For the last few years I've been using Shelfari to keep track of what I've been reading and making reading goals for each year. 2014's goal was 48 books, and I managed to make it through 49. Yay!
I started using the hashtag #alisbookreport to share what I'm reading on instagram, and quickly realised that I am about as good at reviewing books as Andy Bernard is at reviewing food and art...
So, rather than write in-depth intelligent reviews of the best books I read this year, I'm reviewing ALL the books I read, Andy Bernard-style. Here they are, in reading order:
This photo doesn't show every book, as some were borrowed or digital copies.
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Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta - Pretty good.
Saving Wishes G.J. Walker-Smith - Implausible.
Dear Fatty Dawn French - Funny/sad/could've used more editing
Crazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan - Loved it! Sparkly and fun (and good to read while surrounded by crazy rich Asians in the Philippines).
The Interestings Meg Wolitzer - Misleading title. Not interesting.
The Boy: A Holocaust Story Dan Porat - Great.
NW: A Novel Zadie Smith - Not great.
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell - Young love! So well written.
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan - Didn't love it.
Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay - Loved this one (but it's sad).
A Long Way Down Nick Hornby - I like Nick Hornby. Consistently funny and good.
Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami - Perfect for reading in Japan!
Sixty-Nine Ryu Murakami - Also perfect for reading in Japan - a bit funny and silly in a good way.
Dodger Terry Pratchett - Victorian London shenanigans
Looking For Alaska John Green - Ugh want to slap everyone.
Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor - Set in Sydney. Yay Sydney!
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini - Great
A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia Thomas Keneally - Also great
The Girl Who Chased the Moon Sarah Addison Allen - Delightfully magical. I love this author.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs - Loved it until the scary monsters arrived.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green & David Levithan - Oooh shiny cover.
I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) Richard Polsky - Interesting look at a world I know nothing about (art buying).
Dirt Music Tim Winton - Yep. Good.
The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company David A. Price - Boring.
Hope: A Tragedy Shalom Auslander - Really bad.
Time Out of Joint Philip K. Dick - Yay! Time travel (sort of).
Ready Player One Ernest Cline - 80s geeky goodness
#GIRLBOSS Sophia Amaruso - Motivation! yeah!
Lullaby Chuck Palahniuk - Note to self: read more Palahniuk.
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak - Loved it. I thought the movie was really good too.
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway - Good. Long.
The Younger Man Zoe Foster - I can watch crappy chick flicks all day, so if this was a movie I'd be all over it. Not a great book though.
Marina Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Dark and Spanish and just wonderful. One of my favourite authors.
Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein - Love a good twin story.
Eucalyptus Murray Bail - Treeeeees.
S. Doug Dorst & J.J. Abrams - So cool! A love letter to 'real books'.
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Jonas Jonasson - Funny and silly.
Paper Towns John Green - Why so many Manic Pixie Dreamgirls John Green?
Oh Dear Silvia Dawn French - Would've been better as a play.
The Railway Children E. Nesbit - Delightful! but please stop playing near the bloody railway, it's really dangerous.
The Man From Snowy River Elyne Mitchell - Trashy novelisation of the movie adaptation of Banjo Paterson's poem. Loved it.
Hannah's Dream Diane Hammond - Heartwarming elephant story.
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen - Eh.
Voices from the Titanic: The Epic Story of the Tragedy from the People Who Were There Geoff Tibbals - I can consider myself an expert on the Titanic now.
Frog Music Emma Donoghue - Completely different to Donoghue's other novel, Room. Room was gripping. This was not.
New Patches for Old Christobel Mattingley - Read for the 500th time (yes, re-reads count towards the list). Old favourite.
The Mirrored World: A Novel Debra Dean - Russian.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne - I loved reading this! I want to read all of Verne's books now (I read Journey to the Centre of the Earth last week).
The Betrayal Helen Dunmore - The sequel to The Siege, which I read right before I went to the Philippines. I bought The Betrayal to read on the plane, and it somehow accidentally got packed with the books to be stored in Sydney. So I waited over two years to read this book, but it was worth it!
Phew! That was way too many books to talk about in one blog post. How about this year, I check in every ten books or so?
I'm aiming for 50 this year. It's going to be a bit harder as we won't be travelling as much as the last few years, and I don't have a regular train commute which is usually great reading time. I'll try anyway!
I'm going to ressurect my old #alisbookreport tag on instagram, so follow me there if you think reading is cool. I love talking about books!