Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Favorite Books, 2014

Here is my Best of 2014 list -- all of the books that earned five stars from me on Goodreads this year.  I put an asterisk next to ones that were re-reads for me.

*Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
*We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
*A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
The Days of Rondo by Evelyn Fairbanks
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
*No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
A Reader's Book of Days by Tom Nissley

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling
Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles
*The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan
*Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
*Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
*A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume
*Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
*Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
*The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Graphic novels/memoirs:
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

My Reading Year, 2014

I am just now taking a look at the reading goals I set for myself last year. Oh, my! I was terribly ambitious!

"I have set a goal on Goodreads again of reading 100 books in 2014." Well, I did this. Goodreads tells me I read 157 books. (Remember, this includes books I read with my kids, too.)

"I will read at least 25 shelf-sitters this year!" It looks like 80 of the books I read are sitting on my shelves. Some of them haven't been sitting there for long, though; I believe at least a third of them were acquired this year.

"Included in this goal is to read at least six of my Persephone books." I didn't read any of my Persephones this year. How did that happen??

"I will continue to read with my kids." Done! And will continue to do this!

"I will keep up with the reading for my online and IRL book clubs!" I've kept up with the reading for my IRL book club, and we are rethinking how we will do our online one.

"I will track my reading on Goodreads." Done!

"I hope to post much more on this blog." Although I haven't posted here often, it looks like this has been my best year yet. It helped to have a regular system for my posts (Nightstand and Books Read each week.)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014