Books I Read in 2014

Books I Read in 2014 - Paper Swallow Events

As I've been thinking towards 2015, making my business and personal goals for the year, I've also been reviewing my goals from 2014. I always like to see what approaches worked and which ones didn't. One of my goals for the year was to get back to my reading roots and read 24 books this year. (I flew through books growing up, but the habit died in college when I was too busy with other activities.)

Originally, I figured 2 books a month was a doable stretch. What I didn't expect was to be able to read almost 90 books this year! (And the year's not even over yet!) I guess reading was like riding a bike for me; once I jumped back in I just kept increasing my momentum as if I'd never had a reading lull. Reading has been a great way for me to unplug in the evenings and relax on stressful days, but I really surprised myself when I realized how the books had added up.

I always love hearing what others have been reading, and you all have seen the occasional Recent Reads posts I share, so I thought I'd share some of the books I read.

My Most Read Genre (Mysteries)
* Paper Towns (This one took me on an unexpected journey.)
* A Spy in the House (A young adult, Victorian mystery. The characters were intriguing.)
* Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (This was my favorite from the past year. I found it delightful.)
* The Curse of the Brimstone Contract(A steampunk mystery with elements of magic. I appreciated that, despite the romance, the heroine stayed consistent and true to herself from the beginning through to the last page.)
* The Anatomist's Apprentice (I really liked the characters in this one.)
* The Dark Unwinding + A Spark Unseen (Steampunk with a touch of mystery.)
* Fablehaven (This whole series was whimsical and delightful. I sped through them.)

Books I Put Down Halfway Through
* The Gardner Heist (Though this piece of history is intriguing, this book was too scattered and hard to follow.)
* Gone Girl (Too much crazy in this one, and I figured out the ending.)

Beautiful, Inspried Living
* The Essential Bar Book (Full of helpful, nerdy, and easy to digest info.)
* Happy Handmade Home (My favorite kind of decor book!)
* Meringue Girls: Incredible Sweets Everybody Can Make (So bright and delicious!)

This Book Made Me Cry Every Time I Thought About it for a Week
* The Fault In Our Stars ("I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.")

Noteworthy Business Books
* #GIRLBOSS (This one really inspired me. I am so ready to seize 2015 after finishing it a couple weeks ago.)

Most Helpful Decluttering/Minimalism Book
* The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Clear, concise, and engaging.)

These Books Broadened My Perspective of the World
* The Witness Wore Red (This one may be the one I found most worth my time. Heartbreaking and challenging. I learned a lot from this one.)
* I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends (Honestly, I'm not a Bachelor fan, but seeing what the contestants go through behind the scenes was intriguing.)
* Girl, Interrupted (Raw, honest, and real.)
* Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers (Quirky, quick to read, and inspirng.)

What about you? What are some of your reading highlights from this past year?

xoxo, Staci

P.S. Right now I'm reading Orange is the New Black. So far, it's fascinating. (I haven't watched the show yet, so no spoilers!)