Well, this was either a bad year for books or else I no longer like books. Quite frankly I’d be astonished if I am actually able to come up with 10 favorites for my year end post. On the plus side I watched a lot of good TV, so you know. The circle of life! Except not really. (PS Who cares about books! Watch Peaky Blinders! Do it now! #teamtommyshelby)
Anyway, here’s what I read:
64. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
I didn’t hate this, and it had some good moments, but several of these characters were of the “I’ll make these people interesting by making them incredibly awful” type of characters and I am well and truly done with that literary trope.
65. The Fever
This was legit terrible.
66. Station Eleven
I loved this. It felt very spare and interesting and creepy. Totally recommend. I told Erik to read it, which doesn’t happen very often. PS if you’re not into “almost all of us die of the flu” then maybe this isn’t for you.
67. This Dark Road to Mercy
This was well written but it didn’t hold my attention. I kept having to make myself read it and then I’d fall asleep two pages later.
68. All the Light We Cannot See
I wanted to love this, it was absolutely beautifully written, but it was FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE PAGES LONG. I’m starting to think I just don’t enjoy any books that are that long. It’s just too fricking long.
69. The Children Act
The first half was fine, the second half ruined it.
70. The Book of Unknown Americans
This was on a ton of “best of 2014 lists” but to me it read like one giant ethnic cliche.
This may be the worst book I read all year. Holy goodnight did I hate this book. If it wasn’t a library book I would have lit it on fire in my front yard.
This was well written, but the main character was just so awful I only made it 311 pages in before I gave up. Again, 448 pages? No. Can’t do it. Sorry.
73. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, Book #3)
This series was originally supposed to be three books, she decided to make it four. I think you could tell in this book. It was fine, but it felt like filler.
74. Althea & Oliver
I liked this book. There’s a scene that gave the Goodreads reviewers fits of rage, but I didn’t have that issue with it. I really liked the character of Althea a lot, she felt like an original voice in a sea of crap.
75. How to Build A Girl
This was my favorite book of the year. I loved it with every fiber of my being. It was filthy and dirty and rude and at the same time so beautiful I took instagrams of my favorite passages. I can’t wait to reread it. I have heard it’s quite derivative of her memoir, but I haven’t read that, so I wouldn’t know. All I know is I loved it and I’m so glad I read it and if I ever wrote a book I would want it to be just like this.
76. Famous In Love
This was your average mindless YAF. It was perfectly good for wasting an afternoon but I wouldn’t recommend it, probably. I did love the last line of the dedication, to Katie and Josh. ALL THE FEELINGS I LOVE YOU PACEY WITTER.
77. Everything I Never Told You
This was beautiful and heartbreaking but these people were SO MISERABLE. Ugh.
78. 100 Sideways Miles
Everyone loved this but me. I felt like it was beating me over the head with how cool it was at every turn. Quit trying to make fetch happen, book.
79. Fourth of July Creek
Dear god this WAS SO EFFING LONG. I think I liked this, but by page 415 I just wanted it all to end. I might make 2015 the year I just put the put the book back in the “DNR” pile if it’s over 350 pages long. I’m over it.
Shit, I really need to read one more book! 80 is such a nice round number! I have five days! I can do it!
Best Books of 2014 post coming up sometime soon, promise. It might be two books long though, fair warning.
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