What I Read in 2014

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2014 was my greatest reading year yet: 121 books. For me, that’s absolutely massive, and it’s an accomplishment I doubt I’d be able to beat without some serious – and conscious – effort. So, how do these books break down?

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65% of books I read were Sci-Fi, which comes as no surprise considering it’s my genre of choice. The other 35% breaks down as follows: 16% Urban Fantasy, 4% Fantasy, 4% Horror, and the other 11% made up of Mil-SF, Mil-Fantasy, Thriller, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. I’m happy with my reading spread, keeping Sci-Fi mainly in the lead and throwing some other genres to shake things up every now and then.

90% of the books I read last year were by male authors, and only 10% (12 books) by female authors. Considering my reading preference is Sci-Fi I’m really not surprised by this. I read some really good books by female authors, and I’ll continue to do so this year, but doubt there will be a large increase (if any) in this stat by year-end 2015.

30% of books I read were review copies supplied by the publisher, with 70% personal copies. 37% of books I read were released in 2014 – a healthy number for me, though I did make a concerted effort to read more currently in the latter half of the year. Considering I like re-reading novels only 26% were re-reads, with 74% brand new to me.

I’m happy with my reading, and I’ll keep on picking up the books that appeal to me – it’s the only way I’ll enjoy it, and I won’t let reading become a chore again.

As for my favourite reads of 2014, check back again for the top ten!

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A full list of what I read in 2014 is below.
BOLD for 2014 releases, ITALIC for re-reads

The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons (****)
The Queen of Dreams by Peter Hamilton (****)
I’ll Meet You Yesterday by Tom Barlow (****)
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (****)
A Dog’s Purpose by W Bruce Cameron (*****)
His Majesty’s Starship by Ben Jeapes (*****)
Jupiter War by Neal Asher (****)
Terra by Mitch Benn (****)
The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross (***)
Prador Moon by Neal Asher (****)
Jump Boys: SOS by Alex Banks (****)
The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher (**)
Pandora’s Star by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
Control Point by Myke Cole (****)
Meridian Days by Eric Brown (****)
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu (****)
Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton (****)
The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
Libriomancer by Jim C Hines (****)
Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris (****)
The Human Division by John Scalzi (*****)
The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
The Evolutionary Void by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon (***)
The Martian by Andy Weir (****)
The Shining by Stephen King (****)
Ad Astra by Ollie Bourque (***)
Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer (*****)
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (****)
Redshirts by John Scalzi (***)
The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross (****)
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (*****)
The January Dancer by Michael Flynn (**)
Faith by John Love (****)
Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L Powell (****)
You by Austin Grossman (***)
Famadihana on Fomalhaut IV by Eric Brown (****)
Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres (****)
The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross (****)
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (****)
Steadfast by Jack Campbell (***)
Skin Game by Jim Butcher (*****)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (*****)
Red Planet Blues by Robert J Sawyer (****)
Defenders by Will McIntosh (*****)
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (****)
The Xenocide Mission by Ben Jeapes (****)
Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach (****)
Nunslinger Book 1 by Stark Holborn (****)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (*****)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (**)
Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer (*****)
The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks (***)
Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey (****)
Life on the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead (***)
Terra’s World by Mitch Benn (****)
Blockade Billy by Stephen King (****)
Caliban’s War by James S A Corey (****)
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King (****)
Abaddon’s Gate by James S A Corey (****)
UR by Stephen King (*****)
Throttle by Joe Hill & Stephen King (***)
Guns by Stephen King (*****)
Lightstorm by Peter F Hamilton (***)
Cibola Burn by James S A Corey (****)
Carrie by Stephen King (****)
A Just Determination by John G Hemry (****)
Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown (****)
The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories by Eric Brown (****)
Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress (****)
Burden of Proof by John G Hemry (****)
Rule of Evidence by John G Hemry (****)
Against All Enemies by John G Hemry (****)
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (*****)
The Girl With All The Gifts by M R Carey (*****)
Rage by Stephen King (****)
The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross (****)
Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole (****)
The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F Hamilton (*****)
Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A Moore (***)
Extinction Game by Gary Gibson (*****)
The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu (****)
Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells (***)
Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos (****)
Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos (****)
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (****)
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (****)
The Forever Watch by David Ramirez (**)
Lock In by John Scalzi (*****)
Unlocked by John Scalzi (*****)
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (**)
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (****)
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (****)
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (*****)
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (****)
Death Masks by Jim Butcher (*****)
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (****)
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (*****)
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (****)
White Night by Jim Butcher (****)
Small Favour by Jim Butcher (*****)
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (*****)
Changes by Jim Butcher (*****)
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher (****)
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (****)
Cold Days by Jim Butcher (*****)
Skin Game by Jim Butcher (*****)
A Call to Duty by David Weber & Timothy Zahn (***)
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (****)
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (***)
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer (***)
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (****)
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (*****)
Star Road by Matthew Costello & Rick Hautala (**)
Revival by Stephen King (*****)
Breach Zone by Myke Cole (*****)
Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic (****)
Rose Madder by Stephen King (***)
The Dark Between The Stars by Kevin J Anderson (***)
Prophets by S Andrew Swann (****)
Hive Monkey by Gareth L Powell (****)

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