I’m a slow reader. I love books and reading, but I can never consume books as fast as I’d like to. At the beginning of the year, I set a modest goal to read 12 books in 2014 – one a month. I kept track of what I read in a notebook (one that I picked up at City Lights Books in San Francisco, it seemed fitting).
Well, it’s December 31st and my total books read for the year is 15. Not bad! Here’s what I read:
- The Best American Essays 2013, Edited by Cheryl Strayed
I ask for this compilation every Christmas, and earlier this year I ordered a bunch of previous years. I’m currently about halfway through the 2012 edition.
- No Greater Love Than This (short story), by Joel Kelly
Joel Kelly is a close friend, so I was particularly excited to read this story. He’s working on a novella now, which you’ll surely see on my list of books read in 2015. Check him out at http://www.joelkelly.ca.
- Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
I’m going to see the movie adaptation later today, and can’t wait.
- NW, by Zadie Smith
I’ll admit, I struggled to get through this one.
- The Best American Travel Writing 2008, Editing by Anthony Bourdain
- Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain
- Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
- A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace
- Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl
- Comfort Me With Apples, by Ruth Reichl
- Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl
I read all three of these memoirs by food critic Ruth Reichl while I was traveling in Italy earlier this year, and I adored them. Her life is so interesting, and the way she writes about food made me enjoy my own meals even more.
- Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery, by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
- Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
- Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
What books did you read this year? Share in the comments!