2014 End of Year Book Survey

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Yearly End of the Year survey hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner.

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Number Of Books You Read: 69 (DNF 4)
Number of Re-Reads: 1

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
I couldn’t decide so I’ll say these two: Shadows And Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick and The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson (Robert Jordan)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Hmm… I’ll say A Triple Knot by Emma Campion.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
In a good way: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. It’s YA book with vampires and I was surprised how much I liked it.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
I don’t think I “pushed” anything…

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Series: I didn’t really started any series this year so I’ll say The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. I think    that’s the only one I started.

Sequel: India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr

Ender: Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Elizabeth Fremantle

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t read much historical mysteries so I’ll go with The Winter Siege by D.W. Bradbridge

8. Most unputdownable book of the year?
This was really hard but I’ll say Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I re-read (too) rarely so probably nothing.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014? sonata
This was quite boring year cover wise but I liked the cover of Sonata Arctica by Marko J. Ollila.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Either Jorg Ancrath from The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence or Brunin FitzWarin from Shadows And Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick. For very different reasons though…

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
hmm… I have to think about this…

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity by David Kirby

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I’ve meant to read it for years and finally did it.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
Many but can’t remember any right know.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Not counting short stories etc.
Shortest: Richard the Lionheart by Tracy Kauffman (124 pages)
Longest: The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (784 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Gah I don’t know… Let’s go with character death in A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
don’t really know what that means…

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
oh dear, I’ll say Allie and Jackal from Blood of Eden

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Shadows And Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
I guess Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Lot of people were raving about it when it came out but didn’t work for me.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Brunin FitzWarin from Shadows And Strongholds

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
I don’t think I read any debuts this year.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I don’t know… The Gathering Storm?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Sonata Arctica by Marko J. Ollila

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Anne Frank Remembered: The Story Of The Woman Who Helped To Hide The Frank Family by Miep Gies

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Sekhmet Bed by Lavender Ironside

Mailbox Monday (29.12)

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is now hosted on its own blog.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and great time with loved ones.

Here’s the books I got for Christmas:

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Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle
Towton: The Battle of Palm Sunday Field 1461 by John Sadler
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney
Edward II: The Unconventional King by Kathryn Warner

Book Spotlight: The Oblate’s Confession by William Peak

02_The Oblate's ConfessionThe Oblate’s Confession by William Peak

Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Secant Publishing
Formats: eBook, Hardcover

Set in 7th century England, The Oblate’s Confession tells the story of Winwaed, a boy who – in a practice common at the time – is donated by his father to a local monastery. In a countryside wracked by plague and war, the child comes to serve as a regular messenger between the monastery and a hermit living on a nearby mountain. Missing his father, he finds a surrogate in the hermit, an old man who teaches him woodcraft, the practice of contemplative prayer, and, ultimately, the true meaning of fatherhood. When the boy’s natural father visits the monastery and asks him to pray for the death of his enemy – an enemy who turns out to be the child’s monastic superior – the boy’s life is thrown into turmoil. It is the struggle Winawed undergoes to answer the questions – Who is my father? Whom am I to obey? – that animates, and finally necessitates, The Oblate’s Confession.

While entirely a work of fiction, the novel’s background is historically accurate: all the kings and queens named really lived, all the political divisions and rivalries actually existed, and each of the plagues that visit the author’s imagined monastery did in fact ravage that long-ago world. In the midst of a tale that touches the human in all of us, readers will find themselves treated to a history of the “Dark Ages” unlike anything available today outside of textbooks and original source material.

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About the Author

03_William Peak William Peak spent ten years researching and writing The Oblate’s Confession, his debut novel. Based upon the work of one of the great (if less well known) figures of Western European history, the Venerable Bede, Peak’s book is meant to reawaken an interest in that lost and mysterious period of time sometimes called “The Dark Ages.”
Peak received his baccalaureate degree from Washington & Lee University and his master’s from the creative writing program at Hollins University. He works for the Talbot County Free Library on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Thanks to the column he writes for The Star Democrat about life at the library (archived at http://www.tcfl.org/peak/), Peak is regularly greeted on the streets of Easton: “Hey, library guy!” In his free time he likes to fish and bird and write long love letters to his wife Melissa.

For more information please visit William Peak’s website.

The Oblate’s Confession Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 1
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, December 2
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, December 3
Review at Back Porchervations
Review at A Fantastical Librarian

Thursday, December 4
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Friday, December 5
Interview at Back Porchervations

Monday, December 8
Review at A Book Geek

Tuesday, December 9
Review at The Writing Desk
Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Thursday, December 11
Interview at Forever Ashley

Monday, December 15
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, December 16
Spotlight at Bibliophilic Book Blog

Thursday, December 18
Review at 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Guest Post at Books and Benches

Friday, December 19
Review at Book Nerd
Review at bookramblings

Monday, December 22
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, December 23
Review at Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, December 24
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Monday, December 29
Review at The Never-Ending Book

Tuesday, December 30
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection

Friday, January 2
Review at Library Educated

Monday, January 5
Review & Interview at Words and Peace

Tuesday, January 6
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, January 7
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Thursday, January 8
Review at Impressions in Ink

Friday, January 9
Review at The True Book Addict
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

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Mailbox Monday (15.12)

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is now hosted on its own blog.

Here’s the books I got in the last 2 weeks.

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The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell (purchased)
Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane (bought)
Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton (bought)
The Sweet Scent Of Blood by Suzanne McLeod (bought)
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (bought)
The She-Wolf by Pamela Bennetts (bought)
Battle Story: Bosworth 1485 by Mike Ingram (bought)
The de Montfort Legacy by Pamela Bennetts (bought)
The Queen’s Promise by Lyn Andrews (bought)