Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
2014 was a very good reading year.
2 new reads (not counting knitting books) worth 5 stars: Lamentation, by C.J. Sansom, and Twilight of the Belle Epoque, by Mary McAuliffe. Three more came close, coming in at 4.5 stars: Someone Knows My Name (aka The Book of Negroes), A Trick of the Light, and Wings of Fire.
Standout author discovery: Louise Penny. I read eight of her excellent Inspector Gamache novels this year. I kind of want to move to Three Pines, Quebec, now. Except for the dead bodies thing. (Note: read in order. Order counts with this series.)
Biggest disappointment: The Boleyn King, for taking a great alternate history idea (Anne Boleyn lives, as she gives birth to a boy in 1536; Henry VIII has only two wives), and wastes it on a teenaged Tudor love triangle, featuring a Mary Sue in the lead role.
Worst reads: The Windsor Faction, which sells itself as alternate-history thriller (Edward VIII is king in 1939 when WW2 starts; will he pull Britain out of the war?) but is actually a literary novel about a wet mess of a girl whom I neither liked nor cared about. Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!, which features a pompous author, inconsistent arguments, and a poor sources page (mostly "learn more in my other books!").
Hardest to rate: The Magicians, alias Holden Caulfield goes to Hogwarts. Parts of it I liked, a few parts I liked a lot (like when he was magically unable to speak), and parts I hated, like the WTF? ending. Apparently the first volume of a trilogy. I shall not be reading the rest of it.