Let's face it. I read a lot of books in 2014. Call it a "humble brag" if you will. At the beginning of 2014 I set a goal to read 100 books. The reason for the high number - I simply love graphic novels. I tagged along on so many adventures this year and fell in love with new characters, authors, and illustrators. On occasion, I wanted to throw a book across the room (I resisted this urge - I know you are disappointed to hear that) or simply wished I could have my time back to devote to a better book. I read more than one book (not just graphic novels mind you) in one day. I also joined a local book club - which just encourages this crazy, wonderful habit of mine.
When I set that goal, I did not realize how many books I would end up checking out of the Madison Public Library, but their collection is so outstanding that I just could not help myself. I tend to get half to two-thirds of the books I read from the public library despite my shelves being filled with books I still need to read (which is why my goal for 2015 is to read at least 25 books from my personal collection... hopefully more, especially those I have started but never quite got around to finishing due to work, projects, and life). I am still surprised at how many people look confused when they ask if they can borrow a book that I recommended on Goodreads or Facebook only to find out that I simply checked it out of the library. Therefore, I decided my first approach to the books I read in 2014 would simply be a visual: books I checked out of the library and books I read from my personal collection. The total number was 121: 120 books read and one lonely audiobook that I listened to on a trip. In the next few weeks I will be handing out my favorites / "best ofs." But until then, let me present to you a visual of the books I read in 2014 (listed as the more recently read). Hope it not only inspires you to read, but also check out your local public library collection.