Monday, December 15, 2014
TTT: My favorite books read in 2014
Read for my SOTH book club in January.
Round House by Louise Erdrich
Read for my RHS book club in January
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic for Gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin by Daniel Brown
Nonfiction; also read in January (it was a month of good books) for RHS book club in February.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
An audiobook read by the author. Very magical and imaginative.
Wonder by RJ Palacio
A Junior book but quite wonderful and magical. Read for SOTH book club in March.
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig
Ever hear the phrase "The book fell open and I fell in"? This phrase aptly describes my experience with this book. I hoarded it and kept renewing it at the public library until they wouldn't let me renew it again.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Everyone who had read this book before me told me I would love it. They were right.
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
This is the book I tell people to read if they can't figure out what to read. What is not to like? A book about books and short stories!
Looking for Alaska by John Green
My only re-read on this list. It has been a favorite YA book for a long time.
The Golem and Jinni by Helene Wecker
This was another audiobook selection and it took forever to finish the book in this format but I loved the experience of this book.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
My first magical realism in a super-long time. I had to work pretty hard to appreciate this book but the work paid off and I'm pretty proud of myself for both conquering AND enjoying this book.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Important topics---anti-slavery AND feminism written by a favorite author.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
My second magical realism of the year and I was ready for it. I see why this one ends up on a lot of "must-read" lists, but like One Hundred Years of Solitude, it is not a good selection for someone not willing to work at it.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
An audiobook read by the author. I LOVED this book but others in my RHS book club didn't which makes me wonder if the format (audio) was the trick.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My favorite YA book of the year and the one I hope wins the Printz Award.
And lastly, I am sure this book will be on my favorites list but I am not finished with it yet:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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