Thursday, December 11, 2014

Favorite Books Read In 2014

The other day on Facebook, I asked for book recommendations for the upcoming year. I love that I have friends who read. Last year I posted my favorite books for 2013.  Here are my favorites from 2014. (I read a lot of memoirs this year, and the fiction I read was easy but enjoyable. I needed easy and enjoyable in my life this year in any way I could get it!)

Favorite Reads of 2014


  • Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell - I still think about the characters in this book from time to time, wondering what they are doing now. Enjoyable YA literature.
  • Divergent - Insurgent - Allegiant - all by Veronica Roth - I liked this series as much as The Hunger Games. It's the only other dystopian series I've made my way through without getting bored. I think I may actually like this main character more than Katniss.
  • (I did read other fiction this year - but none of it stood out as really worthy to recommend. Some had great characters but the writing was subpar or the plot annoyed me. I branched out this year and read the Gillian Flynn books, which are completely out of my normal read. I enjoyed them even though they were creepy and dark, so I hesitate to recommend them because they aren't for everyone. And I don't know that they are favorite worthy.)


  • Let's All Be Brave - Annie Downs - I didn't think I would like this book, but I checked it out from the library. I wish I had my own copy to mark up. I cried several times reading this book, though I'm not sure why. I just felt understood.
  • Found - Micha Boyett - Beautiful writing on doubt and hope.
  • Girl At the End of the World - Elizabeth Esther - This helped me understand some people in my life who were raised in a fundamentalist culture. 
  • Life Animated: A story of sidekicks, heroes and autism - Ron Suskind - I loved this book for so many reasons. Primarily because of the family's journey to help their son on his journey. Additionally it made me wonder about Bugaboo and his connection with his own favorite DVDs (Veggie Tales and the Sesame Street puppets)
  • Surprised by Oxford - Carolyn Weber - This book made me wish that I had studied literature, and that I had studied abroad. A lovely memoir of Carolyn's journey towards faith during her year at Oxford.
  • Carry on Warrior - Glennon Doyle Melton - Glennon is in most ways my opposite, but I laughed and cried while reading this book. It is one I will read again.
  • Jesus Feminist - Sarah Bessey - My good blogger friend  sent me a copy of this. So refreshing to read at this phase of my life where, honestly, I am not surrounded by many Jesus Feminists. Sarah is one of my favorite writers, and even though I don't agree with every single thing of her theology on her blog, I agree with this book. I was encouraged by this book. The commissioning chapter is probably the most moving thing I read this year. It stayed with me.


  • Little Owl Lost - Chris Haughton - The boys loved this almost as much as they have loved Haughton's other book, Oh No, George!
  •  Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - We listened to this in the car as an audiobook, and it was so enjoyable, It was one of the Roald Dahl books I didn't read (completely) as a kid.
  • Grandfather Buffalo - Jim Arnosky - Just a beautiful story about age.
  • My Father's Dragon - Ruth Stiles Gannett - A fun introduction to chapter books for Bubby. I hope to read the others in the series to him this year.
  • Make Way For Ducklings - Robert McCloskey - The boys and I really enjoyed reading this classic this year for school. Everything we read by McCloskey is very good. 


  1. Love reading your posts, and I copied the Non-fiction references. This summer after my surgery I did a lot of reading, several focusing on Judaism (since that's my family background). "Sarah's Key" and "The Watchmaker's Daughter" were favorites. I also enjoyed "The Namesake", which addresses issues of immigration and assimilation for 1st generation Americans (of which I am one), and family adjustments. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Bettyann! I am adding your suggestions to my "To Read in 2015" list. :)

  2. You and I read many of the same books this year! Thanks for the recommendations, I will be spending 2015 reading more (I hope!).


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