One of my goals for 2014 was to read more books. I grew up an avid reader, but got lost along the way. It was hard in college with all the homework and reading needed for my coursework. Also, I found that I was gravitating toward the short-form reading that was trending from places like Twitter and Buzzfeed. In addition, I had an Amazon book-buying problem. My wish list was constantly growing as was my bookshelf, but I wasn’t reading the books I bought.
In the end, I found once I made time to read before going to bed, and brought my book with me everywhere, it got easier. Usually, by forcing myself to read the first half of the book, I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. I’m proud to say that I read 24 books in 2014. I honestly feel happier from it. I feel like I got back a part of me that I’d lost. Here are some of the highlights of the books I read:
1. A House in the Sky – Amazing story about a girl who loves to travel and gets captured in Somalia. I couldn’t put it down!
2. Me Before You – Cute love story about a quadriplegic boy and the bond he forms with his new female caretaker. It’s a tearjerker, but also explores a controversial topic. I hear a movie is being made about this one. Can’t wait!
3. This is Where I Leave You – Compelling and humorous story about a dysfunctional family forced to sit Shiva together when their father dies. Definitely be sure to read this one rather than see the film.
4. Coreyography – This one is a little random, but I saw Corey Feldman on the Today show talking about his book and thought it seemed interesting. I think I read it in about a week, it was so interesting to hear his story about being a young kid in Hollywood.
5. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Very cute yet powerful story from the perspective of a dog. There were parts in the book that went so wrong that it made me value what I have.
6. Knowing Your Value – While I also read Lean In as one of my books this year, Knowing Your Value hit on a lot of the same principals. It made me feel empowered to ask for more in the workplace.
7. Divergent – I love a good young adult novel and this one was just what I needed. I found myself wanting to come home and read this book every night.
Admittedly, there were two books I decided not to finish, just because I couldn’t get through them.
1. Franny & Zooey – I think Salinger is best kept for my high school English class.
2. Entwined in You – I loved the first books this series, but sadly this book was a miss. I don’t think I will continue to read any others that are published.
Overall, I was very happy to be able to fulfill one of my new years resolutions. I now bring my book with me everywhere and find pleasure in reading at coffee shops or random places. My favorite was reading a book at the top of Runyon Canyon one day. Although, note to self, I need to confirm the content of the book before bringing it on vacation. I ended up reading 2 books in a row on my China vacation about people losing spouses, definitely not the happiest! I still have many more books to get through in 2015 and I can’t wait!
Other books I read in 2014:
Too Good to Be True (book club read, not my idea! I wouldn’t recommend!)
Not That Kind of Girl (My first Kindle purchase!)