52 Books 2014 Wrap Up

 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks 2014 Wrap Up


How many books did you read and did you meet your own personal goal?

My goal was 100 books and I read 148. (link to books) Of course, 47 of those books were rereads (J.D. Robb's In Death series (39) and Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series (8) so if I didn’t count those, the total would be 101.

The statistical breakdown is 90 physical books and 58 Ebooks.  Last year it was 50/50 split and I was determined to read more ‘real’ books versus ‘virtual.’   I read a lot of series so the breakdown of male to female was 14 males to 34 females.  Out of those 16 were new to me authors.

Challenge wise  (link to books) I cleared my shelves of 10 dusty books, 8 chunky books, and 5 faith reads. Also completed A to Z except for Y and Z which will do within the next week.

I visited 11 countries including Israel, Japan, China, England, Italy, Wales Istanbul, Brazil, United States, and Afghanistan and made it through several centuries including 46BC, 10ad, 12th – 16th and the 19th Century. So did better than I thought.

Most thrilling, oh my goodness, I want to read it again, unputdownable book?

It would have to be Cindy Gerard’s The Way Home.  The story was a romantic suspense set in the U.S. and Afghanistan and involved a U.S. Military soldier injured and trapped as a POW in the middle east.  The ending was so poignant it left me in tears. That doesn’t happen very often.

Top 5 favorite stories?  So hard to choose, especially when my mind and mood changes each time I look at the list.   Besides J.D. Robb’s In Death series which I just read for the umpteenth time again, I think Across the Nightengale Floor by Lian Hearn, Cindy Gerard’s The Way Home, Dean Koontz's False Memory, Qui Xiaolong’s When Red is Black and Sharon Kay Penman’s Here Be Dragons.

Least favorite book?  It would be The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder.  I’ve read some pretty graphic, creepy stories but this one I just couldn’t handle.

Are you ready to do it all over again?  Certainly!  

Do you have any goals to check out different genres or authors, read translated books or stories in another language for 2015

I always bite off more than I can chew with the mini challenges and overextend myself so for the new year besides the dusty, chunky, and A to Z, I’ll do the 5/5/15 - 5 Books in 5 Categories in 2015.  My categories will be translated books, classics, centuries, 1001 books and inspirational.

I had so much fun this year hosting Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks and look forward to doing it all over again in 2015. 

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