On Reading 100 Books (Actually, more like 50)

The Great:

Men, Women & Children by Chad Kultgen (Which I already gushed about.)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (I’ve literally lost count of how many times I’ve read this wonderful book.)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Last Call in the City of Bridges by Salvatore Pane (A book set in Pittsburgh–what’s not to love?)

Texts from Bennett by Mac Lethal

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (Maybe it’s because of it’s epistolary format, but this worked as a nice companion to Perks.)

Office Girl by Joe Meno

Paper Towns by John Green (So far the only book by him that I’ve loved.)

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Horns by Joe Hill

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan (Should be mandatory reading for all library patrons.)

Black Hole by Charles Burns

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Batman:  The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman (Of The Oatmeal fame.)

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop by John LloydJohn Mitchinson and James Harkin   (Which I’ve already gushed about.)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

First Born by Caroline Thompson (Who also wrote the screenplays for Edward Scissorhands, Black Beauty and Corpse Bride, among others.)

Forgotten Tales of Pittsburgh by Thomas White

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (My first Murakami and it definitely left me wanting to read more.)

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (Easily one of my favorite books of the year.)

The Never List by Koethi Zan (After reading everything by Gillian Flynn, this satisfied my cravings for something dark.)


Do you want to yell at me about my choices?  Sound off in the comments below!




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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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