Thursday, January 1, 2015

14 Books in 2014

One of my goals for the year was to spend more time reading for pleasure - not for work, not for an assignment - just for my own personal enjoyment. Thus, I set out to read 14 new books in 2014. As you scan through the list, you'll notice that many of them are Young Adult Fiction... and I'm ok with that. I teach Middle School & try to stay on top of trends, but I don't really think of it as part of my job, because I really enjoy it. I also read a lot of series - I like to get invested in characters & more complicated storylines. This goes all the way back to my love for The Babysitter's Club, so I doubt it'll change any time soon. A new trend that emerged this year was a lot more non-fiction, which I really enjoyed. I'm always encouraging my students to explore this genre more often, so I'm glad I took my own advice! 

1 - 3: Divergent Series
  • I posted about my binge reading of this series already. I totally devoured all three books & then I was totally disappointed by the movie. If you have kids in middle school, or teach kids in middle school, I recommend reading it. I've been able to have a lot of meaningful conversations about the book with students & even made some comparisons to The Hunger Games - another middle school favorite. 

4: Where'd You Go Bernadette?

  • This was one of my beach books this summer & I read it because Fancy Ashley highly recommended it. So do I. It's definitely different, but I loved the unique family relationship & all of the tangles that occurred because of Bernadette's odd (to put it mildly) personality. Definitely one to put on your list if you haven't read it yet... 

5: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? 
  • This was one of the first books I read in 2014 & I loved it. Mindy is real. I loved her stories about being famous, but what I loved more were her stories about being herself. She has a talent for telling her life story in a totally critical yet endearing way. If you loved her on The Office, you'll love this book. 

6: Where We Belong
  • Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors & I absolutely loved this book. I can't fathom putting a child up for adoption, or ever having to muster the courage to look for my biological mother. At the same time, the story was so relatable. Bonus points - it wove in characters from Babyproof - which is another one of my favorites.  

7:  The Silkworm
  • I read The Cuckoo's Calling in 2013, and immediately knew that I wanted to read the sequel when it came out in 2014. It is not my normal read. It's more of a murder/mystery than the romances I typically read... but I loved it. I read it on my way to the beach & could not put it down. (We may have missed a very important turn on the way into Myrtle because I was reading instead of navigating - whoops.) Nothing like Harry Potter, but totally awesome. 

8 - 10: The Selection Series 
  • The best way for me to sum up this series is The Bachelor meets Royalty. A group of women is placed in the castle for the prince to choose his wife. It's every bit as juicy as you'd anticipate - but probably a little less sexy than The Bachelor since it is technically young adult fiction. I've seen a ton of students reading it recently & would not be surprised if it ends up being made into a movie soon. Also, as I was putting this post together, I just found out there is a fourth book out now... so I'll be reading that ASAP. 

11 - 13: The Hunger Games Trilogy
  • You can read about my 72 hour Hunger Games Coma here... 

14: The One & Only 
  • I just finished this one & I'm kind of glad that I waited to read it until football season. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it, but as with all Emily Giffin books, I loved it. I feel like it took awhile to get me hooked, but by the end I couldn't put it down. 
  • I've recently fallen in love with the blog Scary Mommy, so I decided to read her book over Christmas since it was free on Oyster. So very, very real. The woman does not sugarcoat the reality of motherhood & I loved it. I'm currently reading her second book, Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Lies) - which I'm loving as well. 

What'd you read in 2014? Do you have any suggestions?!

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