Looking Back on 2014

Reading-wise, 2014 wasn’t a good year. I was aiming for 70 books because I was able to read around 60 last year. I started out pretty great in the beginning, even managing to be a few books ahead at some point. However, the slumps I had to experience were one after another — you can blame those school assignments, but hey, it’s mainly because I’ve gone back to watching a lot of anime shows like I used to do.

But that’s enough of regret! Now, let’s talk about the highlights of the year πŸ˜€

Went to my first anime convention ever.Β It was Anicult and the event was held back then in early July. I ended up buying so many merchandises LOL. (SNK, Kurobasu, Free!! and Haikyuu!!)

Discovered so many good anime shows and manga series, particularly the sports ones. Who would have thought? I mean, I’m one of the laziest people and I suck pretty bad at sports. BUT YOU GUYS. THE FEELS. THE FRIENDSHIP. HOW MUCH EFFORT THE CHARACTERS PUT. WINNING. LOSING. ASGHGDGFHFJDHJHD *clutches fave characters tightly*

Contemporary is officially one of my favorite genres.Β Half of my favorite books I read this year are, in fact, from this genre. Three years ago, I wouldn’t give any contemporaries a chance but look at me right now, so many that I would like to read.

Received my first physical review copy. I was at school when the packaged arrived but thank goodness my grandmother was home to receive it. I was so happy when I first saw it!! <3

Met so many new amazing bloggers. It was nice getting to know you guys! It’s kinda shocking that I know more people from the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, etc than fellow Indonesians but international friends are just as awesome! ^^

Lovely classmates. Have I ever told you how much I love my new class? This is probably by far the best that I’ve ever had, mainly because the atmosphere is warm and everyone gets along well. 11th grade has been AMAAAAZING so far, and it’s mainly because of them. I think I’ve gotten much more talkative as well.

Two years of blogging. 28th December was actually my second blogoversary but silly me, I forgot about it haha. So happy belated blogoversary to Chapteriosity!! More blogging years to come ;D Thanks for everyone who are still sticking up with me even though my posts are so very inconsistent πŸ™‚

And of course, with the year ending really soon I gotta share the best books I read this year! I only managed to read 40 this time *shakes head* but there are seven books that really stood out for me! (The majority of them are back list books though.) In no particular order:

Pivot Point (#1) by Kasie West | ASGHFDGHSJKDHGFD SO FLUFFY!!!! Trevor is the sweetest guy I’ve ever known and gawddddd the romance is so swoony! This is probably the books that I pushed to people the most. So far everyone whom I lent the book ended up loving it as well. πŸ˜›

Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West | As good as its predecessor <3 Laila and Connor are sosososo adorable! Kasie West is definitely on my auto-buy list for next year and the year after that!

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Mellina Marchetta | I really liked how the social issues are handled here. Poverty, famine, government oppression… The author successfully delivered the message and I was left in tears. Family relationships are portrayed well Β and it touched me deeply how much everyone’s willing to go to such length for their family.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa | Completely defied all vampire books stereotypes with its kick-ass protagonist and action-packed story. On top of that, the author’s excellent writing made it easier to devour this book.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han | Biggest surprise of the year…in a good way, of course! I previously read Han’s Burn for Burn series and I didn’t enjoy them at all. But this book was different and I was just so absorbed with the story. It was a quick and light read yet meaningful as well.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger | Definitely an emotional read. I really liked Whitley’s sassy voice and the love interest Nathan. He is sporty and nerdy at the same time! <3

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo | PERFECTION. I couldn’t ask for more in this series conclusion. I was so attached to all of the characters, especially my beloved Sturmhond aka Nikolai Lantsov <33

Honorable mention(s):Β 

  • Mortal Gods (The Goddess War #2) by Kendare Blake
  • Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine
  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

It is also no secret that most of my spare time this year was spent on reading manga and watching anime. Therefore, it is only right if I also share my favorites this year *winks* (This is your cue to start taking notes and give them a try!^^) In no particular order:

Kuroko no Basket by Fujimaki Tadatoshi | I never thought I could be so obsessed with a sports anime…until I watched this show. The matches were super tense and I have way too many favorite characters in it. The whole Generation of Miracles, Kagami, Takao, Kasamatsu, ughhhh….even I’m able to relive the feels by recalling the story asdfghjkl;klkjhg. Season 3 airs in January and I can’t wait to see Rakuzan in action! My emperor <33 Meanwhile, there’s a sequel to the manga (which ended a few months ago) about Teikou babies playing together again (UGHHHH YASSSS KISE, TEACH THOSE ASSHOLES WHO DARED TO SPIT ON SENPAI’S GLORIOUS HAND)Β 

Haikyuu!! by Furudate Haruichi | I started the anime after I saw Kurobasu and wow, I was once again mind-blown by a sports anime!! The manga and anime are just as good, though I kinda prefer the manga more. Hard work and teamwork are the main themes for this series so there’s a great deal of character development and every member of the team is considered important — proven by how the mangaka isn’t afraid to shift the spotlight to the overshadowed players. I loooooove everyone in this series! Be it the main team Karasuno players, or even their competitors like the whole Aoba Jousai players (BOW DOWN TO OIKAWA-SAN PEOPLE), Datekou (Aone and Futakuchi <3 Koganegawa is just so adorable!), the comical duo Kuroo and Bokuto, gigantic toddler Lev and shy Kenma — the list is ENDLESS. Hopefully season 2 airs soon enough cause I’m impatient to see the summer training camp πŸ˜€

Shingeki no Kyoujin by Isayama Hajime | I just HAD to include the series that started it all, okay? The anime is a nice place to start because admittedly, the manga art isn’t that good. But I guarantee, the anime doesn’t disappoint! It’s totally action-packed, and it comes with Levi-heichou EPIC spinning move! <3

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida | Probably one of the most talked about series this year. But guys, Tokyo Ghoul totally deserves the hype! I would recommend reading the manga because well, the anime left out a lot. The manga story is dark and gory and very very complex (in a good way). It has excellent character development and those twists will keep you on your toes. I really like the character design — I think they all have their own uniqueness that makes each of them stands out.

Honorable mention(s):Β 

  • Free!!
  • Yowamushi Pedal
  • Psycho Pass
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  • Shokugeki no Souma

That is the end of the wrap-up post! There are many things that I wish I could have achieved (like read and blog more for example) but I’m not gonna let my regrets overshadow those positive things that has happened in my life this year. 2014 has been amazing, and I’m looking forward to enjoy the last remaining day.

Now tell me, what do you think of 2014? Have you read or watched any of those? Or did I miss any of your favorites? πŸ™‚

22 thoughts on “Looking Back on 2014”

  1. Happy New Year!! I’m so proud you got your first physical review copy. I’m too afraid to accept physical copies because they might fill up too much space in the house and I don’t know how my parents would react (because, from what they know, I receive ebooks only haha). Also, I don’t feel comfortable giving my address o.O

    CONTEMPORARY IS MY FAVORITE GENRE TOO. πŸ˜€ I’m glad you had an amazing year πŸ™‚

    1. Happy new year too, Jillian!! ^^ Thank you, I was actually pretty surprised they gave me a copy but I was thankful at the same time haha. Ahh, it’s okay though! Ebooks are as valuable as print books — only the format is different!. Plus, if you have a kindle you can bring many books at once! πŸ˜€

      I see why you’re afraid. After all, your parents will also see the books you receive so what if the cover isn’t something appropriate for our eastern culture? Like kissing for example. That is my biggest worry about buying books O_O

  2. KEZIA HIIII I HAVEN’T BEEN HERE FOR AAAAAGES *SQUISHES YOU*

    I love the contemporary genre too, girl. I feel that I connect with it more and lately I don’t feel like using my brain to keep track of some high fantasy world lol. Also, congrats on getting your first physical review copy! xD

    Happy New Year, girl! <33

    1. HIIII MELANIE *WAVES* *SQUISHES YOU BACK* I haven’t been posting much these past few months after all *hides*

      My exact thought! I do love fantasy passionately but sometimes it gets tedious trying to picture a world I have never known.

      Thank you, Melanie!! Happy new year as well! May your goals and resolutions come true <3

  3. Eeeep, it was all because of SnK but I’m happy that I became an otaku again, it feels great to go back to my first love. Now, just how to balance my time for both reading & my otaku activities and it’ll be terrific! Yes, yes, TG deserves all the love and the hype. I absolute loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, too. I also met amazing bloggers and I’m really thankful that I did. It was awesome to interact with you guys! <3

    I hope we have great year ahead! More anime, manga and books!!!!

    1. ^ My hope for 2015: to find a balance *sigh* It feels awesome to return to our old otaku selves but I wish I had been more responsible LOL. I ended up neglecting this blog for so long.

      Totally! I’m waiting for the day they release TG here cause I’m gonna buy every volume. The covers are also gorgeous * ^ *

      Yeahhh!! Here’s to another amazing year *cheers*

  4. Happy New Year Kezia! So glad to hear you had a fantastic year rediscovering anime and having a wonderful class, that makes all the difference! Two years of blogging is a fantastic achievement as well. I loved Pivot Point and the Immortal Rules as well, although I still have to read Split Second!

    1. Thank you, Jeann! Happy new year too ^^ It was a wonderful year, the memories will definitely stay with me.

      Yes! You should read Split Second ASAP <3 Kasie West will not disappoint teehee πŸ˜›

  5. I am also reading Tokyo Ghoul just a week before 2014 ended and I am so hooked! I am planning to finish the manga first then watch the anime. I am so glad that you loved Pivot Point and Split Second! These two are my faves. I KNOW RIGHT?! TREVOR IS THE SWEETEST! Ugh. Ultimate dream guy!!! <3

    Happy New Year! ♥

    1. OMG glad to hear you loved TG too! It is indeed a fantastic story with amaaaazing character development. I was shocked when Sui Ishida decided to end it early but thank goodness there’s a sequel — TG:re!

      *HIGHFIVE* TREVOR IS THE IDEAL BOOK BOYFRIEND. I WISH HE WERE REAL.

      Happy new year as well! May you achieve all your goals for this year, Abby! <3

  6. Bec got to go to an anime convention this yet too! I’m not sure what the name was but she managed to snag some SNK leggings which I’m so jealous of. I really should stop dragging my feet about sports anime, everyone seems to like them and I know you recommended me one. I guess I’m afraid that it won’t be for me, I really like romance. Except now that I think about it, neither Black Butler or SNK had romance so xD Sounds like you had a lot of positives this year too though πŸ˜€ PSYCHO PASS YES. And I see gifs of Tokyo Ghoul all the time on Tumblr and it looks really interesting, I want to give it a try.

    1. WHATTT? SNK LEGGINGS?? I didn’t know they exist but my, they’re gonna be so cool!!

      I know how you feel Alise. I was initially on the fence about sports anime but then I watched Free!! and the chain of awesome shows began… Hahaha… Kurobasu and Haikyuu!! are still the best though!

      THERE’S A NEW PSYCHO PASS MOVIE ON JANUARY 9TH AAAHHHHHHHHH SO EXCITED! We will see Kougami πŸ˜‰

      Do give Tokyo Ghoul a try. It’s a darker and gorier story than SNK I think you might enjoy it πŸ™‚

    2. Yeah they are so cool! They have every character on them, in a semi chibi design.

      I’ll have to just dive in one day (haaaa pun intended) JUST FOR YOU, KEZIA.

      I KNOW. THE EXCITEMENT. KOUGAMI-IT’S BEEN SO LONG.

      Kay! πŸ˜€

  7. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SPORTS ANIME YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE I TRUST IN THEM. AND I TRUST THEM SO MUCH THAT I’M AFRAID THEY WILL LOSE. So I had that problem with KnK and it was just so much stress. I haven’t even finished Haikyuu yet because I’m scared HOW THAT SEASON WILL END. Wow, I should probably finish both those. And same with Yowapedal. And Free was good. But it was also Cheeeeeeese. Not that I’m complaining. I used to be a swimmer so I’m kind of sad there’s not much actual swimming in it -_-

    OK DONE ANIME RANT DONE. Haha. I still have to read Pivot Point, and same with Ruin and Rising, and basically everything you thought was the best. Whoops. It will be done one day. YAY ANIME CONVENTIONS. They are a lot of fun! And YAY your first physical ARC! I still need to work out the courage to request one πŸ™‚

    I hope you have an amazing 2015!

    1. OMG HAIKYUUUUUUUUU. I’M READING THE MANGA AND THE RECENT EVENT IS MAKING ME UNEASY D: I hate and love tense matches. Hahaha, the second season of Free is even cheeeeeeesier haha. My friend even admitted it bordered on coughhomoscough.

      YES! Give them all a chance because they were all amazeballs!! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one behind people’s favorite books. I didn’t read a lot this year so I don’t know many new releases…

      You, too, Val! ^^

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