I've got a few items for discussion along with some categorization for your reading pleasure.
1) I'm running an end-of-year contest. Make any comment on this post, and you will be entered in a drawing. The winner gets to pick any book from my 2014 list.
2) Here are the books I read this year by category (I'm including the 5 that I edited or early read):
Literary Fiction - 24
Mystery/Thriller/Suspense - 19
YA (young adult) - 7
Memoir - 6
Romance - 4
Anthologies/Essays - 3
Middle Grade - 4
Fiction/Memoir - 2
Non-Fiction - 1
Fable/Coming-of-Age - 1
Legal Treatise - 1
3) I've already mentioned that I started 5 books this year that I didn't finish. This might be more DNF's than I ever had - collectively! Are they books that just weren't any good? No, I don't think so. It just may be that I've got a shorter attention span now than in past years. I think we can all concede that possibility! I won't give you any names. But I will tell you that 1 is an internationally prominent author with 14 novels and 6 anthologies. And another 1 is the January book that was picked for the 4th Tuesday Night Book Club at Books, Inc. Palo Alto. Kind of surprising.
4) Finally, I have a question for you. I'm ready to start my 5th year of blogging. Help me determine if I should be blogging more? Less? The same? Please be honest. I don't want you to see a post and say: "Not again (groan)!" But I also don't want you to say: "Finally. Where have you been?" (I feel fairly confident that there won't be many of you in this category!). Or is it like when Goldilocks falls asleep in the little bear's bed? "Ah, just right." I'll let everybody know what the consensus is.
That's it, people. I'm looking forward to another year with all of you.