I read book 50 just hours before midnight while putting on my make-up and getting ready for the last evening of 2014. I remember who the killer was, but not too sure about the reason. And I think that sums up my reading year perfectly. Wtf happened? I have no idea, but I haven’t read this little in years. I have a sneaky suspicion that Netflix and the iPad are a big part of the blame, so less tv and games this year! But at least I managed to reach the goal of 50 books.
Time to analyse the what went wrong:
- Read more than 50 books As I mentioned, I made it just in time.
- Participate in a few online reading circles; Line’s 1001 books, Clementine’s Booker prize, Ingalill’s biographies and Bjørg’s off the shelf challenges. Nope. I ended up skipping books in all the reading circles, despite them being good books. I think this is what went really wrong as I felt that I didn’t get to choose what to read as I always had books I needed to read.
- Finish Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset No, nei, njet. I put it away, possibly for good.
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books 2 of 5. Better luck next year.
- Continue working my way around the globe in books (43 countries so far) Up to 47 now, so 4 new countries. Yay!
- Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11%) and Nobel Prize winners Up to 11,9% and one new Nobel (Saul Bellow), so that’s something.
- Buy bookshelves, not books Hahahaha who am I kidding? Current number of unread books is 1035.
So how am I going to make this year a success? No reading goals at all? Of course not! This year I will:
- Read more than 50 books
- Read the alphabet (author’s surname of course).
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books
- Read A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. That’s 12 books in all.
- Continue working my way around the globe in books (47 countries so far)
- Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11, 9%) and Nobel Prize winners (27/111)
- If I want to buy a book, I’ll have to read one off my shelf first
- Read in a book every day, even if it’s just a page
I think this is doable. By reading the alphabet I mean that the next time I’m not sure what to read I’ll use the alphabet and my endless tbr-pile to decide which book to pick up. In that way I believe that my reading will be more diverse and surprising. The last goal is also going to be really interesting and probably the hardest to keep. But I cannot continue buying the piles of books I do. (And just to be on the safe side I sent an order of about 20 books just before the New Year). Does this mean that I won’t be participating in any reading circles? Of course not. I’ll do Line’s 1001 books challenge and this year it’s full of classics, so that’s going to be interesting. Bjørg’s and Hedda’s off the shelf also looks interesting, but I feel that this was the one I least managed to keep up with, so I’m sceptical. Clementine’s Booker circle depends on the books and how busy I am next autumn. And Ingalill’s biography also depends on the topic and if I have time (and how good she’s at swinging the whip).
Books I read in 2014 which you should read in 2015.
- the Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (2013)
- the Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)
- Harvest by Jim Crace (2013)
- the Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)
- A True Novel by Minae Mizumura (2002)
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (2013)
- Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez (1998)
- the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (1984)
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1928)
- the Alberta Trilogy by Cora Sandel (1926-1939)
- the Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner (2014)
- the Bees by Laline Paull (2014)
- the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (2002)
- the Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)
- All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (1996)
- the Blindness of the Heart by Julia Franck (2007)
- Våke over dem som sover by Sigbjørn Skåden (2014)
- Til Nuuk by Espen Haavardsholm (2014)
- Bare et menneske by Kristine Næss (2014)
I hope you all have a fabulous reading year 2015! I still have two more blog posts to make from 2014, so I’m not quite ready to move on yet. Happy New Year!