Wednesday, December 31, 2014
My Top 11 books of 2014. I mean, these are books I READ this year, not necessarily books PUBLISHED this year.
It's funny because most of these books didn't "win" their months, but when I look back over my year in books, they rise to the top. I wanted to pick a top 10, but I just couldn't. Both my #10 and #11 picks have haunted me since I put them down, a good reason to keep them both on the list I think.
11. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala: A searing story of grief written in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami. This book is beautiful and lyrical and heart breaking.
10. Euphoria by Lily King: Such an odd, haunting story of anthropologists i the early 20th century. I read it by the pool, but it was more substantial than most summer reads.
9. Wonder by RJ Palacio: The boys and I read this together, and I don;t think we'll ever forget it.
8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: Another book that will not leave my head. A fictionalized account of Sarah and Angelina Grimke's political awakening.
7. Guests on Earth by Lee Smith: Both poetic and taut, this book is a fictionalized account of the hospital fire that killed Zelda Fitzgerald. I have started calling Dorothy pie-face because of it.
6. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graf: Another wonderful kiddie lit book. If you have kids, you should read it with them.
5. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez: This multi-narrator account of immigrants struggling to survive in the US is going to be required reading in high schools soon.
4. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra: Not my usual jam, this book is about war and features lots of male characters, but it's like nothing I have read before.
3. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters: I don't even know what to say about this book without giving it away. It's a love story.
2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler: I cannot spoil the charming plot twist, so I will just implore you to read this book.
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: I mean, duh.