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Notable Books of 2014

Before we get too far into 2015, here’s my recap of notable books read in 2014. I read 135 books last year and moved my book tracking collection over to Goodreads—you can see the full 2014 list here, but these are the highlights.

Books of 2013

I finally did it—I read 145 books in 2013, topping my record of 134 in 2004!

A few stats:

  • Average number of books read per month: 12.1
  • Highest number read in a month: 18 (December)
  • Lowest number read in a month: 8 (May, June, September)

Favourite books/series from this year, in no particular ... Read more

Books of 2012

Inspired by my book pal M, let’s wrap up the year in reading!

Number of books read in 2012: 92

Average number of books read per month: 7.6

Top 10 books/series in no particular order:

  • Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (and its sequel, the Magician King)
  • Status ... Read more

Four Books and One TV Show from My Youth, Re-Imagined With Modern Technology

1. The Baby-sitters Club Series by Ann M. Martin
Goodbye club meetings! Stoneybrook parents won’t tolerate having just three half-hours a week to book a sitter by phone. Instead, Kristy creates online babysitter bookings and hires a Bangalore call centre to field any phone inquiries. Virtual ... Read more

Found inside a library book


I looked up Curtis Grahauer and he appears to be a Vancouver artist: here’s an article on his work and his YouTube account. Thank you, Curtis, for such a brilliant moment of delight.

(The book is Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, if you’re curious.)

Witold Rybczynski

Well, over the past few months, I’ve become an unequivocal Witold Rybczynski superfan.

This all started after I picked up one of Witold’s books, The Most Beautiful House in the World, from the local library. I’d read his architecture criticism at Slate before, and I knew he was a renowned ... Read more