Books Reviewed in 2014: 105
Pages Read: 35, 671
Books by male authors: 32
Books by female authors: 73
Favorite new (to me) authors: Chris Cleave, Anthony Doerr, Gabrielle Zevin
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Best Books of 2014
There were a few books that I loved in 2014 that everyone else adored too - Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See and Rainbow Rowell's Landline, for example. But I really want to highlight some books that flew under the radar during this past year.
The Empathy Exams is a stunning collection of essays. Leslie Jamison asks us to look with a discerning and compassionate eye at what we believe about empathy for ourselves and the people in our lives.
Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity showcases Jen Hatmaker's ability to make you laugh while also making you evaluate everything you thought you knew about following Christ. I haven't seen this book in months because I've been lending it out to people.
The Girls At The Kingfisher Club is the tale of The 12 Dancing Princesses set among the speakeasies of the 1920s. The story is fun, the setting seems to come to life around you, and the relationship between the sisters will remind you of your bond with your own siblings.
Astonish Me is an excellently written book about desire and settling, and finding a balance between pursuing your own dreams while loving and supporting the people in your life.
Bread and Wine is part cookbook, part memoir, and all wonderful. Shauna Niequist imbues every page of this book with graciousness as she invites you to open your home, invite some people in, and start loving them by sharing food and sharing stories.
Want Not is a story about people grappling with wastefulness and in Miles' capable hands, you will be thinking about his characters and their decisions long after the story is over.
The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches continues the adventures of Flavia de Luce, one precocious scientist and detective. This book is a tipping point for the series as Bradley makes big decisions that will affect the future of our beloved heroine.
From my review of Hild: "Many critics are happily touting Hild as a feminist book. I think this is probably the case but, in a wonderful turn of events, it is a wonderful and engaging story too. We can only hope that the real Hild was as determined, flawed, and fascinating as Nicola Griffith has written her. "
Hands To Hold For People Trying Not To Cry In Public Places is a book I loved, but I must confess that my sister is the author. She's a college student who writes wonderfully observant poems.
So how did 2014 go for you? What was your favorite book? Did you find a new favorite author or genre?