Sunday, December 28, 2014

A year of reading & a favor

Last year, I set a goal of reading 45 books.  When it became clear I was going to pass that number easily, I bumped it up to 70.  And I reached that mark yesterday.


Here are all the titles I read:

I think you can click HERE and see them in more detail.

Favorites -- The Good Girl, Attachments, and all the Melanie Shawn books (love them!)
Least Favorites -- Labor Day, Landline, We Were Liars

It was a great year of books. And there were about a dozen I didn't log on GoodReads either because they were re-reads or I was afraid of being judged for what I was reading.

Anyway ... time to look to 2015.  I'm going to set the mark at 70 again.

But there's more.

In the new year, I want to expand my reading horizons a little.  And I also want to talk more about what I'm reading in this space.  On the last Sunday of each month, I will do a three-book round-up from that month.  This round-up will include:

- One memoir/biography
- One classic (I'm being a bit liberal with this category and including the re-reading of books I read for classes in junior high and high school)
- One blog reader recommendation

This is where I need your help!!

I have about six memoir/biographies picked out and only two classics.  I'll take recs in those areas, but the biggest one is that third category.  I know there are some readers out there -- tell me your absolute favorite book or author.  I'll pick 12 to feature throughout the year (and definitely give you a shout out).  You can check out my "read" shelf on GoodReads if you want to make sure I haven't already read your recommendation.

P.S. I also plan to finally finish the Harry Potter series, for those of you who are concerned about that.


  1. Good job, you! I only managed to read a dismal 19 books this year.

    Jane Eyre and On the Road are two suggestions for you. Opposite ends of the spectrum but that's what makes reading fun!

  2. Just glancing at my bookshelf, I can recommend some juv. fiction that's still appropriate for adults :) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, and the Forge and Chains trilogy by Laurie Halse Andersen. I read them as an adult and they're some of my favorites.

  3. Sigh. Wrote a long response out and then signing in made it disappear. Anyway wow, you did a great job reading this hear - I sucked. And I recommend (not sure If you've read anything of these): Unbroken, the testing series, the selection series, the Handmaid's tale, the art of racing in the rain...

  4. My favorite classic is Jane Eyre, my favorite book, period, is The Time Traveler's Wife, and my favorite memoir is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A YA title I would recommend for you is Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - the love story is very cute and the characters are geeky and seem like real people.

  5. If you loved Gone Girl, then I'd highly recommend The Silent Wife and Before I Go to Sleep. The Other Typist was also psychologically twisty and very good. My favorite author of this year was Sarah Addison Allen-- Garden Spells and Lost Lake were AMAZING. Some good memoirs I've enjoyed are Andre Agassi's book, Open, and Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. This is a great idea for reading new books!!

  6. 70 books? Awesome! :) If you are into historical fiction....especially the time period of Henry VIII, I highly recommend Philippa Gregory's books!

  7. I am so freakin impressed, I hardly read at all except for trashy magazines, so I actually just emailed some girlfriends a few days ago that I am relaunching book club in 2015, and our first book will be Wild.
    I honestly always feel weird recommending books bc I'm afraid people have different tastes than me. Like I know some people that LOVED the Night Circus. And I couldn't even get myself to finish it, I stopped halfway, which I rarely do. I just didn't get it and it made me feel dumb that I wasn't getting it, haha. One book that I really enjoyed was The Husband's Secret. I couldn't put it down!

  8. oh and PS I didn't like Landline either, which was such a let done! I second the Nightly Circus recommendation above too!

  9. Way to go on hitting the 70 book mark! I got to that number in 2014 too - it's amazing how fast they go when you've gotten into a good series or a good author. I'm telling everyone who will listen to read Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. It is so good and I really love it. I also loved the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I was ecstatic that the final book came out in 2014.

    I read your blog pretty regularly but am bad at commenting. I have a blog too but I am horrible at staying up to date. I am hoping to do that though this year so here's a link if you're ever interested (seems only fair since I read about you all the time): I'm going to friend you on GoodReads too so you can see my bookshelf :) Happy reading!


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