A book look at 2014

My goal was 60, and I ended 2014 with 65, BUT I re-read 12 books. So, technically, I can say I read 77.

In 2013 I read 61.
In 2012 I read 57.
In 2011 I read 38.
Before that I read very little. I’d read our monthly book club book and maybe a few others for the whole year.

I’m calling the reading year a great success considering October and November I read hardly any. (Too must first trimester yuckiness to even pick up a book.)

A few highlights from my books this year:

Obviously, I loved everything from Alan Bradley: I ready books 2-6 of the Flavia series and his short 6.5 book.

Audiobooks clearly were king: 27 Audiobooks (These work very well for me now in this phase of life. Not sure how much longer this audiobook-easy phase will last.)

I read all 14 book club books (and have read a few ahead for next as well)

Favorite books: (in no order)

A Little Princess: Classic goodness. Why didn’t I ever read this when I was younger?!

Steal Like An Artist: I marked this one up quite nicely. I foresee re-reading it more than a few times.

Go Pro: A short one, but recommending it to my entire Young Living team.

The entire Flavia de Luce series: a series I just plain enjoy, and am so thankful the author has a few more planned to release.

The Expats: excellent audiobook -the kind where you just can’t stop listening! (Was perfect for our road-trip.)

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: A classic I didn’t want to even give a chance, but so glad I did.

Parnassus On Wheels: So good (and short) I almost finished it in one sitting! Recommended to all.

The Night Circus: Just read it. So, so well done. Don’t read about it, just jump in!

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead: One I’ll re-read (or listen to) for the rest of my life.

Do the Work: Exactly. Read this, then go and do.

The Secret Keeper: Why was I so slow to jump on the Kate Morton bandwagon? Anxiously awaiting her new one!

Dad is Fat: Funny, funny stuff.

List: A Christian Guide to Reading Books: Love this one because it says exactly what I want to friends when they say they don’t like (gasp!) fiction.

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving your Skills: I read in January of 2014 and might continue to breeze through again every January.

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Where I get my book recommendations:

-from friends with similar tastes on GoodReads
-from fellow book club friends and their blogs, like Catherine and Sheila
-from Midday Connections (We Pick) book club
-from Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy
-from The Read Aloud Revival podcast
and of course from other bloggers, Instagrammers, and tweeters that pique my interest

Books I re-read in 2014:

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Forgotten God by Francis Chan
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Earle Stegner
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Persuasion by Jane Austen

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  • http://danielleayersjones.com/ danielle

    So I discovered your blog because you asked to follow me on IG (how did you find me). Then I followed you and visited your blog!

    I just posted my reads from 2014 too. I see we like a lot of the same books. I LOVE Kate Morton and have read all her books. And yes, A Little Princess is fantastic. Have you read The Secret Garden too?

    What did you think of “The Sharper Your Knife”? Worth reading? It’s on my booklist but didn’t know anyone who’d read it.

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      hi!! usually I find people in IG through a hashtag we both used? So that’s probably my best guess :-)

      Did you see Kate Morton has a new book coming out this year?!! Yes, our book club read The Secret Garden! I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to read these! I didn’t read them when I was younger and I think those in our club who DID read them when they were younger liked them even better when they re-read as an adult!

      I didn’t finish The Sharper the Knife yet (eep!) I was so busy last fall I didn’t get it all done before our book club retreat…. and I totally forgot that I didn’t finish!! I’ll have to re-add it to my to-read list ;-P