Year In Books: 2014 Edition
I read a lot of books. All kinds of books. Last year was a tough year for reading, but this year I managed to read 50 books. Not too shabby, eh? Some of them turned out to be favorites, some of them turned out to be a waste of time, some of them were book club selections, some of them were recommendations from friends. Below is a list if said books, described by me , in five words or less:
1. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Mix Tape Anatomy 101
2. The Tesseract by Alex Garland
I only read half.
3. The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates
Delightful British romp.
4. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
The TV show was better.
5. Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall
Would love to re-write myself.
6. Happier at Home by Gretchen Reuben
Re-hash of The Happiness Project.
7. Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield
Rob Sheffield is brilliant.
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I wish it was real!
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
YA so good.
10. Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
One night adventure.
11. Matched by Ally Condie
Book club. Ugh.
12. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
13. Crossed by Ally Condie.
Make it stop.
14. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
New favorite author.
15. Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade
Not a fan. Sorry, Michelle ;p
16. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
17. Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
Save the Magic Kingdom, kids!
18. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Better than first 13 envelopes.
19. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch
Read. All. The. Pages!
20. Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn by Ridley Pearson
Save the Animal Kingdom, kids!
21. Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson
Save Epcot, kids!
22. Kingdom Keepers: Power Play by Ridley Pearson
Take a break already, kids!
23. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Best male characters ever.
24. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I heart Cassandra Clare.
25. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Love happy endings.
26. Moonwalk by Michael Jackson
Curiosity, lead the way.
27. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Super creepy kids book.
28. I Don't Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer.
Everyone's favorite sidekick.
29. sTori Telling by Tori Spelling
Candy Spelling gives me anxiety.
30. The Selection by Keira Cass
Who will the Prince choose?
31. The Elite by Keira Cass
Prince hasn't chosen yet.
32. The One by Keira Cass
33. The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
Funny. Has adventure in title.
34. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Insight as only Gladwell can.
35. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
"No time for jokeless history!"
36. Man in the Music by Joseph Vogel
MJ musical exploration.
37. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson
Willie is awesome. Period.
38. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Peter Pan prequel.
39. But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn
I want to meet her.
40. Let's Spend the Night Together by Pamela Des Barres
Groupies do it better.
41. 7 by Jen Hatmaker
Living with less.
42. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Anybody want cobbler?
43. J.M. Barrie Ladies Swimming Society by Barbra Zitwer
Old ladies rock.
44. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Ah, young love.
45. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Never grow up.
46. Eats Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
Grammar is amusing.
47. The Moment by Larry Smith
125 life changing moments.
48. Quick Service by P.G. Wodehouse
Love the Wodehouse.
49. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
50. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Best book to end on.
Actualizing our Potential
"We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating and adventuring. Consequently, the actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime."
"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art."