I have been a member of Goodreads for years, and since 2011 I have participated in the annual reading challenge.  My goals and completed books in the first four years were:

2011: goal – 48; completed – 10
2012: goal – 36; completed -16
2013: goal – 24; completed – 25
2014: goal – 24; completed – 41

This year my goal was 48.  A little higher than what I managed to complete last year, but still a reasonable 4 books per month.  Given that when I’m enjoying a book I can finish it in a day or two, reading roughly 1 book each week is not unmanageable.

Today I started my 48th book of the year.  If I really pushed myself I could get it done yet this month and be 3 months ahead of schedule, but I’ve got other projects to tackle tonight.

Last year I did a Top Reads of 2014 post.  I’m not going to do that early, because I fully expect to complete another dozen books or more this year and don’t want to end up leaving out a really good one.  Instead, here’s a peek at what I’ve read this year, in chronological order.

  1. What I’d Say to the Martians and Other Veiled Threats by Jack Handey
  2. Suicide: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Tamara L. Roleff
  3. Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
  5. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
  6. The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder: a Reassuring Guide for Patients and Families by Dean A. Haycock
  7. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl by Stacy Pershall
  9. Cut by Patricia McCormick
  10. Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: a Clinical Approach by Elizabeth M. Varcarolis
  11. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  12. The 15-Minute Psychologist by Anne Rooney
  13. The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool by Wendy Northcutt
  14. Bipolar Disorder: a Clinician’s Guide to Treatment Management by Lakshmi Yatham
  15. The Happiness Project: or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
  16. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
  17. When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish: …and Other Amazing Tales About the Genes in Your Body by Lisa Seachrist Chiu
  18. The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia by Andrew Lih
  19. YOU: The Smart Patient: an Insider’s Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment by Michael F. Roizen
  20. Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  21. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  22. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  23. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
  24. The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha
  25. Furry Logic: Don’t Worry by Jane Seabrook
  26. Furry Logic: Love by Jane Seabrook
  27. Furry Logic: Wild Wisdom by Jane Seabrook
  28. The Dilbert Principle: a Cubicle’s-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams
  29. My Friend Leonard by James Frey
  30. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells
  31. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder by Monica Ramirez Basco
  32. If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently by Fred Lee
  33. 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work by Bob Nelson
  34. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
  35. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  36. The Little Book of Humorous Quotations edited by Alison Bullivant
  37. Altar of Bones by Philip Carter
  38. You’re Never Weird On the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
  39. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  40. What’s the Connection?: Amazing Links Among Seemingly Unrelated Things by Jake Oliver
  41. Why Intelligent People Are Overweight by Hedley Turk
  42. Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison
  43. Crazy Enough: a Memoir by Storm Large
  44. People I Want to Punch in the Throat: True(ish) Tales of an Overachieving Underachiever by Jen Mann
  45. Pills, Poetry & Prose: Life With Schizophrenia by Rebecca Chamaa
  46. The Road to Becoming a Survivor by R. R. Hayden
  47. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  48. Netomology: From Apps to Zombies – a Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World by Tom Chatfield (in progress)