So this year saw quite a bit of new-ish things for me: 1- a desire to learn more about the urban condition, and to translate urban studies and urban architecture into how student unions on urban campuses influence the student experience, and 2- lots of reading at home and on the T (I count 2014 as the start of that, because the latter half of 2013 was marked by reading all 5 books of the Game of Thrones… which I mean… I guess it counts).
The end of the year is a fun time, because all the great book lists come out, and my Amazon Wish Lists grow longer and longer. Much like the World Cup of Literature that I blogged about earlier this year, finding new books is a fun fun thing. So, I wanted to recap some of my reads this year, and then throw out some of the lists that I have found useful thus far.
I’m going to pull this info from my Goodreads, so you can check out my lists over there for more info.
Books that I rated 5 out of 5 stars this year:
1Q84 – Haruki Murakami – This book is over 1100 pages long, but it made my favorites list, which hasn’t been added to in awhile, because it felt like only a couple hundred pages. Murakami’s style and themes aren’t for everyone, but for some reason, his books suck me in, and 1Q84 is one of the best examples of that power thus far.
The I’s Have It: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs – Amma Marfo – It reads like Amma is whispering sweet, intelligent somethings in your ear… but in a non-creepy, and respectful of your personal bubble, way.
Those were my top books this year, that I read, not necessarily written/published this year, so check them out if you want.
Here are some cool lists out there for other best books to read:
Apparently, Kid President also has a book thing happening, I dunno.
So, let’s set up a reading date sometime?