Bethany’s 2014 Book List

I am not setting a goal to read a specific number of books this year. I want to keep on writing good reviews, and specifically I want to work on the concision of my reviews. Efficient my prose generally is not, and I’d like to change that. You may see me setting some goals that will resemble “pyramids” in athletic training: building my word count slowly up and then slowly back down, to get the feeling of what a 1,000-word review feels like, what a 1,250-word review feels like, and so forth. I also have a number of writing goals this year that may sometimes take precedence over reading goals. But don’t worry – I’ll be around.

2014 Book List

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (my review)
  2. Orson Scott Card, Enchantment (my review)
  3. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights (my review)
  4. Tom Jenks and Raymond Carver (editors), American Short Story Masterpieces (my review)
  5. Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock (my review)
  6. Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings (my review)
  7. Abraham Verghese, The Tennis Partner (my review)
  8. Norman Rush, Subtle Bodies (my review)
  9. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (my review)
  10. Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (my review)
  11. Tobias Wolff, The Barracks Thief (my review)
  12. Alan Sepinwall, The Revolution was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever (my review)
  13. Christopher Isherwood, A Meeting by the River (my review)
  14. Leif Enger, Peace Like a River (my review)
  15. Robert Stone, Death of the Black-Haired Girl (my review)
  16. Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (my review)
  17. Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdre English, Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (my review)
  18. Diana Gabaldon, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (my final thoughts)
  19. Jennifer Vanderbes, Strangers at the Feast (my review)
  20. Ella Leffland, Rumors of Peace (my review)
  21. Lev Grossman, The Magicians (my review)
  22. William Shakespeare, As You Like It (my review)
  23. Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life (my review)
  24. Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan (my review)
  25. Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (my review)
  26. Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark (my review)
  27. Norman F. Cantor, In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made (my review)
  28. Laurence Cossé, Bitter Almonds (my review)
  29. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (my final thoughts)
  30. Orson Scott Card, Xenocide (my review)
  31. Anita Shreve, Testimony (my review)
  32. Diana Gabaldon, The Space Between (my review)
  33. Ward Just, An Unfinished Season (my review)
  34. Pamela Moore, Chocolates for Breakfast (my review)
  35. Jennifer Egan, The Keep (my review)
  36. David Gilbert, & Sons (my review)
  37. John Durant, The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health (my review)
  38. Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind (my review)
  39. John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van (my review)
  40. George Saunders, Pastoralia (my review)
  41. Ann Napolitano, A Good Hard Look (my review)
  42. Lily King, Father of the Rain (my review)
  43. Brian Morton, Florence Gordon (my review)
  44. Benjamin Lorr, Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga (my review)
  45. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (my review)
  46. Ian McEwan, The Children Act (my review) (Jill’s review)
  47. F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (my review)
  48. Allegra Goodman, Paradise Park (my review)
  49. Bill Roorbach, The Remedy for Love (my review)
  50. Gin Phillips, The Well and the Mine (my review)
  51. Richard Rodríguez, Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father (my review)
  52. Richard Wright, Black Boy (my review)
  53. Lucy Grealy, Autobiography of a Face (my review)
  54. Susanna Kaysen, Cambridge (my review)
  55. Emmanuel Guibert, How the World Was: A California Childhood (my review)
  56. Michael Cunningham, The Snow Queen (my review)
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