Books Report: What I Read in 2014

I set a goal to read 52 books in 52 weeks last year and I’m very excited to announce that I actually met and surpassed (though not by much as the grand total is 60) that very goal!  I’m very glad I stuck to this one and read all those books as it reminded me how very much I do indeed like to read.  Most of the books did happen to come from my oldest son’s personal library but he actually has pretty good taste in books so it worked out okay.

One thing I wish I would have done differently with this is kept a running list as I completed each book.  Going back and compiling this list from memory and old blog posts was a bit more work than it should have been to simply share with you a list of books.  However, I don’t like when I read posts that are simply lists of books and then, I have no idea if the reader enjoyed the book or hated it or what.  Doesn’t help me decide if I want to read the books or simply leave them on the shelf.

I’ve decided to rate each book on a scale of 1-5 on whether or not I liked it.  5 means I loved it and 1 means I could have spent my time better by catching up on Netflix shows. If I reviewed the book on the blog, I’ll just link to it.  A small e beside my rating means it was an e-book. The analytical side of my personality also thinks this list should be somewhat categorized even though it is a bit of an eclectic mix of young adult novels and science fiction novels mostly.


I’m a bit surprised at the short length of this category as this is usually my favorite genre to read but a sub-goal was to read more fiction so perhaps it is a measure of success that this list is so short.

  1. Duty by Robert M. Gates (4.5)
  2. Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen (3)
  3. Composed by Roseanne Cash (2.5)
  4. Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook by Maria Montessori (4e)
  5. Who Is Steven Spielberg by Stephanie Spinner (4)(YA biography)
  6. Chose to Lose by Chris Powell (4)
  7. Lips Unsealed by Belinda Carlisle (3.5)
  8. 31 Days to a Staged Home: A Step by Step Staging Guide for Preparing your Home to Wow the Market by Leslie Hoyt. (4.5e)
  9. Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (4.5)


  10. Under the Dome by Stephen King (4 and nothing like the television show)
  11. Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (previously published as All You Need is Kill)(3.5)
  12. Prelude to the Foundation by Isaac Assimov (5)
  13. The Foundation by Isaac Assimov (5)
  14. Second Foundation by Isaac Assimov (5)
  15. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Assimov (5)
  16. Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Assimov (5)
  17. Foundation and Earth by Isaac Assimov (5)
  18. World War Z by Max Brooks (4.5)
  19. Starbound by Joe Haldeman (2.5)
  20. Earthbound by Joe Haldeman (3)


  21. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (3)
  22. Wicked by Gregory Macgurie (4.5)
  23. Earthquake Games by Bonnie Ramthun (4.3)
  24. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4.8…can’t give it a 5 because it was too disturbing)


  25. The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo (3)
  26. Guardians Incorporated: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain. (2.8e)
  27. City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (4.5)
  28. The People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau (4)
  29. The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne Duprau (4)
  30. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne Duprau (4.5)
  31. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo (3.8)
  32. A Wind in the Door by Madeliene L’Engle (5)
  33. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeliene L’Engle (5)
  34. Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets (3)
  35. Stranded 2: Trial by Fire by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets (3)
  36. The River by Gary Paulsen (4)
  37. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (4.5)
  38. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (2.9)
  39. The Giver by Lois Lowry (2.5)
  40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rawling (4 but it was tough to get into it)
  41. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rawling (4)
  42. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rawling (4)
  43. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rawling (4 but this one was also tough to start)
  44. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rawling (4)
  45. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rawling (4.5…this was my favorite of the series)
  46. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rawling (4)
  47. Tales of Beadle the Bard by J.K. Rawling (4.3)
  48. Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (3)
  49. Maximum Ride, School’s Out Forever by James Patterson (3.5)
  50. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson (3)
  51. The Final Warning by James Patterson (2.9)
  52. Divergent by Veronica Roth (3)
  53. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (3.5)
  54. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (3)
  55. Four by Veronica Roth (3)
  56. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (4.8)
  57. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (4.8)
  58. The Death Cure by James Dashner (4.8)
  59. The Kill Order by James Dashner (4)
  60. The One Hundred by Kass Morgan (2.5, skip the book,watch the show on Netflix)*

I guess perhaps my reading goal for 2015 should be to read a bit more adult fiction although it is nice to relate to my teenage son by talking about the books he’s reading.  Right now, he’s really into the Michael Vey books but I’ve not read any although he highly endorses them.  I’m still struggling to finish The Hobbit which I started in December so we can go see the final movie installment.  J is working his way through the Harry Potter series and really likes them, so nice to see my non-reader find books he’s willing to go and read of his own initiative.  We’ve been reading our separate books together and that’s really nice as well.

What books spoke to you last year?


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7 thoughts on “Books Report: What I Read in 2014

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I think my favorite has to go to Assimov and Prelude to the Foundation. I keep checking in Half-Price books for a copy of I,Robot but it is hard to find. I suppose I could just break and order it online but I kind of enjoy just checking to see if it is there each time…

  1. Deanna

    Oooh, I love WICKED. I found I have another book written by that author. I also really enjoyed Gone Girl. Soooo creepy!

    Jenna has read a lot of the books that you’ve read 🙂 I LOVE teen fiction. I’m really into the author with the last name Dressen or Dessen, whatever she is, Sarah, I believe it is, and also Rainbow Rowell. She’s written books for YA and adults. So far I’ve read the YA books, and plan to read the adult ones at some point. I had to stop having them come to the library, I’d check them out, they’d sit, I couldn’t renew because they were on hold, and the cycle was never ending. I’ve got over 350 books on my ‘list’ for the library. I wish there was about 2 hours a day where the whole world just shut down and we were supposed to just read 😉


    1. Jean Post author

      I definitely want to read Son of a Witch now. Hopefully, the adult books will be as good as the teen books. I’m not quite over my attempt to read the Rick Riordan mystery books. That would be nice if it worked that way; just have to schedule time in our day to read although there never is enough time to read as much as we’d like…

      1. Deanna

        Too funny – so I finished my book that I was reading, and grabbed the next book that looked good – pink cover 😉 – and lo and behold, I’m sitting at the dance studio last night, ‘fixin’ to delve into this new book, and what do you know – geared for late teen/young adult LOL Oh well. I paid for it, and I do like teen stuff, so onward I go. I really like the format of the book – larger print, and easy to read pages. The book could be a little larger in size, so there are fewer pages, but I’m guessing it was meant to be a beach read.


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