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!

7 comments:

  1. So this is going to be like a big old vomit of wordy excitement:


    1. Defending Jacob by William Landay
    (haven't read it yet, but my husband did and LOVED it). A la Jodi Piccoult with the legal/moral juxtaposition. He said it's intense.
    2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
    Maybe you've already read this, but if not, you need to. The only problem is you'll want to binge read it in five hours because TOO MUCH GOODNESS. (and not in the fluffy way)
    3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
    I adore her characters in general, but this book is especially adorable.


    Um, ok, I could probably list a dozen but then you'd be like this chick should get her own blog and write about books on it so I'm stopping here.

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  2. I haven't heard of that first one! And I like that it's husband recommended - I'm still trying to talk Bryan into reading Harry Potter and he hasn't budged yet.



    I LOVED ME BEFORE YOU. Have you read any of her others? I want to read some but am not sure which I should try next.


    I haven't read anything by Rainbow Rowell, but just got Landline from the library and I'm really excited about it. I will add Attachments to the list. I've heard super mixed reviews about Eleanor & Park, though

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  3. I've already read Astonish Me twice. Must be the ex-ballet dancer in me but I couldn't get enough. Good pick!

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  4. The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes was so good - it switches from France in WWI to present day which I liked but some people didn't but I thought it was a great read. What Alice Forgot was great. Someone by Alice McDermott - it was on the list for Pulitzer, I am halfway through and amazed at her writing.

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  5. I liked Eleanor & Park more than Landline. That's not to say I didn't like Landline, of course.

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  6. In the middle of Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson right now and it's a MAGICAL elixir with sleep-inducing properties in the best and most beautiful way. All her stuff is laced with something.

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