What I Read in 2014

Snooping through other people’s reading lists can be such fun!  So, for your reading pleasure, this is what I read in 2014 (with brief reviews in parentheses).

Woman Reading in a Forest by Gyula Benczur

Woman Reading in a Forest by Gyula Benczur

FICTION

Classic Novels
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (absorbing)
Emma by Jane Austen (excellent)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (favourite)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (thorough)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (a bit slow at times, but worthwhile)
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford (intriguing)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (depressing)
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (gut-wrenching)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (fun)
The Warden by Anthony Trollope (enjoyable)
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (witty)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (tiny denouement)
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (scathing)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (thought-provoking)

Assorted Books
Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken (disappointing)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (empty)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (fun, if your expectations aren’t too high)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (lewd)
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (one-sided)
Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon (very enjoyable)
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (fluffy)
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (unputdownable)
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (lacklustre)
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster (charming)

Book Club Reads
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (unremarkable)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (preachy)
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (lacking a moral compass)
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (sweet)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (vapid)

Children’s Books and Novels
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (classic)
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (fun)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (fun)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (flat)
Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges (inspiring)
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (romantic)
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery (delightful)
Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery (tender)
A Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery (entertaining)
Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery (syrupy)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (delightful)
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (delightful)
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (nerve-wracking)
Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery (delightful)
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (wonderful)
Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery (wonderful)
Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery (nerve-wracking)
Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery (delightful)
Mistress Pat by L.M. Montgomery (delightful)
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (sylvan)

NON-FICTION
Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges (thought-provoking)
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson (encouraging)

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2 thoughts on “What I Read in 2014

    • arendadehaan says:

      The high number of children’s classics was unintentional, but enjoyable! Modern Mrs. Darcy mentioned the Emily of New Moon series in her Autumn book list, and I thought, “Oh, I don’t think I’ve read any other books by Lucy Maud (aside from the Anne of Green Gables series), perhaps I’ll give them a go.” And got totally hooked, as you can see! 🙂

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