Monday, January 12, 2015

Books of 2014

In 2013, I read 40 books. That, my friends, is no small feat. I recapped some of my favorites from 2013 here.

This year, I read 41. You know, just so I could do a *tiny* bit better than 2013. I wrote a mid-year check-in to chronicle my reading list thus far

That was at about 25 books. Then I read a few more:

Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl & Welcome to the Great Mysterious were recapped in the check-in post.

Just in case you were unsure, I like to read. A lot. 

We have basic cable so there's not very much junky TV watching going on. PBS for the win! I like to read before bed. I also usually read on my lunch break at work, or when Emily is watching Frozen for the 293rd time, or during nap time, or even that last half hour at work when things are kind of slow. 

So, whenever I can fit it in really. 

I think that if I hadn't read IT by Stephen King, that my list would have been longer. That sucker is over 800 pages and was no quick read. Let me tell you! I probably wouldn't recommend it either. At a certain point, it wasn't scary anymore; I just wanted it to end.

If you like historical fiction, I would suggest The Invention of Wings. Set in the early 19th century, Kidd chronicles the lives of an upper class white girl who is given a slave for her 11th birthday. 

Personally, I loved The Whistling Season. Loved. Here's my review from Goodreads:

"I love this book. It is so beautifully written, and the series of events are surprising and natural at the same time. I couldn't put it down, but didn't want it to end at the same time. Paul is the epitome of the older brother, ever watchful, while Damon is feisty and fun and Toby is just young and adorable. You can't help but fall in love with these honest characters, so accurate and honest in their depiction of 1900's homestead lifestyle."

Of course, I loved Tana French's The Likeness, which is the second book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. French can do no wrong in my eyes. Some of the same characters pop up from novel to novel, but each one is different enough that you don't feel like you're really reading a series. 

I would also really recommend War Brides. It's another historical fiction about a group of women thrown together during WWII while the men are off at war. But I'm a WWII junkie, so there's that. 

The rest of the books on my list are kind of "eh". Mean Streak is about a marathon runner, and apparently it's one of top selling books of 2014. But it's your typical mystery/suspense book with romance thrown in, and not super believable. In my humble opinion. 

So what's up for 2015? 

Currently, I am reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Goodreads says I'm 68% done. I feel like it could end any day now...

On tap is Daniel Silva's The Heist, for bookclub. 

What are you reading? Any new suggestions for me?


  1. I'm excited to check out your suggestions! I just started "Life of Pi". I'm having a hard time getting into, so I'm still at the beginning, but I hear it's good.

    I just finished "Gone Girl" and even though it was dark, I really liked it!

    I read a lot of "eh" books in 2014. I'm going to say my favorite book of the year was Mitch Albom's "The Timekeeper". It was a quick read, and I enjoyed it!

    1. I've only seen the movie version of Life of Pi. I actually think the book would be more interesting than the movie, which was a bit slow. Ok, a lot slow. But they both won all sorts of awards, so what do I know?

  2. So, you probably saw my goodreads review of Tana French's first book. I was kind of upset about how it ended. I felt depressed. Does the second book actually solve the mystery? Because I would be interested in it. I liked her writing style, and I liked that it wasn't all sex and cursing.

    Oh, and Life of Pi is actually one of my favorites. I've read it 3 or 4 times now. It's definitely weird (as you know since you said you saw the movie), but I really liked it. Right now I'm reading "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," which I like!

    1. Yes! There is an ending, and it's believable. As far as crime thriller suspense novels go, you know.