2014 {by the books and other things}

I wrote this whole long post about 2014 and things that worked for me this year and when I went to edit it today, I discovered that it didn’t exist.

Well. That is a true tragedy if ever I’ve heard of one.

I have zero desire to recreate it, but I do want to give a kind of summary of my year. So here it is, starting with my true favorite past time: a year in books. I am a total data dork and have kept a spreadsheet of books I’ve read since I started keeping track at the beginning of 2007 (471 books, in case you’re wondering). Here are some stats for this year:

Books read: 88

Average number of pages: 324

Total pages read: 28,525

Longest book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 870 pages

Shortest book:

Best fiction books:

  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: A fast-paced and surprising historical mystery with overlapping moments in the modern day.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir: A crazy-good science novel about what happens when a man is stranded on Mars alone. Lots of math and science but so well-done that I couldn’t put it down!
  • A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers: The first in a trilogy of sin and love and God’s beautiful redemption. One of Rivers’ best.
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving: Never have I read a book with a more perfect ending. I laughed and cried reading this. I felt like John and Owen were such real and perfectly flawed characters. There was a great amount of suspense in here as well that kept me wondering: what happens?!
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity: Alice hits her head at the gym and loses her memory. She doesn’t remember who she is or that her marriage has failed. Bit by bit it all comes back and we see in a beautiful way what she forgot and how she remembers.

Best non-fiction books:

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Funny and surprisingly inspirational. I have a girl-crush on you, Amy Poehler.
  • The Chosen by Jerome Karabel: A thorough look at the history of acceptance at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. A slow book to read but packed with SO much information for higher ed dorks (and even just the curious!). So much more than you could ever imagine about the admissions process.
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell: A book that made me so glad I got to be a big fish in a small pond. A fascinating look at the underdog.
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddartha Mukherejee: Who in the world knew cancer could be so fascinating? A complex look at the history and treatment of cancer, including the political and social sides of it.

What else is new? Let’s see. I moved in June (well, I moved my stuff in June. Then I spent all of June and July and half of August living out of suitcases and sleeping on a futon as I dog sat, attended an out-of-state wedding, and dog sat some more!). I settled in with my friends Michael and Megan in August and plan on not looking at a cardboard moving box again until I get married!

In October I began the process of being promoted at work. Several things opened up at once for me and God firmly closed some doors. In the process I learned a lot about faith, trust, and many other valuable things. I’m excited to be starting 2015 as the Administrator of the church I’ve attended for four and a half years and worked at for a little more than a year and a half!

I got to take several trips this year: an eight-day trip to Missouri to see my friend Hillary get married, and another trip at the start of October to Sacramento to visit my friend Claire and her family. (Have you ever taken the train for 13 and a half hours? I HAVE! It was awesome and horrible all at once!)

I also watched every episode of Grey’s Anatomy from start to finish. (Don’t judge me… I also read 88 books this year!).

I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings with books, work, friends, and more importantly with the Lord! <3 to all of you!

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One thought on “2014 {by the books and other things}

  1. Anne says:

    The Chosen sounds interesting. I like reading about things like that. I read a fiction book last year based on a woman’s experiences as an essay/admissions coach. Insightful. :) I’ve liked all of the other Gladwell books I’ve read. I should check this one out, too. Thanks for the list!

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