Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Best Reads of 2014

Here is a list of my favorite books from 2014. There's still a chance that I'll finish one or two more before the year is out, and I'll update this post if I feel any more need to be added. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments!

  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • I love Ms. Gilbert and I think we would be great friends if we met in real life. Her writing is absolutely beautiful. This book is worth reading simply for the poetry of the language, but it has the added benefit of being a great story as well.
  • NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
    • This book taught me so much about how our minds work as we're growing up and what has been scientifically proven to be good methods for raising children - from babies through teenagers. I'll be using the information in this book for years to come.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
    • A reread, obviously, and my favorite HP of all time.
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    • It took a few tries for me to get into this one, but once I was in I couldn't let go. A wonderful, beautiful story.
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
    • Another reread. Actually, a re-listen. Check out the audio version of this book. It's brilliant.
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
    • I finally jumped on the bandwagon! So, so good. It definitely lives up to the hype.
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
    • Another reread. And I will probably reread it again in 2015. It's that good.
  • Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
    • So stinkin' funny. I literally laughed out loud throughout this book.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
    • One of the few books I've needed to shout my awe across the twitterverse directly to the author. Can we all agree to just have Ms. Rowell write all the books from now on?
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    • Terrifying but mesmerizing. I couldn't stop reading, even if sometimes I wanted to.
  • Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
    • One of the most important books I've read this year. Ms. Melton is an inspiration. I just want to curl up at her feet and have her pet me.
And there you have it. Turns out I've read a lot of good books this year!

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