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Books I Read (and Wrote About) in 2014

One of my goals for 2014 was to write a book note for every book I read. I didn't quite manage it (more on those books in another post), but I did write about more than half. (27 out of 42.) Some books I wrote the post for but then just never actually posted it! Here's an alphabetical list of my 2014 reads, with links to the book notes I wrote.

reading by the pool in Mexico

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (wanted to love but it was just OK)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy #2: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy #3: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor 

The Daylight Gate by Jeannette Winterson  

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (about a woman with Alzheimer's; really good but too painful for me to revisit by writing about it)

The Fever by Megan Abbott 

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (the book I was reading on this day)

Get Happy by Mary Amato (So disappointing after I loved Guitar Notes so much)

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt  

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato 

Hild by Nicola Griffith 

Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer (I nearly always like David Levithan's books)

Longbourn by Jo Baker

The Maddaddam Trilogy #1: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 

The Maddaddam Trilogy #2: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood 

The Maddaddam Trilogy #3: Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood (apparently I am afraid to write about books by my favorite author)

The Martian by Andy Weir (Jacob also loved this!)

My Mother, She Killed Me, My Father, He Ate Me, edited by  Kate Bernehimer 

The New Moon’s Arms by Nalo Hopkinson 

Orleans by Susan Smith (yet another YA post-apocalyptic novel; this one's pretty good!)

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStephano (YA dystopia that feels a little bit steampunk)

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement (I LOVED THIS BOOK! I wrote about it but didn't post it, only because I forgot to.)

The Raven Boys Cycle #1: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Waiting to share until I've read the whole series)

The Raven Boys Cycle #2: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse  

Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler 

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo   

Slated Trilogy #1: Slated by Teri Terry 

Slated Trilogy #2: Fractured by Teri Terry 

Slated Trilogy #3: Shattered by Teri Terry 

The Southern Reach Trilogy #1: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (weird, amazing, strange, disturbing and hard-to-classify science fiction which I will write more about when I finish the trilogy)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Martel  

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith 

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (more proof that I am too intimidated by all the goodness)

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt   

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han  

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban   

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye  by Rachel Joyce 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  

XO Orpheus by Kate Bernehimer (it had a story about ogres in it that is still haunting me)

How many books did you read last year?



54. I seem to average about 1 book a week.


I've been keeping track of the books I read since 1990 and my average of a book a week is fairly consistent. I couldn't even see a dip when we bought our first computer. That tells me that even with all the time I spend on the computer, I have always managed to read. (I know that when I was a youth and a teenager, I read more than 1 book a week- it was probably more like one a day but those days are gone.)


Saving your excellently compiled list for reference!


Margaret Atwood is my favorite, too. She's brilliant.

New reader of your blog. Enjoying your writing.

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