I only managed to finish 16 books last year. I probably bought at least that many, so the to-read bookcase is still stuffed tightly with books. Sigh.
Here’s what I read:
The Shadowed Sun N. K. Jemesin
The Way of Shadows Brent Weeks
White Tiger Kylie Chan
Kevin McCloud’s Principles of Home
My Cool Shed
The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson
Last of the Gaderene Mark Gatiss
The Deep Tom Taylor
Dead Ever After Charlaine Harris
Star Wars: Blood Ties Tom Taylor
Gamer’s Rebellion George Ivanoff
Through Splintered Walls Kaaren Warren
Salt Mark Kurlansky
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
The Path of Anger Antoine Rouaud
And a beta read of a book by a friend.
In 2014… ah, who am I kidding? I have to concede defeat with the challenge of the to-read pile. The only way I ever reduce it significantly is to cull books.
I will keep trying to read more even if it means buying a second copy of a book as an ebook, as I find it easier to snatch unplanned reading time on my phone. I will continue to resist acquiring books, too. But I’m resigned to the fact that, with a job that involves a lot of work with words that makes me want to avoid them when relaxing, the constant temptation of freebies, wanting to buy books written by friends to support them, and Paul being a faster reader and recommending books to me, I will never tame the to-read pile.
It’s about enjoying the abundance of books now, and the freedom to choose a book based on whether it interest me at the time… or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.