Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Survey 2014!

I actually didn't read as much in 2014 as I have in previous years. But, I read enough to have some to share. I've included links to Goodreads pages so you can decide for yourself if you want to read some of these!

1.  Best book read in 2014

Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.  Man oh man this book was great. It was interesting, vivid, intriguing and it stayed with me for a very long time.

2.  Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more, but didn't:

Spin by Catherine McKenzie. I typically enjoy books about addictions (I find it fascinating), but this one fell short.

3.  Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2014

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay. Great book. One of my favorites this year- I was a little worried it would be boring but it was fascinating. It is about a group of teens who go on a mission trip and end up in a war.

4.  Book you read in 2014 that you recommended the most?

Probably Orphan Train or Big Little Lies.

5  Favorite new author discovered in 2014

Liane Moritay. I LOVED Big Little Lies, and now I want to read all of her other books.

6.  Best book that was out of your comfort zone.

In The Blood by Lisa Unger. It was sort of a psychological thriller. Not something I usually read, but I really liked it.

7.  Most thrilling, unputdownable book of 2014.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moritay. This whole book is just good, I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.

8.  Book read in 2014 that you are most likely to reread.

I would probably reread Detroit:An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff.

9  Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014.

10.  Most memorable character of 2014

Willow Chance from Counting By 7's.

11.  Most beautifully written book of 2014.

I think maybe My Hands Came Away Red.

12.  Book that had the greatest impact on you.

Orphan Train

13  Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to read.
Without You by Anthony Rapp, a memoir from one of my favorite Broadway Actors. Anthony is from the original cast of Rent, and most of the book is from that time period. The story is focused more on his family/personal life than the show itself but there are plenty of stories about the show intertwined. It's also heartbreaking to hear his tale of the loss of Jonathan Larson. I picked this book up at a used bookstore, and came home to find it was an autographed copy.

14.  Favorite passage/quote.
“Those we love don’t go away, they sit beside us every day.” - Big Little Lies

“Time does not care how precious it is, how hard you are working not to squander it. Time passes.” - Maybe One Day

“I've come to think that's what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.”- Orphan Train

“people who matter in our lives stay with us, haunting our most ordinary moments. They’re with us in the grocery store, as we turn a corner, chat with a friend. They rise up through the pavement; we absorb them through our soles.” - Orphan Train

“Every person has lots of ingredients to make them what is always a one-in-a-kind creation. We are all imperfect genetic stews.” - Counting by 7's

“Normal is an ideal. But it’s not reality. Reality is brutal, it’s beautiful, it’s every shade between black and white, and it’s magical. Yes, magical. Because every now and then, it turns nothing into something.” - Harmonic Feedback

15..  Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to someone about it.

Basically the entire plot of Big Little Lies.

16.  Favorite relationship in a book read in 2014

Kaylee and Sierra in Words (another great book!)

17.  Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you read previously.

I think I've read a couple of Barba Delinsky books before, and this year I read The Secrets Between Us. Good book, easy read.

18.  Best book you read in 2014 based solely on a recommendation.

Calling Me Home, Julie Kibler. A coworker recommended it! At times I was a little bored, but it's an interesting story and a good read.

19..  Book that was the most fun to read.
Harmonic Feedback

20.  Book that made you cry.

Maybe One Day or My Hands Came Away Red...or Orphan Train....

So, to sum it up, my top 5 books this year were:

5. Harmonic Feedback
4. Counting by 7's
3. My Hands Came Away Red
2. Big Little Lies
1. Orphan Train

Honorable Mentions:
Without You (for Rent fans)
Maybe One Day

Happy Reading! Share your favorite book of 2014 in the comments, I need some new books to read.


A-Dave said... Add Reply

I definitely already have Orphan Train sitting unread on my bookshelf. Looks like I need to move that higher in the pile! I also took a few of these and added them to my Goodreads Want-To-Read shelf. Thanks for sharing!

PS- You are much better at picking one per category than I am.

Shari said... Add Reply

I've heard such great things about Liane's books! I have WHAT ALICE FORGOT sitting on top of my to-read pile. I'm excited to dive in! Adding BIG LITTLE LIES to the list now!