A year in reading: The final ten
In 2013, I read 43. In 2012, 40. In 2011, even with completing my MA and moving continents, I somehow managed to read 45. I figured I could push myself onwards to the inevitable next plateau: FIFTY IN 2014!
There are right now just eight weeks left in 2014 (a startling enough revelation on its own) and I’m at 40 books read for the year. This means I have eight weeks left to top off ten books, which inevitably led me to wonder: which ones should they be?
My “To Be Read” list is extensive and has, in the last few months, been largely predicated on what books have come in at the library. The very last inter-library loan book I’ve requested is coming in this week (How Fiction Works by James Wood), so I’m more free to set my own pace at this point. (As long as I can stop myself from requesting anything more in the next eight weeks. We’ll see how that goes.)
Because I have librarianship in my blood, this “which books will finish my year?” question could really only be solved with a list. In fact, a categorized list. I’ve given myself five categories, with two books each, so I’m not glutting myself on any particular genre in the next eight weeks.
This might just be the most thoughtful eight weeks of reading in my entire life. Here we go!
1. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy (The Forsyte Saga: Book I) – finished 11/20/2014
2. Westwood by Stella Gibbons – finished December 6, 2014
Graphic Novels/Comic Books
5. Velvet by Ed Brubaker
6. Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue Deconnick – finished 11/18/2014
7. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck – finished 11/18/2014
Blue Mind: The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do by Wallace Nichols
EDIT November 18: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman – finished 11/23/2014
Recommended Reading: Books suggested by friends
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman – Reviewed 12/1/2014
10. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – Finished December 7, 2014
What do you have on deck for the rest of the year? Chime in below!