On Spontaneous Saturdays, I post something on whatever topic comes to mind.
In 2013, I started keeping track of the books I read. I did this partly because I was curious, and partly because I do read a lot of books. It got to the point that I couldn’t remember what books I’ve read and which I haven’t, so I thought that keeping a list was a good way to figure out if I’ve read a book before or not. It’s not terribly sophisticated; I just keep a Google docs list so that I can update it anywhere, and I also like to keep track of the amount of time it takes me to read something. Because I’m almost never without a book, people always asked me how much I read, and I used to tell them it was on average, 5 books a month. I can see now that I was very much underestimating that.
I started reading 87 books this year, and only didn’t finish two. One, I stopped reading, and the other, I’m still working on.
Forty of the books were rereads, and 6 of them were from the 100 Classic Books I’m working my way through.
My favorite new books from this year were The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, On Little Wings by Regina Sirois, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Books by Chanda Hahn, and Every Ugly Word, Aimee L. Salter. Interestingly, I didn’t find any new books to go into my all time favorites list, but these are all good, and worth reading.
I tried to read more “smarter” books this year, in addition to the classics. I learned that while “smart” books might be good for my brain, I hate them. I’ll stick with the classics, which at least make me feel like I’m accomplishing something, and if nothing else, help me get some references made by other authors.
What was the best book you’ve read this year?
* This is a book I’ve read before.
+ This is a book I didn’t finish
# From my classics list
X This was a book recommended by my book club.
- #1984, George Orwell (12/23/13- 1/4/14)
- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (1/5- 1/7)
- Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (1/12)
- *Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1/12- 1/18)
- +The MELT Method (1/20-
- *Mr. Darcy’s Diary, Amanda Grange (1/20)
- *Christy, Maud Johnson (1/23-1/24)
- *Starting from Square Two, by Karen Lissner (1/27- 1/30)
- X Boy’s Life, by Robert McCammon (1/30- 2/22)
- On Little Wings, by Regina Sirois (2/2- 2/3)
- *Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (2/16-2/17)
- Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman (2/22- 2/28)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2/28- 3/3)
- *Black Dawn, LJ Smith (3/11)
- *Witchlight, LJ Smith (3/11)
- The Dogs of Christmas, W. Bruce Cameron (3/13- 3/14)
- *The Chosen, LJ Smith (3/16)
- Hollow City, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (3/18- 3/25)
- Doomed, Chuck Palahniuk (3/26- 4/5)
- *Carolina Moon, Nora Roberts (4/3-4/4)
- *Genuine Lies, Nora Roberts (4/5-4/10)
- *Red Dragon, Thomas Harris (4/11- 4/15)
- Island of Fire (The Unwanteds 3), Lisa McCann (4/16-4/17)
- *The Host, Stephanie Meyer, (4/18- 4/20)
- #*The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis (4/21-4/22)
- *Hannibal, Thomas Harris (4/24-4/28)
- *The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (4/30-5/2)
- The Heartbreak Pill, Anjanette Delgado (5/4-5/12)
- *Baby Island, Carol Ryrie Brink (5/16)
- X The Glimmer Palace, Beatrice Colin (5/18- 5/26)- boring, read like historical fiction
- #The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman (5/28- 5/31)
- *Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery (6/1-6/2)
- *Anne of Avonlea, LM Montgomery (6/3-6/4)
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (6/5- 6/15)
- The Cold Dish, Craig Johnson (6/6- 6/10)
- The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace (6/17- 7/6)
- *Blue Dahlia, Nora Roberts (6/24-6/25)
- *Black Rose, Nora Roberts (6/25-6/26)
- *Red Lily, Nora Roberts (6/26- 6/30)
- *Jewels of the Sun, Nora Roberts (7/6- 7/7)
- *Tears of the Moon, Nora Roberts (7/7- 7/8)
- *Heart of the Sea, Nora Roberts (7/8- 7/10)
- House of Leaves, Mark Danlewski (7/11- 8/ something)
- *Beautiful Disaster, Jamie McGuire (7/17- 7/19)
- *Born in Ice, Nora Roberts (7/27-7/28)
- *Born in Shame, Nora Roberts (7/28-7/29)
- *Born in Fire, Nora Roberts (7/29-7/31)
- *Sea Swept, Nora Roberts (8/1- 8/2)
- *Rising Tides (8/2- 8/3)
- *Inner Harbor, Nora Roberts (8/4)
- Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (8/5- 8/18)
- Timebound, Rysa Walker (8/18- 8/22)
- *Pride and Predjudice, Jane Austen (8/22- 8/28)
- Four, Veronica Roth (8/28)
- Unenchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1), Chanda Hahn (8/28- 8/29)
- X While I Was Gone, Sue Miller (8/29- 9/2)
- Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2), Chanda Hahn (9/2-9/3)
- Fable (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 3), Chanda Hahn (9/3)
- X The Promise: A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship, Rachelle Friedman (9/4- 9/7)
- *Walking Disaster, Jamie McGuire (9/8- 9/11)
- Notes to Self, Avery Sawyer (9/11)- A girl with a head injury has to learn about herself and remember what happened the night of the fall.
- Broken Promises, Dawn Pendleton (9/13- 9/15), meh… poorly written, no conflict
- It Started With Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and I, Jane Congdon (9/15- 9/21)
- Broken Dreams, Dawn Pendleton (9/22)
- Broken Pieces, Dawn Pendleton (9/23- 9/24)
- Broken Valentine, Dawn Pendleton (9/24- 9/25)
- Every Ugly Word, Aimee L. Salter (9/25- 9/26) Young girl being bullied, Older Self, excellent.
- Kiss a Girl in the Rain, Nancy Warren (9/29-9/30)
- Iris in Bloom, Nancy Warren (9/30- 10/1)
- The Mad Tinker’s Daughter, JS Morin (10/2- 10/10)
- *Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (10/14- 10/15)
- Loving Lauren, Jill Sanders (10/24- 10/25)
- X The Light Between Oceans, ML Steadman (10/25- 10/29)
- Ghost in the Bedroom, MA Harper (10/30- 11/3)
- #Dracula, Bram Stoker (11/4- 11/11)
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg (11/12)
- Reign, (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 4), Chanda Hahn (11/13)
- #The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (11/14 -11/15)
- X #A Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway (11/16- 11/25)
- The Crying Lot of 49, Thomas Pynchon (11/28- 12/18)
- *Divergent, Veronica Roth (12/4)
- *Insurgent, Veronica Roth (12/5- 12/6)
- *Allegiant, Veronica Roth (12/6- 12/7)
- *Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts (12/10- 12/12)
- *The Hollow, Nora Roberts (12/12-12/14)
- *The Pagan Stone, Nora Roberts (12/14- 12/15)
- X +The Night Circus, Erin Morganstern (12/30- present)
“A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.”
I scanned the list and there is not a single book I have read – which is great. I am always on the look out for recommendations for me and my mum – both avid readers.
Last year 2014, I started to read more fiction. For years it had been non fiction, but I felt I needed to lose myself in stories.
I pretty much only read fiction, with a non-fiction book thrown in once or twice a year. If you do read any of the books on my list, please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think. I love to hear both when people agree or disagree with my recommendations.
I think I might do this with my daughter. We love reading and forget which ones we’ve read and haven’t read. Thank you for the idea (UBC)
My only regret with the list is that I didn’t do one sooner. I like having it chronologically, but I’m going to brainstorm making it alphabetical. That will definitely make it easier if I want to go back and look at what I’ve read later.
I’ll have to spend some time with your list to find new books to read! A great resource, by the way.
Thanks. I’m always happy to give book recommendations, so if you tell me what you like to read, I can point you in the right direction.