2014

Despite the changes in my life that is viewed by many to be detrimental to reading, 2014 was a very good reading year for me; in fact, the best when it came to number of books read.  I read a total of 38 books, the closest I ever came to accomplishing my goal of 50.  I could have finished 40 books before the year ended, but I got lazy during the Holidays, and I got hooked on the Serial podcast, which you should really listen to, by the way, if you haven’t already.

I’m going to share my 2014 reading stats from Goodreads, which I only just noticed this year.  It’s interesting that, though I read the most books this year, I read the most number of pages in 2012 (12,225 pages as compared to 11,557 pages read in 2014). So, the secret to reading more books in the year:  Read shorter books!

Number of books: 38

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Number of pages:  11,557 (more ore less)

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But seriously, in terms of length, according to goodreads, the longest book I read in 2014 was The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt), which was also what I considered the worst book of 2014.  And yes, I did read a lot of novellas or relatively short novels last year, namely, The Comfort of Strangers (Ian McEwan), Professor Andersen’s Night (Dag Solstad), Snow Country (Yasunari Kawabata), a few Haruki Murakami novels, Missing Person by 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Patrick Modiano, and a few by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Some of the things I noticed about the books I read last year:

  • Unintentionally, last year I was able to read the winners of the Booker Prize (The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan), Nobel Prize (Patrick Modiano), and Pulitzer Prize (The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt).
  • I read more than one novel by these 3 authors last year:  Ian McEwan, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Haruki Murakami.
  • First successful audio book:  The End of the Affair (Graham Greene)
  • Read a couple of graphic novels: The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Isabel Greenberg); and The Sleeper and the Spindle (Neil Gaiman).
  • Discovered a new sci-fi/ fantasy series:  The Gentleman Bastard Series (Scott Lynch)
  • According to goodreads stats, I gave 21 books 2 stars; 11 books 3 stars; 5 books 4 stars; and 1 book 1 star.  None of the books I read was given 5 stars.

Memorable books of 2014 (in a good way) were:

  1. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. The Dinner – Herman Koch
  3. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
  4. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  5. Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. The Gentleman Bastard Series – Scott Lynch
  7. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

Books I expected to like more than I actually did (which means I was a bit disappointed):

  1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami
  3. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg

Books I enjoyed more than I thought I would (a.k.a, surprisingly good reads):

  1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. Lexicon – Max Barry

It’s hard to choose my favorite book in 2014, but if I had to I guess it would be A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Anthony Marra).  The worst book, bar none, The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt).

The book I would recommend to anyone (if they had the time and the patience): House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski).

For 2015, if I can’t read 50 books of more, then I hope to at least match the number of books I read in 2014.  Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting!

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The Golem and the JinniA Constellation of Vital Phenomena Two by Haruki MurakamiSilent HouseThe Encyclopedia of Early Earth ; RebeccaHector and the Search for Happiness; Adios Señor:  Two by Gabriel Garcia MarquezA Handmaid’s Tale; The Goldfinch; The DinnerThe Remains of the DayThe End of the AffairLexiconThe Salinger Contract; The Shape of Water; Tales of Moonlight and Rain; Snow CountryThe Devil’s Workshop; Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage; House of Leaves; The Children Act; Horrorstor; And Then There Were None; The Lies of Locke LamoraThe Good Earth; Missing Person; Red Seas Under Red Skies; The Republic of Thieves; In Evil Hour; The Comfort of Strangers; The Sleeper and the Spindle; The Narrow Road to the Deep North; The Strange Library.

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15 thoughts on “2014

  1. 38 is a magnificent total! Fascinating stats too, and quite a few books you didn’t like. I’ve absolutely no idea how many books I read in 2014 but I know it wasn’t that many.

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