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Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2015

my year in books - 2014

Hello to my first end-of-the-year-review which is published at the beginning of the new year because I didn't have time earlier to sit at the computer and write this nice long post. 
The play is over. Today was my first day back at work and oh my, what a change. I'm totally out of my normal rhythm and it will probably take some days to find back into my old schedule. But it was all totally worth it! The play was sooo much fun again this year. I already miss all my wonderful acting peeps. It was a great success, we were sold out most of the shows and people really loved it. They laughed until they cried and we got told repeatedly, how great it was and how much they enjoyed watching us. And after all, that's exactly the reason why we're doing all of the work, isn't it?

Anyhow, I have this blog post in my head for a while now. I joined the year in books in October, so I didn't really have the chance to show you all of the books that I read in this year.

At some point during the year I set myself the goodreads reading challenge goal of finishing 40 books this year. And I'm really proud that I was not only able to achieve this goal but also to read MORE. 47 books in total, to be exact. Of course, the fact that I commute to work by train since August and have therefore a solid 1,5 hours to read everyday really helped.

And because I am a person who just LOVES lists and statistics I'll give you now all the useless and helpful information regarding to my reading! 
Quick add: I won't review books in this post, I'll be doing this in my monthly year in books posts and may write some reviews for all the books that I've read before October. But enough of the talking, here we go, in chronological (the order in which I read them) order, I present to you: 


1) T.C. Boyle - San Miguel
2) Daniel Kehlmann - F
3) Carson McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (reread)
4) Jonas Jonasson - Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte (The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden)
5) Nick Hornby - A Long Way Down (reread)
6) Haruki Murakami - Naokos Lächeln
7) N.H. Kleinbaum - Der Club der toten Dichter (the dead poets society)
8) John Updike - Terrorist
9) Herman Melville - Moby Dick
10) Stephen King - Christine
11) James Kirkwood - P.S. Your Cat is Dead
12) Nick Flynn - Another Bullshit Night In Suck City (bought just because of the title. I loved it!)
13) Anna Gavalda - Zusammen ist man weniger allein (reread, Hunting and Gathering)
14) Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Of Love and other Demons
15) Stephen King - Four Past Midnight
16) John Grisham - The Firm
17) Verena Roßbacher - Schwätzen und Schlachten
18) E.L. James - 50 Shades of Grey (review here)
19) Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch (review here)
20) Cheryl Strayed - Wild (review here)
21) Robert Galbraith - The Cuckoo's Calling
22) Romain Puertolas - Die unglaubliche Reise des Fakirs, der in einem Ikea-Schrank feststeckte 
23) Daniel Glattauer - Die Wunderübung
24) Marian Keyes - Sushi for Beginners
25) Lawrence Sanders - McNally's Puzzle
26) Sarah Kuttner - Wachtsumsschmerz
27) John Lutz - Single White Female
28) Anna Gavalda - Nur wer fällt lernt fliegen
29) Robert Ludlum - The Scorpion Illusion
30) Robert Galbraith - The Silkworm
31) Stephen King - Die Arena (Under the dome)
32) Heinrich Steinfest - Der Allesforscher
33) Stefan Slupetzky - Polivka hat einen Traum (review here)
34) Wolf Haas - Brennerova (review here)
35) Noah Gordon - The Medicus (review here)
36) Stephen King - Brennen muss Salem (Salem's lot, review here
37) Sebastian Fitzek - Der Augensammler (review here)
38) Vea Kaiser - Blasmusikpop, oder wie die Wissenschaft in die Berge kam (reread, review here)
39) Nick Hornby - Funny Girl (review here)
40) Chuck Klosterman - Downtown Owl (reread, review here)
41) Donal Ryan - The Thing About December (review here)
42) J.K. Rowling - The Casual Vacany (reread, review here)
43) Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex (reread, review here)
44) Theodora Bauer - Das Fell der Tante Meri
45) Lauren Graham - Someday, Someday Maybe
46) Boris Hillen - Agfa Leverkusen
47) Thomas Raab - Still, Chronik eines Mörders

I read nearly 19.000 pages in this year. Quite impressive, isn't it?

I really liked putting this list together, going over the books that I read. There are surprisingly many books which I've read for the first time. I thought that I had more "rereads" (I hope you understood, what I meant by that, basically, these are books which I've read at least once previously).

I've already finished my first book in 2015, you will read about it in my next "year in book post" which I'm already looking forward to! And this morning I started to reread the Harry Potter Series, which I bought on my holiday in London. 
January will be a no-spend-month, which means that I won't buy anything except food. I'm trying to do this every other month now, but that's the topic of another post. So I can't buy any new books this month and I therefore switched to my old ones. And believe me, I have enough of those!

My new reading goal for 2015 is at least 50 books. Like I said, I already finished the first one. It's part of my new years resolution, which also will be told in another post.

Anyway, I'm babbling. I just want to add that I love writing my year in book post, although I've done them slightly different. Rather than picking out a book that I WANT to read in that month, I always talked about the books which I've read in the previous months. So I'm actually always a month behind. That's because I'm never able to tell which book I'll read next. And I don't want to decided that in advance. I always surprise myself with my choices.

So, tell me, do you have any reading goals for this new year? Did you read some of the books in my list? If so - how did you like them? I'm really curious!

Happy Reading! :)

P.S.: If anybody knows if it's possible to add a goodreads-button (and Instagram for that matter) to my blog I would really appreciate your help. I'm somehow not able to get these to things in my sidebar! :(

5 Kommentare:

  1. Hallo Emma!

    Eine schoene Buecherliste hast du hier gemacht! :) Ich lese momentan gerade den neusten Fitzek - Passagier 23. Er ist genauso spannend wie der davor: Noah, den ich vor 12 Monaten las! Ich kaufer mir die Buecher immer, wenn ich mal wieder in Deutschland auf Besuch bin!

    Vor Fitzek hatte ich gerade die Kraehenmaedchen Trilogie von Erik Axl Sund gelesen, sehr spannend aber auch nicht so amuesante Lektuere!

    Du hast ein schoenes Blog, ich werde Dich mal zu meiner (immer groesser werdenden) Leseliste dazufuegen! ;)

    Schau auch mal ruhig bei mir vorbei! :))

    Ingrid xx

    1. Fast vergessen: hier findest Du, wie Du den Instagram Widget bei Blogger einfuegst. Ich habe es eben auch auf meiner Seite gemacht und es hat geklappt! :)
      Ingrid xx

    2. Hallo Ingrid,
      danke fürs Kommentieren! Ich war von meinem Fitzek ehrlich gesagt nicht so begeistert. Nachdem meine Cousine aber so von seinen Büchern schwärmt werde ich ihm gerne noch eine zweite Chance geben!
      Danke für's Hinzufügen, werd mir gleich mal deinen Blog ansehen!
      Liebe Grüße, Emma

  2. Wow what a lot of reading! So glad the play went well., looking forward to reading about your reads this year again :)

    1. Oh yeah, I'm aiming for at least 50 books this year. The first two are already done! :)