Best of 2014: My Favorites

My Faves for 2014

The new year is just around the corner so it’s time to wrap-up 2014. Here are my top ten books read this year.

I kind of had a hard time coming up with books because I liked many of them but there were a few that really made me think.

Here’s my list in no particular order:

The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Mr. Lynch’s Holiday by Catherine O’Flynn
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Painter by Peter Heller
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Happy New Year to you all. Here’s to another year of reading!

Books Reviewed in 2014

This is a list of the books I read in 2014. Links take you to the my review of the book. I met my reading goal for the year. Yay!

2014 GR Challenge Badge

1. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories – Volume 3 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
2. Innocence by Dean Koontz
3. Canada by Richard Ford
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
5. The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
6. Police by Jo Nesbo
7. The Troop by Nick Cutter
8. The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes
9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
10. Among Animals by John Yunker
11. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
12. Mr. Lynch’s Holiday by Catherine O’Flynn
13. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
14. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
15. The Realm of Last Chances by Steve Yarbrough
16. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
17. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
18. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
19. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
20. Casebook by Mona Simpson
21. The Here And Now by Ann Brashares
22. The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann
23. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
24. Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
25. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
26. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
27. Under a Summer Sky by Nan Rossiter
28. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
29. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
30. The Circle by Dave Eggers
31. Magnificent Vibration by Rick Springfield
32. The Fever by Megan Abbott
33. All Day and a Night by Alafair Burke
34. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
35. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
36. We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride
37. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
38. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
39. The Regulators by Stephen King (Richard Bachman)
40. The Three by Sarah Lotz
41. The Martian by Andy Weir
42. The Home Place by Carrie La Seur
43. Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
44. California by Edan Lepucki
45. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
46. The Painter by Peter Heller
47. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
48. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
49. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
50. The Way Inn by Will Wiles
51. Euphoria by Lily King
52. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
53. Big Driver by Stephen King
54. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
55. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
56. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
57. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
58. Revival by Stephen King
59. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
60. A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines
61. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Best of 2013: My Favorites

Best Books of 2013

The new year is almost here. Why not start it off with a book list?

This list includes books that I read this past year and that impressed me in some way. There were others that I loved for different reasons, but for whatever reason, I did not include them here. It’s funny what ends up on your list after you’ve had a year to think about it. The real surprise here? The short story collection and that a memoir made the list.

Here’s my list in no particular order:

Life Itself by Roger
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
After Her by Joyce Maynard
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
This Cake is For the Party by Sarah Selecky
Panorama City by Antoine Wilson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all. Here’s to another year of reading!

Spring Break 2013 – My Book Bag

Spring Break Reading 2013

No big plans for break but what IS on the list, is a small road trip and hopefully lots of reading. Here’s what’s in my bag:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle  by Haruki Murakami (use the hashtag #winditup2013 for more info on the read-along).
More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter
When She Was Gone by Gwendolen Gross
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss
Panorama City by Antoine Wilson

Don’t think it will all get read but a girl has to have options. What will you be reading this weekend?

Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

The Sunday Salon: Wish List

I had an incredibly busy Sunday so instead of boring you with the details, I’ll share my Christmas wish list instead. What do you think I want for Christmas? Well, books of course! Hardback, paperback, e-book, I don’t discriminate.

Matterhorn Book Cover

Full Dark, No Stars Book Cover

 

How To Live Safely Book Cover

The Neighbors Are Watching Book Cover

The Water Wars Book Cover

Super Sad True Love Story Book Cover

There are others. Yes, there are always others but it’s late, and I’m tired so my list is short. I don’t think there is anything quite as perfect as a book for Christmas but I never seem to get any.

Hope you all had nice weekends. Southern California is having a little bit of a rain storm right now. Everyone has gone to bed and here I am typing and listening to the rain outside. It’s the first bit of quiet I’ve had all day. I’m tempted to sit here and enjoy it a bit but I know I will be wiped out at work tomorrow if I do. So, off to bed I go. Good night (or Good Morning) depending on when you read this.

My Shelves Overfloweth

I am usually pretty good at pacing my reading to include a couple of review copies, along with a book or two that I am reading just for fun. However, due to the generosity of several bloggers and publishers, I have a nice, healthy stack of books that I must get to within the next couple of weeks. I know that this causes stress for some bloggers but these are all books that I am dying to read so I am anxious, but in a good way.

So, in an attempt to organize my chaotic self, here’s a quick list of what I will be reading over the next few weeks in no particular order:

Book List 1

Book List 2

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Legend of a Suicide by David Vann
The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
Trackers by Patrick Carman
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Black Hills by Dan Simmons

Well, enough with the list, off I go to put a dent in it.

I Read (and Love) Banned Books

In honor of Banned Books Week, I’d like to take a moment to list some of my favorite books. I read them and immediately fell in love with them. Many of them were read when I was in college but I re-read them whenever I can and they all have a permanent home on my bookshelf.

I realize that some of these were challenged, as opposed to ‘banned’ but you get the idea. When they are old enough, I hope my kids enjoy them as much as I do.

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