What I Read In 2014


1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

2. On Writing by Stephen King

3. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

4. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

5. Timebound by Rysa Walker

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

9. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

11. Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden

12. Gone by Michael Grant

13. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

14. That Night by Chevy Stevens

15. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

16. Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

17. Term Limits by Vince Flynn

18. Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

19. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

20. Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

21. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

22. The Lost by Margaret Petersen Haddix

23. After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

24. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

25. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

26. Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan

27. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

I've seen other people's reading retrospectives who've hit 70 and even 100 or more books in a year, but no matter what I do, I can't seem to break 30 in a year. Although if I count the number of times I've read and re-read my own manuscripts, I'd get a lot closer.

Young Adult novels still dominate my list with 16, but I read 8 books for adults, including a book about writing and a memoir. I also read 3 middle grade novels this year. There was one book I didn't finish and a bunch that I really liked, enough to read them again (Sharp Objects, How I Live Now, Thirteen Reasons Why, If I Stay...). But I think my favorite was Before I Fall which came out about five years ago and I finally got around to reading. Loved it. I Am Pilgrim which was a Christmas present from my sister was a close second.

I don't usually set reading goals, but I'm going to this year. Not for a specific number of books read, but just to have a book with me, always. In November, I started trying to catch random people reading to post on twitter after I realized how rarely I see people doing it (original post here). I would never have guessed that in 2+ months, I'd only find five. And two of them were in bookstores, so, not exactly random.

I continue to see lots of people tapping away at their iPhones in down moments. I'm guilty of it, too, and it's the last example I want to set for my kids. So, I'm making this my reading goal or New Year's Resolution or whatever you want to call it: to keep a book with me at all times and, instead of checking my email or the news or texting someone, to spend my spare moments reading (which is what I'd rather be doing anyway).