Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books Read in 2014

2014 is winding to a close. I keep track on Bookcrossing of the books I read ( and my user name there is 2of3Rs). Here is what I read in 2014:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin
Oxygen by Carol Cassella
Apologize, Apologize by Elizabeth Kelly
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Gemini by Carol Cassella
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
Casebook by Mona Simpson
A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
Bark by Lorrie Moore
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Cant' We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
To Die For by Joyce Maynard
This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Joshua Ferris
Egg and Spoon Gregory Maguire
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Goodnight, June by Sarah Jio
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg
Lock In by John Scalzi
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Bosch
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Habibi by Craig Thompson
Geek Love by Katherine Dunne
One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
Revival by Stephen King
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Macanudo 01 by Ricardo Liniers Siri
Leaving Time Jodi Picoult
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman



Such fun! I still have some posts I want to write about some of these...stay tuned!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Sudden Light

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Seattle. Timber barons. A family legacy. Devastation. Conservation. Love stories. Ghosts. Garth Stein (author of The Art of Racing in the Rain), brings us into the lives of a timber baron family in Seattle through the eyes of Trevor, a fourteen year old boy. While this is a very different book from The Art of Racing in the Rain (which I loved, mostly because of Enzo, the dog narrator), this, too, has an engaging narrator in Trevor. This seems to be one of Stein's gifts as a writer, the ability to create very engaging and believable narrators. I felt drawn into the world of timber and timber barons as well as Trevor's family.


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One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
I was lucky enough to receive an Early Reviewer copy of One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis on librarything. I was intrigued by the description as well as the tagline on the cover…”No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret. Will you?”

So...Emily has a secret. On page one, Emily is traveling away from her old life and into her new life. We don’t know why (well, she has that secret). I felt as though I was being told a lot that Emily had a secret. I could have used a little less of that. That said, I liked Emily, I liked how she struggled with beginning an entirely new life using a new identity as she struggled with her secret. Seskis kept the tension high without revealing too much. There was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, which is always fun. An enjoyable read!


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Our Tragic Universe

Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Meg is a successful genre ghostwriter. She is also an unsuccessful writer of the novel she dreams of writing. She ruminates about her writing failures, and wonders if she will ever be able to write the book she imagines. She doesn't want to rely on plot to write this book, and to that end has written hundreds of pages and thrown out most of them out because they don't go anywhere. This book did not seem to go much of anywhere either, which made me a frustrated reader. Our Tragic Universe seems to be about a woman who wants to write a book without much of a plot, and her own life doesn't seem to have much going on. Ironic? Intentional?


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