January 4th, 2015


Books read 2014

I was bad at meeting my challenges, but I did have a wonderful year of reading.

Books read 2014

Aim: 144 books
Challenges to diversify my reading:
a play by Shakespeare per month [S]
a favourite reread per month [F]
finish a book begun a previous year
a Dutch book per month [D]
a classic per month [C]
an Australian novel per month [A]
a volume of literary non-fiction per month [L]

Ursuala K LeGuin, The Waters Rising
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall [begun in 2011]
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies
Bill Willingham, Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) [I love this series]
Bill Willingham, Fables: Wolves

Bill Willingham, Fables: Sons of Empire
Eva Sallis, Fire Fire [A]
Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin [C]
Shakespeare, Macbeth [F, S]

Bill Willingham, Fables: The Good Prince

Bill Willingham, Fables: War and Pieces
John Fletcher and John Spurling, Beckett: A study of his plays [L]
Joanne Horniman, Secret Scribbled Notebooks [F, A]
Neil Gaiman, Marvel 1602
Kurt Busiek, Marvels

George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords part one: Steel and Snow

Shakespeare, King Lear [S]
Bill Willingham, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
Julian Barnes, Levels of Life [F]
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea [C]

Marga Minco, Het Bittere Kruid [D]
Italo Calvino, The Literature Machine [L]
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
Richard Harland, World Shaker
Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Café [and short stories]

Shakespeare, Richard II [S]
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [F]
Brad Meltzer, Identity Crisis

Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon, Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Ellie Phillips, Dads, Geeks & Blue Haired Freaks
Melody Carlson, Just Ask
Katy Regan, How We Met
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [F]
Bill Willingham, Fables: The Dark Ages

Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the Only Fruit
Andrew Beasley, The Battles of Ben Kingdom: The Claws of Evil
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle, Let it Snow

Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape

Jennifer E Smith, This is What Happy Looks Like
Wendy Harmer, I Made Lattes for a Love God [A]
Virginia Woolf, The Waves (difficult to read but fantastic) [C, begun in 2012]
Elisabeth Murray, The Loud Earth [A]
Gail Carriger, Ettiquette & Espionage

Christie Hodgen, Elegies for the Brokenhearted
Natasha Solomons, Mr Rosenblum's List
Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: Jack of Hearts
Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: The Bad Prince
Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: Americana

Emma Cameron, Cinnamon Rain [A]
Gayle Forman, Just One Year
Clare and Michael Morpurgo, Where My Wellies Take Me
Noel Streatfeild, When the Siren Wailed

Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: Turning Pages

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [F]

[did a lot of reading for PhD proposal this month]

Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: The Big Book of War
Laura Lippman, The Girl in the Green Raincoat (A Tess Monaghan Novel)
Andrew Beasley, The Battles of Ben Kingdom: The Feast of Ravens

Patrick White, Happy Valley [A] [in which nobody is happy]
Rachael Herron, A Life in Stitches
David Sedaris, Chipmunk Seeks Squirrel
Steven Amsterdam, Things We Didn't See Coming
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin [C]

Marjorie Perloff, Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary [L] [a bit of a mindbender]
Cathy Brett, Everything is Fine (and Other Lies I Tell Myself)
Rene Belletto, Dying

Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies
John Green, Paper Towns

Robin McKinley, The Hero and the Crown [a brilliant story]
Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents [funny, of course]
Enrique Vila-Matas, Dublinesque [A literary meander on the bridge spanning the print and digital ages]
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms [I'm not sure that bleak ending was called for] [C]
Kelly Gardiner, Act of Faith [YA novel about the daring publishers of 17th C Europe]

Isabelle Allende, City of the Beasts
Rosie Borella, The One and Only Jack Chant [A]

Yvette Holt, Anonymous Premonition [a book of verse by an Indigenous Australian] [A]
Bill Willingham, Fables: The Great Fables Crossover
Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack

Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: The Fulminate Blade
Jonathan Rogers, The Charlatan’s Boy
Bill Willingham, Jack of Fables: The End
Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere [a nice one to read] [A]

Bill Willingham, Fables: Witches

Bill Willingham, Fables: Rose Red
Carole Wilkinson, Stagefright
Bill Willingham, Fables: Super Team
Roy Jacobsen, The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles
Hilary Mantel, Fludd

Bill Willingham, Fairest: Wide Awake
Bill Willingham, Fables: Inherit the Wind
Bill Willingham, Fairest: The Hidden City
Sean E Williams, Fairest: The Return of the Maharaja
Various authors, War Girls

Sarah Crossan, Apple and Rain
Shaun Tan, Tales from Outer Suburbia [A] [lovely to read and lovely illustrations]
Matt Sturges, Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life
Bill Willingham, Fables: Cubs in Toyland
Bill Willingham, Fables: Snow White

Bill Willingham, Fables: Camelot
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [F]
Melissa Kiel, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl [A]
Juliet Marillier, Dreamer's Pool [fantastic]
Ira Levin, The Stepford Wives

Enid Blyton, The Early Years at Malory Towers
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [F]
Billey Coffey, Snow Day
Rainbow Rowell, Attachments
TS Easton, Boys Don't Knit

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares [F]
Elisabeth Holdsworth, Those Who Come After [A] [Not sure the dismal ending was necessary]
107 books

This year I am again aiming to read 144 books, and have challenges categorised according to months in which to read the books, rather than one of various types of books per month, though other books are allowed as well.

January - February: books currently borrowed from libraries and friends (which I feel I should finally read and return)
March: books received for Christmas 2014 and 2013 (lest they languish unread on my shelves for years and people think I don't like receiving books for Christmas and give me other things instead)
April: Classics Month
May: Fun Month
June: Dutch Month
July - August: Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge (I suspect this one will need to be continued in following years)
September: Isobelle Carmody Month
October: reread Harry Potter
November: books owned for seven years or more and still not read
December: Australian fiction and Christmas stories

It will be amazing if I can read all of those books, and do oodles of reading for my PhD and not have my eyes fall out of my head. I think I must endeavour to always read in a well lit place and to get plenty of sleep each night.