50+ Books in a Year: 2014

Well, I had hoped to reach 60 by the end of the year but judging by my level of sleepiness on this here New Years Eve, that will not be happening. Regardless, I’m super excited to say that I reached 58 books in the year 2014! I managed to stay ahead of my 50 books goal for the whole year. The joys of no longer being in school!

Here are a few highlights that I read over the year, in no particular order:

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One Plus One – JoJo Moyes
I really like JoJo Moyes books. Although Me Before You is still my favorite by her, this book was possibly the only book this year that I sacrificed sleep for the sake of finishing. Which is always a good sign. The plot may sound cliche – struggling young mother meets lonely millionare – but the characters are unique, especially the quirky children of Jess and although the over all ending may be a bit predictable, the roads we take to get there are full of surprises!


19358975Saga – Brian K. Vaughan
I read all three available volumes of Saga in no time flat and immediately looked up to see when the fourth would be available – I was very happy to learn that it was published just a few days earlier. A beautiful tale of star-crossed lovers being hunted through space as they just try to be a normal, happy family with their forbidden, mix-breed daughter. It’s simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious and the art is absolutely beautiful.


16181775The Rosie Project –
Graeme Simson
I read this early in the year but it’s one of the books that stuck with me through the entire year. Absolutely adorable is the best way I can describe this. It’s such a great feel-good book! This may be blasphemy to say, but I would really love to see them make an adorable chick flick out of this.


8909152Attachments –
Rainbow Rowell
I actually read a few Rainbow Rowell books this year, and they’re all always fantastic, but this was probably my favorite that I read of her this year (Fangril was last year – otherwise that would win). I also read Landlines which was great, but there was something about Attachments that I really found endearing. The characters who are pointedly described as not being perfect, in appearance or personality; the adorable way the two fall in love through second-hand e-mails and IM’s. I thought it all very cute and plausible in this day and age.


There were other books this year that I loved, but I have to say that there were a lot more that didn’t really stick with me at all. For the few gems I found this year, there were far too many mediocre duds. So I am always welcoming fantastic recommendations. Lets make it really hard for me to pick favorites in 2015!

Happy New Reading Year!

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50 Book Challenge

I did it!

With 4 hours and 15 minutes to spare, for the first time since I began it four years ago, I completed the 50 Books in a Year Challenge!

It may seem silly to some, but it feels great to accomplish this goal – I used to read 100+ books growing up, into my late teens, and then life just got in the way I began to read less and less. I started this book challenge a few years back as a way to challenge myself to read more. It not only works the brain but it works the imagination. I’ve fallen way behind in my writing, coming from a girl who used to not sleep because she was too busy writing all sorts of things. Reading stimulates writing and I desperately want to get back into both!

Also, I seemed to be gathering a ridiculous amount of books that I wasn’t actually reading..

So, 50 Books it was. The closest I came before now was 36 books last year. Somehow, I managed to read 50 this year… while also graduating. I’m not entirely sure how that happened, I think it has something to do with my incredible strong will to avoid tasks (a.k.a. homework). I’m also a tad bit impressed with myself that – upon reviewing the list – I realized that nearly 30 of these… were read after September, and the first 20-some were in the first 9 months of the year. Three cheers to being a graduate!

It feels like such a huge accomplishment for me personally that I wish I got something more than this little Goodreads badge and 4 hours until I start the challenge over again for next year.

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Here’s a complete listing of the books. My only regret being that I wish I had taken time to write reviews for them on this blog. You can see any of my reviews I have written (and my ratings) on my Goodreads:

January 1st, 2013 – December 31st, 2013:

1. House Rules – Jodi Picoult
2. Carnival of Souls – Melissa Marr
3. The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, #1) – M. T. Anderson
4. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
5. The Sweet Girl – Annabel Lyon
6. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
7. Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
8. Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) – Rachel Hartmann
9. Room – Emma Donoghue
10. The Giver (The Giver, #1) – Lois Lowry
11. Stickboy – Shane Koyczan
12. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
13. Looking For Alaska – John Green
14. Chalice – Robin McKinley
15. Shanghai Girls – Lisa See
16. Sunshine – Robin McKinley
17. The Best Laid Plans – Terry Fallis
18. The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) – Rae Carson
19. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
20. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) – Laini Taylor
21. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
22. Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) – Laini Taylor
23. Lips Touch: Three Times – Laini Taylor
24. A Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard
25. The Kings and Queens of Roam – Daniel Wallace
26. Splitting the Difference: A Heart-Shaped Memoir – Tre Miller Rodriguez
27. The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3) – Rae Carson
28. If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) – Gayle Forman
29. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) – James Dashner
30. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
31. Tale of Sand – Jim Henson
32. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) – James Dashner
33. Where She Went (If I Staym, #2) – Gayle Forman
34. The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) – James Dashner
35. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow – Rita Leganski
36. Allegiant (Divergent, #3) – Veronica Roth
37. The Girl You Left Behind – JoJo Moyes
38. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) – Libba Bray
39. The Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We Become – Robert Kirkman
40. Just One Day – Gayle Forman
41. Preludes & Nocturnes (Sandman, #1) – Neil Gaiman
42. The Doll’s Hosue (Sandman, #2) – Neil Gaiman
43. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Vol. 1) – HitRecord & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
44. Dream Country (Sandman, #3) – Neil Gaiman
45. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
46. The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
47. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
48. Ghost World – Daniel Clowes
49. The Shadow Cats (Girl of Fire and Thorns, #0.5) – Rae Carson
50. Fable: Theresa – Peter David