I originally posted this as a page on the website, but given the transient nature of posts and my irregular reading schedule, I figured this would be better republished as a blog post, with the main quick reviews page listing these posts.

Instead of a lengthy review, I’m trialing out a quick review system for the books I’ve read:

A Quick Review System:
Will I read it again? Yes, No, Maybe
Love it? Yes, No, Unsure
Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes, No, Maybe

On without much further ado, quick (and hopefully better formatted) reviews of the books I’ve read in 2014!

FICTION

The Mistborn Saga – Brandon Sanderson

  • Final Empire
  • Well of Ascension
  • Hero of Ages
  • Alloy of Law

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Yes
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: Final Empire started my love affair with Sanderson’s writing, and it’s still going strong!

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Throne of Glass series – Sara J. Maas

  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Yes
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: I came across the series while browsing the iBookstore. The blurb for the book and the main characters read like my current trio of characters in my current work-in-progress, and I was curious to see how it would turn out. The body of work is different from what I am doing (thank goodness!), and I found myself completely enamoured with the world of the series, and with Maas’s rich characters!

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The KingKiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss

  • Name of the Wind
  • The Wise Man’s Fear

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Yes
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: Am patiently waiting for payoff in the last book. Otherwise, beautifully written.

I am listing the following novella separately, even though it is set in the same world as the above books.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Maybe
  • Love it? No
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: Patrick Rothfuss has said that this is not a book for everyone. While beautifully written, this is also true.

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Fitz and the Fool Trilogy – Robin Hobb

  • Fool’s Assassin

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Maybe
  • Love it? Not sure
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: I love the Royal Assassin series, and I loved the Tawny Man series. But this book feels like the seasons of One Tree Hill after Season 4. It should have ended at Season 4. I will still keep reading anyway, because Fitz deserves a happy ending, and I damn well hope he gets one.

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The Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan

  • The Magician’s Guild

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Maybe
  • Love it? Not sure
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Maybe
  • Comments: The book was a little slow for me, and a lot of the magic was hand waved away. But it was a good read and well-written, so I may decide to pick up the sequels some day.

***

Dark Heavens Trilogy – Kylie Chan

  • White Tiger

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? No
  • Love it? Not sure
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? No
  • Comments: The premise is cool. The payoff is great. But the way Chinese mythology was used bugged me. There is not much depth to the wholesale usage of the mythology, and after a while, it felt like the author was just throwing all the pre-made ingredients into the soup bowl. A lot of the book could have been refined further, and a lot of the plot less contrived.

***

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Yes
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: Can’t wait for the next book! Also, damn hilarious and some of the stories are insanely relatable.

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Jeff Aiken series – Mark Russinovich

  • Zero Day

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? No
  • Love it? Not sure
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? No
  • Comments: The author was obviously writing a Gary Stu. I picked up the book because I craved well-written technological fiction, and while the IT bits are great (this guy is a guru in real life), the writing was formulaic and left much to be desired, à la Dan Brown.

***

NON-FICTION

Tony Hsieh

  • Delivering Happiness

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Maybe
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Not applicable

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Anthony Bourdain

  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Medium Raw
Quick review:
  • Will I read it again? Maybe
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: Anthony Bourdain ftw!

***

Sheryl Sandberg

  • Lean In

Quick review:

  • Will I read it again? Maybe
  • Love it? Yes
  • Will I read the rest of the books in the series (if applicable)? Yes
  • Comments: I believe this is an important book for the women of our time.

 

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