I have read a pathetically small number of books this year, and strangely, for a list-making, self-proclaimed bookworm, I didn't even keep track. Maybe that's because I knew if I could see a list, it would be humiliating and tragic. I read Pride and Prejudice at least once, maybe twice (it's my go-to book when I want to read and haven't read something Austen lately) and I read Sense and Sensibility once. I may have read Northanger Abbey, I can't remember for sure, but I don't think I read any other Jane Austen novels, so it's definitely been a low book year.
The only two new books I remember reading are The Mysteries of Udolpho by Radcliffe and Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering. I meant to write a review of Udolpho because I liked it a lot, and it was my first experience with a gothic novel (which Northanger Abbey parodies - now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I read Northanger after Udolpho for comparison) and there were so many things I wanted to tell other readers who might not have ventured into gothic novels yet... anyway, briefly: if you like Northanger Abbey, have patience for long books and don't mind excessive poetry inserts, definitely read Udolpho!
Oh, I also re-read Catching Fire and Mockingjay after I saw Catching Fire the movie, because I just had to compare my memory of the book with the movie (and yes, it was a pretty awesome book-to-movie translation!) and then of course I couldn't just NOT read Mockingjay. I can't wait to see what they do with that movie!
Okay, after quickly browsing through past blog posts for a review of my year, I also definitely read The Great Gatsby before I saw the movie, and my main summer reading was slogging through the GAPS Diet book. Instead of a fun summer read, I took the GAPS book and a notebook and pen with me to the pool. But don't worry, I did have a fun summer read in Rules of Murder (mentioned previously) for the beach vacation.
So, my lame (and rambly) attempt at constructing my book list from this year looks something like:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Yes, I realize this is a fiction-heavy list (I like fiction), but I am trying to find more non-fiction books that I really enjoy and are worth reading... last year I chose some to add to my morning reading, like Elisabeth Elliot books. And like I mentioned in a previous post, I follow Professor Grant Horner's Bible-reading plan, so I do get Scripture in, even though it looks like I didn't read any other non-fiction this year.
My reading goals for this year are to read at least one non-fiction for every five fiction reads, and I've decided that I want to start keeping a book journal, to keep track of the books I read, and also my thoughts (including new observances in re-reads) in an actual book. Keeping lists on the computer has never worked well for me. And I really need to make time to read more!
Any suggestions for my 2014 book list? Happy New Year!