The Books of 2014

I <3 2 readThis year I did not read as many books as I have in previous years. Part of the reason is that due to my surgery and long-term leave of absence, I had less opportunity to listen to audiobooks. I know, I should have picked up a paper book or my Kindle during my 4-6 weeks off from work, but I opted to become obsessed with old episodes of Match Game on TV instead. Don’t judge.

This year I also listened to four very long books – a Game of Thrones book, two Outlander books, and The Goldfinch – a surprisingly long book. Each of those is at least 3 normal books long (40-50 hours versus 10-12 hours).

Anyway, on to the list, with commentary after!

Diana GabaldonA Breath of Bone and Ashes
Michael D. SellersJohn Carter and the Gods of Hollywood
Veronica RothAllegiant
Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park
Kiera CassThe Elite
John GrishamSycamore Row
George R.R. MartinA Feast for Crows (GoT 4)
Sue Monk KiddThe Invention of Wings
Daniel WoodrellWinter’s Bone
Jeffery DeaverThe Chopin Manuscript
Lauren OliverPanic
Ernest ClineReady Player One
Ken FollettWinter of the World
Christina Baker KlineOrphan Train
Veronica RothFour
Jared C WilsonOtherworld
John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars
Donna TarttThe Goldfinch
Rainbow RowellLandline
Diana GabaldonAn Echo in the Bone
Mindy KalingIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me
Kiera CassThe One
John ScalziLock In
Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus
Simon InmonFeels Like the First Time
John ScalziRedshirts
A American = Going Home

So I read a total of 27 books this year – that’s terrible considering I’ve read almost 40 in years’ past.

I was hoping I could say I finished out the year on a high note, but I didn’t. That last book was AWFUL. I didn’t even finish it. I hesitated even linking to it because it is that bad and I don’t want to even give you the possibility of buying it out of sheer morbid curiosity. It’s terrible – just trust me.

This year I knew what my favorite book would be as soon as I finished it. No other book could hold a candle to it in terms of pure enjoyment. That book was Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One.” So. Good. As a result of that book, Wil Wheaton has become my favorite male narrator and I went on to listen to two others by him (the John Scalzi books). Speaking of John Scalzi – I had never read his books before and was completely charmed by the two I listened to this year (thanks to Wil Wheaton’s fantastic narration). But going back to “Ready Player One” it was just a really well-done book centered about 1980s nostalgia, video games and virtual life espionage. Just a fun book no matter how you look at it. I almost selected it for my book club pick this year, but figured I would be the only enamored by reading a book about a virtual video game.

My pick for book club ended up being “The Goldfinch” which I thought was a good book, if too long and a bit too repetitive. I have read Donna Tartt’s other books and felt this one just went on too long compared to the others.

“Redshirts” is a close second for my favorite book of the year. That one is pseudo-scifi and a fun parody of Star Trek.

But really, all of the books were good this year except that last one. That last one. Phew. I helped you dodge a bullet by warning you of that one.

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