In 2014 my Goodreads stats tell me that I read 95 books, the longest of which was Kate Elliot’s Spirit Gate, it was well worth the length2. On Goodreads I rated 24 books with 5 stars, which usually translated into a 9 or 10 star here on the blog. That’s a lot of good reading! The ten star books this year were :
- Falling from horses by Molly Gloss (review)
- The voice that thunders by Alan Garner (review)
- Kindred by Octavia Butler (review)
- The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith (review)
- Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen3 (review)
- Address Unknown by Kressman Taylor (review)
So that’s 6 books, sounds about right. Two of those were rereads, one was a picture book, one a nonfiction, 4 were by female authors, one by a person of colour. My goal for next year is to read a diversely as possible. Books by POC etc will be tagged with diverse universe inspired by Aarti’s blog tour/challenge of the same name.
Format-wise 20 books were ebooks, or at least I’ve tagged 20 as being ebooks, I may have missed one or two, or overall I’m still reading the majority of my books in hard copy. But I’d say a large part of that is because I work in a library and get to nab new books as they come in. Twenty-seven books in 2014 were from the library. I’ve only tagged 6 as being rereads but as I reread all of the October Daye series I’m guessing that I forgot to tag some of them correctly.
I posted yesterday about the lack of diversity in the settings of the books that I read, obviously this only applies to books set on earth, google maps doesn’t let you add imaginary places … yet, so that’s something I’ll have to work on in 2015.
Now, on to the films…
There is no Goodreads for films, although I have started checking-in on IMDb, but that isn’t as useful. Anyways, my 10 star films in 2014 are :
- Locke dir Stephen Knight (review)
- To Kill a Mockingbird dir. Robert Mulligan (review)
- 12 years a slave dir. Steve McQueen (review)
And that’s it! Hmm, I think I’ll add The Boxtrolls (review) and Guardians of the Galaxy to my “five favourite films” of 2014.<
Overall I pretty good year, more so for books than films. What was your favourite book or film of the year?