It's twenty-fifteen now, huh? I'm still getting used to the sound of that...
At the beginning of 2014, I made a list of new books I hoped to read throughout the year. I had a few select titles in mind and added to it as I thought of more. It was extremely ambitious of me, being that the list was quite long and I knew deep down I wouldn't be able to scratch off every title by the time 2015 rolled around. I didn't, but that's okay, because even if I didn't read as many books as I would have liked, the ones I did read were some of the best ever, became new favourites, and caused some intense book hangovers. Don't get me wrong, not all of them were winners, but for the most part, I discovered some pretty fantastic reads.
So in no particular order... the books of 2014!
- Crazy Love - Francis Chan
- Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier
- Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (all 13 of them!) - Lemony Snicket
- Grace for the Good Girl - Emily P. Freeman
- Watership Down - Richard Adams
- The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
- Crazy Busy - Kevin DeYoung
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Just Do Something - Kevin DeYoung
- Black - Ted Dekker
- Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore
- Titus: Comrade of the Cross - Florence Morse Kingsley
- The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff
- Villette - Charlotte Bronte
- Young House Love - John & Sherry Petersik
- The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
- Notes From a Tilt-a-Whirl - N.D. Wilson
- Bridge to Haven - Francine Rivers
- The Giver - Lois Lowry
- Revolution in World Missions - K.P. Yohannan
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood - Howard Pyle
- Respectable Sins - Jerry Bridges
- Steal Like An Artist - Austin Kleon
- The Mockingbird Next Door - Marja Mills
- The King's Speech - Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
BEST: Rebecca and Steal Like An Artist tie for me. Runner-ups include The Mockingbird Next Door and Crazy Love.
WORST: I try to pick books that I'm 99.9% sure I'll like, so none of these were a huge let-down. However, I did drag myself through three chapters of The Fault in Our Stars before I couldn't take the sarcasm, drama, and just BLEH any longer. That was my worst reading experience of 2014.
MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING: The Giver. Against my better judgment, I saw the movie before reading the book, but both are equally intriguing.
MOST DULL: I didn't enjoy Watership Down as much as I expected, and The Red Badge of Courage had to work hard to hold my attention as well. I was greatly anticipating Fahrenheit 451, but I read it while I was sick and distracted, so I don't think I appreciated it as much as I ought. I would like to read that one again soon...
FUNNIEST: It's a toss-up between The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Such clever stories! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society also had some humorous moments.
MOST CHALLENGING/INSPIRATIONAL: Revolution in World Missions first, then Crazy Love. Wow.
MOST INTENSE: Rebecca. Definitely Rebecca.
MOST SURPRISING: For some reason, I didn't have high expectations for The Eagle of the Ninth (probably because I saw the movie first and the movie is just okay), but it was an incredibly engaging story and captivated me from beginning to end.
CURRENTLY READING: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (I had the best of intentions to complete it in 2014, but guys... it's huge) and The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart.
So there you have it. Not an impressively long list, but special, nonetheless. Now I have a job for you... I'm in the midst of creating my 2015 reading list, and I need some recommendations! Readysetgo.