Books I’ve read in 2014
I love reading. I read a lot. Many would agree, others would say that they could double my reading habits. Good for them.
I read on the train. I read in the car. I write while I eat (when there’s no company) and I read while I walk. Yes. People walk around the street messaging through WhatsApp, so I can walk while reading my book, can’t I? What’s the difference? The no-attention level is the same in both cases.
Never mind, I love reading. I don’t like TV. Even if I had one, I wouldn’t watch it.
Well, so I guess that by now you’ve got the idea. I will move forward on to talking about books. Once I discovered this social network for readers -yes: there’s a social network for readers- it has been completely easy for me to track the books I read. In fact, I discovered it because one day I was thinking how great it would be to create a social network for people who loves reading. Not only having an Amazon-layout, with reviews. No. A social network that you could also find more authors, books and reviews, share it with your friends and make lists (‘list’osophy). Like Spotify. So, captivated by my own idea, I started to benchmark and I immediately found Goodreads. That’s one of my almost-entrepreneur stories.
That was late 2012. So my first reading challenge started in 2013. And I had challenged myself to read 25 books. For me THAT was a lot. At that time, I did not even read 20 books per year yet. So I even was ambitious. But here are the results:
2013 –> 52 books
2014 –> 49 books
I have read 101 books in two years. At least finished. Because I’ve started so much more books, but haven’t finished them (yet). Not bad, huh? Although I have read 3 books less than the previous year, I have done a lot of writing in this blog and also started this Youtube channel.
From 2014 I want to review those books I loved the most. I’m going to choose 5 fiction novels. Because I have already recommended some entrepreneurial and writing/artistic books. So now it’s time for literary fiction:
- Hollywood, Charles Bukowski. This was my first taste with the north-american author (born in Germany). It’s a portrait of Californian society (specifically of LA and Hollywood) in the film industry. Chinaski, the protagonist, is Bukowski’s alter-ego. It’s very ironic and funny to read this story. Judge it for your self and read it.
- Self-Help, Lorrie Moore. Another discovery of the year from this New Yorker author. It’s a collection of bold and smart short stories. A perfect book for your nightstand or to read it in chunks while commuting to work.
- The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joël Dicker. Simply amazing. The plot. The history. The language. And an ode to the writers: the feeling of frustration that generates sitting in front of a blank page. When I finished the book, I lent it to everyone I could. Seriously, read it yourself.
- High Fidelity, Nick Hornby. I love this novel. It’s not only about love and pop music. It is a novel about obsession and rejection. And the importance of the little things. It’s the kind of novel that makes you want to be the main character. I do not know much about music: I like the music from the 80s and 90s. But I do not understand fashion or music genres. However, it is as if I became expert while reading about Rob, the main character.
- Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell. This is fun: the first book I read from this author I hated it. And I swore I would never read anything by her again. The book Eleanor & Park was absurd and pointless. I hated it, but I finished it because I bought online and cost me €15. And I blamed myself for choosing a book of Young Adult fiction. But in social networks people wouldn’t stop praising Fangirl. So I decided to give it a second chance. I borrowed the book to not feel guilty afterwards for not liking it. What happened? I loved it. It seemed as it was written by an entirely different author. I enjoyed it so much that I think is my favorite fiction book of 2014. The language absorbed me from beginning to the end. It was like a guilty pleasure. Now, I do not have the book in physical copy, I wish I would have bought it. Life Lessons.
For this 2015, I want to read a minimum of 30 books. Being some of them the following:
- Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
- Kim, Rudyard Kipling
- The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand.
- Howl, and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg
- Go Kiss the World, Subroto Bagchi
- The Bhagavad Gita
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche
- The East of Eden, John Steinbeck
- Nothing, Jane Teller
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy
What have been your best readings of 2014?
Have you read some of the some of the ones that I want to read in 2015?