At the beginning of 2014 I told myself that I wanted to read 50 books through the year. It was a challenge to myself because I used to read all the time and at some point I started spending my time in different ways, but I still love a great book and I wanted to spend more time with those stories. Reading is especially important when you love to write, which I do, so that was another reason to pick up more great books.

I finished the year with 54 books read, some others that I started and stopped, and one that is currently on the go that will be number 1 on my list for 2015.

It was an interesting year in books because a friend added me to a book bingo group on Facebook. There is a bingo card with squares that have types of books to read – a book with a number in the title, a book with a non-human character – that changed the way I chose my reads in a delightful way.

I read more non-fiction than I usually would, which turned out to be a very good thing for me, and I highly recommend Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. I also discovered that I really enjoy Stephen King’s books and that if I pick up a Mary Higgins Clark I likely won’t put it down again until I’m done. Also John Green will never write a book that I don’t read.

Below is my list of 54. I look forward to many more books this year and a new bingo card.

  1. The Shining, Stephen King
  2. Come, Thou Tortoise, Jessica Grant
  3. Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
  4. Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
  5. The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, Ian Frazier
  6. Tooth and Nail, Ian Rankin
  7. Reasons Mommy Drinks, Lyranda Martin-Evans and Fiona Stevenson
  8. My Journey, Olivia Chow
  9. Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  10. Serena, Ron Rash
  11. A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
  12. The Good Mother Myth, Avital Norman Nathman
  13. Bones of the Lost, Kathy Reichs
  14. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  15. The Amazing Thing About The Way It Goes, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  16. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  17. I Just Want To Pee Alone, Various authors
  18. Paper Towns, John Green
  19. Devil’s Knot, Mara Leveritt
  20. Raising the Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  21. HIde and Seek, Ian Rankin
  22. Show Your Work, Austin Kleon
  23. Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman
  24. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
  25. Room, Emma Donoghue
  26. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
  27. Veronica Mars: The thousand dollar tan line, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
  28. The Dinner, Herman Koch
  29. Growing Up Duggar, Jill, Jinger, Jessa and Jana Duggar
  30. Nurtureshock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  31. Where are the Children?, Mary Higgins Clark
  32. Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby
  33. Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
  34. The Blood of Innocents, Guy Freel
  35. Landline, Rainbow Rowell
  36. Life After Death, Damien Echols
  37. Without You, Anthony Rapp
  38. Us Conductors, Sean Michaels
  39. It Only Takes a Moment, Mary Jane Clark
  40. The Farm, Tom Rob Smith
  41. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  42. The Moth, Various
  43. When Day Breaks, Mary Jane Clark
  44. This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
  45. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
  46. Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
  47. I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
  48. Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
  49. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
  50. Dark Spell, Mara Leveritt
  51. Shouldn’t you be in School? Lemony Snicket
  52. The Look of Love, Mary Jane Clark
  53. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King
  54. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan

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