I’m having a grand old time getting my taxes organized…perhaps not. But in the course of said organization, I made a tally of books read in 2014. The bulk of what I’ve read were ebooks purchased from our Beloved Overlord, er, Amazon, and since they send an email for each book purchased, it’s easy to count them up.
Print books I purchased at either my local Barnes & Noble (the only big-box bookstore still in my area), my local IBS* (we have a few very nice ones) and my local UBS* (again, a couple great ones) are harder to track. I’d have to (a) remember that I read it or (b) stumble across it on one of my myriad bookcases. Much trickier. Also, there are a not insignificant number of picture books I bought for my granddaughter. I include a couple below, but can’t recall all of them.
So I won’t claim this is a complete list of the books I read. I have eliminated those I bought and started, but did not like well enough to finish. First the Amazon list:
12 Years a Slave
The Rosie Project
Hercule Poirot & the Greenshore Folly
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities
The First Phone Call from Heaven
A Monster Calls
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
Boy Meets Boy
The School for Good & Evil
The Great Greene Heist
The Summer Prince
Magic Under Glass
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Things
The Only Thing to Fear
Charm & Strange
Ship of Souls
And the print books purchased from brick and mortar stores or other venues:
Ball Don’t Lie
Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Other Side
The Star Fisher
Shadow Hero (addition)
El Deafo (addition)
I’m pleased to note that of the
41 43 I could account for, 31 33 were books either by diverse authors and/or featured diverse main characters. Apologies for not including author names–I have a new resolution to make my blog posts quicker and simpler. If you can’t figure out the author, ask me in the comments.
So for those who might be thinking diverse books are hard to find, do the math here. A full 75% of my reading material this year (possibly more since there might be a few I haven’t accounted for) is diverse. And there are many more I’m eagerly looking forward to reading, both new, and classics.
Happy reading to all in 2015.
*IBS – Independent Book Store, such as my local fave, Face in a Book.