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I looked back over the list of books I read in 2014 and here are all the ones I rated an 8 or above on a scale of 1-10.
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin 8 I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It seems more non-fiction than fiction, though you know the dialogue is imagined. I love Anne’s book Gifts from the Sea and liked seeing into her life and what it might have been like.
Seven by Jen Hatmaker 9 Well, crap, I’m going to have to change a few things due to conviction from this book about excess, waste, wealth, and true Christian living. It has made me uncomfortable and that’s a good thing.
Unspeakable by Reng Ajak Gieu 8 My friend gave me this book. The author is a gardener at the Arboretum (she also works there.) He tells of his life as a lost boy of Sudan. His life story and the story of his country is remarkable. I appreciated learning more about it all.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 8 Great book! Except for one thing that got brought up but never dealt with effectively, the writing was superb! And a fascinating folk tale/mythology topic set in NY at an interesting historical time- when so many immigrants were arriving at the turn of the century.
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout 8 She was held kidnapped for over a year in Somalia. Her story is fascinating and heart-breaking. Also a very good window into human behavior in general- hers, her captors, her fellow prisoner.
Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica 8 A funny read with moments of subtle introspection that touch on the human existence. Harsh language but it didn’t bother me. Would like for my friends to read this one- just an unusual read.
The Medea Complex by Rachel Roberts 8 I borrowed this on kindle and it was actually really good. Raised lots of questions and the reader was never quite sure exactly what was going on until the end. It’s about a woman who is treated in a lunatic asylum.
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis 8 Wonderful retelling of an old myth…I love Lewis. He was a master.
Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde 8 The wit, the sarcasm, the alternating between morals and irreverent. I was so glad I found this book of works by Wilde that I didn’t know existed!
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein 8 Great sic fi book. Reminds me of Dune a little bit- just in that a different world exists but is slowly learned by the reader.
Jantsen’s Gift by Pam Cope 8 Very good- what an insight into the grieving process of losing a child AND what an inspiration to live intentionally and make a difference for those who are hurting and poor here and in other countries during this short time we have on earth.
The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon 8 Wow- an EPIC book, seriously it lasted forever…but it held my interest and wove a beautiful story. I was so glad I read it on our trip to Maine. Immigrants, New York, the birth of the comic book business, relationships, war, it had everything!!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9 I really liked this book. So well-written. Yet ANOTHER take on WWII- I seem to read so many books along that theme. I recommend this one a lot.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 8 Taken from a true story in the 1800′s of a teenage girl convicted of killing her employer and his housekeeper/mistress. Really gripping and well-told/imagined by Atwood.
Peony by Pearl Buck 8 I really appreciated the subtle wisdom and description of Chinese and Western culture- in this case the book is about a small refuge of Jews in China in the 19th century. The pull the people felt between their Jewish law and the ways they intermixed into the Chinese culture were so beautifully written. Great historical fiction.
I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich 8 what a great memoir! this lady has had a unique life and I loved reading about it. an example of a well-done memoir because it’s interesting, witty, heart-wrenching, inspiring, and makes one think.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio 10 best “kids” book I ever read. period. amazing book.
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 8 Really enjoyed this book- the writing was excellent, the story kept me involved.
Wow, I read a lot of good books this past year! And in many different genres. I figure anyone could find something in the above list that sounds appealing to them. Happy reading!