books read 2014.


1. The Story of God, the Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible by Sean Gladding (nf)
2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (f)
3. The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons by David Menasche (nf)
4. Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask by Dalton Conley (nf)
5. Now You See Me: How I Forgave the Unforgivable by Kathy Sanders (nf)
6. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose (nf)
7. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry (nf)
8. Cinematic States: Stories We Tell, the American Dreamlife, and How to Understand Everything by Gareth Higgins (nf)
9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (f)
10. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (nf)
11. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (f)
12. Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (f)
13. Boy21 by Matthew Quick (f)
14. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (f)
15. The Vinedresser’s Notebook: Spiritual Lessons in Pruning, Waiting, Harvesting, and Abundance by Judith Sutera (nf)

16. Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School by Andrea Raynor (nf)
17. Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett (nf)
18. Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley (nf)
19. Notes to Boys by Pamela Ribon (nf)
20. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (f)
21. My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer (nf)

22. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (f)
23. Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Questlove Thompson (nf)
24. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (f)
25. New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell (nf)
26. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe (nf)
27. Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin by Nicole Hardy (nf)
28. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen (nf)
29. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (nf)
30. City of God by Sara Miles (nf, reread)

31. Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity by David L. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy (nf)
32. A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families by Mike Magner (nf)
33. Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in search of Faith with a Future by Elizabeth Esther (nf)
34. The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God by William B. Miller (nf)
35. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd (nf)
36: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor (nf)
37. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois (f)
38. The Circle of Seasons by Kimberlee Conway Ireton (nf)

39. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando (f)
40. The Book of Not So Common Prayer by Linda McCullough Moore (nf)
41. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (f)
42. Mommy Man by Jerry Mahoney (nf)
43. Speaking of Sin by Barbara Brown Taylor (nf)
44. Strangers at My Door by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (nf)
45. Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson (nf)
46. No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace (f)
47. Why Do Buses Come in Threes: The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life by Robert Eastaway (nf)
48. Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah (f)
49. Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett (f)
50. The Little Boy in the Tree by Roland Russoli (nf)

51. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson (f)
52. Life After Death Row by Saundra D. Westervelt (nf)
53. Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Liffe by Traci Smith (nf)
54. El Deafo by Cece Bell (f)
55. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (f)
56. The War for Late Night by Bill Carter (nf)
57. Speaking Christian by Marcus J. Borg (nf)
58. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (f)
59. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Madina (f)
60. Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell (nf)
61. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman (f)
62. How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig (nf)
63. The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone (nf)
64. God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines (nf)
65. God and the Gay Christian: A Response to Matthew Vines by Albert Mohler (et al) (nf)
66. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (f)

67. The Feasts: A Celebration of Saints and their Holidays by DOnald Wuerl (nf)
68. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (f)
69. Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha (nf)
70. A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness by Marlena Graves (nf)
71. The Misfits by James Howe (f)
72. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (nf)
73. How to be a Christian Without Going to Church by Kelly Bean (nf)
74. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince (nf)
75. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (f)
76. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (f)
77. A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (nf)
78. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (f)

79. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (f)
80. In Darkness by Nick Lake (f)
81. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (f)
82. The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks (nf)
83. When Spiritual But Not Religious is not Enough by Lillian Daniel (nf)
84. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (nf)
85. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (f)
86. Undistorted God by Ray Waddle (nf)
87. Live From New York by Tom Shales (nf)
88. Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson (nf)
89. Telling God’s Story by Peter Enns (nf)
90. Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (f)
91. Disquiet Time by Jennifer Grant (nf)
92. Nest by Esther Ehrlich (f)

93. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (nf)
94. Blankets by Craig Thompson (nf)
95. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (f)
96. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (nf)
97. Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson (nf)

98. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (f)
99. Wildlife by Fiona Wood (f)
100. Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston (f)
101. Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake (f)
102. Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond (nf)
103. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (nf)
104. 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha (nf)
105. Too Heavy a Yoke by Chanequa Walker-Barnes (nf)
106. Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity by Dianna Anderson (nf)

107. Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart by Kathy Escobar (nf)

108. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (nf)
109. Countdown by Deborah Wiles (f)
110. Revolution by Deborah Wiles (f)
111. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (f)
112. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (f)
113. Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK by Bonar Menninger (nf)
114. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (nf)

ETA: I read Brown Girl Dreaming somewhere in there but must have forgotten to add it to GoodReads! So, make that 115.

A good reading year in many ways. I expanded my use of NetGalley and read a lot of pre-releases on my ipad. However, I think that kept me from reading as much good fiction. I read a lot of YA fiction but if you have suggestions for adult contemporary fiction I could probably use them. Things got a little bit slow at the end of the year. Work was wearing me down and I honestly didn’t want to come home and read. That’s not a typical attitude for me, so please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I deal with that stress.

Favorites of the year (in no particular order):
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose (Want to read his newest one – need to put it on hold at the library.)
Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Strangers at My Door by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
ETA: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Number One Favorite of the Year:
The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks

Least Favorite of the Year:
Now You See Me: How I Forgave the Unforgivable by Kathy Sanders


To Read Next Year:
I got a bunch of books for Christmas that are on deck:
-Homicide by David Simon
-The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
-Small Victories by Anne Lamott
-Beloved by Toni Morrison
-11/22/63 by Stephen King

Some others on my list are: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The New Jim Crow, and a book by my favorite English Professor called Play Music.

Currently Reading: A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

What about you? How was this year in reading? What did you read this year that I need to know about? Please give me your recommendations.

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  1. Cassandra Stafford

    No Anne Lamott?

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  2. My husband and I read that Stephen King novel last year together and really enjoyed it.

    Beloved was a haunting read.

    Love your annual lists. I didn’t do so well this year, what with a new baby and adjusting to life with two and keeping up with my work. Here’s to some great reading in 2015!

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  3. I didn’t read quite as much this year as I’d prefer because (here’s breaking news) writing a book reduces how much time you have to read books. I’m facing the same now, three months out from my next book deadline. BUT I still managed to read more than a book a week, on average, and many were quite enjoyable. Here’s my list:

    I read “Unlikely Disciple” several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. You’ve reminded me to request his newest book from the library. I finally read the Divergent series this month, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Looking back, I think my favorite fiction of the year all came in the form of children’s books.

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  4. I think you might enjoy “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. It’s beautiful. If you haven’t tackled any Rainbow Rowell yet, I suggest “Attachments” and “Fangirl” right away. Your love for Harry Potter will find some humor in Fangirl.

    I read a lot (for me) this year: 65 books (full list: For 2015, I’m limiting myself to 4 books per month, and vowing to use the extra time to write, write, write. I’m in the opposite boat of Carla: reading too much leaves no time for writing!

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  5. Carrie Mayo

    I loved reading several Haruki Murakami books this year. He is a wonderful storyteller and nothing ever ends how you expect it to. His descriptions are rich with color and I find myself smelling the salt air or hearing the crunch of someone’s feet on the grass. If you only read one I would go for IQ84, but Kafka on the Shore and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki are also great. Currently reading his first novel, Norwegian Wood.
    Also, for a great new author- Salvage the Bones by Jasmine Ward. This chronicles Katrina for a small, poor family south of New Orleans, done in a parallel to Jason and the Argonauts.
    Have a great year of reading! Love your reviews!

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