What I Read in 2014

Hi guys! I completely meant to share this post at the end of last year and yet here I find myself, almost halfway through January.

Last year, I had a fun time sharing ‘reading lately’ posts every few months and plan to continue doing so this year. {You can view those archived posts here >> one, two, three, four and five.} I also guessed the total number of books I would end up reading in 2014 and that number was 27.

Surprisingly, I ended up reading 40 books. Wow! This number is according to the books I actually input on my Goodreads bookshelf, so it might be off by a couple books but overall, I’m really happy that I actually got that much reading done. I know my 2015 number probably won’t be so high (having a new baby + a toddler = crazy unknowns) but I still have a lofty goal of reading 50 books this year. We’ll see if that happens!

Below is a visual snapshot of the books I read in 2014, which actually shows 42 books total but I didn’t finish two of the books (if you’re wondering, it was ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and ‘The Perfect Summer’) which isn’t bad for someone who can’t stand leaving books halfway read.

So far this year, I’ve started out pretty slowly with my reading. After our vacation last month, things have been really busy for me so I currently just have one book on my nightstand. However, I’m about to add a few more to my stack including Cold Tangerines, Below Stairs, 30 Things to Do When You Turn 30, Notes from a Blue Bike and The Nesting Place just to name a few.

Besides my goal to read more books this year, something else I’d like to try is reading books that are outside my comfort zone. What I mean by this is that I always tend to default to fiction books. This year, I really want to dig into some more non-fiction and even other genres which I would normally not read. For me, it’s much more fun to read books that transport me to another time and place versus reading something that reminds me of being back in college and studying for tests. But I know that to continue growing personally, I also need to strike this balance of reading books which will nourish my mind & soul.

I’d love to hear if any of you all have reading goals for 2015, no matter how small or big they may seem. Remember that having accountability and other cheerleaders to support you in your reading is half the battle!

3 thoughts on “What I Read in 2014

  1. Elizabeth says:

    That’s awesome that you went over your expected mark!

    Last year was a good year for me as far as reading goes. I felt more myself than I have in a long time (I feel like reading is one of the more natural states I can be in). I ended up reading 51 books — one over my goal. I set the same goal this year because I thought I might be setting myself up for failure if I went higher, but seeing as I’ve already read 5 titles, maybe I’ll up it to 75?

    • Urban Wife says:

      Thanks, it felt good to bypass my low expectations. 😉 Way to reach and pass your reading goal! I love what you say about reading being one of the more natural states you can be in…that rings so true to me. I think 75 books for this year is completely doable for you!

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