First, I have to be honest that I'm not exactly an ideal reader and reviewer. I'm lazy. I have no patience to write out essay type reviews. And I have this annoying trait - I'm a spoiler (Ask my husband as he is my favorite go-to victim, hahaha!) - so the longer my review, the more I spoil so I rather do my invented acronym, the SSS (simple,sharp and sassy). And another thing about me is, I take time with reading. For 2014, I've read 39 books. I know, not a biggie but for me to finish at least 3 books in a month is a feat for a working wife and momma. Our librarian actually asked me when I find the time to read (because I think I'm their suki borrower, hehe!). Oh well, there's only do. Chos. But seriously, I read whenever I can so there are times I can finish a book in 2 days tops (especially if my darling toddler takes longer naps...) and there are times I get stuck with a book for more than a week (hellooooo, 555 pages is insane sometimes..). The small number of books read is also because I don't read e-books. I prefer the physical book in my hands, gettting to turn the pages and smelling them. Also, I don't read everything under the sun. I quit it when its nothing my head/brain can wrapped around it. I'm not really passing myself as a voracious reader. And I don't own all the books I've read. I borrow them from our library (the one where my work is connected), which you should check because our library collection is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! If I really, really like the book, I buy it for my collection.
So now you know how I fare as a reader. I'm saying this because you might expect some highly intelligent stuff here and I do not want to disappoint you. I'm just an average reader who has a knack for researching good books to read. Yes, that's how I would describe myself as a reader and book lover.
So for 2014,
My Top 5 Picks for 2014 I picked them based on how the book affected me after reading them and I will really buy them for my collection. (Note to self: I own 2 out of 5..so I have to save up for A Little Princess, The Book Thief and TFIOS.)
Personal Favorite 2014 Read (because not all can relate...)
My Best Series for 2014 (Which is a bit silly because this is the only series I've finished, haha! Wendie has been telling me that this series is really good, but I kept saying I don't need another HP thing to read...gosh, I was completely wrong! The books in this series are so funny, I swear! Even my dear husband enjoyed the books to which he said and I quote to make sure I don't get the flak from Harry Potter fanatics, "Had a better ending than Harry Potter..")
My newly discovered book and author (Pinoy talent yan!)
2014 Reads that Surprised Me (I had the silly notion that they were just an average read...)
Favorite Female Book Characters for 2014
Minli (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon)
Sarah Crewe (A Little Princess)
Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)
Favorite Male Book Characters for 2014
Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)
Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)
Max Vandenburg (The Book Thief)
Top 9 Children's Book that I bought and received as gifts for S this 2014...(I can't choose 5 from the mountain of books my daughter had this year.. I based the shortlist on the frequency my daughter requests to read them during our read-alouds and how often she refers to them during our conversations..)
And the rest of the books I've read for 2014 that didn't get my awards (chos!)...(No photos, I'm starting to get lazy, haha!)
Everything on a Waffle (Polly Horvath), Dancing on the Edge (Han Nolan), Something Borrowed (Emily Giffin), A Tale Dark and Grimm (Adam Gidwitz), Saving Grace (Julie Garwood), The Wedding (Nicholas Sparks), One Day (David Nicholls), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell), The Noodle Maker (MaJian), Family Secrets (Judith Henry Wall), Shosha (Isaac Bashevis Singer), One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Agatha Christie), Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan), Diary of a Witness (Catherine Ryan Hyde), I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It (Adam Selzer), Paper Heart (Aileen Arrington), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs), The Undomestic Goddess (Sophie Kinsella), Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), Rules (Cynthia Lord), Superfudge (Judy Blume), Under the Never Sky (Veronica Rossi)
The books that did not make this list because I quit them after the painful 50 pages..
1. Death Tidies Up (Barbara Colley) - Christie's works dates from the 1920s but its not boring but this one....bleh.
2. Lord of the Flies (William Golding) - I know, everybody swears this a must read classic. Apparently, I'm not part of that crowd. Although I did promise myself I'll get back to reading this.
3. The Number9 Dream (David Mitchell) - With this one, confusing is an understatement for my reading experience.
4. Peyton Place (Grace Metalious) - Again, one of those books that the majority says a great read that I completely disagree. I told you I don't pretend.
5. Death of an Expert Witness (P.D. James) - BORING.
I had the immense pleasure of this doing this, I swear. I'm thinking I should earn from reading books too much, but I'll get there. Sponsors, anyone? Hahahaha. For 2015, my reading resolutions are simple though:
1. Read the same amount of books. Insane, right? I'm just keeping it realistic for me.
2. Read more Filipino authors.
3. Buy at least 1 book from my must-buy every month.
4. Organize my own readers club. (Not exactly simple but at least its out there and maybe you can help me out with it...)
What about you? What's your favorite read for this year? And do you have a reader resolution?