I read NINE books from the list of 1001+ Books to Read Before I Die. Which is also what feeding my Classics fever.
Is there a good way to find out where authors are from or whether or not they should be considered diverse? I have a hard time with this one – either figuring it out, knowing how to figure it out but mostly taking the time to figure it out. Just saying.
I really did read more diversely and somewhat on purpose but also because I am making good efforts to pay attention to titles that are on other bloggers’ diverse lists and hearing they are MUST READS. Now I need to read the ‘more by’ these authors I’m finding excellent. Truthfully, I am not or have not typically been the kind of reader who ‘follows’ an author – somehow Stephen King has made it on that list (up to 11 now!) and, of course, Tracy Kidder*. But even the other authors I *say* I want to read more-by, I haven’t. Authors like Atwood and McEwan come quickly to mind. Now I want to read more by Tayari Jones. and others, but Ms. Jones is who I will focus on this year. I also intend to read more nonfiction on issues of race and education.
Only 10 books from 2014 were by an author I had previously enjoyed. Thus, over 50 new to me authors!
Three authors presented me with their second: Garth Stein’s Sudden Light, Matt Haig – both read this year: The Radleys and The Human. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Signature of All Things (and this was my first fiction from her.)
I reread two books: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and Daphne DuMaurier’s The House on the Strand.
I do a horrible job tracking genre. (Excuse for no pie charts… I love everyone’s pie charts!)
I failed to note which PRIZE winners I was reading but I know many of the titles enjoyed this year won Pulitzers and/or… other notable prizes. Sigh.
Unintended THEMES in my 2014 reading: how many books had to do with water, at least in title. Like Water for Chocolate, The Color of Water, Three Men in a Boat, Washing Cars and Wasting Time, and Hops & Glory (a reach perhaps, but beer is mostly water, and this is a story about traveling by water, sort of.) I had many parallel reads – The Sparrow followed immediately by Silver Sparrow with nothing in common. All the Light We Cannot See and immediately after Sudden Light, also coincidental and both book club books.
Borrowed from the Stats suggestions everyone is using:
Book I was excited about and thought I was going to love more: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Most surprising book: Again, East of Eden because just mentioning Steinbeck out loud used to bring on a rash because I overdosed on him in High School. And Count of Monte Cristo – THRILLING!!! drama, revenge, dastardly deeds, sinisterness, benefits of cold calculated plotting of plans, love and sex and love, duplicitousness and generosity, violence and horrific tales! ALL of it.
Book I pushed the most people to read: Probably The Rosie Project. HOWEVER. I did toss out to a Facebook friend that she should read Monte Cristo and she publicly thanked me for the suggestion because she LOVED it. Such a lovely lovely feeling, yes?
Looking Onward – I will do the What’s in a Name Challenge, as many readalongs that appeal to me, The Classics Challenge, and I hope to join in a REAL LIFE book club of somesort while reading along with my Massachusetts club.
I am setting a goal of 65 books.
Otherwise, the year is WIDE OPEN!
Readalong anybody for a Sister Carrie or Germinal? I’m currently audiobooking Five Days at the Memorial.
OK, that’s it. Next up, some regular ol’ reviews!
* I didn’t get to any Kidder books in 2014.