BOOKS OF 2014, PART I

1.29.2015

It has been a loooong time since I did a book post. I've been going through Goodreads and my library account to even remember which ones I liked, which ones I didn't finish, and which ones I wasted petroleum retrieving from the library. Here's part one of a recap of last year, because it's almost the end of January and that's how I roll. About halfway through writing about each I was like FORGET THIS JUST LOOK AT GOODREADS.

But maybe there are people that aren't on Goodreads and would like some pictures of books with accompanying "Yes read this" or "No, don't read this." SO LET'S DO THAT.



Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty : Yes, read this. 
For Fans of: Where'd You Go Bernadette, people that want to visit Australia, and reading things before they become tv movies.


Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight: Sure, why not.
For Fans of: Gone Girl, and Law & Order SVU


The Giver, by Lois Lowry: Yes, definitely read this but you probably already did twenty years ago. No, definitely do not watch the stupid movie.
For Fans Of: The Hunger Games and Divergent


We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart: YES! READ THIS. VERY GOOD AND I SHOUTED AT THE END.
For Fans of: Well-written YA novels, suspense, and uppity stories of wealthy and carefree New England summers
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: YES! Definitely read this. Funny and really sweet, and there's a sequel! 
For Fans Of: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Dharma and Greg type romantic comedies. 

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: MEH, don't waste your time. Main character is annoying. Just read The Fault In Our Stars instead.
For Fans Of: The Fault In Our Stars (you can't help but compare them), Dashboard Confessional, Lifetime movies


The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: STARTED IT BUT HAD TO RETURN IT TO 'BRARY

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld: MEH.  Interesting premise but the characters were annoying and it all fell apart at the end.
For Fans of: complicated sister relationships, psychics

For Fans Of: Center Stage but not Black Swan, middle America descriptions of Tom Perrota, and the prose of Paula McLain

Maine by Courtney J. Sullivan: Take it or leave it. The ending felt lackluster and while you understood the characters a little better, it didn't make me like them or feel like any of them had changed at all. 
For Fans of: generational stories, NEW ENGLAND SUMMERS

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead: BARF, NO.  I cannot even adequately describe how much I disliked the protagonists. The patriarch of the family was horribly annoying and entitled and gross. The secondary characters that were interesting weren't in the story enough. Read Astonish Me instead.
For Fans of: douchecopters? I don't know. 

Euphoria by Lily King: STARTED IT BUT HAD TO RETURN IT TO 'BRARY


What should I read next? TELL ME!