A Month of Favorites: 2014 Books Timeline

A Month of Favorites

For the month of December, I’m participating in A Month of Favorites hosted by GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge. We’ll be sharing our favorite reading experiences from 2014…and today I’m sharing our 2014 Books Timelines (actually, I’m a day late on this one, but better late than never!). 

In January…
I focused on Southern fiction and re-read one of my all-time favorite books (review).

The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy, The Citadel, Charleston, fiction, Southern fiction

In February…
I hosted my local book club and we read Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (review).

Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan, psychosis, memoir

In March…
I read my favorite debut novel and one of my overall favorites of the year (review).

The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress, Ariel Lawhon, Tammany Hall, Joseph Crater disappearance

In April…
I read one of my biggest surprises of the year (Black Chalk) and discovered my all-time favorite beach read (A Hundred Summers).

Black Chalk, Christopher J. Yates, thriller, fiction, Oxford University

A Hundred Summers, Beatriz Williams, fiction, beach reads, Rhode Island 1938 hurricane









In May…
I read my least favorite book of the year (review)…I actually had a visceral hatred for this one.

Cutting Teeth, Julia Fierro

In June…
I focused on summer books…meaning lighter, faster paced selections. I read a couple good ones, but no 5 stars 🙁

In July…
And, my lack of 5 star reviews in June was remedied with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which I’m considering adding to my All-Time Favorites List.

Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Gabrielle Zevins, fiction

In August…
I read the book that fell the farthest short of my expectations (review).

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami, fiction, Japanese fiction

Was the month I read the most books (8) and finally admitted that Liane Moriarty is just not for me (review).

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, fiction

In October…
I read my longest book of the year (Edge of Eternity, over 1,100 pages) and Reunion broke a mini slump.

Edge of Eternity, Ken Follett, Century Trilogy, Cold War

Reunion, Hannah Pittard, fiction








In November…
Nonfiction November exploded my TBR list and I also tried a new genre, Science Fiction (review)!

Martian, Andy Weir, Mars, fiction

So far, December is…
Turning out to be the month of “reading all the 2014 books people raved about, but that I hadn’t gotten to yet”. The winner of this category so far is Station Eleven!

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

What did your reading year look like?


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  1. I’ve always wanted to be in a book club, but I haven’t gotten a quorum yet. I’m currently convincing a couple of friends who have started reading again recently to join me. It’s fun that you got to host one. It is also great you’ve been trying new genres. I’ve heard the best about the Martian, and it’s currently on my wishlist, though I’m hoping for the audiobook.

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  2. Andi wrote:

    I have Lords of Discipline on my nook, and I’m really feeling the itch to get around to it. Station Eleven is on there, too!

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    • admin wrote:

      Awh – I’m jealous that you’re going to read Lords for the first time! I just think Conroy’s writing is not much short of perfect.

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  3. Sharlene wrote:

    What a year! And man you’ve read so many books on my tbr list.

    I’ve yet to read Liane Moriarty so I’m curious about your thoughts. Off to read your review!

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  4. 2014 is/was my first full year as blogger, and maybe because of that I’ve set a new record of books read in a year. I also got around to reading more classics. So I am pretty happy with my reading year and hope to read Station Eleven (and maybe The Martian?) before the year is over. Everyone seems to love it.

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    • admin wrote:

      I didn’t realize this was your first year – congratulations! And blogging will definitely get you reading more books – at least it did that for me! Definitely try Station Eleven – I’m usually not into that stuff and it totally got me!

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  5. Wow, you read some great books this year!

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  6. I enjoy this month by month format. I’ve read a few of the ones you listed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  7. “Visceral hatred” = T LOVES this phrase! 🙂

    And I still love your post on Liane M!

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  8. Akilah wrote:

    I enjoyed your Liane Moriarty review a lot. I have a couple of authors like that myself. I try and try and yet they just don’t work. Oh well.

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  9. carol wrote:

    Sounds like you had a good year. I think I need to add The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry to my to-read list.

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  10. Carmen wrote:

    Let’s see if this time it goes through, it never does!
    I added The Martian, Station Eleven, An Untamed State, and The Virtues of Oxygen to my immediate TBR list based on your reviews. So far I’ve only read The Martian, which I loved.

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    • admin wrote:

      Your comments have come through! I have to approve them before they post, which is why you don’t see them immediately. I’m glad you liked The Martian! Station Eleven is awesome – Untamed State is intense and difficult, but it totally pulled me in.

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