Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Top 10 of 2014 + Stats!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe 2014 has just about come to an end, it has flown by for me and has be filled with a few lows but also many highs; I have read some amazing books, we took the most magically incredible holiday to Disneyworld Florida, my son completed year 3 and my daughter year 1 and have both accomplished many fabulous achievements – it’s been a great year workwise (I work 3 part-time days at the local hospital) so I thought I’d finish off the year with an overview of a few of my favourites!

Hopefully 2015 is going to be just as wonderful! I have been a bit slack with reading and my blog over the past few weeks, my motivation levels are low and with Christmas and my lack of computer time with the kids also wanting to use it; time just gets away from me.

I want to thank each and every one of you for stopping by, commenting and for your friendship – I have a few regular commenters who truly make my day and honestly keep the spirits high and this blog going. You guys are great!


Goodreads Goal = 150, I read 168
Challenges = I failed miserably! Hopefully this will change in 2015.
First post of 2014 – Cover reveal for Unraveled by Jen Frederick
DNF’s = 9
5 Star ratings = 29
4 ½ Star ratings = 11
4 Star ratings = 54
3 ½ Star ratings = 17
3 Star ratings = 38
2 ½ Star ratings = 4
2 Star ratings = 10
Top 3 review posts = Out of Control by Sarah Alderson -Blindness by Ginger Scott and Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Number of 2014 posts = 187

Most Anticipated Books of 2015
  1.  Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West
  2. The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel (no cover as yet)
  3. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
  4. Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole
  5. Trail of Tears (Worldwalker #2) by Josephine Angelini (no cover as yet)
  6.  Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G Howard
  7. The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout
  8. Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas (no cover as yet)
  9. Unititled (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrew
  10.  Crash (The Game #3) by Eve Silver
Collide (The Taking, #3) The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1) Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles, #3)
 Ensnared (Splintered, #3) The Return (Titan, #1) Crash (The Game, #3)

Top 10 books I read in 2014
  1. Relentless & Refuge by Karen Lynch
  2. Miles from Kara by Melissa West
  3. Chaos (Guards of the Shadowland #3) by Sarah Fine
  4. Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
  5. Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston
  6. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  7. Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo
  8. Out of Control by Sarah Alderson
  9. Push (The Game #2) by Eve Silver
  10. Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush
Relentless (Relentless, #1) Refuge (Relentless #2) Miles from Kara (Charleston Haven, #2) Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands #3) 
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3) Don't Look Back Rules of Survival
 Out of Control Push (The Game, #2) Erased (Altered, #2) 

Top 10 Book boyfriends
  1. Nikolas from the Relentless series by Karen Lynch
  2. Rafa from TheRephaim series by Paula Weston
  3. Mad Rogan from the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews (he’s a little rough around the edges but has potential)
  4. Braden On the Fence by Kasie West
  5. Jason Brody WhateverLife Throws at You by Kasie West
  6. Ren Owens from TheWicked Saga by Jennifer L Armentrout
  7. Colt from Miles fromKara by Melissa West
  8. Biship Lattimer from The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
  9. Ryder Marsden Magnolia by Kristi Cook
  10. Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout
(first book in the series shown)

Relentless (Relentless, #1) Shadows (The Rephaim, #1) Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)
 On the Fence Whatever Life Throws at You Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1) Miles from Kara (Charleston Haven, #2) The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1) Magnolia Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Top 10 Book Covers
  1. A Thousand Pieces ofYou by Claudia Gray
  2. Talon by Julie Kagawa
  3. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  4. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Unhinged by A.G Howard
  6. Infinite by Jodi Meadows
  7. Dreams of Gods andMonsters by Laini Taylor
  8. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  9. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
  10. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Talon (Talon, #1) The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)
 Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) Unhinged (Splintered, #2) Infinite (Newsoul, #3) Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) 
Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1) Evertrue (Everneath, #3) Black Ice 

Have a safe and happy NEW YEAR!!


  1. Oh my gosh, yes. Burn for Me definitely made my list, and I'm looking forward to the next. Aw, that stinks about your challenges. I gave up on even attempting to do them, except the GR's one. I hope 2015 is even better fr you, Sharon!

    1. Thanks Christy! Burn for Me was #1 for me this year, I can't wait for book 2.

      Happy New Year :-)

  2. I just pre-ordered the Dead of Winter audiobook yesterday. CAN'T WAIT! Unfortunately, Ensnared isn't up on Audible yet, but that's another title that I'm dying to listen to. I finally managed to squeeze in Burn for Me last week, and it was AMAZEBALLS, as expected. Too bad I already posted my top 10 book boyfriends of 2014 otherwise Mad Rogan would have totally made the cut. Thanks for sharing your impressive stats!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it too Carmel, Mad Rogan was a brute initially but I came to love him. Super excited for Dead of Winter & Ensnared, I can't wait to hear your thoughts; I'm trying to catch up on review books so I'm trying to hold off on buying them ;-)

      Happy New Year Carmel! x

  3. I just heard Endless Knight...and I was super annoyed at Evie. Still excited for book 3 though, but I'm Team Jack. Out of Control was awesome, and The Book of Ivy, the wait for book 2 is gonna suck.
    Happy 2015 Sharon!

    1. It took me ages to finish Endless Knight because of Evie but I can't wait to read Dead of Winter - Jack frustrates me to no end so I'm Team Death ;-)

      Happy 2015 to you too Nereyda! I hope you had a great celebration x

  4. Great post! I still have a lot of these to read. Just bought Wicked on audio.

    1. Wicked was great, not my favourite JLA title but enjoyable none the less.

  5. I have the most 4 and 3 star ratings too. Honestly, I have few very 1 and 2 star because if I'm not into the book, I usually just DNF it. :(

    I have a copy of Don't Look Back, which I'm really hoping to get to shortly. I'm also thinking about getting Wicked on audiobook so I can fit that in too. So many great picks!! :)

    1. Me too Lisa, if I can't get into the first few chapters of a book they usually end up on my DNF shelf.

      Don't Look Back and Wicked were great! JLA can do no wrong ;-)

  6. Yes to Burn for Me I loved it..awesome lists and congrats on meeting your goals. I hope 2015 rocks your world!


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