2014 Wrap Up Post

wrapupThis was the year of a significant Reader’s Block for some reason or another, and so my numbers have been a bit lower than usual. (Haven’t been below 100 for quite some time now.) However, it’s not for the numbers that I keep reading so it’s all good. Just interesting to reflect back and consider how the year went, reading-wise.

Notable Reads for 2014:

Top Five Fiction:

Top Five Non-fiction:

Total number of books read in 2014: 90. (Previous 2013: 119)

Total number of pages read: 21,104 pages (av. 251.2).

Fiction/Non-Fiction:  48 F and 32 NF (Other included were 1 play, 1 poetry book, and 2 graphic novels.) This year was also notable for the # of DNF’s: 4. (I rarely used to have a DNF, but this year, I decided to go for it and clear out some titles off my bookshelves at the same time.)

Library books vs. books I owned (and thus removed from the home abode):  27 library books and 39 owned books.  7 electronic books (mostly Project Gutenberg or its related siblings).

Classics (as defined according to the Dictionary of Me 🙂 ):

  • The Cricket on the Hearth and Other Stories – Charles Dickens (1845)
  • Some Isabella Beeton (1861)
  • The Ladies’ Paradise – Emile Zola (1883)
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstory (1884)
  • Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser (1900)
  • Fraulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther – Elizabeth von Arnim (1907)
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton (1911)
  • The Thirty Nine Steps – John Buchan (1915)
  • Patricia Brent, Spinster – Herbert Jenkins (1918)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington (1918)
  • Snowy Nights in the Woods – Robert Frost (1923)
  • The Wind – Dorothy Scarborough (1925)
  • Giants in the Earth – O. E. Rolvaag (1927)
  • Dangerous Corner – J. B. Priestley (1932)
  • Mrs Parkington – Louis Bromfield (1942)
  • Hiroshima – John Hersey (1946)
  • Of Love and Hunger – Julian McClaren-Ross (1947)
  • Period Piece – Gwen Ravarat (1952)
  • Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White (1952)
  • Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1955)
  • As I Went Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee (1969)
  • True Grit – Charles Portis (1969)

And so, we look to the future for good friends, great reading, and lots of fun.

look-forward

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3 thoughts on “2014 Wrap Up Post

  1. Great list of books…especially the classics you read. And I love your definition. 🙂 I need to read more non-fiction this year; and I still need to reread Ethan Frome. Hopefully 2015 will be filled with wonderful books (and time to read them all.)

    • You know, Ethan Frome would only take an evening or two really… (You know – in case you were wondering..!) 🙂 BTW, how do I follow your blog? I can’t seem to find the button on your home page. Thanks and happy new year!

      • That’s a good point about Ethan Frome. 🙂 Maybe in February when I’m checking books out of the library again. And on my blog the follow button is on the right side just below the Putting the Library on Hold button. At least it should be there. I think. 🙂

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