I read eighty-six books in 2014.
Well, really: I read eighty-one books January through September, and five since then. Graduate school killed me. (I hope next semester will be better, but with a new job, thirty-five hour work weeks, and a full schedule of classes, I’m not sure I’ll be up for much reading.)
Anyway. Here are some notable books from 2014:
Books I read in one sitting:
– Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
– Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey
– The World in Half and The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
– The Splendid Things We Planned by Blake Bailey
– Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers.
Fabulous books by ridiculously fabulous women:
– Casebook by Mona Simpson
– Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
– Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken
– Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
– A Guide to Being Born: Stories by Ramona Ausubel
– The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
– If You’re Not Yet Like Me by Edan Lepucki
– The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin
– Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
– Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Outstanding books by people of color:
In addition to Henriquez, Danielle Evans, Adichie, and Deraniyagala:
– Family Life by Akhil Sharma
– All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
– The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson
– At Night We Walk in Circles and Lost City Radio by Daniel Aracon
– We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Forty-two books I read in 2014 were written by women, forty-four written by men.
In 2015, I’m looking forward to: Loitering, which I’m reading now, because Charles D’Ambrosio is a national treasure.
Also in 2015, because I’ve recently downloaded them on my Kindle: Thrown by Kerry Howley (on Iowa, go Hawks); All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews; The Dog by Joseph O’Neill; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; and Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson.
Twenty-four days to go until the spring semester. Time to get cracking.