Thursday, December 11, 2014

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie


In this blog post I told you how I only read 6 books in 2012, so made it my goal to double that in 2013, which I accomplished.

Then, for 2014, I made a rather aggressive goal of reading 1 book a week, to equal 52 books for 2014. Granted, I started the year out unemployed, probably assuming I would have this crazy free time to accomplish this.

As the year comes to an end, I’m sad to report I did not hit my 52 books goal.

I got halfsies with 27. Below are all the books I read this year. I’m going to list my top 5 at the bottom. What were your favorite books of 2014? What should I put on my list for 2015? 


  


  

 

 

  

  

 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I LOVE this author. As you can see, I read 3 of her books this year. It would have been more, but they weren’t available for audiobook download. It does help that she’s an Australian author, so the audiobooks have those delicious accents in them. But beyond that, her writing is thought provoking, real, funny, intriguing, mysterious, and shocking all at once. Her character development in phenomenal and with this one, it took me a month to read the last chapter because I didn’t want it to end, despite many plot twists. Read just one of her books! You’ll fall in love!

Secret of the Blue Trunk by Lise Dion. This book was recommend to me by a friend. I’m not a huge period piece/true story type reader. I mean look at the list above- I like my fiction. But this book was fantastic. A real story set in the 1930’s-40’s during WWII. I don’t want to give anything away here, but it’s a really beautifully true story. One that will leave you needing a mascara touch up at the end.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. This book was unlike any book I’ve ever read. The way it’s told is really interesting, through the eyes of multiple characters. The development of the characters is interesting, and could be debated as I listened to the audiobook, which I had to repeatedly remove myself from and listen to the words, not the voice. It’s not deep or jaw dropping, but an entertaining read that will keep your attention.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’m sure you’ve heard of this book, or at least the movie. This one is extra special to me because I read it to Dan when we were travelling, so we were able to experience it together. It contains a lot of history which he liked and emotion which I liked. Towards the end of the book, we would stay up hours reading and drinking wine wanting to know how it ends up. It’s an interesting story narrated by death where the characters come alive and become instantly likeable. As soon as we finished the book, we watched the movie, which I wouldn’t recommend. Give yourself a few months between them. The book was too recent in my mind making me extremely critical of the movie, which I’m sure is good after some space is put between it and the narrative.  


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is a memoir and is now a motion picture with Reese Witherspoon as the lead. It’s already in talks as a player for award season. I have yet to see it, so I’ll stick to chatting about the book. While I did want her to dive deeper into some parts and not so much into others, I thought it was a great read. What she did was difficult- emotionally and physically and I think she did a brilliant job conveying that in this book. 

(I am currently reading The Invisible Bridge and Kindred, which are both amazing right now but only wanted to list my favorites as ones I knew endings to.)

1 comment:

  1. Hey Melissa, are you on Goodreads? I have a bunch of books listed there, with my ratings, some of which you may like. For now I have put Big Little Lies on my reading list. Thanks for the review!

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