Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress Report - 2/3 of the Way through 2014

Today, Sunday, is the end of August, which is 2/3 of the way through the year.  I'm on pace to read 72 books, which is good, but only 22,000+ pages, which is several thousand pages on the light side.  Out of the 48 books I've read, 15 have been 3.5 or 4.0.  But here's the funny part; out of those 15, I have no 4.0's.  I don't think I've ever been this far into a year without at least one 4.0, usually a lot more.  I can't really explain it.  I don't think I'm getting tougher since about 30% of those read are 3.5.  But, still.  No 4.0's? Crazy.  We'll see what happens these last 4 months (the book I'm reading now, Don't Look Back, by Gregg Hurwitz, will definitely not be a 4.0...or a 3.5...or...).

Here they are, in the order that I have read them:

1.   Harlan Coben - Missing You
2.   Jamie Ford - Songs of Willow Frost
3.   Richard North Patterson - Loss of Innocence
4.   Jennifer Ryan - Saved by the Rancher
5.   Tara Conklin - The House Girl
6.   Betty Auchard - Home for the Friendless
7.   C. Lee McKenzie - The Princess of Las Pulgas
8.   Kate White - Eyes on You
9.   Jonathan Tropper - This Is Where I Leave You
10. Betsy Franco - Naked
11. Rachael Herron - Pack Up the Moon
12. Suzy Vitello - The Moment Before
13. Ellen Sussman - A Wedding in Provence
14. Daniel James Brown - The Boys in the Boat
15. Natalie Baszile - Queen Sugar

And a couple of interesting (but useless) facts about these 15 books:

1.  9 of the 15 are Bay Area authors - 2,3,4,6,7,10,11,13,15
2.  1 of the 15 is a romance - 4
3.  2 of the 15 are YA's - 7,12
4.  1 of the 15 is non-fiction - 14
5.  7 of the 15 authors have appeared at VHOB - 4,6,7,10,11,12,13
6.  2 of the 15 have been, or will be, book club authors - 13,15
7.  1 of the 15 is in my top 24 all-time - 3 (Exile)

That's it.  Of course, I will be posting all 2014 books in early January.  And stay tuned for some more made-up, random lists.


  1. I went through a period where I wasn't loving much of what I read and I don't know if it was the books or my mood. I can't believe it's September already!

  2. I haven't had that happen, I'm happy to say. But I'm reading my 1st Gregg Hurwitz, his latest Don't Look Back. He came to Village House of Books, and he's a national best-selling author, so I thought I would give it a try. It's extremely underwhelming. I'm making myself get through it, but I fear it will be my 1st and last.

  3. Very impressive 2014 reading progress list. I can't boast of half that many books read.

    1. It's all about quality, not quantity, right?