My Year in Books – 2014 Edition


It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.  – Oscar Wilde

One of my big goals in 2014 was to read more books for fun.  By nature of being a writer and a graduate student, I read a lot, but at the beginning of 2014, it was mostly assigned reading.  My fun reading had fallen by the wayside.  I’d say this is one goal I set for myself that I more than accomplished.  I set out to read one “fun” book per month, so I’d have 12 books outside of school for 2014.  Well, let’s just say I exceeded that goal. In 2014, I read 39 books:

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco
Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
Bones in her Pocket by Kathy Reichs
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic
A Perfect Vacuum by Stanislaw Lem
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Book of My Lives by Alexander Hemon
High Rise Stories by Audrey Petty
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz
The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The Fever by Megan Abbott
You Feel So Mortal by Peggy Shinner
The IPO by Dan Koontz
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzch
The Inferno by Dan Brown
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
A Fairly Honorable Defeat by Iris Murdoch
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

I’m already plotting out the books I want to read in 2015.  First up on my list? On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss & The Unspeakables by Meghan Daum.  What books did you love in 2014?


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