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Monday, December 29, 2014

Books I Read in 2014

Here is a complete list of all books I read this year (not including picture books). 

Ratings are out of 5 stars.

1. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E.L. Konigsburg- ***  (middle grade)
2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- *****  (fiction)
3. Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier- ***  (non fiction)
4. Speechless by Hannah Harrington- *** (YA)
5. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley- ***  (YA)
6. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson- ****  (YA)
7. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd- *** (YA)
8. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan- ****  (humor)
9. Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff- **** (YA)
10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- *** (YA)
11. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kaufman- **** (memoir)
12. Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers- **** (YA)
13. Night Film by Marisha Pessl- ****  (fiction)
14. The Round House by Louise Erdich- ***  (fiction)
15. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty- ***  (fiction)
16. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell- ***  (fiction)
17. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman- ****  
18. The Best American Short Stories 2013 edited by Elizabeth Strout- ***  (fiction)
19. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour- **** (YA)
20. Landline by Rainbow Rowell- **** (fiction)
21. After Her by Joyce Maynard- *** (fiction)
22. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison- *** (YA)
23. My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson- *** (YA)
24. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History by Danzy Senna- **** (memoir)
25. Fed Up! by Wendy Oliver-Pyatt- *** (non-fiction)
26. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler- *** (fiction)
27. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat- *** (fiction)
28. Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African-American Children's Literature by Rudine Sims Bishop- **** (non-fiction)
29. Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd- **** (YA)
30. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- **** (children's/YA)
31. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han- **** (YA)
32. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King- *** (YA)
33. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- **** (YA)
34. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan- *** (YA)
35. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins- *** (YA)
36. Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta (non-fiction)

As you can see, my favorite book of the year was definitely Americanah. I'd say The Impossible Knife of Being comes in second, and is certainly my favorite YA book of the year that I've read.

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