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2014 Book Roundup

2014 Book Roundup

Well, 2014 has come and gone, and I can already tell that 2015 is going to be an even better year. I can just feel it. 🙂

During the holidays, I’m sad to admit that my blogging got away from me. But I’m back, and I would like to take a post to look at what I read in 2014. I surpassed my goal of 35 books (thanks to my inclusion of audiobooks) and read a total of 36 books. But what would I like to change about my reading habits this coming year? First, let’s look at what I read in 2014.

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell****
2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn****
3. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks***
4. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald**
5. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney*
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell****
7. Serena by Ron Rash****
8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*****
9. The Walking Dead: Book One by Robert Kirkman****
10. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut**
11. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume***
12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*****
13. One for the Money by Janet Evonovich****
14. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates****
15. Looking for Alaska by John Green***
16. The Maze Runner by James Dashner**
17. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer***
18. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan****
19. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini****
20. Under the Dome by Stephen King****
21. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed****
22. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews****
23. Landline by Rainbow Rowell****
24. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Read my review here.)*****
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Read my review here.)*
26. French Lessons by Ellen Sussman***
27. Ship of Theseus by Doug Dorst****
28. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan****
29. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (Read my review here.)****
30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams***
31. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper****
32. 1984 by George Orwell****
33. 11/22/63 by Stephen King****
34. Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckhoff***
35. The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn***
36. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta**

My Favorite Books: Little Women; The Fault In Our Stars; The Marriage Plot

My Least-Favorite Books: Both Sides of Time; 1Q84

Audiobooks: Under the Dome; 1Q84; French Lessons; Dad is Fat; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; 11/22/63; The Leftovers

Book Club Books: Serena; Breakfast of Champions; Eleven Kinds of Loneliness; Crazy Rich Asians; The Marriage Plot; This Is Where I Leave You; Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Classics: This Side of Paradise; Little Women; Breakfast of Champions; 1984

I’m pretty pleased with my list and believe it to be fairly well-rounded. I tackled four classics and read a variety of genres, from contemporary and memoirs to non-fiction and short stories. Being a part of a book club definitely helped me get to books I otherwise wouldn’t have picked up. Next year I think I’d like to read even more classics…let’s say six…and a couple more pieces of non-fiction.

Are you happy with your 2014 reading list? What’s on your 2015 must-read list? Happy reading!



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Goodbye 2011; Hello 2012

Goodbye 2011. Hello 2012. It’s the end of another year—a great year, in fact.

In 2011 I got the chance to travel around the states. I journeyed to Southern California for work and for pleasure; I vacayed in Minnesota with a great group of friends; I went on a road trip to St. Louis with two of my closest girlfriends; I gave presentations on making apothecary basics in Pennsylvania and Washington; and I discovered the great city of Portland, Oregon with my sister-in-law.

2011 also marked the first year of simply gina. I’ve enjoyed sharing my favorite local restaurants, recipes, styles, products, books, DIY projects and more with all of you. I hope to increase my blogging efforts in 2012. In fact, I hope to improve the quality of my blog posts—it’s one of my new year’s resolutions. I want to be more personal with all of you. Working at a magazine I realize that a lot of my writing tends to sound like it came from the pages of a consumer publication. And really, this is one of the reasons why I started a blog—to find my own voice and embrace it. So here’s to writing with personality!

My other new year’s resolution you ask? It may be cliché, but it’s to get into shape. I don’t necessarily want to lose weight, although that would be a welcome bonus, but I want to get fit and not run out of breath after just one lap around my neighborhood. In 2012 I would like to run a 5K (that would be a big deal for me!) and participate in the Kansas City Warrior Dash, an event I’ve already signed up for. Yikes! (My biggest Warrior Dash fear? It’s not the jumping over fire that terrifies me, but the diving into a mud pit. I really don’t like getting muddy.)

{I kid of course. *wink*}

So thanks to everyone who reads my blog. Hugs all around and here’s to another great year! I’ll leave you with my top ten posts of 2011. Did you have a personal favorite? Would you like me to write about something specific? Leave me a comment and let me know! Hearing from my readers truly makes my day.

10. What I’m Craving: 25th Birthday Wishes

9. What I’m Craving: Apothecary Jars

8. My Style: Final Friday Frills

7. What I’m Inspired By: Pinterest

6. Three Days of Valentine’s Day Fun

5. DIY: Construct a Frame Collage for an Infusion of Color

4. DIY: Revamp Your Bookshelves

3. Once in a Sunday Brunch: 715 Restaurant | Lawrence, KS

2. Fondue Fridays: Coq Au Vin and Gorgonzola Port Sauce

1. Daydreaming of Back-to-School Supplies


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