I've put together a spreadsheet of all of the new books that I read in 2014, inspired by Ghost in the Machine's post chronicling what he read in 2013 (sorry if I'm stepping on your toes, Ghost), and it's been really interesting to review the data and use it to perhaps set some goals for 2015.

In other discussions about books and reading habits, some of you might know that I'm a big re-reader. I like to read my books again and again, and I usually have three or four books going at a time. Most of the time, this will be one new book and two or three re-reads, and I haven't been keeping track of the reading I've done that involves books I've read before.

So, here's the breakdown of the new books I read during 2014:

  • Total number of new books read: 22
  • Total number of (new) pages read: 8,701
  • These books were written by 8 female authors and 8 male authors
  • Genres included Autobiography (2), Fantasy (10), YA Fantasy (5), Humor (1), and Non-fiction (4)
  • 8 of these books were in paperback or hardcover, while 14 were eBooks

My favorites of this year include An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield.


The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.


And The Big Meow, by Diane Duane (the third in her trilogy of books about cat wizards, which are my favorite of all her books).


And this wasn't one of my favorites (the writing isn't the best and I was hoping for more information about animals), but I wrote a review about it because I couldn't figure out how this guy is still alive. It's notable for the sheer number of "Grizzly Man" predictions in the comments.


My to-read list for 2015 includes the other two Kingkiller books by Patrick Rothfuss, and the Culture books by Iain M. Banks, because I've seen lots of folks here speak so highly of them, and I want to read more science fiction this year.


How about you folks? How was your 2014 reading? What do you want to read in 2015?