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Book List 2014

January 2, 2015 // book list

I started out strong in 2014, and ended slowly. Still, one of my better years volume-wise. I’m working toward reading more each year, though, because I’m daunted by my to-be-read mountain and how fast it’s growing, and because I’m in multiple book clubs that are far less invested than I am to read books that are already a part of said mountain. 2014 saw the beginning of what I’m calling The Great Stephen King Reread, where I read everything he wrote in the order in which he wrote it (except for series), spaced out with plenty of other books in between. It should take a handful of years. Here is what I read in 2014, in order, because that’s how I roll. For best-of only, head to the end.

1. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (another read through, or this was a reread)

2. Honor: Crowning the Girl King by Christopher Gniewosz (prepublication copy)

3. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (book group)

4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (another read through, book group)

5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (another read through)

6. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

7. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

8. Carrie by Stephen King (another read through)

9. Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (book group)

10. Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid

11. Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall

12. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (another read through)

13. Seascape by Edward Albee

14. Jenny and the Jaws of Life by Jincy Willett

15. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

16. 96 Hours by Georgia Beers (book group)

17. Letting Loose the Hounds by Brady Udall

18. Zazen by Vanessa Veselka (book group)

19. Correcting the Landscape by Marjorie Kowalksi Cole

20. Bodies of Water by T Greenwood (book group)

21. Growing an In-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz

22. The Shining by Stephen King (another read through)

23. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

24. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (book group)

25. Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

26. Women and Fiction: Stories By and About Women edited by Susan Cahill

27. Hood by Emma Donoghue (book group)

28. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

29. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

30. The Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy

31. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (another read through, book group)

32. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (book group)

33. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (another read through)

34. Cool For You by Eileen Myles (book group)

35. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (another read through)

36. Night Shift by Stephen King (another read through)

37. The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

38. 40 Weeks by Brittney Corrigan

39. Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin

40. Change of Pace by Radclyffe

41. The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith (book group)

42. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

43. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

44. French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

45. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

46. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John Le Carre (book group)

47. Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (book group)

48. Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina

49. The Stand (complete and uncut) by Stephen King (another read through)

50. Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran (book group)

51. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (book group)

52. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan

53. The Catcher in the Rye (another read through, book group)

54. Running for Trap Doors by Joanna Hoffman

55. Storyteller’s Daughter by Saira Shah

56. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (book group)

57. Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

58. West of Then: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Past Paradise by Tara Bray Smith

59. Night Fall by Nelson DeMille

60. The Dead Zone by Stephen King (another read through)

61. Cleopatra’s Wedding Present: Travels Through Syria by Robert Tewdwr Moss

62. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (book group)

63. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (another read through)

64. Carry the Sky by Kate Gray (book group)

65. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

66. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

67. The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel

68. Etched in Shadows by KG MacGregor (book group)

69. Deadwood by Pete Dexter

70. Our Town by Thornton Wilder (book group)

71. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior

72. The Fires of Spring by James Michener

73. No Lease on Life by Lynne Tillman


Best of 2014: Hands down The Haunting of Hill House, which went immediately and solidly into top 5 (perhaps top 3) books I’ve ever read.

But for the entire best of, we have: The Haunting of Hill House, Revolutionary Road (already was in my top 5), The Shining, CosmosThe English Patient, Letting Loose the Hounds, All the Pretty Horses

What were your favorites of 2014? Stay tuned for what I expect to be a good year of reading in 2015!

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