Books of 2014

This year I read a lot of short fiction and re-read some of my favorite children’s books. I also mixed it up with my favorite classics (Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Lord of the Flies), a wildly popular book of the time (Me Before You ) and one of my favorite reads of the year, The Interestings.

And 2014 was also the year when I re-read my all-time favorite book, Youngblood Hawke!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 5 stars

The Round House by Louise Erdrich 3 stars

“Saint Marie” from Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich – 4 stars

“The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway – 5 stars

“Two Kinds” from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – 5 stars

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison – 4 stars

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber – 5 stars

Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel – 4 stars

“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant – 5 stars

“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck – 5 stars

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel – 3 stars

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner – 5 stars

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – 4 stars

The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni – 5 stars

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – 3 stars

“Red Moccasins” by Susan Power – 5 stars

“Cold Snap” by Thom Jones – 5 stars

“The Mail Lady” by David Gates – 4 stars

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – 5 stars

The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris – 3.5 stars

Catalina Kiss by Tracy Ewens – 3 stars

“Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 5 stars

The Spirit in the Stick by Neil Duffy – 4 stars

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer – 4 stars

“This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie – 4 stars

“The Fastest Runner on Sixty-first Street” by James T. Farrell – 4 stars

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – 3 stars

“The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D. H. Lawrence – 5 stars

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates – 4 stars

“Death by Landscape” by Margaret Atwood – 5 stars

“First, Body” by Melanie Rae Thon – 4 stars

We Are Water by Wally Lamb – 3 stars

“Nicodemus Bluff” by Barry Hannah – 4 stars

“Landscape and Dream” by Nancy Krusoe – 4 stars

“What the Thunder Said” by Janet Peery – 4 stars

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin – 3.5 stars

The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni – 4 stars

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – 5 stars

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell – 5 stars

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 4 stars

“The Girl on the Plane” by Mary Gaitskill – 4 stars

“An Angel on the Porch” by Thomas Wolfe – 5 stars

Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N. A. Granger – 3 stars


One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes – 3 stars

The Horse Who Lived Upstairs by Phyllis McGinley – 5 stars

Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner – 4.5 stars

A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You by Joan Walsh Anglund – 5 stars

The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven – 5 stars

Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown – 5 stars

Tommy’s Mommy’s Fish by Nancy Dingman Watson – 5 stars

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey – 5 stars

Calendarbears by Kathleen and Michael Hague – 4 stars

Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig – 5 stars

Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk – 5 stars (all-time favorite book)

Coma by Robin Cook – 3 stars

“Gryphon” by Charles Baxter – 5 stars

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – 3.5 stars

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson – 2 stars

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – 3 stars

Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow – 4 stars

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – 4 stars

“House of Flowers” by Truman Capote – 4 stars

Premiere by Tracy Ewens – 4 stars

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver – 4 stars

Dear Life by Alice Munro – 4.5 stars

Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood – 4 stars

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs – 3 stars

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick – 4 stars

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith – 3.5 stars

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – 5 stars

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner – 3 stars

The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould – 3 stars

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