2014 Books

Jan. 1st, 2015 04:42 pm
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I'm posting what's become my annual post about the books I read in the past year. In 2014 I read 106 books. I read 11 in January, 6 in February, 9 in March, 6 in April, 8 in May, 8 in June, 13 in July, 3 in August, 9 in September, 8 in October, 9 in November, and 16 in December. I will list them below by genre. A (2) next to the book means it was a re-read, and a * next to it means that book touched me in some way, I really connected with it, or I just really liked the book. I might add small notes about some of the books here, but mostly it will just be a list. My favorite books of the year were hands down all the books about lions and other big cats by Joy and George Adamson. I really felt like I got to know the animals through the books. I cried when Elsa died.


Sci-fi/Fantasy:
The Snow Queen's Shadow by Jim C. Hines
Red Hood's Revenge by Jim C. Hines
The Mermaid's Madness by Jim C. Hines
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Winds of Change And Other Stories by Isaac Asimov*
The Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton (2)
Elvenblood by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton (2)
Elvenborn by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton (2)
Scowler by Daniel Kraus - Horror book with fantasy elements. Ugh. Too creepy for me.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline*
Beauty by Sherri S. Tepper
Board Stiff by Piers Anthony
Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey
Home From the Sea by Mercedes Lackey (2)
Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey (2)
The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey (2)
The Visitor by Sherri S. Tepper
Knot Gneiss by Piers Anthony
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
The Time Traveler's Almanac Short Stories by Multiple Authors* - Like any collection of short stories these varied. A handful were excellent, most were pretty good, and another handful weren't that great.
Eccentric Circles by Rebecca Lickiss
Catfantastic V More Short Stories by Various Authors
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Bennan
The Map Across Time by C.S. Lakin - All the time travel twists in this were done very well.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Ugly Little Boy by Isaac Asimov* (2)
The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov*
Jaclyn the Ripper by Karl Alexander
A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne*
Esrever Doom by Piers Anthony
The Great Santa Search by Jeff Guinn - Silly story, but nice around the holidays.

Historical Fiction
The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P.S. Duffy
Telegraph Days by Larry McMurtry
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen (2)
Territory by Emma Bull (This is really historical fantasy.)
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (This also has fantasy elements.)
The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor - Based on a true story

Young Adult/Teen These books comprise multiple genres; I'll list the genre after the title and author
The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Baston (Fantasy)
Ashfall by Mike Mullin (2) (Dystopia)
Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (2) (Dystopia)
Sunrise by Mike Mullin* (Dystopia)
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys* (Historical Fiction)
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (2) (Dystopia)
Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons (Dystopia)
Three by Kristen Simmons (Dystopia)
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (Historical Fiction)
Above World by Jenn Reese (2) (Science Fiction)
Mirage by Jenn Reese (Science Fiction)
Horizon by Jenn Reese (Science Fiction)
Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion by John White Stanley (Science Fiction)
The Deepest Blue by Kim Williams Justesen (General)
Quarantine 1: The Loners by Lex Thomas (2) (Dystopia and Horror)
Quarantine 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas (Dystopia and Horror)
Quarantine 3: The Burnouts by Lex Thomas (Dystopia and Horror)
Running Out of Time By Margaret Peterson Haddix (Dystopia)
Pure by Julianna Baggott (Dystopia)
Fuse by Julianna Baggott (Dystopia)
Burn by Julianna Baggott (Dystopia)
Being Henry David by Cal Armistead (2) (General)
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (Dystopia)
Advent by James Treadwell
Ten by Gretchen McNeil (Suspense, and I'd even say a bit of horror.) - Very gory and creepy. Too much for me.
The Giver By Lois Lowry (2) (Dystopia)
Contaminated by Em Garner (Dystopia) - An Amazon reviewer described it as a zombie book without zombies. That's pretty accurate.

Mystery
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham
419 by Will Ferguson
The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown
Rest in Pieces by Rita Mae Brown
Pay Dirt by Rita Mae Brown
Murder, She Meowed by Rita Mae Brown
Cat on the Scent by Rita Mae Brown
Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown
The Bookman's Tale by Charles C. Lovett (This also has historical fiction elements.)

General Fiction
You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert
Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai (2)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - I actually found this very UNinteresting.
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Ideas of Heaven by Joan Silber
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
Kids These Days by Drew Perry
Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar

Nonfiction
Born Free by Joy Adamson*
Living Free by Joy Adamson*
Forever Free by Joy Adamson*
Queen of Shaba: the Story of an African Leopard by Joy Adamson*
The Spotted Sphinx by Joy Adamson*
Pippa's Challenge by Joy Adamson*
A Lifetime with Lions by George Adamson*
My Pride and Joy by George Adamson*
A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall* (2)
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel'
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks*
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy by Elizabeth R. Varon
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

Other These books are called "creative nonfiction" by the author. They include scinetific information about wildlife. They also include talking otters and beavers. No idea what genre they are.
The Otter Spirit by Judith K. Berg
Conversation with a Beaver by Judith K. Berg

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