I have slacked since using the Goodreads app, but here are the books I read in 2014 worth reading. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a kids book, but I loved it and the message it had to I included it on here as well. Divergent and Wonder are Young Adult books, but also worth reading. The rest are actual adult books. Enjoy!
Mother, Mother – Koren Zailckas
The Vactioners – Emma Straub
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Dark Road to Mercy – Wiley Cash
The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb
Mother, Mother was okay. It was an easy, quick read, but predictable. At times I wanted to slap some of the characters for their stupidity. Not a memorable book.
The Vacationers…I thought it would be entertaining since I had seen it mentioned in a couple of different places as a book to read this summer, but alas, I was not impressed. I guess it was a book to read this summer because the content was light, but it didn’t appeal to me.
The Rosie Project!!! Yeah! Finally a book that I wanted to finish! I really enjoyed reading the book. The book was written well and made me think about how people relate to the world and how we judge other people. I love books that can make you look outside of yourself and this book did that.
I read The Dark Road to Mercy since my husband read it and thought I would like it, but then after the fact we both agreed that out of 5 stars that it was just a 3. I think there could have been more depth to the characters and if that was the case it would have bumped the book up to a 4.
I always enjoy reading Wally Lamb’s books; The Hour I First Believed is no exception. I was amazed at how Lamb tied the whole book together. I would start reading a chapter and wonder how it pertained to the book and then a few chapters later there would be a reference from that chapter and then I would get it. He tied in so many different historical events into one book and somehow made it work.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
Beautiful Day – Elin Hilderbrand
Whistling Past the Graveyard – Susan Crandall
The Descendants – Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery – Robert Koiker
How to Bake a Perfect Life – Barbara O’Neal
The Possibilities – Kaui Hart Hemmings
A little behind on my book postings. I will try to remember what I can from reading these books, but none of them were the greatest. The only one that I might recommend would be Whistling Past the Graveyard.
I guess I am just not so much into non-fiction books since The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Lost Girls didn’t hold my attention. I probably should have not read Lost Girls the moment I read the title and saw that it was unsolved.
I was disappointed with the Invention of Wings because I really liked her other book The Secret Life of Bees so my expectations were high. Beautiful Day was also not my cup of tea.
How to Bake a Perfect life was a Target Book Club selection from who know when. I usually really like the Target Club books, but this one was kind of blah. It was a quick, easy read. I read it in a matter of three days, two of them being at the beach with distractions. So, with having so many distractions this was a good book to read since it didn’t require a lot of brain work.
The Possibilities has been mentioned in a few different places as must read book of the summer. I liked this book better than The Descendants, but found the beginning predictable. I did like the humor in her writing and loved the grandfather in the story. Wasn’t the absolute best book, but was entertaining.
The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
Into the Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kid
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
The Age of Miracles has been sitting on our bookshelf for over a year. I had no other books to read so I figured I would pick it up and give it a try. The storyline was interesting with the slowing of the earth’s rotation, but I think the author could have done a better job with the details and how the characters felt and the pandemonium that occurred.
I have no idea where I saw the book Into the Darkest Corner to add to my list, but I am glad I did. It was a nice departure from what I have been reading. A thriller that kept me entertained.
I am way behind in my reading of The Secret Life of Bees, but I did love it. I love the idea of lots of woman working together and
providing love for a little girl.
Wonder was a quick, easy read that I read in two days. I loved the message of the book and passed the book on to my 9-year old daughter to read. I hope she grasps the message and treats all people with kindness.
I usually do not like biographies, but I really enjoyed reading The Glass Castle. The author’s experiences are character building and she did a great job of keeping her story interesting.
Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry
Messenger – Lois Lowry
The Late, Lamented Molly Marx – Sally Koslow
Insurgent – Veronica Roth
The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
Gathering Blue is apparently the second to the quartet of The Giver series. I didn’t think the two books really went together, but it was interesting none the less. I already have the third book so maybe that will tie the books together.
Messenger did tie the Giver series together with the characters from both books meeting in this book. Messenger made me understand the characters more, but I hated the ending. Not sure if I will end up reading the last book of the quartet because I am not sure if it would be worth reading. I am glad that I read Messenger though.
I did enjoy The Late, Lamented Molly Marx. I wouldn’t say I would rate it as a book that someone should read, but I thought that Kolslow’s writing was whitty and fun.
Oh Insurgent, how I wish I would have read you right after Divergent. I think I would have enjoyed this book better if I had not waited inbetween the two books. I was at the mercy of the library with their insanely long wait list though. I had a hard time getting into the book at first because I was overwhelmed by the number of characters. I am not sure if I caught up with all the characters until about the last chapter.
I didn’t necessarily intend on reading The Silver Linings Playbook, but it was on my husband’s list and needed something to read and we ended up reading it at the same time. It was kind of a slow book and predictable. I know the movie got great reviews, but I imagine it would be much of the same.
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
Calling Me Home – Julie Kilber
The Playdate – Louise Millar
The Giver – Lois Lowry
Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
Thought I would start the New Year with a fresh new series and try to rekindle my youth. Divergent really kept my attention. The differences between the “factions” are interesting. The book makes you think outside of your comfort zone, which I appreciate. Looking forward to the next one in the series, but have a couple other books lined up. Hopefully the wait in between the two will be worth it.
Apparently I am feeling very young…Eleanor and Park is another young adult book. It was cute. I think I probably would have liked it more if I was 16. It could have taught me some empathy for other people. It is nice to think that one person can mean and help another person so much.
Calling Me Home was an appropriate book to read in January with MLK day. It was a sweet, forbidden love story. I would just say it is okay though since I feel like I have read similar stories before.
The Playdate has been on my “to read” list for a while. It was a kindle deal book so I splurged and actually bought a book. It was just okay. Some of the story line was far-fetched.
The Giver was interesting. I think most interesting was that it was written in the 90’s, but had a feeling of Pretties or Divergent. I wasn’t crazy about the ending because I wanted to know more, but maybe it is a good thing to be left wanting more.
Necessary Lies is another book by Diane Chamberlain. I haven’t read one in a while and this was her latest. It didn’t have quite the same feel as her other books, but I really loved reading it. I welcomed the departure from her usual writing and loved the characters.
I read 48 books last year, down from my previous year (at the rate I am going in 10 years I will be reading zero books in a year). Anyway, the books I would recommend of the 48 I read are (in no particular order):
Gap Creek – Robert Morgan
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
The Escape Artist – Diane Chamberlain
Secret Lives – Diane Chamberlain
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend – Matthew Dicks
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok
We Are Water – Wally Lamb
I think the books cover a pretty good range, well except for the fact that there are zero non-fiction books, romance, sci-fi…nevermind…they are strictly fiction books. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!