READ: 2014 Books

I read or listened to over 40 books in 2014, but according to the Best of 2014 Book Lists, I’ve missed a lot of great reads. Check these out if you are trying to decide what to read next (the NPR and Good Read lists also include recommendations for kids and YA):

NY Times 100 Notable Books

Book Riot



Good Reads


The Millions: A Year in Reading


LA Times


Parnassus Books – great gift guide

The Guardian

I have a lot of reading to do, luckily I have almost 2 weeks off work coming up at the end of December. 2014 books I have on my library hold list include “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton (this may be a 2013 book?) , “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michael Faber, “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub, “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell and “The Martian” by Andy Weir. I am also excited to cook from “But I Could Never Go Vegan,” by Kristy Turner, one of my favorite food bloggers. I’ve read the first two books in Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy – waiting to blog until I read #three. The trilogy is on most of these lists.

So much good reading this year. My top reads of 2014:

The Bone Clocks – My favorite of the year.

Station Eleven – You WILL like this book. I promise. It is so good.

We are all Completely Besides Ourselves – Powerful, controlled writing about animal rights and family dynamics.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook – I use it at least once a week. Granola recipes in here are the best.

Signature of all Things – Elizabeth Gilbert tops “Eat, Pray, Love” with this one.

The Storied Life of AJ Fikrey – Short, delightful read that bookstore lovers will appreciate. I recommend listening to the audio version.

I am grateful for the San Diego Public Library and the UC San Diego Library. Although, I’ve paid at least $20 in overdue fines this year, they have saved me hundreds of dollars that I would have spent to feed my reading addiction.

And, as always, my favorite presents to give are books. Escaping reality for a few hours truly is an amazing gift.


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