My Reading Year 2014
I've experienced the most varied reading of my life this year. Being a bookseller will give you amazing access to books that might have stayed off your radar otherwise. I've read debut novels that blew me away. But I've also been lucky enough to read new books by established authors as well. Some that I wasn't even aware of until this year. I've been in Africa and on the streets of 19th century New York. I've been part of the apocalypse and part of the future. Another sector in my reading that saw a lot of variety was my nonfiction reading. Some of the best books on feminist icons came out this year. From books on Wonder Woman to the driving force behind the creation of The Pill. This past year I also read some fantastic young adult books. They are some of the most honest books I've read in my whole life. I am so grateful for each and every new perspective these books gave to me. Comics also saw a big rise this year. I have some new series that I'm really excited to continue in this new year. My mind has been expanded through these reading experiences.
That's all I can hope for in 2015. That is, my list can become more diverse across all fields. I'd like to explore more genres and certainly more authors. Discovering new books and authors to get excited about is what has been the most fulfilling part about becoming a bookseller to be honest. Though my classics book club, Much Ado About Classics, will keep me grounded in the Western Canon I look forward to new discoveries. I won't work from a specific reading list but I do have my heart set on reading more contemporary classics this upcoming year. I would like to immerse myself in past award winners from the Pulitzer to the National Book Award and other similar prizes. And of course, I'm always looking forward to new books that aren't even out yet. I have a feeling it's going to be another stimulating reading year. What about you? What books or authors were you excited about last year? What plans do you have for your reading this year?