. I did not manage to read more than last year, but I’m surprised to even have read this much. I couldn’t have done it without the help of audiobooks.
So aside from listening to more audiobooks, I’ve also reduced the number of ARCs that I’ve been reading. I really started to read more books for pleasure – especially because I went through a reading slump when I started my fall semester.
We always have to remind ourselves that reading and blogging should both be fun. And for a while, I did feel wiped out about the constant need to update my blog. I think I’m ready to dive back into book blogging, but I doubt that I’ll ever reach the same level of commitment that I once have. This is a hobby and I want it to be stress-free.
Regardless, I still would love to know what my bookish friends are up to and all the books that you guys are reading. I’m definitely more active on Twitter, so follow me and send me a message so I know to reach out to you!
Every year, I track my most read authors (according to GoodReads) to see if there are any changes in my reading habits.
Last Years Most Read Authors: (read the full post)
- Meg Cabot – 29
- Julia Quinn – 15
- Charlaine Harris – 11
- Philip Reeve – 9
- J.K. Rowling – 8
- Richelle Mead & Diana Gabaldon – 7
- Anna Godbersen, David Levithan, Megan McCafferty & Rick Riordan – 6
Most Read Authors of 2013
- Meg Cabot – 30
- Julia Quinn – 17
- Charlaine Harris – 11
- Philip Reeve – 9
- David Levithan, Megan McCafferty, Diana Gabaldon, & J.K. Rowling – 8
- Richelle Mead, Maggie Stiefvater, & Eloisa James – 7
My list hasn’t changed much since the last year. The only new authors on the list are Maggie Stiefvater and Eloisa James.
I have a long way to go before I beat out Meg Cabot as my most read author. I basically just read her books throughout my adolescent years. So it doesn’t surprise me that she continues to be my most read author.
Maggie Stiefvater is continuing to be one of my must-buy authors whose books I automatically read. The addition of Eloisa James on my list reflects my growing love of historical romance.