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Reading is the best! Hooray for reading!

Looking back over the year is kind of cool (thanks to Goodreads – see the collage below). I read 28 books this year! Many more than I would have in the recent past, and mainly thanks to Audible and needing to be occupied while I drive. There’s no way I would have read (or been able to afford) all these books if I had read paper versions. I’ve also read a lot more nonfiction than I normally would.

I’m trying to work out what my pick is for the year, but it’s hard. I don’t know that it was my favourite, but lately I’ve been thinking about scenes from The Goldfinch; Tartt’s characters and settings were very memorable, even if the story was long and slow (but it was kind of nice to have a book like that, that unfolded gradually). Some books, like the Terry Pratchett, John Green and the Hugh Howey, were consumed quickly and enjoyed greatly but not especially memorable. Some, like One Thousand Gifts and The Art of Asking, gave me a lot to think about and I wanted to quote from every five minutes.

I’ve just started Just Kids by Patti Smith, which was a BHB retreat recommendation from many people, and it’s great, even if Smith’s deep monotone voice wants to lull me to sleep. I don’t know if it’ll sneak in under the 2014 wire though.

What have you read this year? What was your fave?


The GoldfinchShiftRaising SteamThe LacunaLongbourn
The Signature of All ThingsThe Elegance of the HedgehogSarah ThornhillThe Rosie ProjectHeartburn
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreThe Fault in Our StarsThe Fictional WomanThe Rosie EffectThis House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial
Yes PleaseThe Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People HelpThe Secret Life of BeesAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideLock In

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