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2014 Book Roundup

2014 Book Roundup

Well, 2014 has come and gone, and I can already tell that 2015 is going to be an even better year. I can just feel it. πŸ™‚

During the holidays, I’m sad to admit that my blogging got away from me. But I’m back, and I would like to take a post to look at what I read in 2014. I surpassed my goal of 35 books (thanks to my inclusion of audiobooks) and read a total of 36 books. But what would I like to change about my reading habits this coming year? First, let’s look at what I read in 2014.

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell****
2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn****
3. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks***
4. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald**
5. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney*
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell****
7. Serena by Ron Rash****
8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*****
9. The Walking Dead: Book One by Robert Kirkman****
10. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut**
11. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume***
12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green*****
13. One for the Money by Janet Evonovich****
14. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates****
15. Looking for Alaska by John Green***
16. The Maze Runner by James Dashner**
17. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer***
18. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan****
19. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini****
20. Under the Dome by Stephen King****
21. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed****
22. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews****
23. Landline by Rainbow Rowell****
24. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Read my review here.)*****
25. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Read my review here.)*
26. French Lessons by Ellen Sussman***
27. Ship of Theseus by Doug Dorst****
28. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan****
29. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (Read my review here.)****
30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams***
31. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper****
32. 1984 by George Orwell****
33. 11/22/63 by Stephen King****
34. Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckhoff***
35. The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn***
36. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta**

My Favorite Books: Little Women; The Fault In Our Stars; The Marriage Plot

My Least-Favorite Books: Both Sides of Time; 1Q84

Audiobooks: Under the Dome; 1Q84; French Lessons; Dad is Fat; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; 11/22/63; The Leftovers

Book Club Books: Serena; Breakfast of Champions; Eleven Kinds of Loneliness; Crazy Rich Asians; The Marriage Plot; This Is Where I Leave You; Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Classics: This Side of Paradise; Little Women; Breakfast of Champions; 1984

I’m pretty pleased with my list and believe it to be fairly well-rounded. I tackled four classics and read a variety of genres, from contemporary and memoirs to non-fiction and short stories. Being a part of a book club definitely helped me get to books I otherwise wouldn’t have picked up. Next year I think I’d like to read even more classics…let’s say six…and a couple more pieces of non-fiction.

Are you happy with your 2014 reading list? What’s on your 2015 must-read list? Happy reading!

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Five Friday Favorites

This week I’ve stumbled upon a delicious Tuscan chicken skillet recipe, as well as the highly acclaimed Orange is the New Black, and more!

Five Friday Favorites

1. This recipe: Tuscan Chicken Skillet

2. This television show: Orange is the New Black, Season 1. I know I’m quite late to the game, but I just finished up season 1 of this Netflix hit, and I can’t wait to get my hands on season 2.

3. This oversized scarf: Tartan Heavy Scarf

4. This song: “Be Okay” by Oh Honey. Sometimes you just need some reassurance.

5. This quiz: Brad Pitt Movie-Hair Quiz. Turns out I know Brad Pitt’s hairstyles pretty damn well. (13/15) And now I want to watch Fight Club again.

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Five Friday Favorites

This week, I’m excited to start reading my signed copy of Cary Elwes’ new memoir, and I’m even more excited for the Christmas musical spectacular Into the Woods.

Five Friday Favorites

1. This book: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. I haven’t read through my copy yet, but I did get a chance to meet Carey Elwes at a Q&A about this book. And I shook his hand. We are basically best friends now.

2. This song: “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra. (Once again, I’ve paired the link with a dance sequence.)

3. This sneak peek: Into the Woods featurette. Are you excited about this movie? I’m excited about this movie.

4. This accessory: Darryl sunglasses by Kate Spade

5. Leaves. They’re finally where I can crunch them as I step on them. My dog can expect more walks in her future, just so I can make that sound.

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Five Friday Favorites

This week I’m still reeling from watching “Gone Girl” in theaters; am excited to have finally finished the interactive novel “Ship of Theseus;” enjoyed making salmon cakes for me and the husband; and more!

Five Friday Favorites

1. This beauty guide: 3 Everyday Eyeliner Shapes

2. This movie: Gone Girl. I especially enjoyed reading this article about Gillian Flynn’s take on her “cool girl” speech from the book. That part really stuck with me.

3. This book: Ship of Theseus. (I FINALLY finished it!)

4. This song: Wonderwall by Oasis. What a perfect song to listen to during this rainy weather. Does anyone else instantly relate this song to that scene from “The O.C.” when Seth Cohen sweeps Summer off her feet?

5. This recipe: Naked Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayo

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Five Friday Favorites

This week, I found myself feeling nostalgic. I also spent an amazing Saturday with my niece at the annual Friends of the Library book sale in Topeka, where I scored a giant stack of books. Here is this week’s favorites.

Five Friday Obsessions 9-26

1. Books, books, books. This Saturday I went to the Kansas Expo Center in Topeka with my niece where the annual Friends of the Library book sale was being held. Like my niece, I have become a total book hoarder. Rounding out my collection with books I’ve read and loved, as well as new books that sound intriguing, I scored 18 new books ($1 small paperbacks and $2 large paperbacks and hardbacks). I’m one book away from completing my Julia Quinn Bridgerton series. Plus, I picked up J.K. Rowling’s two new non-Harry Potter books, The Casual Vacancy andΒ The Cuckoo’s Calling. Who wants to borrow a book?

2. This song: “Gravity” by Sarah Bareilles. This Tuesday night at the dance class I attend (Point B), we learned a routine to this contemporary classic. Talk about the perfect Tuesday evening. I still get chills watching season 5’s Kayla and Kupono dance to this from “So You Think You Can Dance.”

3. This lipstick: MAC Cosmetic’s Vegas Volt. This orange-coral lipstick has fast become my favorite lip color. It makes a bold statement without looking too over-the-top.

4. This recipe: Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

5. Vulture’s Friends SAT exam. This week celebrated the 20th anniversary of the timeless sitcom. I got a 37/40…and I’m a little sad about it. Stuipid math questions.

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