The week between Christmas and New Year is always one for reflection. The excitement of looking forward to Christmas is over, but it’s not quite time to start you New Years resolutions yet, so we look back on the year just been. One of the things I wanted to do this year was get back into reading more and I set myself the challenge on Goodreads of reading 20 books. I managed 17, which I’m pleased about, it’s a lot closer than I had expected. Next year I will set 20 again and hopefully this time make it. I also started writing more reviews and even did a couple of posts for Bloggers Bookshelf, a site that I personally love.
So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 books that I read for the first time this year:
1. Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there by Professor Richard Wiseman – This book is not condescending towards paranormal believers at all, instead Wiseman explores the even more unbelievable and miraculous world of the human mind and gives you a few tricks that you can play on it.
2. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – The first instalment in the MaddAddam trilogy sees Atwood create a scientific utopia and all at once destroy it in this terrifying but by no means impossible vision of the future.
3. Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – Funny, bright, smart – this novel is a pure delight.
4. Girlvert: A Porno Memoir by Oriana Small A.K.A Ashley Blue – Blimey, this was an eye-opener! Oriana gives a brutally honest, sometimes surreal, account of working in the porn industry but one that required challenging and a lot of reading between the lines.
5. The Hundred Year-Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – Part caper, part (entirely fictionalised) romp through 20th Century history, Allan Karlsson is certainly my most memorable protagonist of the year.
And my reading goals for 2014:
- Read 20 books (new to me, re-reads don’t count)
- Check out my local charity shops for book bargains once a month
- Read at least 5 of the unread books I have piled up at home
- Attend at least one author event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – remember to get tickets quickly before they sell out this time!
Do you have any book-related resolutions for 2014?