Goodreads 2014 Challenge

Didn't quite make my challenge goal to read 25 books in 2014. 21 of 25. 84%. Solid B

My Favorites

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Don't Bothers

  • Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  • Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Most Haunting

  • Pen Pal by Dathan Auerbach


I went hunting for that last one, looking for a horror thriller. It took me several weeks before I could stop thinking about it and feeling disturbed. Clearly a masochist, I read Joyland after but Stephen King had nothing on Auerbach. If creepy and haunting is your thing, read Pen Pal. 

My goal in 2015 will again be to read 25 books. I thought about upping it, amazed at others' lengthy list of reads and their capacity to devour book after book after book. Though to be honest,  I can't make a new goal until I reach the first one, right? Plus, I often exhaust myself reading. I always have. I don't know how to pace myself. I never have. 

I love escaping into a good book. Trouble is, I emerge drained, empty, and often, unexpectedly wired. I have gone over 24 hours without sleep, chasing the next plot twist. I have to take lengthy breaks from a good book just to get it together again and come down from the high. 

I'm starting off 2015 with a bang and picking up Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. I quickly skimmed over some reviews and caught a warning not to make this your first Murakami experience. Challenge within a Challenge! But it's not like I have a choice. It's a bookclub book, and bookclub is more fun when you've finished the darn book... 

Posted on December 25, 2014 .