Every year has its highs and lows and my 2014 was quite good, overall. The highlight of my year was definitely my visit to China, which exceeded expectations.
2014 was a great year for me in reading. At the beginning of the year I promised myself that at least 50% of the books I’d read would be by women. In the end I read 164 books, 84 by women. That’s 51%, up from 38% in 2013. Not bad, but I was hoping to read more.
My Top 10 books of the year (in no particular order) were:
1. The Book of Disquiet– Fernando Pessoa
2. Justine– Lawrence Durrell
3. All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes– Maya Angelou
4. The Empathy Exams – Leslie Jamison
5. Textermination– Christina Brooke-Rose
6. Cassandra– Christa Wolf
7.To the Friend who Did not Save my Life– Herve Guibert
8. Kusamakura– Natsume Soseki
9. Breath, Eyes, Memory– Edwidge Danticat
10. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio- Pu Songling
In 2015 I will be taking part in the “Year of Reading Women” Goodreads group. I hope to raise my percentage considerably.
This year has been tough as I tried to juggle school and work, and was also faced with the awful news about Ferguson and elsewhere in the States. Being a member of the black diaspora I was very much affected by what was going on and I think some of my posts reflected some of my frustration and anger. I thank everyone who read these posts and tried to understand where I was coming from as it wasn’t easy to put my thoughts down.
Thank you so much to all the people who take the time to read and comment on my blog; you are appreciated! Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 ❤