In last year’s recap, I said that it was my worst-year since I’d started tracking my yearly reading as a way of incentivizing myself to read more.
As it turns out, I was a year too early on that decree.
I thought my nine books were pretty paltry last year, this year I only finished eight books. One of those books was about 30 pages from completion when the calendar rolled over to 2014 and one of them is a book I’ve read about 30,000 times already.
Much like last year, I read bits and pieces of a number of management books, but I rarely finish them. They’re like cookbooks, you flip around for what you need, read it, and move on until you have to come back somewhere down the road. Unfortunately, none of those bits and pieces count as – you know – actually reading a book.
Needless to say, 2014 was not my best year.
If you recall from last year’s post – and I’m sure you do – I’d set a goal of a book-a-month and was hoping to finish 12 by year’s end. Clearly, I whiffed in a big way.
I have a hard time imagining a world where I magically find more time for reading in 2015, so I’m going to set the bar very, very, very low and simply aim to match my 2014 total by reading a meager eight books this year.
If I don’t make it, I’d like y’all to take away my book privileges.
Without any further ado here are the – *sigh* – eight books I read in 2014:
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos by Jonah Keri
Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea by Chris Jericho
The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition by RD Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
Revival by Stephen King
So there you have it: two quasi-self-help books, two wrestling books, a baseball book, and three Stephen King novels.
If you’re interested in following my reading progress all year long (and who isn’t?), you can add me as a friend or buddy or amigo or whatever the heck it is over at Goodreads.com.
Hit me up in the comments to let me know what you read last year. It doesn’t have to be your whole list if you’re not up for sharing the whole shebang. You can just tell me your favorite or least favorite book you read last year. You can recommend a good book or series for me to try out in 2015. You can tell me why you think reading is part of the “liberal agenda” and you won’t let your kids touch a damn book. You can really pretty much hit me with anything you’ve got.
Until next year, happy reading.