2014 was a sparse year for books although my gut tells me it was better than 2013. Alas, since I haven't been doing any blogging, there's no real record of what has been read (or listened to) in at least two, maybe three years! (For an archive of book reviews at my old blog, see links at bottom of this post.)
So - 2014.....
1. Book of the Year: Hidden in the Gospel (5 of 5 stars). Get it, read, then reread. I need this message daily. I think ended up buying at least six copies to give away as Christmas gifts. Love, love, love the premise (preach the whole gospel to yourself daily!) and the writing (personal and attainable).
2. Fiction worth mentioning:
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King (4.5 stars) - well written, thought provoking, kept my attention
- The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (4.5 stars) - good story, good writing
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4 stars) - depressing and didn't get all the hype but it did keep me engaged.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (4.5 stars) - first Agatha Christie I've read. Memorable.
- Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore (3 stars) - Felt a little forced
- The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (Audio - 5 stars) - so good! Learned a lot.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2 stars) - again, didn't get all the hype. I read it before going to the movie with my daughter. A rare case of the movie being better than the book, I think.
- The Light Between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman (4 stars) - interesting story but heartbreaking.
- The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (4 stars) - thought provoking.
3. Nonfiction worth mentioning:
- The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper (5 stars) - Advent devotional. Very, very good.
- Pleased to Dwell by Peter Mead (4 stars) - Advent devotional. Didn't enjoy his style of writing but I really liked the structure and depth of the book.
- 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith (5 stars) - motivational
- The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas J. Kostenberger & Justin Taylor (4 stars) - Passion Week Devotional.
- God is on the Cross by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (5 stars) - Easter Devotional from Bonhoeffer sermons. Of course it's good.
- Shaped by the Cross by Ken Gire (5 stars) - Easter Devotional using The Pieta as a meditation point. Very good.
- An Exact Replica of the Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken (4.5 stars) - memoir about a child stillborn, honest but painful.
I know there were at least a few more books I read or listened to this year, but this is a pretty good representation. If you'd like to see books I've read and reviewed in years past on my old blog, here are the links:
More to come on reading plans and challenges in 2015! Happy reading!