Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Favorite Books of 2014.

I still can't believe that I read 100 books this year!  Some were fantastic, and some were duds.  I won't go over every single one of them, but these were my favorites of the year.  I couldn't do a top-10 list because there were way too many great books!

First, and probably my proudest accomplishment, was the Bible.  I finally read it through in a whole year, like I've wanted to forever.  I learned so much!

I discovered some fantastic authors in 2014.  One of the best was Harlan Coben-- I read 17 of his books this year!  I can't tell you how much I loved the Myron Bolitar series.
I also read much of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series this year.  While I found it sometimes cheesy and predictable, they're very sweet stories, and I'm quite sucked into these people's stories!

I finally dove into the Harry Potter series and LOVED it.  JK Rowling created an amazing world with such great characters that I could not stop reading.  Amazing.
But my favorite author of 2014 was Sarah Addison Allen!  I hardly have words to describe how rich and deep her characters are while still being whimsical and light and just beautiful.

I also read some fantastic books outside of these authors.  My favorite book genre is mystery and suspense, so that's where most of my reading time is spent.  There were some great books in this genre last year that it was hard to narrow down my favorites!

The Gods of Guilt // The Silent Wife // The Other Typist // Before I Go to Sleep // The Man from St. Petersburg // The Firm // The Burning Room

These are some of my other fiction favorites.  Mostly chick lit and Christian fiction, which was surprisingly better than I expected.  Often, I find Christian fiction kind of cheesy, but I loved these.

I also read a fair amount of non fiction this year.  Mostly memoirs, which I always find fascinating, but also one that totally changed the way I see food and one that had me seething about our justice system.

And last, but certainly not least, is a book that is technically non-fiction but doesn't really fit in a category.  I did not really want to read it, but I need a book by a blogger for a book challenge this summer.  And within 20 pages, I was curled up on my side crying from laughing.  Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half was quite possibly the most entertaining book I read all year.  It was so hilariously funny (while not being very snarky and mean) but also with the most poignant description of depression I've ever read.  I definitely recommend it!

What were your favorite books of 2014??  Tell me so I can add them to my to-read list!


  1. Great list. I might snag a few of your favorites for my own challenge this year!

  2. You read A TON! Thanks for helping me to discover Sara Addison Allen. I still need to read some of her other books (they are on my list!)

  3. Ohhhhh I want to read SO MANY of these books! Going to add a bunch of them to my good reads list!

  4. Years with a high book count are the very best years!

  5. I've fallen into the Cedar Cove "trap" so to speak. I am on 6 Rainier Court. Did you know that there's a series on Netflix based on it?

  6. Wow! I am just going to go through your list and read these! Lol
    Impressive and since right now my favorite everything is Murder/Mystery and true crime I think I will just check your Good Reads! Haha

  7. Congrats on the 100 book mark!! That is very impressive :) I just finished the funniest book that I’d like to recommend to you and your readers. It is called “Revenge of the Cube Dweller” by Joanne Fox Phillips (http://www.tanzielewis.com/). I read it for my book club and we all LOVED it. The book focuses on a former rich, socialite named Tanzie, who’s husband left her for a younger woman, was cheated out of a divorce settlement, and seems to be going nowhere fast. She decides to take matters into her own hands by digging through the dirt of the corporation where she is employed. I don’t want to give too much away but this book really delivered! Whether you work for idiots or have been treated poorly in a past relationship this book lets you root for the underdog and keeps you laughing and entertained along the way

  8. I'm on Book 4 of the Harry Potter series. I just can't get into them. It's taking me forever. I'm determined to finish them though!