I have to say, 2014 was a shabby year for me reading wise. This list is a guesstimate at best partly because my Kindle died a few months ago and my “read” collection of titles went with it, but mostly because I didn’t keep it throughout the year. Part of me says, “Hey, 12 books in a year isn’t the worst thing in the world. A book a month! See? That’s Fine!”* The rest of me says, “Really, it took you a month to read that?
Literary quality be damned, here’s what I read in 2014. My favorites were probably Dark Places and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory. In the first case, Gillian Flynn can do no wrong. In the second, I don’t know, I’m in some weird rabbit hole with death and dying and bodies and stuff. So, who knows, I could be a mortician by this time in 2015. Excuse me while I go binge on more Six Feet Under. In case you’re interested, my 2013 list lives here.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
Never Have I Ever, Katie Heaney
You Should Have Known, Jean Hanff Korelitz
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
The One and Only, Emily Giffin
All Fall Down, Jennifer Weiner
Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
The Uncoupling, Meg Wolitzer
The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory, Caitlin Doughty
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha, Jolie Kerr
Leaving Time, Jodi Picoult
*I think I actually did read more than 12 books, but the others were re-reads. In Smoke Gets in Your Eyes the author talks about how some people are cremated with personal artifacts; my well loved copy of Something Borrowed is totally coming with me.