Tuesday, 30 December 2014

On What I Read In 2014

Last year I rounded up what I'd read over 2013 and what I'd thought of it on Goodreads. It was a lovely way to not only reflect on the year in a personal way, but to also look back on what's been read over the past 365 days, so I thought I'd do it again this year! 

My reading goals for this year were to :: 

1. Read 30 books (in the hope of increasing the 28 I managed last year).
2. Read 3 classics.

So, without further ado, this year I read ::


1. Middlemarch by George Eliot 4/5
2. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle 2/5
3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 5/5
4. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 5/5
5. Requiem by Lauren Oliver 3/5
6. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 3/5
7. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3/5
8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 5/5
9. A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks 4/5
10. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 5/5
11. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 4/5


12. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher 4/5
13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 5/5
14. The First English Revolution by Adrian Jobson 4/5
15. You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher 4/5
16. Democracy by Ross Harrison 3/5
17. Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger 3/5
18. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer 4/5
19. Allegiant by Veronica Roth 4/5
20. Christmas With Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher 3/5
21. The Thread by Victoria Hislop 5/5
22. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan 5/5

And currently reading ::

23. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I didn't hit my goal of reading 30 books this year then (boo!). I'm going to put it down to doing a lot of reading for school which meant I had to devote a lot more time to books that needed more attention than I might usually give. Let's hope that in 2015 I can get the number of books I read back up into the late twenties. I did, however, read four classics this year and had aimed for three so I'm pretty proud of myself for that. 

I'd say that the real 'stand out' book for me this year is The Kite Runner. I know it's been talked about millions of times but, having read it, I can assuredly say that there's a reason and it's that it's so wonderfully written in describing such a fragile topic. The Kite Runner woke me up to a very real problem in today's world and, as always, any book that makes me think and reflect and learn has to be a winner for me!

What have you been reading this year?

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