Thursday, November 20, 2014

30 Books in 2014

I made a resolution to read 30 books in a year. For a while, I used the Kindle app on my iPhone occasionally for reading easy e-books, easy re-reads, such as Anne of Green Gables, or other short books. That’s a great way to do it in a pinch, or if you’re multitasking (i.e. watching kids at a Mall Play area or waiting for the French Fries to fry...or burn;).I still can't believe 2014 is coming to an end so soon. Reading has been sorta a stop-and-start-type thing. You know, Mothering. It's a thing. But I did accomplish my goal, plus some. BTW-Today's post will be linked to Twitterature at Modern Mrs. Darcy. (see below!)

Yep…. I love real books.   

I finally figured out my husband’s iPad and used it for Kindle- I’ve read a handful of books on it.  Personally, I think it is good for ebooks, and I did read a few of those, but otherwise I’m a Real Book junkie.* I just adore allowing physical books to occupy space on a bookshelf. I love to see the titles of recent books and classic books all lined up together. Also, a really quick disclaimer: I did not adore each and every book I read, and if I could express it more gracefully, then I would... so for that, I am sorry. To see a list that includes what I read last year, click here (and here).

So sorry for the rambling! On to my list.... Here's what I read, etc.: (This might get sort of long- sorry!)

1. Cultivating Your Creative Life (Jan)

This is perfect for stimulating your creative life.  I get excited about interactive, artsy type books- the kind you find in a bookstore and just want to sit and look at for a while.  This will get you excited to make some tea, journal, and watercolor or gel pen it up. It will push you to be a more creative thinker and journaller. 5 stars.
2. Maisie Dobbs (Jan)

I discovered this book from one of my favorite blogs, Fountains of Home.  To be honest, this made me want more from No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (see below).  The writing was good, but the story and plot were too predictable and at times rather boring.  I love the sense of humor of the books that inspired this one. 3 stars.

{also{Cranford-} I can’t count Cranford, because I simply found it too stuffy and predictable, therefore I did not finish reading it. Honestly I was disappointed that I didn’t love it. :( Boo!}If anyone has any encouragement for me, please, do tell!;) Discouragement? Don't tell me! ;)} (Feb)

3. The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency (Feb)

This book series is light-hearted, entertaining, and energetic. It will make you think. Profound and absorbing. Entertaining. So, so good. 5 stars.

4. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead  (Feb)

I loved the connection to Madeleine L’Engle, and I haven’t talked about this author enough. She is the namesake of our third daughter, and one of my most favorite authors. (We also were thinking of Mary Magdelene and I know there is a St. Madeleine, as well). Give me almost anything by L’Engle- and I’ll be sure to adore it.  I heard of this YL book from the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. Smart, and unpredictable. 5 stars.

5. A Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (Feb)

I was excited to finally read this one. It got a lot of hype and attention when it first came out, and I was dying to see what the fuss was about. I was not disappointed in the least, want to read the next books in the series. Reminded me of a more sophisticated and sassy Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll? So. good. 5 stars.

6. Tears of the Giraffe  by Alexander McCall Smith (Mar)

The second in the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency. Just awesome. Not as fun as the first, but still very, very good. 4 stars.

7. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Mar)

Funny, funny, funny! Having followed this story of the family on the AT, and living near the AT, and having hiked some of it growing up (My husband was the more serious backpacker of the two of us, actually, but I did a whole lot of hiking growing up), I adored this book. Bill Bryson is - simply put- a scream. He’s hilarious.  You’ll have a rousing good time pondering how one person could really eat only noodles for dinner night after night after night… and drink black coffee with pink specks in it...while hiking miles upon miles upon miles every day. What will he do when he gets turned around, separated from his partner and low on water? Don’t read it on your Kindle- it’s too long for that. 5 stars.

8. Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider (Mar)

Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed by Tsh’s second book.  I don’t know… can’t put my finger on it.  I am starstruck by her blogging skills, and I love almost every single blog post she has ever written. Somehow that didn’t translate to a book for me. 3 stars.

9. A Little Book About Confession for Children by Kendra Tierney (Apr)

Kendra Tierney is most definitely someone to watch. First of all, she is an amazing Mom- you can pick that up after just a few minutes on her blog Catholic All Year. She has so much talent and she is quick. This book is such a beautiful, humble book, and you can dig your toenails in and really grow from it... although it is a little too short. I hope she writes more books! 4 stars.

10. Spirit-Led Parenting by Megan Tietz and Laura Oyer (Apr)

I put it off for too long. I needed to get into the know about about this movement in American parenting books. I’m glad I read it, and I was glad to be done. Missing some main points. 4 stars.

11. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (May)

I love Jhumpa Lahiri’s whimsical, descriptive writing. This novel is no exception. She illuminates the Indian-American landscape and let’s be honest… you can tell she’s a foodie a mile away! It is also adapted to screen, which I was happy to watch. Some sexual innuendo; for mature audiences - book and movie. 4 stars.

12. The Sinner’s Guide to NFP  by Simcha Fisher (May)
Very similar to Notes From a Blue Bike, an extremely talented blogger doesn't translate to an author for me. Why did this book rub me the wrong way? Can someone else pick up the torch, i.e. this subject? 1 star.

13. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (May)

I saw the movie before the book, so I knew it was sad, but you guys. His story is heartbreaking. Read this book if you want to know what it’s like being an Irish Catholic (in an alcoholic family) moving to America. So brilliant and hilarious, with intricate details woven throughout. At times a little depressing for my taste, but witty and to the point, so, worth it. 5 stars.

14. All New People by Anne Lamott (May)

Anne Lamott will forever and ever have my heart. She is witty to the point. A writer’s writer. A writer for the people.  Be still my novel-reading heart. Beware- language and sexual content. Still, stunning and profound. 5 stars.

15. Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler (Jun)

I think I have to say this was far and away my most favorite book of the year.  It was just So. Much. Fun  Readable and funny, full of wit, wisdom, courage, and inspiration. Oh my goodness, go get a copy for yourself right now, sit your butt in a chair, and devour it like the rest of us! 5 stars. to buy, click right here.

16. The Little Oratory by Leila Lawler and David Clayton (Jun)

This book… How I love thee!  No more words can be said that haven’t already been said. 5 stars.

to read the rest, click here.


Michele Chronister said...

I'm so glad you liked the book!!! Would you be interested in doing a giveaway for it?

Tacy said...