Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I read in 2014

Inspired by that dedicated reader Ruth Seeley's recent post, I wanted to catalogue all the books I've read this year in the order I read them. Some are highbrow, some low ... some read out of duty, others eagerly anticipated like The Goldfinch. 

The stand-outs for me were The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (fiction), Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (non-fiction) and The Complete Maus by Art Speigelman (graphic novel), which somehow I have missed reading all these years.  

The List: 
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Salvador by Joan Didion
The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton
The Girl who Loved Camellias by Julie Kavanaugh
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Dear Life by Alice Munro
Poetry and Drama by T.S. Eliot
The End of Men: And The Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr. (Please see review here)
Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis
Florence Gordon by Brian Mortin (Please see review here) 
A Recipe for Disaster and Other Unlikely Tales of Love by Eufemia Fantetti
The Ask by Sam Lypsite
The Complete Maus by Art Speigelman
Thirty Eight Witnesses by A.M. Rosenthal
Let's just say it wasn't pretty by Diane Keaton
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
What Maisie Knew by Henry James
11/22/1963 by Stephen King
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (Please see review here)
Prison Noir ed. by Joyce Carol Oates (Please see review here)
The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham (Please see review here)
Let us compare mythologies by Leonard Cohen
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
A Mother's Story by Gloria Vanderbilt (Please see review here)
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
James Joyce by Edna O'Brien
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
The Second Plane - September 11: Terror and Boredom by Martin Amis 
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Extraordinary by David Gilmour
The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Gray (Please see review here)

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