Monthly Review on MapleBooks - Book Reviews

Sorry, I know I’m somewhat late for December monthly review! There was a lot I wanted to say and didn’t quite find the time. It’s winter holidays and well, I’m busy reading. You know what it is, right?

So, I’d like to quickly go through December reads and reviews and then share a few stats about my 2014!

Books reviewed this month

Le retour de l'ours de Catherine LafranceKnife Fight and Other Struggles by David NickleVisions (Cainsville 2) by Kelley Armstrong - thumbnailThe Deep by Nick Cutter

– Le retour de l’ours by Catherine Lafrance
– Knife Fight and Other Struggles by David Nickle
– Visions by Kelley Armstrong
– The Deep by Nick Cutter

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin LiuScience-Fiction & Fantasy World Tour #6: this sixth stop-over was China and I read The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. It was my favourite read this month!

I also read A Brave New World by the British author Aldous Huxley. It’s a sci-fi (and dystopian) classic I never had the occasion to read before and I really enjoyed it. Though I must admit that I’m getting tired of dystopian stories (which is not the fault of poor Aldous, who was a pioneer…).

Now let’s review 2014!

I read 69 books this year. I thought I had read 71, but I realized one book was divided in several parts on GoodReads (Oops…). Originally, my goal was to read one book a week so I more than completed my challenge! Now I’m trying to find the right balance between the urge to read more and the need to give enough attention to each book (for reading it, but also thinking about it).

Read69
Long Reviews (full blog post)27
Mini-reviews (in monthly reviews)22

Language

Read in English: 50 (including 4 translations)
Read in French: 19 (including 3 translations)

I think I’ve overcome my fear of reading in English. It’s still not perfect, but at least, I stopped browsing a book to check if I can understand enough of it!

Reads by country

Canada37
USA13
UK6
France6
Iceland2
Japan (thanks Carola!)2
Poland1
Portugal1
China1

I wanted to read more Canadian books and I did!
I also wanted to read books from different countries and cultures. The Science-Fiction & Fantasy World Tour helped a lot but I still would like to do better.

How did I get to read these books?

Browsing the library shelves23
Active search11
Visiting bookstores8
GoodRead Sci-Fi & Fantasy eBook club6
GoodReads recommendations6
Book blog review(s)5
Gifts3
Ad of some sort3
GoodReads giveaways2
Browsing NetGalley2

Indeed, I almost can’t live a week without going to the library anymore: I just love the Ottawa library. I even visited further neighbourhood branches, just for fun. This year, I borrowed books that I wouldn’t ever, ever have known hadn’t I found them on the library shelves. I actually found one of my favourite books in 2014 by chance on the “Arrived” shelf.

“Active search” is when I want to read a book about a certain topic. For instance, it occurred to me this year I had never read books written by or related to First Nations or Inuits yet, so I searched a bit and ended up reading A Native Life by Richard Wagamese, which I loved. “Active search” also refers to books from authors I want to read more from: for instance, I read Visions (Cainsville #2) because and only because I read and liked Omens (Cainsville #1).

Finally, this year I discovered new ways to get book ideas. I joined GoodReads and its science-fiction & fantasy eBook Club (not that I favour eBooks, I simply preferred the club’s book choices at the time), looked into recommendations, made some friends and checked what books they loved… Book suggestions basically poured in.
Also, I started to read book blogs and got persuaded to read books that I wouldn’t have read otherwise, sometimes in genres that I wouldn’t usually read. I’m really thankful for that, keep blogging people! 🙂

So, this was a great bookish year for me! I started to read a lot again, met great people, read fantastic books. I intend to make it even better in 2015 but this is already a long post, so I’ll keep the details for later!

How about you? Was 2014 a good year? How was your first year book blogging? Do you remember it?