What I read in 2014

I set out to read 100 books in 2014. And oh dear, ladies and gentlemen, I did not succeed. I managed 70. On the other hand, knowing I was aiming for 100 meant I read significantly more than in 2013. I rated them all out of 5, based subjectively on my perceptions and reading experience re quality and enjoyment.

The top 18 books I read in 2014 (5 shoe rating)

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

Room by Emma Donoghue

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey

These Things Happen by Richard Kramer

The Bees by Laline Paull

Euphoria by Lily King

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Children of God by Mary Doria Russell

The Martian by Andy Weir

Every book I read in 2014, in reading order, rated out of 5

The Room of Lost Things by Stella Duffy 4/5

Light Boxes by Shane Jones 3/5

The War of the Worlds by HG Wells 3/5

Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie 4/5

The Outward Urge by John Wyndham 3/5

The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin 4/5

Astray by Emma Donoghue 4/5

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 5/5

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride 4/5

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 5/5

We Are Water by Wally Lamb 4/5

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman 5/5

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman 4/5

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman 3/5

TransAtlantic by Colm Toibin 3/5

The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin 4/5

Flora by Gail Godwin 4/5

Close Range by Annie Proulx 3/5

The Colour by Rose Tremain 5/5

Daughters of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong 4/5

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue 4/5

Bark by Lorrie Moore 4/5

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 5/5

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 5/5

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb 4/5

Mastering Public Health by Geraint Lewis 3/5

The Moon King by Neil Williamson 4/5

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante 2/5

The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson 5/5

The Museum of Lost Literary Souls by John Connolley 4/5

Making Sense of Critical Appraisal by Olajide Ajetunmobi 3/5

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer 5/5

Perfect by Rachel Joyce 3/5

Room by Emma Donoghue 5/5

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt 5/5

The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey 5/5

These Things Happen by Richard Kramer 5/5

Safe area Gorazde by Joe Sacco 4/5

The Girl who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow 4/5

The Bees by Laline Paull 5/5

We Were Liars by E Lockhart 4/5

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami 4/5

The Provincial Lady by EM Delafield 4/5

Euphoria by Lily King 5/5

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green 4/5

East of Eden by John Steinbeck 5/5

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler 5/5

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters 4/5

The Provincial Lady Goes Further by EM Delafield 3/5

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley 5/5

Oy vey, My Daughter’s Gay (in draft)

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer 4/5

The Provincial Lady in America by EM Delafield 4/5

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 4/5

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 4/5

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani 4/5

The Humans by Matt Haig 4/5

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion 3/5

Echo Boy by Matt Haig 4/5

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell 5/5

Love, Ellen by Betty Degeneres 3/5

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell 4/5

Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavoulet 4/5

The Library by Haruki Murakami 4/5

Six Stories by Clayton Littlewood 2/5

Children of God by Mary Doria Russell 5/5

My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy by Grace Buchele Mineta 4/5

Prep by Curtis Sittenfield 3/5

Academy Street by Mary Costello 2/5

The Martian by Andy Weir 5/5

In 2015 again I plan to try for 100 books in a year. And a better attempt to review them on this blog! If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments section. And wish me luck!

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