The books I read last year

When I was younger, I remember being amazed at people who claimed they “didn’t have time to read”. Making time for reading was the easiest thing in the world! Pre-baby, I read an average of two and a half books a week. Post-baby — not so much.

Austin Kleon’s “How to read more” is a great reminder of how to make time for books again. My tips look a little different from his (visit the library often and keep a separate ebook going on the iPad so I can read at the gym feature prominently), but I’ve kept a reading log for years and I think his idea of sharing your favorite books with others is a great one. So, without further ado, the books I read in 2014:


Books I loved:



Bossypants, Tina Fey

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North

The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Nation, Terry Pratchett


Books I quite liked:



The Hundred-Year House, Rebecca Makkai

The Long War, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Long Mars, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Marriage Plot, Jeffery Eugenides

Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett

Guards, Guards!, Terry Pratchett

Snuff, Terry Pratchett

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, Matt Inman (The Oatmeal)

Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, Kelly James-Enger

Lock-In, John Scalzi

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock, Lucy Worsley


Books that were not bad:



Little Brother, Cory Doctorow

David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell

The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty

Gun, With Occasional Music, Jonathan Lethem

The Korean Word for Butterfly, James Zerndt

The Fracking King: A Novel, James Browning

Pyramids, Terry Pratchett

The Reformed Vampire Support Group, Catherine Jinks

How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane, and other lessons in parenting from a highly questionable source, Johanna Stein

Ticker, Lisa Manchev


Books that were not great:



The Line (Witching Savannah, Book 1), J. D. Horn

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, Maggie Stiefvater

A Redbird Christmas, Fannie Flagg

Shambling Toward Hiroshima, James Morrow

The Genius Wars, Catherine Jinks


















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