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
Number of pages: 11,557 (more ore less)
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:
- The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Dinner – Herman Koch
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
- House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Gentleman Bastard Series – Scott Lynch
- The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
Books I expected to like more than I actually did (which means I was a bit disappointed):
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami
- The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg
Books I enjoyed more than I thought I would (a.k.a, surprisingly good reads):
- House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
- 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!
The Golem and the Jinni; A Constellation of Vital Phenomena ; Two by Haruki Murakami; Silent House; The Encyclopedia of Early Earth ; Rebecca; Hector and the Search for Happiness; Adios Señor: Two by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; A Handmaid’s Tale; The Goldfinch; The Dinner; The Remains of the Day; The End of the Affair; Lexicon; The Salinger Contract; The Shape of Water; Tales of Moonlight and Rain; Snow Country; The 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 Lamora; The 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.