BBC Big Read Round Up 2014

In the words of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, “Another year, gone.”

I had a very good reading year in 2014, reading a total of 33 books, vastly outstripping the 15 that I read in 2013, and beating my target of 24 – however I didn’t meet all seven of my aims.

Aims for 2014
– Read 24 books √ 

I read 33 books (138% of my goal)
– Finish A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Nope. I restarted it in August, and am currently 58% through it
Read 12 novels I’ve never read before
I read 24 “new” books
Read one ‘Classic’ novel (pre-1900)
Yes – I read A Study in Scarlet and The Prisoner of Zenda
– Finish one series of novels
Another one I didn’t manage. Unfortunately I get bored of characters and genres so I have to change it up.
– Read 20,000 pages
I vastly overestimated this one. I read 10,815 pages.
Read five novels on the BBC Big Read list
Seven. Oh yeah.

Author Title BBC Rated My Rating Date Read Pages
Ahern, Cecelia PS, I Love You 7 Oct-14 503
Barrie, J M Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens 4 Jun-14 269
Cassidy, Cathy Dizzy 5 Dec-14 210
Child, Lee Die Trying (Jack Reacher 2) 7 Jul-14 422
Conan Doyle, Arthur A Study In Scarlet 4 Oct-14 162
Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 35 7 Sep-14 190
Dashner, James The Maze Runner 8 Aug-14 371
Dashner, James The Scorch Trials 7 Sep-14 359
Day, Sylvia Bared to You 6 Nov-14 334
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones’s Diary 75 5 Jun-14 271
Flynn, Gillian Gone Girl 8 Nov-14 463
Furness-Smith, Patricia & Allright, Steve Flying with Confidence: The Proven Programme to fix your Flying Fears 6 Aug-14 214
Galbraith, Robert The Cuckoo’s Calling 9 Jun-14 550
Galbraith, Robert The Silkworm 6 Jul-14 455
Grogan, John Marley & Me 7 Sep-14 343
Hart, Melissa Joan Melissa Explains It All 7 Aug-14 276
Hazeley, Jason and Morris, Joel The World According to Gogglebox 6 Dec-14 320
Hope, Anthony The Prisoner of Zenda 2 Jul-14 182
Lewis, CS The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 9 5 Apr-14 203
Lockhart, E We Were Liars 7 Oct-14 225
Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveler’s Wife 9 Aug-14 519
Paolini, Christopher Eragon 4 Oct-14 497
Pattison, Vicky Nothing But The Truth 5 Oct-14 246
Perkins, Stephanie Anna and the French Kiss 7 Nov-14 401
Rennison, Louise Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging – Books 1 and 2) 127 4 Aug-14 497
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (2) 7 Nov-14 265
Roth, Veronica Divergent 7 Mar-14 487
Rowell, Rainbow Fangirl 7 Nov-14 461
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 23 7 Jun-14 251
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 24 9 Oct-14 317
Sparks, Nicholas The Notebook 7 Jul-14 189
Wilson, Jacqueline The Bed and Breakfast Star 4 Oct-14 208
Wilson, Jacqueline The Suitcase Kid 181 4 Dec-14 155


Facts and Figures 2014
Highest scoring novel – TIE: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith), The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) & Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
Lowest scoring novel – The Prisoner of Zenda (Anthony Hope)
Most books read in a calendar month – 7 in October
Most books read by one author – Technically 4 by J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith
Total pages read – 10,815
Total books read – 33

This year (2015), I’ve decided to go one bigger, and attempt to complete the 2015 Reading Challenge, which consists of 52 books in 50 different categories. I am extremely excited to do something different with this challenge, and I’m hoping some of the categories will coincide with ticking some more novels off the Big Read list.

Aims for 2015
– Read 52 books (Complete the 2015 Reading Challenge)
– Listen to one audiobook (unabridged novel)
– Read five novels on the BBC Big Read list
– Keep track of quotes I like in a notebook

Roll on 2015.

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