Whatcha Reading?

P1000065One of my goals this year was to read 100 books and I am happy to report that this one time I accomplished what I set out to do.  I know a lot of you don’t have the time to read and this year I was determined to make the time and I did.   Sometimes that meant that perhaps I might have neglected a few things along the way but by golly—-I read my book!

I have pretty eclectic taste when it comes to what I read and I am game to give just about any book a go but as I wrote about before here I am not adverse to setting one aside if it does not thrill me.  Life is way too short to waste time reading something that does not enthrall and delight.

I decided to pick my top 5 from what I have read this year and they are as follows:

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. The Fault in our Stars by John Greene
  3. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  4. Pontoon by Garrison Keillor
  5. And a 4 Way tie for number 5 between:  Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman,  A Woman Lost and Marionette by T.B. Markinson and The Subway Chronicles : More Scenes from Life in NY by Jacquelin Cangro

What has been  your favorite book that you would recommend to me?   I would love to read it!   Please leave it in the comments and feel free to comment on my list of books for the year.

  1. Be The Miracle by Regina Britt
  2. Trouble in Love Valley by “Cotton” Ketchie
  3. Family History by Dani Shapiro
  4. Heaven Preserve Us by Cricket McRae
  5. A.P.E.  Author Publishing Entrepreneur by Guy  Kawasaki i
  6. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
  7. The Fashion Police by Sibel Hodge
  8. Free Gift with Purchase by Jackie Pilosoph
  9. Finding Mia by  Rachel Burke
  10. The Soul of it All by Michael Bolton
  11. Giving from the Heart: 57 Ways to Show Your Love by Linda Johnson
  12. Dangled Carat by Hilary Rick Grossman
  13. Run by Ann Patchett
  14. My Adventures with Kolby (and I don’t mean the cheese.) by Charles Caponi
  15. Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
  16. Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis
  17. The Art of Clean Up:  LIfe Made Neat and Tidy by Ursus Wehrli (Mainly pictures but still counts!!!)
  18. Making Piece by Beth M Howard
  19. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–a Memoir by Kelle Hampton
  20. Six Years by Harlan Coben
  21. Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb
  22. That Quail, Robert By Margaret A Stanger
  23. Born Amish by Barbara Yoder Hall
  24. Armed and Fabulous by Camilla Chafer
  25. Fifth Avenue by Christopher Smith
  26. Running of the Bulls by Christopher Smith
  27. From Manhattan with Love by Christopher Smith
  28. 11 by James Patterson
  29. The Gift of Pet Stories Only a Vet Could Tell by Bruce R Coston DVM
  30. While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
  31. Never Tell by Alafaiar Burke
  32. Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
  33. In The Garden of Thought by Dodinsky
  34. Little Night By Luanne Rice
  35. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
  36. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwall
  37. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
  38. Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
  39. Fade Away by Harlan Coben
  40. Wright Again: The Historic Park Inn by Pat Schultz, Dana Thomas and Scott Borcherding
  41. The Repurposed Library:  33 Craft Projects that Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipiati
  42. Eco-Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle by Susan Wasinger
  43. Reinvention Sewing With Rescued Materials by Maya Donenfeld
  44. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  45. The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweizer
  46. The Baritone Wore Chiffon by Mark Schweizer
  47. Pros and Cons: A Short Story by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  48. Playing With Books:  The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining  the Book by Jason Thompson
  49. Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury
  50. Frank Lloyd Wright by Thomas A Heinz
  51. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  52. Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods
  53. Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs
  54. Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas
  55. A Woman Lost by T B Markinson
  56. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  57. Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  58. Valley So Sweet by Bert Raynes
  59. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  60. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
  61. Ten Beach Road  by Wendy Wax
  62. Indiscretion by Charles Dubow
  63. Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
  64. Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates
  65. The Subway Chronicles: More Scenes from Life in NY by Jacquelin Cangro
  66. Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag
  67. Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  68. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  69. Any Place I Hang My Hat by Susan Isaacs
  70. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
  71. Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman
  72. Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham
  73. Shatter by Michael Robotham
  74. The Big Bang by Linda Joffe Hull
  75. The Silent Wife: A Novel by A.S.A. Harrison
  76. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  77. The Husband’s Secret by Liabe Moriaty
  78. True Colors by Kristin Hannah
  79. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krieger
  80. God Always Has a Plan B by Scott Degelman (Hallmark)
  81. The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew–Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idilbiy, Priscilla Warner and Suzanne Oliver
  82. From the Grounds Up by Sandra Balzo
  83. The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry
  84. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  85. Trains and Lovers by Alexander Smith
  86. The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby
  87. Wish I Weren’t Here by Sandra Bricker
  88. Grub by Elise Blackwell
  89. Swimsuit by James Patterson
  90. Marionette by T. B. Markinson
  91. Shakespeare’s Counselor by Charlaine Harris
  92. Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Balzoo
  93. Butter by Anne Pennig
  94. Rare Traits by David George Clarke
  95. Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne LaMott
  96. Pontoon by Garrison Keillor
  97. Hit Me by Lawrence Block
  98. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
  99. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  100. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  101. The World’s Strongest Librarian by John Hannigame
  102. Grounds for Murder by Sandra Balzo
  103. Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  104. The Senior Moment by Eva Hudson



  1. OMG! You made my day! I am so honored to share the spot for #4 – I love you Beth Ann

    Here is a book you should read – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – it is by far the best book I have read in a very long time!

    • Okay—I am adding it to my list!! i have heard of it but not read it yet so now I will in 2014! And of course you had to have a spot on my list!!!! It was hard to choose this year so I cheated! 🙂

  2. Love your list! I’ve read only 4 of your 104 so I have lots of great ideas! Thank you!

  3. My favorite fiction book I read this year was NECESSARY LIES by Diane Chamberlain and favorite non-fiction was DAVID–SEEKING A HEART LIKE HIS by Beth Moore. You did great just picking 5 best out of 100, I had trouble picking my 10 best out of 70.

  4. Wonderful! A resolution I could really get in to!! My fave for the year was “A Year on Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball.

  5. WOW! Your list is awesome.
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer and Barrows although it came out in 2008 captured me this year. Glad I finally found time to read it and quickly too. It was a real page turner with engaging characters and its epistolary format.

  6. Michelle@SimplifyLiveLove.com says:

    What a list! Great job!!

  7. This is incredible that you read more than 100 books. Wow. I really need to read more.

    My favorite book from the past year was Ordinary Grace by Minnesota author William Kent Krueger.

    I bet you’re fitting in some reading time right now on the beach???

    • Will have to check and see if I can find that one, Audrey. And yes—reading here after spending the day exploring. Got some great shots today and now am settling in to read one I found in the condo that looks intriguing!!!

  8. WOW. Nice work. Of-course, I would like to point out that I think it is a bit wishy-washy to have a 4 way tie for number 5—Just sayin’
    The Goldfinch topped my list and I just finished a no brainer, like all the others, Nora Roberts book–The first of the Dark Witch Trilogy—I liked it. Now, I will have to pick a few more from your list and readers suggestions and read on!

    • It is totally wishy washy on my part but I could not leave any of those 3 ladies out since they are all “friends” now. 🙂 I am loving the suggestions from everyone and you know that your recommendation of The Goldfinch was excellent!

  9. Beth Ann, you’re amazing — 100 books in a year? No way have I managed to do that! Of course, between work and writing my own novel, I don’t exactly have a lot of “free time,” but that’s nothing but an excuse. Anybody who wants to write had better read. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • I am not amazing—just have more time than some folks. When Chris travels and I go along I make the most of that time! And I am also not writing a novel. 🙂

  10. You inspired me to make a reading list for 2014! This is what I have so far:
    • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by: Mary Ann Shaffer
    • The Casual Vacancy by: J.K. Rowling
    • Into Thin Air by: Jon Krakauer
    • The Color Purple by: Alice Walker
    • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by: Jamie Ford
    • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by: Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Where’d You Go Bernadette by: Maria Semple
    • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
    • The Light Between Oceans by: M.L. Stedman
    • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by: Rachel Joyce
    • Wonder by: R.J. Palacio
    • The Book Thief by: Marcus Zusak
    • Heaven by: Randy Alcorn
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by: Ken Kesey
    • The Count of Monte Cristo by: Alexandre Dumas
    • Roses in December: Comfort for the Grieving Heart by: Marilyn Willett Heavilin
    • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by: Wes Moore
    • Eleanor and Park by: Rainbow Rowell
    • Out of the Easy by: Ruta Sepetys
    • Life After Life by: Kate Atkinson

    • I am so excited that you shared all that you read!!! I am putting a bunch of these on my list to read in 2014 and we can compare. Someone else recommended The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so that one has to come first! Hope you are healing up well!!!!

  11. Wow! Over 100 books. That’s amazing. And I’m honored to be on the list and in the top five! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  12. Huh, I think my comment disappear. If I remember correctly I said: Wow! Over 100 books. That’s amazing and I’m honored to be listed in the top five. Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

  13. Speak Memory by Vladamir Nabokov was my favorite read this year. I wrote a gushy post about it earlier this month.

  14. I am slightly jealous that you were able to read so many books. I really wish I had more time to read and want to try to read a bit more in 2014. Happy New Year!!!

  15. I also read #1 and #2 and my list also shows I read some of the same authors but not the same book. I will never do 100 in a year but I do love to read.

  16. Wow. I would be happy to read ONE book in the entire year. I read Dangled Carat and loved it of course, but most of my free time I can only squeeze in the blogs I follow. I also had some trouble getting my ereader to work this year. I would download a book – but it wouldn’t appear on my reader at all. It got so frustrating, I gave up. But now someone told me how to fix that, so from your list I would definitely like to catch up with a few of my faves: Tami Hoag, Patricia Cornwell, and I love, love Harlan Coban.

    • We have several favorite authors in common!!! I love finding new authors to love and share. There are so many wonderful writers past and present (and future) and not enough time!

  17. This post must have taken forever! I didn’t make a reading list this year, but my favorite read this year has to be the Hunger Games Trilogy. I am re-reading it right now & still finding it fascinating!

  18. Wow! You’ve done well. I read about 30 books this year and feel good about that. You can never read too much!

    • You also write and tour and travel and speak and do a zillion things more than I do! That is what I am saying—-I have a lot more free time than a lot of folks! 30 is great!

  19. I’m so flattered that my book was one of your favorites for the year! Thank you so much. To be in the company of those wonderful authors is amazing to me!

    We both had ME BEFORE YOU on our lists. Isn’t that just a lovely story that stays with you?

    • I kind of cheated with my top 5 but I couldn’t choose! I did love your book! And yes— my BFF recommended That one along with a box of Kleenex! She was spot on.

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