Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2014 Book List

I mentioned in my last post that I read 35 books in 2014. Here's the list:

  1. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice
  3. The Modigliani Scandal - Ken Follett
  4. The Gods of Guilt - Michael Connelly
  5. Elephant Song - Wilbur Smith
  6. Looking for Alaska - John Green
  7. Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl (the definitive edition) - Anne Frank
  9. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
  10. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  11. A Place Called Freedom - Ken Follett
  12. My Mother's Secret - J.L. Witterick
  13. Helen of Troy - Margaret George
  14. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  15. Hawthorn and Child - Keith Ridgway
  16. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  17. Written in my Own Heart's Blood - Diana Gabaldon
  18. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
  19. Room - Emma Donoghue
  20. In the Orchard, the Swallows - Peter Hobbs
  21. Shadow of the Alchemist - Jeri Westerton
  22. Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis
  23. Various Positions - Martha Schabas
  24. Born Weird - Andrew Kauffman
  25. The Gentle Spirit - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  26. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
  27. The Little Old Lady who Broke All the Rules - Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  28. Desert God - Wilbur Smith
  29. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne
  30. Edge of Eternity - Ken Follett
  31. Prince Lestat - Anne Rice
  32. Mãn - Kim Thúy
  33. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
  34. I Am David - Anne Holm
  35. Drowning Ruth - Christina Schwarz
I've italicized those authors I've read before (13/35) and I've bolded the books that I read for book club (7/35).

When perusing this list, I think it becomes fairly obvious who my favourite authors are: Anne Rice, Wilbur Smith, Ken Follett, Diana Gabaldon (more obvious if you know that the book of hers I read last year was the eighth in the series...). I would highly recommend you read any of their work (for Diana Gabaldon I would recommend starting with Outlander). Besides these authors, I would highly recommend #6, #12, #14, #18, #20, #24, #26, #29 and #33.

This year, I hope to read even more books... I've set a goal of 25 books, with the caveat that they be books we already own. Seeing as we own more than 70 books that I haven't yet read, that shouldn't be too difficult. I just need to refrain from buying more.... as if that's going to happen!

What have you read recently and would recommend highly?

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