Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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Overall, this was a mixed year in my reading journey. It was hit or miss. I didn't have a lot of time for reading, so to reach my reading challenge quota, I mostly picked short things. We moved, and several of the books I intended to read are still in storage. Here's to 2015 and more good reads ahead!

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

1.) Hyperbole and a Half - This was so encouraging and inspirational to me. Once you get past the strange illustrations, it's a very motivation and fun collection of stories. I have started and stopped making comics several times. This book inspired me to pick them up again.

2.) Stargirl - Although Stargirl is sweet and simple, it reminded me of the importance of being yourself and being happy. Stargirl reminded me to embrace my eccentricity and that if people don't understand, maybe they will when they mature, or if they don't, then they're not worth the time.

3.) Dad is Fat - This was so funny and sweet. I felt like I was jammed into the New York apartment with Jim, his wife, and 5 kids (Catholic, as Jim is quick to explain), ready for hijinks. I could have read it in one sitting.

4.) The Complete Persepolis - This eye-opening book made me truly thankful for the freedoms that I have and taught me about a culture that I have little experience. I felt that I was on a journey with the main characters and was sorry to see it end.

5.) Princess Ever After - This highly anticipated title didn't disappoint! Unique, sweet, and well researched, I love the world that Hauck has created in this series. I'm hoping she'll continue.

6.) Seconds - I felt like I waited years for new work from Bryan O'Malley. I like how O'Malley explores philosophical issues through comical but unique characters. He's great at capturing awkwardness and flaws, and creating strong female characters.

7.) Fangirl - Hands down, one of the most unique contemporary YA titles out there. It's not for everyone. But I feel that it can really be appreciated by the fan fiction community and any nerd who understands how fandoms work. I'm all about an author's original canon pairings, but I enjoyed Rowell's exploration of a character who isn't.

8.) On the Way Home - I loved the Little House books as a child, and enjoyed reading an actual travel diary from Wilder. A lot of people wouldn't find amounts of rain and food interesting, but between that, there are snippets of what would become Wilder's writing style: her upbeat, warmhearted spirit.

9.) Dragonfly In Amber - By far this longest novel of the year. Honestly, I picked this up because I couldn't wait for more episodes of the new show. Gabaldon is an extremely intelligent, detailed, and talented writer, and it shows through her immersive historical research and effortless love story.

10.) A Civil War Courtship: The Letters of Edwin Weller from Antietam to Atlanta - As a history fan, this book deepened by understanding of the era from the perspective of a Yankee solider in the South. Like stepping into a time machine.

4 comments:

  1. I love letters and history, so I'm totally intrigued by A Civil War Courtship! I really need to read Dragonfly in Amber. I read Outlander years ago with the intent to read the second book a few weeks later and it never happened! Maybe this year.... I remember loving Outlander SO much. And I'm really looking forward to watching the show on DVD!

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    1. I really think you'll enjoy the Outlander DVD! I don't watch a lot of tv, but it and Downton Abbey are my shows :) I don't want to give much away about Dragonfly in Amber, but I was surprised at how far in the future it jumps. Hope you can check it out soon!

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  2. DAD IS FAT sounds excellent. It's on my TBR mountain chain, so hopefully I'll get to it sometime before ... I die :)

    Happy TTT (on Wednesday -- I'm a little late to the party)!

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    1. Jim is hilarious, I used to love Pale Force. Knowing that he's a funny dad makes him even cooler to me.

      Thanks for stopping by! I'll check out your list, too :)

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