On Reading 100 Books (Actually, more like 50)

The Good:

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

The Make Good Art Speech by Neil Gaiman (and beautifully designed by Chip Kidd.)

Amphigorey: Fifteen Books by Edward Gorey

Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (Much better than the movie.)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (The first 300 or so pages were good, but then it seemed like Rowell remembered she needed to finish it so she wrapped it up as quickly as she could.)

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Man Ray by Man Ray

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 1 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hitrecord

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (But, you know, not really …)

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The Sandman – Volume 1:  Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (My least favorite of her novels, but still good once you get past the first 150 pages.)

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Although there is a rumor that it’s by J.K. Rowling …)

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event by Mark Millar

Spider-Man: One More Day by J. Michael Straczynski

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (I realized that Holly Golightly isn’t a very nice girl by reading this and that broke my heart …)

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Click through for the Godawful picks …


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13 responses to “On Reading 100 Books (Actually, more like 50)

  1. I set myself the challenge of 50 books, and it was all going well until I finished travelling, came back home, and had to start working full time. Long gone are the blissful days of sitting around with nothing to think about but where my next ham sandwich is coming from, or which book to read next… I have only read 36, and have only a week left. Well done on reaching your goal, luckily you’re the first person I’ve told about mine, so at least the public shaming will be kept to a minimum

  2. Interesting list. I don’t like Gillian Flynn as much as you apparently do, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower is pretty darn good. Unlike you, I didn’t set out to read 50 books this year, but to my surprise when November came around, I counted the list of books I’d read and found that I could make it to 52 if I applied myself. Then I started getting nervous that I wouldn’t reach my goal. January 1 is less than a week away, and I’m almost halfway through my 52nd book. I hope I make it. Congrats on reaching your goal.

  3. I used to set myself reading goals and then I gave up doing that because I found it took the fun out of reading

  4. Great list. I thought I was the only one who read Breakfast at Tiffany’s this year! Congratulations on all that reading!

  5. Love this list! You have inspired me to read a book a week for the new year :)

  6. I gotta side with Nicolanoo. I think that the number of books you read last year is totally respectable….unless you are someone who doesn’t work or socialize with anyone, write letters or talk on the telephone; or go outdoors, or shop for groceries and cook your own meals; take baths, or gaze out of windows….I’m gettin’ older, and refuse to treat reading like a competitive sport (although I am proud to say that I read 44 books in 2014 lol!)

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