Saturday, 13 December 2014

70 Books in a Year!

This year I read through the alphabet - a book beginning with "A," a book beginning with "B," etc. - and ended up reading an additional 44 books! I'm pretty happy with this. I haven't counted the number of books I've read in a year before, but the past couple of years I haven't been reading much at all. So this is definitely much more than I have been reading!

There were a couple of unexpected sticking points. Finding an "X" was difficult as predicted, but so was - oddly - the letter "C"! There were so many Es and Ls! Both "X" and "Z" technically begin with author's names, as they are translations and the translators helpfully named their finished products after the original writers, otherwise I'd never have gotten all these done!

With the exceptions of 8 books, these are all copies that I own. The reading through 26 books by letter sort of morphed into reading all the books I own, as I absolutely love Friends of the Library anywhere we go, and I am constantly buying books. I've not read half of all the books in my room. Hopefully next year I can continue to knock them out!

Articles (A, The, Etc.) don't count in titles, nor do names of series. Titles of books in descriptions are generally from the bottom to the top and left to right.

A - C

Alix and Nicky by Virginia Rounding
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl Files  by Eoin Colfer

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
By Fire, By Moonlight by Mary Stanton

Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler (see what I mean about desperate for a "C"?)




D - F

Darkwood by M. E. Breen
Divine One by Lynne Ewing

Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Artemis Fowl: Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
Eon & Eona by Alison Goodman
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Enchantress by Lynne Ewing
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce


The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R.Tolkien
Fairest & The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine
G - I

The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud
The Haunting by Lynne Ewing
The Horse & His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
In the Stone Circle by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

J - L

A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne


A Kingdom Far & Clear (The Complete Swan Lake Trilogy) by Mark Helprin
Korean Folk Tales by James Riordan [not pictured]

The Last Days of the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport (highly recommended!)
The Last Emperor by Edward Behr (highly recommended to avoid, lousy book)
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis




M - O
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis

Nicholas II by Marc Ferro (loved this one)
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Official Illustrated Guide to Twilight by Meyer (I was desperate for an 'O')
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer (then I remembered this book was also an 'O' Dx)
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper [not pictured]


P - R

Peony In Love by Lisa See (don't read unless you fancy being sick to your stomach)
Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy (I love this book and this Queen so much)

Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
S - T

Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
The Summoning by Lynne Ewing
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

The Two Towers by J.R.R.Tolkien
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (it's sort of sacrilegious to put these two books side-by-side in a photo)
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Tales from China by Cyril Birch [not pictured]
U - Z

Utopia by Thomas More

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S.Lewis

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Werewolves by Nancy Garden
Werewolf of Fever Swamp by R.L.Stine
Wild Magic & Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Xenophon's Anabasis by W.H.D.Rouse (boringest book in the history of boring)

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones

Zauzich's Hieroglyphs Without Mystery

Also J.R.R.Tolkien's little volume, containing "Smith of Wootton Major" and "Farmer Giles of Ham."
26 Books - first read in each letter


All 70 books in one shot - lots of stacks in the back too!

 So there we go - getting near the end of the year again! Love the month of December. I've got several projects to post about, so they'll be here very soon. Don't stop reading!

~x~