In 2014, I read 105 books. I'm not sure if I've ever read this many books in a year (I read a lot as a child and teenager, but I didn't track the exact numbers), and it even didn't feel like I spent all my free time reading. I read at night before falling asleep, I read in the plane (something I always do) and every now and then I'd spend a Saturday afternoon in the park finishing up a book.
I've read fiction and non-fiction. I've read digital books, print books and a good number of free e-books taken from blogs that I like.
At the end of the year, my Kindle of only 18 months old broke down, and somehow I can't seem to get a replacement from Amazon - only sales-pitches trying to sell me a new Kindle. Yes, I can read my Kindle books in the Kindle app, but it's not the same, it's not like digital ink. I also made the mistake of storing a number of books (blogger e-books, books from project Gutenberg, ..) only on my Kindle. Gone, gone, gone... But anyway, I'll keep my disappointment in the Kindle to myself or for another post, and focus on the lovely books I read this year.
You can find the full list of books I read on Goodreads.
Some other day, I will write a post on how to read this many books in a year, but today I'd like to highlight the 10 best books I read in 2014. The vast majority of these books were published in the last 10 years, but the publication dates are random.
Here's my list.
10. Wild - Cheryl Strayed
An easy read, anything but great literature; but it made me dream of lacing up my hiking boots and exploring some grand trails.
9. The China Study - Colin T. Campbell
This book focuses on the health benefits of a plant-based diet. The academic rigor in the (second half) of the book went missing, but nonetheless, it's a thoroughly referenced work.
8. Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer