Category Archives: 2014 in Review

READING: Best Books of 2014

Best books lists are a deeply flawed concept in a lot of ways. Reading’s not the priciest hobby, but buying a great number of new books, particularly the ones with buzz you inevitably hear about and must consider, takes a good deal of expenditure. Even if you buy tons of books, you need the time to read them — and there are always many you don’t get to. Comparing this book and that book is a fallacy anyway, because every person’s POV is different – and is effected by the person’s age, identity, situation and the circumstances around that particular read. It’s a fool’s game.

However, it’s also – and to me, this is the important bit – fun.

For me, these lists are really a starting place. A chance to open the conversation. And all the above, all the holes in the endeavour, perform a critical function: piercing the seriousness of it. After all, if there are so many things keeping these lists from meaning anything, they can mean whatever you like!

And I like it that way.

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READING: Reading Challenge 2014 Book Ratings

A follow-up to my 2014 reading wrap-up, here’s a best-to-worst list of all 56 books I read last year…

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READING: Reading Challenge 2014 Wrap-Up

This year, I initially gave myself a challenge of 20 books for the year. This initially felt fair, as I’d rarely come anywhere near that number in years, but I quickly learned that it was far lower than it could be. I gradually upped it through the year to 30, 35, 40… and eventually, set myself a final goal of 50 books.

I read 56.

I thought this undertaking was worth some exploration, so under the cut are some ruminations and statistics about my completed 2014 Reading Challenge.

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