This was not my most successful reading year. I read a total of 49 books and by tomorrow night, it will be 50. Working at the library has definitely improved my fiction reading since I receive many good recommendations from fellow librarians as well as see lists of many award winners. In fact, one of the best books I read in 2013 was on the short list for the Man Booker Prize of 2012, which I might never have read if it hadn’t been on that list.
However, although I read a lot of fiction, some of which was delightful, I definitely did not read enough non-fiction, a lack I mean to remedy in 2014.
I read several classics that I have always meant to read: Moby Dick, The Good Earth, and Heart of Darkness
I discovered the delights of listening to audiobooks while in the car and listened to several books, including The Help, The End of the Affair, and the first several No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. In fact, listening to Moby Dick on audio is how I was finally able to finish this classic by Herman Melville. I plan to listen to several more classics in 2014. Listening to good prose on audio allows me to slow down and really savor the language. I have discovered that an excellent narrator makes all of the difference.
I read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and plan to read the sequel in 2014. Reading Wolf Hall reminded me of how much I enjoy historical fiction, especially when it is set in Medieval/Renaissance era England. I plan to read some more this coming year.
I read three books set in Asia and enjoyed learning about countries about which I previously knew very little. I plan to find more books on China/Japan to learn more about these ancient cultures.
I read many old Mary Stewart books from the 70’s and plan to read her books on Merlin sometime in the near future. I’ve always enjoyed books about the Arthurian legends.
I read several Young Adult novels which were good reads but my favorite was The Fault in Our Stars, a moving albeit very sad love story.
Overall I read 40 fiction books and only nine non-fiction books, listened to eight audio books, and re-read three books.
My goal in 2014 is to read a book a week, on average, and to read at least 20 non-fiction books this year.
Tomorrow I will write about my favorite fiction and non-fiction books from 2013.