Goal achieved to read more books!
One of my goals for 2014 was to read more books instead of focusing with such intensity on writing and editing my own novel. I knew it was one of those new year’s resolutions that stuck (unlike some of the others I won’t mention here), but I was thrilled when I got solid proof from Goodreads today!
Books I read in 2014
I finished 12 books this year, averaging 1 a month, hurray for me! That’s excellent progress and quite an improvement over previous years in my memory! Here is the list of books I tackled this year:
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, 1/2/14
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 5/21/14
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias by Amy Newmark, 5/31/14
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 6/28/14
- The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank, 7/28/14
- The Vacationers by Emma Straub, 8/8/14
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 8/24/14
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, 9/13/14
- And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini,11/4/14
- The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, 11/30/14
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, 12/14/14
- We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, 12/27/14
My favorite books of 2014
These were my top three favorite books of the year, including an oldie-but-goodie and one new release from 2014. Not only were these all great stories, they were also beautifully written and touched me deeply. I’d recommend these books to anyone:
- The Prince of Tides
- We Are Not Ourselves
- The Language of Flowers
I think I’ve gotten a lot out of reading more books this year. Reading reminds me why I want to write – because I’ve always loved reading so much, getting so engrossed in a story that there is no other option but to plow through and get to the end. Reading offers great rewards, whatever the reader might be looking for: to be entertained, to learn something new, to validate a belief, to be inspired, to solve a problem, or to become a better person.
My resolution for 2015
It’s been nice to see how other writers cobble their stories together and bring readers along for the ride. Because reading can only make my own writing better, I’d like to continue the trend to read more books as a new year’s resolution for 2015 as well. So I’m challenging myself now to read more than 12 books next year. What about you? Have you read any great books this year that stand out in your mind?