What I Read 2014 – A Year in Review

In 2013, I read 32 books. While nothing to sneeze at, I felt the number was kind of low so I resolved to read more books in 2014. I’m pleased to report that I accomplished this goal and, in fact, more than doubled the number of books I read. With great difficulty, I have attempted to order them by my own preference, beginning with the books I loved the most. So here we go, everything I read in 2014:

1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

2.The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

3. Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey

4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

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5. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

6. The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels

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7. The Confabulist by Steven Galloway

8. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

9. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

10. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

11. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

12. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

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13. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

14. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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15. A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

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16.We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

17. The Dinner by Herman Koch

18. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

19. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

20. Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay

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21. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

22. February by Lisa Moore

23. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

24. Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway

25. Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

26. Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

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27. Sweetland by Michael Crummey

28. Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

29. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

30. Man by Kim Thuy

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31. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

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32. Harvest by Jim Crace

33. Looking for Alaska by John Green

34. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

35. The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon

36. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

37. Hellgoing by Lynn Coady

38. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

39. The Devil on Her Tongue by Linda Holeman

40. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

41. 419 by Will Ferguson

42. Juliet was a Surprise by Bill Gaston

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43. Floating Like the Dead by Yasuko Thanh

44. The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith

44. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeymi

45. The World by Bill Gaston

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46. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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47. Everything in this Country Must by Colum McCann

48. The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini

49. The Eliot Girls by Krista Bridge

50. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

51. Seven Good Reasons not to be Good by John Gould

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52. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

53. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

54. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

55. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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56. I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

57. Stars Between the Sun and Moon by Lucia Jang & Susan McClelland

58. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

59. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

60. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

61. Open by Lisa Moore

62. Writing with Grace by Judy McFarlane

63. No Relation by Terry Fallis

64. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

65. Projection by Priscila Uppal

66. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

67. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

68. Perfect by Rachel Joyce

69. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabriele Zevin

70. Little Children by Tom Perotta

71. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

72. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

73. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

74. Candide by Voltaire

75. Butterflies in November by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

76. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

77. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

78. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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Re-Read this Year: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

So there you have it. 78 new titles read this year. My best month for reading was January (11 books) and my worst was August (4 books). This makes sense when you take into account the indoor weather of January and the fact that in August I was dealing with morning sickness and started a new job.

And just for fun, let’s lay down some stats! (Who doesn’t love stats?)

  • 8% of the books I read were either short stories or young adult novels. (None were both at once. Have there been many short story collections for teens in recent years?)
  • 9% were translations. These varied from Spanish to Icelandic but French seemed to dominate. Perhaps because it’s the second official language of my country.
  • 10% were non-fiction. I hope to up this percentage in 2015. While I definitely prefer fiction, I hope to read more theological writing in the new year.
  • 36% were Canadian. I’m happy with that percentage. I do make an effort to read Canadian writing but I also don’t want to ignore fantastic writing from around the world.
  • I reviewed 43% of the books I read on this blog. Again, I’d like to do better at this in 2015. I think I started out very well, meeting my goal of a weekly book review but it sputtered in the summer and has been rather sporadic since.
  • 47% of the books I read this year were written by men. 53% were written by women. Through no effort on my part, those numbers are pretty even and that makes me happy.

So what were the best books you read in 2014? What do I need to add to my list for 2015?

 

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3 thoughts on “What I Read 2014 – A Year in Review

    • That’s a good question. If I had to draw a (somewhat arbitrary) line, I’d say everything from #1-#48 is definitely worth reading. That said, I think you could read up to #68 without major regret!

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