Tuesday, January 06, 2015


It was another tough year in my reading life. I only read 92 books in 2014. I averaged a bit less than 2 books a week, only 80 pages average a day. I read 7 books of over 500 pages and possibly more challenging books than in previous years. But the bottom line is that I missed several weeks of reading in May when I was too ill and when my cataract surgery was going on I slowed way down on reading. Then I went on the Christmas road trip and was having much too much fun with real live people and real live scenery to spend any time reading. 

It is all good. I improved my health after that wake up call in May, I have much better eyesight after the surgeries, and my personal sorrows are down to only one. Life is hard, messy, glorious, and always interesting. 

This list is in alphabetical order by title not by favorite, but are the most loved and rewarding books I read in the past year. Not all were published in 2014. I read about 2/3 in real books and the rest on various e-readers. I have posted reviews of all but two books on the list and will post those shortly.

All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Bird Skinner, Alice Greenway
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt
Boy Snow Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
The Chronicle of Secret Riven, Ronlyn Domingue
The Golden Arrow, Anna Redmond
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan
If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart
Long Division, Kiese Laymon
Lucky Us, Amy Bloom
The Madonnas of Echo Park, Brando Skyhorse
The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
Mood Indigo, Boris Vian
Mother Night, Kurt Vonnegut
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Southland, Nina Revoyr
Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
The Tuner of Silences, Mia Couto


  1. Welcome back, Judy. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday trip.
    I say you had a great reading year.

    1. Thanks Carmen. Happy New Year to you, my most faithful commenter.