Saturday, January 3, 2015

EOY 2014 Wrap Up

2014 was a pretty good year. I accomplished the goals that I really set out to accomplish. There were a few things that I had hoped would happen in 2014 that didn’t, but they weren’t goals since I define goals as being things I can accomplish. In other words, things I can (somewhat) control. And the things that I wanted to happen but didn’t were really beyond my control.

One of the biggest things I wanted to focus on in 2014 was relaxing. I put so much pressure on myself in 2013 that I realized how much I need to let go of trying to micromanage every aspect of my life. I love having goals and being able to put some focus to my life and each year, but I had to learn that I can’t control it all. So 2014 was all about letting go.

While I didn’t really slip on blogging and I actually didn’t take many blogging breaks, I did feel much more relaxed this year. And that’s really what I want 2015 to be like as well. I still have hope for the things that didn’t happen in 2014 to happen in 2015, but again…it’s beyond my control. I just want to enjoy the ride. I’m not going to recap my goals for 2014 or what I hope to accomplish in 2015 because I already posted about those in my Top Ten Goals for 2015 and the December EOM Wrap Up, but I did want to add some quick links in this post.

EOM Wrap Up Posts for 2014


Blogging Highlights from 2014

  • Almost every week of 2014 included 3 book reviews. This is up from 2 reviews per week over the previous two years.
  • Holly and I successfully joint-hosted our first reading challenge, 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge which we have decided to return for 2015.
  • I participated in the March Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge and read 7 books from my TBR pile that month.
  • Celebrated my 3rd blogoversary.
  • Stayed scheduled ahead at least a month in advance and at one point almost three months ahead.
  • Participated in Armchair BEA for the 3rd year in a row.
  • Started three new features called Series DNF, Cover Doubles, and Discussions Only We Know.
  • The entire month of October was all about All Things Halloween. (This was the 2nd year I did this feature.)
  • Participated in the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop and the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop.
  • I continued with my Upon Further Review and From the Ashes features, but didn’t have as many this year as last year.
  • I reviewed 5 movies that were based off books: Vampire Academy, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, and Mockingjay Part 1.
  • Even though listening to audiobooks isn’t exactly new to me, this year I listened to more than ever. Of the 142 books I “read” this year, 22 were audiobooks.
  • I re-read 7 books this year that I’ve read previously.
  • And I guess my last really “cool” blog related thing would be “meeting” Claire Wallis and Jen Frederick. (We didn’t actually meet, just had a few brief email/twitter/goodreads exchanges.)
  • Books I Read in 2014

    *These qualify for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
    While It Lasts (Sea Breeze, # 3) by Abbi Glines
    Just for Now (Sea Breeze, # 4) by Abbi Glines
    Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken, # 3) by Courtney Cole
    The Destiny of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence, # 3) by Jessica Sorensen
    Twisted Perfection (Perfection, # 1 /Rosemary Beach, # ?) by Abbi Glines
    Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum, # 20) by Janet Evanovich
    Reason to Breathe (Breathing, # 1) by Rebecca Donovan
    The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game, # 1) by J Sterling
    *Requiem (Delirium, # 3) by Lauren Oliver
    A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, # 4) by George R R Martin
    Sweet (True Believers, # 2) by Erin McCarthy
    *Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, # 6) by Richelle Mead
    Believe (True Believers, # 3) by Erin McCarthy
    Panic by Lauren Oliver
    The Ever After of Ella & Micha (The Secret, # ?) by Jessica Sorensen
    The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, # 1) by Abbi Glines
    Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown
    Lila & Ethan: Always & Forever (The Secret, # 4.5) by Jessica Sorensen
    Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, # 3) by KA Tucker (no review)
    The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian (re-read)
    Cress (Lunar Chronicles, # 3) by Marissa Meyer
    Saving Quinton (Nova, # 2) by Jessica Sorensen
    On the Fence by Kasie West
    The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys, # 2) by Abbi Glines (no review)
    The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millenium, # 2) by Steig Larsson
    Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, # 2) by Robin LaFevers
    Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter, # 1) by Vi Keeland
    Blindness by Ginger Scott
    Undeclared (Woodlands, # 1) by Jen Frederick
    The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, # 1) by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
    Unspoken (Woodlands, # 2) by Jen Frederick
    Unraveled (Woodlands, # 3) by Jen Frederick
    Shatter Me (Shatter Me, # 1) by Tahereh Mafi
    The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, # 2) by Michelle Hodkin
    Pivot Point (Pivot Point, # 1) by Kasie West
    He Belongs with Me by Sarah Darlington
    Passion (Fallen, # 3) by Lauren Kate
    Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
    Emma by Jane Austen
    Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, # 1) by Jennifer Estep
    Matched (Matched, # 1) by Ally Condie
    Red at Night by Katie McGarry
    The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
    Push (Push, # 1) by Claire Wallis
    Barely Breathing (Breathing, # 2) by Rebecca Donovan
    *The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millenium, # 3) by Steig Larsson
    Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies, # 1) by Rhiannon Frater
    Promise Me (Finding Forever, # 1) by Barbie Borhman (no review)
    Above by Isla Morley
    The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
    Nash (Marked Men, # 4) by Jay Crownover
    *Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths, # 4) by KA Tucker
    Revived by Cat Patrick
    Easy (Contours of the Heart, # 1) by Tammara Webber
    Crossed (Matched, # 2) by Ally Condie
    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova, # 3) by Jessica Sorensen
    Jane's Melody (Jane's Melody, # 2) by Ryan Winfield
    Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, # 1) by Anna Banks
    I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, # 1) by Barry Lyga
    Delilah: The Making of Red (Nova, # 2.5) by Jessica Sorensen
    Lick (Stage Dive, # 1) by Kylie Scott
    Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles, # 1) by Jen Frederick
    *City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, # 6) by Cassandra Clare
    Tristan: Finding Hope (Nova, # 3.5) by Jessica Sorensen
    To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, # 1) by Jenny Han
    Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy, # 1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
    The Immortal Crown (Age of X, # 2) by Richelle Mead
    City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, # 2) by Cassandra Clare (re-read)
    The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, # 1) by Mary E Pearson
    *Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, # 3) by Robin LaFevers
    Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
    *Breakable (Contours of the Heart, # 2) by Tammara Webber
    Left Drowning by Jessica Park (no review)
    One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
    The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian
    Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange & Deadly, # 1) by Susan Dennard
    *Shatter (True Believers, # 4) by Erin McCarthy
    The Probability of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence, # 4) by Jessica Sorensen
    V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin, # 1) by Kelly Oram
    *A is for Abstinence (V is for Virgin, # 2) by Kelly Oram
    All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
    *Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls, # 4) by Maggie Stiefvater
    Mind Games (Mindjack Origins, # 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn
    Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
    A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange & Deadly, # 2) by Susan Dennard
    Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze, # 5) by Abbi Glines
    Misbehaving (Sea Breeze, # 6) by Abbi Glines
    I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, # 1) by Ally Carter
    Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, # 5) by Richelle Mead
    Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, # 4) by Katie McGarry
    *Strange and Ever After (Something Strange & Deadly, # 3) by Susan Dennard
    Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee
    Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
    *Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles, # 2) by Jen Frederick
    Games (Jasper Dent, # 2) by Barry Lyga
    *Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, # 3) by Barry Lyga
    In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths, # 1.5) by KA Tucker
    Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy, # 2) by Anna Banks
    Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, # 1) by KA Tucker (re-read)
    Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes
    Burying Water (Burying Water, # 1) by KA Tucker
    Bad for You (Sea Breeze, # 7) by Abbi Glines (review coming soon)
    Play (Stage Dive, # 2) by Kylie Scott (no review)
    Hold On Tight (Sea Breeze, # 8) by Abbi Glines (review coming soon)
    Rewind to You by Laura Johnston
    The Fall by Bethany Griffin
    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
    Destroy Me (Shatter Me, # 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
    Unravel Me (Shatter Me, # 2) by Tahereh Mafi
    The Fire Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, # 1) by Rachel Harris
    *Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, # 3) by Laini Taylor
    The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, # 2) by Rick Yancey
    Jane's Harmony (Jane's Melody, # 2) by Ryan Winfield
    Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge (re-read)
    Defiance (Defiance, # 1) by CJ Redwine
    The Boys of Summer (Summer, # 1) by CJ Duggan (review coming soon)
    An Endless Summer (Summer, # 2) by CJ Duggan (review coming soon)
    *Pull (Push, # 2) by Claire Wallis
    Believe (True Believers, # 3) by Erin McCarthy (re-read)
    Rowdy (Marked Men, # 5) by Jay Crownover (review coming soon)
    DNF Lailah (The Styclar Saga, # 1) by Nikki Kelly
    Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, # 1) by Katie McGarry (re-read)
    No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
    We Were Liars by E Lockhart
    Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark (review coming spring 2015)
    Play it Safe (Finding Forever, # 2) by Barbie Bohrman (review coming soon)
    Undertow (Undertow, # 1) by K R Conway
    A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, # 1) by Claudia Gray
    Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne (review coming spring 2015)
    Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys, # 3) by Maggie Stiefvater
    Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Boys, # 1) by Jamie McGuire (review coming soon)
    Heat of the Moment (Moment of Truth, # 1) by Lauren Barnholdt (review coming spring 2015)
    Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (review coming soon)
    The Charlotte Chronicles (Jackson Boys, # 1) by Jen Frederick
    This Shattered World (Starbound, # 2) by Meagan Spooner & Aime Kaufman
    Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot (review coming soon)
    Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, # 1) by LM Montgomery (review coming soon)
    Just One Day (Just One Day, # 1) by Gayle Forman (review coming soon)
    *Out of Breath (Breathing, # 3) by Rebecca Donovan (review coming soon)
    *Maybe Not (Maybe, # 1.5) by Colleen Hoover (review coming soon)
    Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, # 1.5) by Katie McGarry (review coming soon)


    1. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! I hope this year is just as successful :)
      Ariel @ Bookish Confessions

    2. Thanks so much Ariel! Hope you have a great and successful year too!

    3. It really was a great year! Thanks Monique. I hope 2015 is even better for both of us!

    4. 2014 was a great year for you. Keep up the good work and I hope you have an even better year in 2015.