I read more than the average person – which really is not saying very much in this day and age. In 2014 I read 40 books which is fairly low for me. Year after year my reading statistics have been declining – mainly owing to work and life and the ever growing backlog of tv series. There are only so many hours in a day.
I took a stand mid-year that I would not push myself to beat my previous year’s reading stat (57), and to take my time with whatever I was reading – e.g. it took me 3 months to finish ‘March of Folly’ by Barbara Tuchman (which turned out to be a very enlightening read).
2014 in Review: Books
Some of the highlights of my reading year are as follows:
- On the Other Side: Letters to my Children from Germany 1940-46 by Mathilde Wolff-Monckeberg
- A set of letter written by a mother to her children during World War 2 which tells her experiences in Hamburg. An interesting and enlightening read about the “other side” of the war.
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- Have wanted to read this for a while. Gaiman certainly knows how to weave a world of magic and to give one a good read.
- Yasmin How You Know?
- Picked this up on a whim and was astounded by this amazing woman.
Reading Goals 2015
Have decided to lay out some reading goals for 2015:
- To finish reading the books on my 2015 TBR list.
- To try and reach about 50 books in total.
- Again, am not going to push myself too much – we should enjoy the books we read and the time that we spend reading them.
- This total will include audiobooks as well as hard copies. Admittedly I do get through more audiobooks than hard copies during a year but the total should not rule out a totally legitimate source of books / enjoyment.
- To ‘shop’ from my current stash of unread books.
- Am going to try my best to not go on book buying sprees and to read from what I currently have in my bookshelf. I mean, I have more than 50 books which I have not read yet! (I know, I know – I am a self-confessed book hoarder… :))
- To read more poetry
- I started on this in 2014 and would like to continue.
- To continue with my commonplace book.