Well, 2014 was an interesting year. In-between traveling and everyday things, I actually found the time to read. I read in quick spurts mostly and a lot of my books were comic but, hey, reading is reading. So, here is my year in review of my top reads of 2014.
1. The Walking Dead
by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, et al.
I’ve really grown to love The Walking Dead. After reading through Issues #1-99, I’ve come to realize that no character is safe in this story. Each of the characters are fascinating and even the zombies are cool. At first read, I thought this series would be a rehashing of the old zombie tropes but it actually spins a fresh view on a zombie apocalypse with a storyline that’s totally addicting.
Now that 2015 is underway, I’ve read past Issue #100. And I haven’t been more devastated by the death of a fictional character in any series. Ever. But I won’t get into that. The series is still on-going and my reviews are on the way.
by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Wow, just wow. Saga is a series intended for a mature audience, so I’m warning you beforehand. Seriously. There’s sex, space drugs, a forest that grows rocket ships, a cat that can detect if anyone is lying, a broken robot prince, and the most adorable wartime love child. Yes, this is Saga, which happens to be one of my favorite on-going series.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator Fiona Staples have crafted a comic that’s visually stunning, funny, and romantic in a sci-fi, fantasy quirky sort of way. So far I’ve read Issues #1-24 and can’t wait for #25.
by Mary Shelley
I have to admit that Frankenstein was easily my favorite book of the year. And I don’t know why I had put off reading it for so long. After seeing so many films of the classic monster, I just wasn’t too hopeful I’d like the book. Apart from the film Young Frankenstein (a hilarious movie), I wasn’t a real fan of the whole thing. But my goodness. I was so wrong. So very, very wrong.
This book is almost a life changer for me. Honestly. We’ve all read them, books that change our outlook on life even if that change is small. Well, Mary Shelley’s is that kind of masterpiece. It made me pity the monster and sympathize with Frankenstein. All of the movies over the years do not do this book any justice. I simply loved the book.
4. True Grit
by Charles Portis
Talk about top notch narration. True Grit is probably one of the best audiobooks I’ll ever listen to. Ever. I loved the audiobook version from Recorded Books with Donna Tartt as the narrator. And I wasn’t a big fan of westerns before but True Grit completely changed my mind. Read my review for the full details.
5. Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Seeing as I already reviewed this, I’ll recap. I enjoyed reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This science fiction classic offers a thought-provoking study of human character. Its vivid detail, strong and almost poetic prose, and futuristic yet all too relevant theme tells a story of society’s ignorance and one man’s willingness to learn. You can read my full review here.
6. Tollesbury Time Forever
by Stuart Ayris
Tollesbury Time Forever is unlike any book I’ve ever read and it’s for this story’s oddness and the author’s perspective into mental illness that I fell in love with this book. Or mostly the book’s main character. This is a lovely, strange tale that is somehow both disturbing and moving. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to review it yet but it’s on my list.
Full Reading List
Overall, 2014 was a great year of reading for me. If you’re curious to see all of the 137 books I read last year, you can find my full list on Goodreads.