Reads of 2014: A Complete Review

Reads of 2014: A Complete Review

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 was to read one book each month for the entire year. After spending the last four years reading text books and resume building websites, I wanted to rekindle my love for reading for pleasure.

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The year is almost over, and I am too excited to share that I crushed my goal and read seventeen books in 2014. My fifteen year old self is saying, “That’s it?” But twenty-three year old me is damn proud I put my phone down from stalking social media and made reading a priority.

Here is the complete list (in order from best to worst)

  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  2. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  5. The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  6. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  7. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  8. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  10. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  11. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  12. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  13. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells
  14. Sammy’s Hill by Kristin Gore
  15. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  16. MWF seeks BFF by Rachel Bertsche
  17. The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott

From the BEST: The Help was superb. I was laughing out loud, bawling my eyes out, and pouring over the pages eagerly on my vacation last March. I was even ignoring my family – who’d I made the trip to see – to get to the end. Wonderfully written and a beautiful story. I’d recommend to everyone.

To the WORST: Sister Season was painful to finish, but I pushed through because the back had enticed me and I really wanted to like a story about three sisters in adulthood (just like me!). I never ended up liking it. Not at the beginning. Not in the middle. Not at the end. The story droned on and on with no real climax or plot. Pass.

I encourage everyone to read:

– The Help
– Gone Girl
– The Silkworm
– Angels & Demons

I encourage female 20-somethings to read:

– The Bell Jar
– Main Street
– The Devil Wears Prada
– Sammy’s Hill by Kristin Gore (Easy read, but painfully predictable. Hesitantly adding this.)

I encourage fellow nerd-series lovers (think The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Divergent Trilogy, Raymond E. Feist books) to read:

– Game of Thrones
– Maze Runner

I do not encourage ANYONE to read:

– The Sister Season
– MWF seeking BFF
– The Alchemist (terribly over hyped)

And for the books I read that don’t quite fit anywhere, I’d say:

– Read Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (not to be confused with Sister Season!) if you’ve read anything by Sittenfeld before and enjoy her writing. If you haven’t reading any of her writing I’d start with Prep or American Wife.

– Read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn if you adore Gone Girl or don’t mind an extremely twisted, disturbing thriller. This book is not for the faint of heart.

– Read Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple if you like books that build the plot through correspondence (letters, e-mails, documents between characters) instead of storytelling. For all the lists I found this book on in 2014, I wasn’t too impressed.

– Read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells if you like sad, disturbing non-fiction. For the people who could stomach, “A Child Called It” this book would be for you. It was very well-written, but I dislike this genre. I rather have my sad, disturbing, crazy to be in fiction books and uplifting things to be in my non-fiction books.

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There you have it. My extremely simplified review of my seventeen reads of 2014. I can expand on any of these by request!

What did you read in 2014? Any books you loved or hated that you want to encourage/warn others about for 2015?

Camille Mae (2)

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