I set a new personal record this year: I read 67 books in 2014. I am currently reading 3 that I doubt I will finish by midnight on New Year's Eve, so 67 it is. I actually "planned" to read 3 books a month this year, but thanks to a nasty year of insomnia laced nights, I almost doubled my goal. Who needs sleep anyway?
So, here's a Goodreads' list of everything I read this year: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/1218092.
And, here's my list of my favorite reads of 2014 (in no particular order):
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker--Just finished this gem yesterday! So very different than my typical read. Remarkable characters and a magical story. 4.5 stars.
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard--FASCINATING! Yes, I'm a history nerd, but this book is terribly interesting (even to "normal" people). 5 stars.
Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado--Really applicable and doable. I think about this book almost every day. 4.5 stars.
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy--Absolutely charming and completely darling. I want to go to Ireland...now. My first, but not my last, Maeve Binchy book. 4.5 stars.
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson--I've had this book forever, but when I saw the movie was coming out (which I have not seen) I moved it to the top of the TBR pile. Great thriller. Twisted. 4 stars.
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool--Sweet, adventurous, and smart. I fell in love with Early Auden. Beautifully written and I can understand the many prizes for which this book has been nominated. 5 stars.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty--This woman can write! I've loved all of her books, but this may be my favorite. A very unusual murder mystery. It's my favorite book of 2014. Loved it! 5 stars.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr--What a beautiful book! It's heart wrenching, though (be warned). Even though it's a WWII book, it's not really a WWII book. Stunning. 4.5 stars.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion--A romantic comedy that's equally odd and charming. I didn't know it was the beginning of a series when I read it, but I'm so glad! The sequel comes out soon and I can't wait to laugh at/with Don Tillman. 4 stars.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra--Haunting! I know little, shamefully, about Chechnya, so I learned a lot from this book. A lot I wish had never happened. This book is fiction, but you forget that while reading. Powerful and outstanding. 4.5 stars.
Sycamore Row by John Grisham--I loved A Time to Kill and I loved this sequel. Typical Grisham with a little less predictability. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. 5 stars.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain--I learned from this book: about my husband, my daughter, some of my friends, and, certainly, myself. Fascinating stuff. Lots of buzz about this book for a couple of years now. Well deserved praise. 4.5 stars.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult--Amazing story! I'm not a huge Picoult fan, but she won me back with this novel. So many deep issues! A great, although painful at times, read. 4.5 stars.
My "find" this year is The Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box. I have read the first 5 books of the series in 2014. I plan to fill 2015 with the remaining books of the Joe Pickett series. I would have never picked these modern westerns up on my own, but thankfully my sister, aunt, and mother kept on me about them. I have recommended them to many. Great series with realistic, flawed characters you can't help but love. 4.5 stars, average.
I had a goal to read through the Bible in 2014. I read The One Year Chronological Bible NIV and really enjoyed the chronological approach. I used the reading plan at www.bible.com through YouVersion.
I doubt I can top 67 books in 2015, but we'll see. So many books, so little time. I am hoping to increase my sleeping hours a lot in 2015, so I may have to read less (or faster).
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!!!