27 books in 12 months. That’s a huge record for me. I don’t think I’ve ever read that many books in a year. Not even close. When I was a kid I’d breeze through Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, but I didn’t venture much outside my favorite series. I read a lot of books that I normally would not have this year, and I enjoyed it a lot. Still fall back to my usual genres, but who doesn’t?

Most of the books I read were very enjoyable. The only ones I wished I hadn’t necessarily read are The Beginning of Everything and The Third Secret. The latter was more disappointing than I ever could have imagined. But again, 2 bad eggs out of 27 is pretty good!

I’m proud of accomplishing my goal of resurrecting a book from book purgatory. Now that the year is over, I get to banish several books out of my Goodreads currently reading limbo. I am giving that honor/disgrace to We’re All Damaged. I started reading it at least a year and a half ago at this point, and I have no intention of continuing with it right now. So it’s a goner. I’m keeping The Murder of Adam and Eve, not only because of the badass title, but I was interested in it, liked it, but life took over, I stopped reading, and now I want to finish it. I just have to start over from the beginning, which will be tough. Maybe I can find an audiobook of it…

I did not accomplish my re-read as well as non-fiction. I’m getting close to finishing Seinfeldia so that goal may be in reach.

See below for my yearly book awards, as well as a list of all the books read!


Book of the Year: Trouble is a Friend of Mine — There truly was not competition. I love this book dearly. It made me laugh, it got my adrenaline up, and it made you want to have a goofy friend like Digby. Very few times do I laugh out loud while reading, but this book hits the spot.

Mind-blowing Book: Here Lies Daniel Tate — This should go hands down to Here Lies Daniel Tate, but Defending Jacob’s ending gives it some nice competition. Still have no idea what happened at the end, but I have a theory. Could be wrong, but it’s my theory, and I’m sticking with it.

Most Unique Read: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August — This book was amazing in so many ways. The format of it was unique and the author must be a genius to keep everything straight. I liked how this novel, rather than present all the lives in sequence, told us about Harry’s life by events. An interesting concept told in an even more interesting way.

Most Badass Ending: Defending Jacob — I mean, WTF? I don’t know if this qualifies as badass, but it’s the closest any book came to it this year. It’s no Illuminae. That will always be my favorite ending. 🙂

Most Emotional Read: Thirteen Reasons Why — I felt for Hannah and Alex. While the ending could have been better, the emotions were raw and well-conveyed.

Most Satisfying Ending: The Future of Us — Jay Asher gets two points this year. Kudos. I love the ending in the ball pit. It’s coy and open-ended, yet you know exactly where it’s going from here.

Did Not Finish Books:

  • Swim the Fly — way too disgusting. In a childish way. This is the sort of book you’ll enjoy if you think farts are funny. I never did. At all. So yeah, there’s that.
  • The King’s Coat — way too vulgar. I’m all for the antihero in books, but this guy is a crass, immature piece of work that has no redeeming qualities. Lost interest.


Stats: (# of books read in category / goal for category)