What I’m Reading {150 Books in 2014}

I’ve said before that for six years or so I’ve set a goal with my reading. For many years that goal was 100, and I’d usually exceed it by a dozen or so. In 2012, I decided to up the goal to 150, and in 2013 I upped it further to 200 (and exceeded it!).

In early 2014, though, I’ll be welcoming a tiny babe into the world. I hear that babies make one a wee bit busy, so I’ll be bumping my reading goal back down to 150;)

Past Reading Lists

Want to check out my past lists?


In 2014 (as in past years), I will rate some of the books I read. Not every book, but some. Here’s how the ratings go.


* {eh.}

** {useful information, but likely not something the general masses will fawn over.}

*** {good, but with the caveat that I read (and enjoy) weird books}

**** {darn good. worth buying a hard copy of to put on a nice shelf.}

***** {love! top-10 placement! life-changing! gold stars 4eva!}

The 2014 List

Books Read in 2014:

  1. The One Year Bible NLT from Tyndale (I read this daily in my PRESENT time (via clement). Read my free ebook, The Present Principle, on how I start my days.)
  2. The Year of Learning Dangerously
  3. From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
  4. The Idealist
  5. Pain, Parties, Work
  6. I Thought it Was Just me
  7. From Peking to Paris
  8. Midnight in Peking
  9. Mzungu (screenplay)
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
  11. Breathing Room
  12. Slipping into Paradise
  13. Everyday Tuscany
  14. Heads in Beds
  15. An Affair with Africa
  16. Wonder Women
  17. Bonobo Handshake
  18. The Marseille Caper
  19. The Hyperlinked Life
  20. MultiCareering
  21. French Kids Eat Everything
  22. The Olive Farm
  23. Visit Sunny Chernobyl
  24. A House in the Sky
  25. Among the Janeites
  26. East of the Sun
  27. The Bilingual Edge
  28. Faery Tale
  29. Change in Latitude
  30. Toujours Provence
  31. Tales of a Female Nomad
  32. A Short History of Tractors in Ukraine
  33. The Goldfinch
  34. Tales of a Seasick Doctor
  35. The Longest Way Home
  36. Divorce Islamic Style
  37. Bitter is the New Black
  38. Stitches
  39. If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name
  40. Life, Love and Elephants
  41. 28 Days
  42. The Utmost for His Highest
  43. The Rest of God
  44. Thrive
  45. 84 Tips for a Successful Startup
  46. The Story of a Happy Marriage
  47. The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer
  48. The Ghosts of Happy Valley
  49. Desert Queen
  50. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  51. The On-Time, On-Target Manager
  52. Self-Leadership and the 1-Minute Manager
  53. Raving Fans
  54. The One-Minute Manager ****
  55. The Secret
  56. Lead like Jesus
  57. The Heart of a Leader
  58. Bringing up Bebe
  59. Learning to Bow
  60. A Year of Biblical Womanhood
  61. Sell Your Book Like Wildfire
  62. Running in the Family
  63. BabyWise
  64. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
  65. Enough
  66. Two Old Fools and a Camel
  67. A Curious Invitation
  68. Aquarius Descending
  69. Surprised by Motherhood
  70. Home Front ****
  71. Kiss and Tango
  72. Waiting to Be Heard
  73. Walden on Wheels
  74. Lost Cat
  75. I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry ***
  76. Confessions of a Paris Party Girl
  77. Delancey ****
  78. The End of manners
  79. Making Habits, Breaking Habits
  80. Operating Instructions ****
  81. Die Empty
  82. Finding Spiritual Whitespace
  83. Happy Valley
  84. Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Baby
  85. Tracks
  86. The Baby Sleep Solution
  87. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
  88. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
  89. Year of Sugar
  90. Flyover Lives
  91. The Happiest Baby on the Block
  92. The Empathy Exams ****
  93. The Dream Sleeper
  94. The Baby’s Guide to Great Sleep
  95. The No-Cry Sleep Solution
  96. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
  97. The Fault in Our Stars
  98. Eat, Move, Sleep
  99. Teach Your Child to Sleep Through the Night
  100. Sleeping through the Night ***
  101. Baby Signs
  102. Overwhelm
  103. Essentialism ****
  104. Rainbow’s End ***
  105. Remote
  106. The Soul of Money
  107. African Tears
  108. The Happiness of Pursuit ***
  109. Manage Your Time
  110. {health book}
  111. The Consumate Leader
  112. Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures ****
  113. Quiet ****
  114. Hands Free
  115. {health book}
  116. My Driver
  117. The Power of Place ***
  118. Things a little Birdie Told Me ***
  119. The Light Between Oceans ***** (WOW!)
  120. Lonely ****
  121. The Wilder Life ***
  122. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair ***
  123. Virtual Freedom ***
  124. Internal Time ****
  125. Diary of a Baby
  126. Your Personal Paleo Cod ***
  127. Daughter of Empire
  128. The Blue Zones ****
  129. Count Me In ****
  130. When the Body Says No ***
  131. Eat the Yolks ***
  132. The Desire Map ****
  133. Thrive: Life in the Blue Zones ***
  134. Hotel Du La
  135. Scary Close ****
  136. The White Nile ***
  137. The Sacred Year ****
  138. {health book}
  139. Feeling Good is Good ***
  140. Mrs. Hemingway
  141. The Island of the Color Blind ****
  142. {health book}
  143. {health book}
  144. Auto Pilot
  145. Freefall to Fly
  146. I Feel Bad About My Neck ****
  147. At the Mercy of the River
  148. The Atlas Girl
  149. Body of Work ***
  150. First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria ***
  151. Cry of the Kalahari
  152. Brazzaville Beach
  153. Fever
  154. Crazy Rich Asians ***
  155. The Ingredients of Love ***
  156. Twenty Chickens for a Saddle
  157. I Remember Nothing ****

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3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading {150 Books in 2014}

  1. Hi Claire, thanks for sharing your list of books to read this year. I admire people who are as passionate and disciplined to read as you are. I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What has driven your interest for reading so much?
    2. Which are the top 3 books that have been the most memorable to you and why?
    3. Do you use a strategy for picking out your books to read each year? If so, can you please share?
    4. Are you a digital-reader or Do you like to read and smell the pages of a hard book?
    5. What advice would you give to people who would like to become more active readers?
    6. Can you please name the first book that comes to your mind?
    7. What kind of reader are you?

    I hope you’re enjoying your new baby-girl and having a fabulous time bonding together. Blessings going your way.

    Ivette C.

    P.S. I sent you a LI invite about an hour ago.

  2. Hi Claire

    Thank you for a wonderful you and the content you create. It is always refreshing hearing (or rather reading) your voice.

    I have a book suggestion for you. I think it will help in achieving your reading goal this year. (It is short, but worthwhile). “The Unwritten Laws of Engineering”, by King and Skakoon, published by ASME.

    You may access it at http://ebooks.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/book.aspx?bookid=222 (link works as at 07 March 2014, 2.14pm, SAST). When sampling the book, be sure to check out the ‘Front Matter’.

    The is a more general “Unwritten Laws of Business” version too, but I haven’t read it so I can’t recommend it.

    Hope you have fun and good luck with the little dickens,
    Ashen Pancham