I said I wasn’t the type of human to make New Year resolutions, but books are my one exception. For the past few years, I have resolved to read a certain number of books during the year. It thrills me and doesn’t overwhelm me like other resolutions would.
This past July, I wrote a blog post about my book goal for the year, and shared the first half of my year in books. I made a goal to read 24 books in 2014, and it happened much easier than I thought. It’s funny, because the year before, when I had made a goal to read a mere 15 books, I struggled to complete the last book in time. This leads me to believe that when it comes to books, I am a goal-oriented person, and work well with a little visual accountability (thanks goodreads!). Book goals keep me on track!
For 2015, I am tempted to up my book count again, but I really don’t know what to expect of myself as I will have a newborn to look after at the end of March. Instead of raising my book goal this year–or lowering it in premature despair–I plan on keeping my book goal at 24, and making a promise to accept whatever number happens to exist at the end of this year. Babies tend to make life a little unpredictable, so I hear.
Here are the books I finished between July and December of 2014 (you can see the first half of the year here):
A book list is a personal thing, isn’t it? The saying is “don’t judge a book by its cover” , but I think it is also fair to say, “don’t judge a person by his reading list”; even though what a person reads offers pretty good insight into their minds… so on second thought, feel free to judge me. I guess I deserve it.
2014 re-reads: The only books I re-read this year were Harry Potter, books 1-4. I plan on finishing the series for the second time before Baby comes in 2015. I think it is safe to say that I love the series even more, this time around.
Most surprising books of 2014: The Diary of Anne Frank was surprising in that I was shocked I hadn’t read it until this year. Not so surprising that I loved it.
Natural Hospital Birth and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (read my full review of Ina May’s book on my goodreads profile, if you are curious) were surprising in that I wasn’t planning on reading about pregnancy at the beginning of 2014, and also surprising that they convinced me to try my best at having an all-natural labor.
Weirdest book of 2014: Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor. I loved it, but it was weird in the kind of weird only Flannery can do.
First reads I plan on becoming re-reads: definitely Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners. It was my favorite book on writing I have read so far, and so full of wisdom. It’s a gem I plan on re-reading many times over.
I consider all C.S. Lewis to be re-read-worthy, but The Problem of Pain was especially good.
Most inspiring: An Everlasting Meal and At Home with Madame Chic were both domestically inspiring. They both infuse creativity into every day life, just the way I like it.
Timothy Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage was a fantastic book on a topic that tends to be riddled with cheesiness. I can’t say this one was entirely devoid of cheese, but it was at a very tolerable minimum. I highly recommend it, no matter how long you have been married, and certainly even if you are not married.
What I plan on reading in 2015: I try not to make too strict of a list each year, as I inevitably come across new books I want to add throughout the year. But a few I really hope to read in2015 are The Weight of Glory, The Space Trilogy, and On Stories, by C.S. Lewis, Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset, How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish, Persuasion, by Jane Austen, and of course, finish all the books I am half way through right now. :) I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at once. A bad habit I don’t tend to break, I might add.
What did you read last year? What do you recommend? What do you plan on reading in 2015? Do tell!
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