On my completed 50 Book Pledge for 2014

50 book pledge 2014

I read 50 books in 2014. That’s probably more than I’ve read any other year. And for that fact, I am super proud I did the challenge – both the #50BookPledge and Goodreads’ Reading Challenge – because I ingested so many words, and that is exciting to me.

But I don’t think I’ll do this challenge again, or at least in 2015.

Not because I didn’t have fun, because I did, but because I felt rushed and pressured to read at a faster pace than I’m used to, and to catch up when I was behind, I’d read a lot of shorter books or graphic novels. Still books, but I feel like I cheated a bit.

I read a lot of books by women, some entire catalogues from writers, more memoirs than I’m used to, books for whose movies/TV shows I actually like better, lots of personal diary-like books, was reacquainted with my love for YA, read books I really didn’t like through to the end, was inspired so often to write my own fiction, learned more about voices, and made new friends and connections through reading. An amazing year!

I have waaaaay too many unread books stacked on my bookshelves. Most of them are novels, and I really want to read them. I would’ve never read 50 normal length novels this year! So for 2015, I’m excited to indulge in those. I will still keep track of how many books I read, I like that, but I don’t think I need to set a goal for myself. I think doing the challenge is good to get you back to your love of reading and to attempt to tone down those piles (shhh I know that doesn’t work, when I finish one book, I buy another).

So here’s what I read this year, starting from January.

  1. The Hunger Games 1 by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Hunger Games 2 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Hunger Games 3 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  4. Quarter Life Crisis: Only the Good Die Yung by Evan Munday
  5. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
  6. Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliffcapacity
  7. Capacity by Theo Ellsworth
  8. Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Wearyalone forever
  9. Alone Forever by Liz Prince
  10. I Am My Own Stereotype by Delaine Derry Green
  11. Fear of Fighting by Stacey May Fowles
  12. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  13. War of Streets and Houses by Sophie Yanowjournal
  14. Journal by Julie Delporte
  15. Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You’ve Made the Biggest Mistake of Your Life by Anonymous
  16. Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed? by Liz Prince
  17. Cat Person by Seo Kim
  18. Delayed Replays by Liz Prince
  19. My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl
  20. Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt
  21. The Fault in our Stars by John Greenthe rise and fall of great powers
  22. The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachmanmy salinger year joanna rakoff
  23. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
  24. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  25. Photobooth: A Biography by Meags Fitzgerald
  26. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  27. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamakieleanor and park and fangirl
  28. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  29. OMGcow 1: A semi-daily comic diary by Sheika Lugtu
  30. Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts
  31. All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwerseconds bryan lee o malley
  32. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  33. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  34. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  35. Sweet Affliction by Anna Leventhal
  36. Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier
  37. Everywhere Antennas by Julie Delportenot that kind of girl lena dunham
  38. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  39. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  40. An Age of License by Lucy Knisley
  41. The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault
  42. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  43. Tomboy by Liz Prince
  44. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  45. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney
  46. Eat It: Sex, Food & Women’s Writing by Nicole Baute and Brianna Goldberg
  47. The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell
  48. Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea
  49. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
  50. Something Wiki by Suzanne Sutherland

My top 10 favourites of these 50:

  1. Fangirl
  2. The Silkworm
  3. Eleanor & Park
  4. Not That Kind of Girl
  5. Yes Please
  6. Sweet Affliction
  7. This One Summer
  8. Cat Person
  9. Landline
  10. An Age of License

Did you do the challenge? What do you think? Are you going to do it this year?

Read along with me in 2015!

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