Monday, June 30, 2014

The 2014 Mid-point Post

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that tomorrow is the first day of July! Where has this year gone? I guess I've been so busy reading that the days have gotten away from me. ;-)

So, I thought I'd do a mid-point rundown of my reading so far and then you all can share with me some of your favorite reads and numbers of books etc.

To date I've read 51 books by 51 different authors.
19 of those were written by women, 1 was written by a male/female writing team and the remaining 30 by men.
14 are unabridged audiobooks.
8 are debut novels.
31 are books written by authors I've never read before this year.
And 5 are non-fiction.

That's the lowdown on stats. Now, the fun part. The books at this point in the year that will be considered for my favorites list in December (in the order in which I read them):

The Stolen Ones by Richard Montanari
Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard
The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley
Talk by Michael Smerconish
The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn
Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Brand New World by Marcus Sakey
All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke

There are ten titles here, so obviously they won't all be on the final list--unless the second half of the year is really bad, but don't count on it--just consider this my mid-year favorites list. The titles linked above will go to my reviews. The remainder of the reviews are forthcoming.

So, your turn. What's knocked your socks off so far this year?


Beth F June 30, 2014 at 7:50 AM  

I need to organize my stats before too much more time goes by. Looks like you're having a great reading year.

Katharine Ott June 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM  

I don't have stats calculated, but my 4 and 5 stars books (not all written in 2014) this year so far are: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Blue Monday by Nicci French, The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickefoose, Journey by Aaron Becker, The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean, Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor, and The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. A great year so far!

Evelyn June 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM  

I really liked Koryta's Those Who Wish Me Dead, too, but my favorite book so far this year has to be The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. It was an international bestseller before being released here. Couldn't put it down!

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