2014 Reading Challenge Completed

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Completing my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge was not an easy feat. Of course, the name itself implies that it should be somewhat challenging. Duh.

It usually is, but this year,  I barely made it. To my defence, I had a busy year. I was running Gribook Accessories, started on a part-time job and moved half-way across the globe.

There were days – weeks? – when I barely read at all. The dry season started way back in late 2013, when I wrote about it: see The Bookworm Who Doesn’t Read. What helped is that I picked up small books, on a whim and read them. Perhaps an old classic I’ve not had the chance to read before (like Black Beauty), an Agatha Christie that kept me glued till the end or a silly romantic novel.

The main reason for catching up and completing my challenge is ridiculously simple, however. I had about a week of no internet. Works like magic, I tell you!

Now on to the list. Like I have it every year, it comes complete with my very own – ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE – 5 star rating, with 5 stars being the best.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: I read for pleasure, and my ratings reflect it. I’m well aware that there are some highly acclaimed titles on this list that I simply didn’t enjoy that much. (To illustrate just how subjective my ratings can get I need to tell you that 50% of a book’s success is determined by whether or not it has a happy ending. Yes, that shallow.)

We’re all very different as readers, so feel free to take my ratings into account or discard them.

The 60 books I read in 2014:

NON-FICTION

FICTION

Agatha Christie

Non- fiction: 19 books

Fiction: 41 books

Kindle: 19 ebooks (Mostly hard copy books, second year in a row!)

Most read Author: Agatha Christie (again, with 6 books)

Book of the Year: Bread and Wine, by Shauna Niequist

Discovery of the Year: Madeleine L’Engle and P.G.Wodehouse (couldn’t decide on one)

While I have completed the challenge this year, I can’t say I’m awfully proud of it. I have had some inspiring reads, but less than most years, it seems. As for fiction, I have picked up a bunch of easy reads, and went for the comical mostly. Looking back at how stressful this past year was at times, I can see why.

I have re-read three books: To Kill a Mockingbird (3rd time!), Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage and Surrender to Love – the fact that I though it necessary to pick them up again speaks for how good they are.

The “out-of-my-comfort-zone” list this year included mostly my friend Anna’s recommendations: who is a very sophisticated and dear to my heart bookworm, and recommendations from other friends which included P.G.Wodehouse, Madeleine L’Engle and Michael Pollan (these are the authors, not the friends!)

For 2015, I aim to read 50 books and I predict that most will be on Kindle. I have a lot of great books on my Kindle and virtually no physical books with me. Already working on a list of books I must read next year, so suggestions are welcome!

How about you? What did your 2014 look like in books? 

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6 thoughts on “2014 Reading Challenge Completed

  1. I won’t make my 36 books this year, but I will have read 30 until the end of the year (tomorrow, o my).

    It was a good year for reading, and I only started reading less when I began learning Korean. Then I saw my status going from “You’re one book ahead” … to “You’re on track” and then to…. “You’re five books behind”.

    Thank you for your blog. I find it inspiring! How long has it been since you began writing it?… Three years?

    Love, hubby.

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    1. I’m sorry you didn’t complete your challenge, but I think that 30 years is more than most people read in a year so I’m still very proud of you. Someone needs to come up with a way to keep track of podcasts – you need it!

      love you, bestest!

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  2. You are an inspiration.
    You inspire me.
    You encourage me.
    You challenge me.
    You stretch my book title list.

    Now I need to get my notebook and a pen because I have book titles to write down from your list. 😉

    And my dear, I accept the challenge this year. I may be too embarrassed to publicly publish my list (I tend to be behind on what books are new, well-read and/or on the best seller list. Smile.) but I will share it with you and some chosen others. 😉
    (Anna G., if you are reading this message, you shall be one of my “chosen others”. 🙂

    By the way, Elena, you are dearly missed.
    Love,
    Hj

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    1. Heidi, that is great news – I look forward to hearing about the books you’re reading this year! No worries, I’m not terribly up-to-date with what’s new and hipster in the books department, and my lists always end up a chaotic kind of mix, but such is life. We’re not reading to impress!

      Curious to hear what books you added to your to read list!
      love

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