Without much forethought, I declared to my family that I was going to read and review 52 books in 2014. Then, since I had declared it, there was no turning back. I looked up different lists of books and settled on the BBC’s top 100 novels. I had finished my journalism degree in 2013 and had somehow managed to lose touch with my love for reading and writing. I spent a lot of time that year doing and learning about both of those things. (By the way, did you know that after years of voracious reading you can still learn more about how to read? Yeah, me neither.) At the end of the year, I had only finished 35 books, but I was still incredibly proud of my accomplishment and even more sure that I wanted to read and write my way through life. I spent the entire year learning from some of the best authors throughout history, and I had barely scratched the surface.
At the beginning of 2014, I didn’t know if this blog would be a one-off type of thing. I didn’t know if I would want to continue reviewing books in 2015, but as the new year dawns, I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s prospects. After finishing 2014 with Indy Writes Books, an anthology of Indianapolis writers, I wanted to learn more about my great state’s literary history. I began compiling my list, and my goodness! Indiana has an abundance of amazing authors. Some are currently writing, and some are from centuries past. All of them are worth reading and learning from. I’m looking forward to another great year! I hope you’ll join me.