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The 11 Best Books of 2014 That You Can Spend 2015 Reading

The 11 Best Books of 2014 That You Can Spend 2015 Reading

Did you read any books this year? I hope so! It was a great year for women writers, who dominated critics lists (spoiler alert: including ours), highly anticipated follow-ups, and out-of-left-field debuts.

No? Maybe you pretended to read a book this year, lugging around that copy of Oblomov waiting for the chance to fake-read meet-cute at the good Starbucks when that cute girl with glasses sits beside you. (Who’s ever picked anyone up with a Kindle?) Perhaps this was the year you moved into the apartment of your dreams, but now you’re in a panic because all those Swedish bookcases need filling up with cool-looking books before you have that New Year’s Eve party.

We’ve compiled a list of the 11 best books of 2014—a year of the eccentric, challenging, and thrilling, both in form and voice. Turn pages! Win hearts! Stuff those stockings with books that will keep you reading well into the New Year.

Nobody Is Ever Missing. by Catherine Lacey (FSG Originals) predicts that Lacey’s debut novel, a powerful, surprising, and emotional mystery about a woman who abandons her seemingly perfect life in New York to search for or hide from herself (or both?), could be the new, more literary Gone Girl .

Lerner was already known for his luminous, prickly poetry, when his first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station. was published to much acclaim in 2011. Lerner is a writer’s writer: his second novel, like his first, buzzes with the anxiety of relationships real and imagined, while his words and sentences dazzle with prettiness and possibility. My Struggle: Book Three. by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Archipelago)

2014 was the Year of Knausgaard. Already a sensation in Scandinavia, the author of the six-book memoir phenomenon My Struggle. saw his third book translated into English. Angsty, poignant, depressing, rambling, beautiful, universal, his work is a page-turner that keeps readers turning pages, and talking about why they find Knausgaard so irresistible. (His rock-star looks and attitude don’t hurt.) The Empathy Exams. by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf Press)

The title essay in Jamison's first book of essays recalls the author's stint as a medical actor, taking on the role of the sick and dying for student doctors to diagnose. Her charm and honesty converge with empathy for those she encounters, and for ourselves reflected in her thoughts. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing . by Eimear McBride (Coffee House Press)

McBride’s debut novel has a story of its own: rejected by publishers for nearly a decade in Europe, it was finally released by a small press, to immediate international acclaim. The structure and the plot, a deeply emotional (often called “demanding”) story of family trauma, are unrelenting in voice and impact. McGlue . by Ottessa Moshfegh (Fence Books)

Moshfegh has been publishing hilarious, weird short stories about misfits and malcontents in magazines for years:The Paris Review, Vice,and Gigantic (where this author happens to be an editor). Fall in love with the utterly strange, completely, tragically human characters struggling through the luxury of the mundane. __ The Wallcreeper . by Nell Zink (Dorothy publishing project)__

If a person can be “discovered,” then Jonathan Franzen did just that with Nell Zink, a writer living in Germany, of whom Franzen, after encouraging her to turn her work into a novel, blurbs, “Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.” In her very funny debut novel, we follow an American couple (bird-watchers, as Franzen famously is) and their many new romantic interests, through the eyes of the wife. The Narrow Road to the Deep North . by Richard Flanagan (Knopf)

This was, amid some tepid, tweedy controversy, the first year that American and non-Commonwealth novels were considered eligible for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Don’t worry, traditionalists: the Australian Flanagan won for his sixth book, his harrowing, elegant account of a surgeon’s experiences in a Japanese P.O.W. camp. There’s always next year! Here , by Richard McGuire (Pantheon)

McGuire has been long admired for his illustration and humor, and is often cited as one of the most innovative graphic novelists out there. The genre itself has come into its own, and it’s no surprise that one of the best books of the year is this illustrated story of a corner of a room, drawing everything it’s witnessed over many, many years. Kill My Mother . by Jules Feiffer (Liveright)

Yes, another graphic novel! The 85-year-old Feiffer has an illustrious career that includes, but is not limited to, playwright, screenwriter, cartoonist, and, oh yeah, winning a Pulitzer Prize. His newest graphic follows a murderous mother-daughter relationship, and the look is like a Tim Burton reimagining of The Maltese Falcon. There’s already a sequel in the works. Preparation for the Next Life, by Atticus Lish (Tyrant Books)

Let’s get something out of the way: Lish’s father is the infamous Gordon, the renowned writer and exacting editor who claims Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, and Amy Hempel among his prodigious discoveries. His son’s first novel is a heartbreaking love story about an illegal Chinese immigrant and a veteran. Lovely and soft, tragic and cutting. maybe the most surprising novel of the year, for the author’s sudden, astounding appearance on the scene, yes, but more for the temporal details matched succeeded by glowing tenderness. Those Lishes.

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Rival s Challenge (Chatsfield, book 6) by Abby Green

Rival's Challenge

When one night with a stranger becomes more.

On the eve of a business deal, nerves get the better of Orla Kennedy, and a drink with a handsome stranger ends in a night of passion she'll never forget! Only after does Orla discover that the man in question is Antonio Chatsfield - her rival!

Antonio never wanted to return to The Chatsfield, but his sister needs his help, so he has little choice. But when he meets the woman who came apart in his bed just hours before, Antonio decides to set his sights on a different kind of merger.

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

Collect all 8 titles in The Chatsfield miniseries:

Sheikh's Scandal. by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Lucy Monroe
Playboy's Lesson. by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Melaine Milburne
Socialite's Gamble. by Michelle Conder
Billionaire's Secret. by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Chantelle Shaw
Tycoon's Temptation. by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Trish Morey
Rival's Challenge
Rebel's Bargain
Heiress's Defiance. by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Lynn Raye Harris

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Hardback Editions

October 2014. UK Hardback

Title: Rival's Challenge (Mills & Boon Hardback Romance)
Author(s): Abby Green
ISBN: 0-263-24311-7 / 978-0-263-24311-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Availability: Amazon UK

Paperback Editions

March 2015. Paperback

Title: Rival's Challenge
Author(s): Abby Green
ISBN: 9351067629 / 978-9351067627
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October 2014. UK Paperback

Title: Rival's Challenge (The Chatsfield, Book 6)
Author(s): Abby Green
ISBN: 0-263-24626-4 / 978-0-263-24626-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Availability: Amazon Amazon UK

September 2014. UK Mass Market Paperback

Title: Rival's Challenge (Harlequin Presents (Larger Print))
Author(s): Abby Green
ISBN: 0-373-13756-7 / 978-0-373-13756-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm)
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September 2014. UK Mass Market Paperback

Title: Rival's Challenge (Harlequin Presents)
Author(s): Abby Green
ISBN: 0-373-13279-4 / 978-0-373-13279-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harlequin
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Kindle Editions

October 2014. USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Rival's Challenge (The Chatsfield)
Author(s): Abby Green
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
Availability: Amazon Amazon CA

May 2014. UK Kindle edition

Title: Rival's Challenge (Mills & Boon M&B) (The Chatsfield, Book 6)
Author(s): Abby Green
Publisher: Mills & Boon
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Six in Six Book Meme - findingtimetowrite

Six in Six Book Meme

I found this delightful book meme with Margaret over at Books Please. It was something started by Jo at The Book Jotter. You summarise six months of reading, sorting the books into six categories. Jo suggests plenty of categories, but you can also create your own. The same book can obviously feature in more than one category.

Here is my version for 2015, with links to my reviews where those exist. I had a hard time not using the same book more than once for each of the category – that was the one rule I set for myself, so that I could present as many books and authors as possible. It is fair to assume that books I loved and authors I want to read more of are interchangeable.

6 Books I Loved

Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji – the best three months of reading, total immersion in a very strange world, yet still fully relatable

Tom Rob Smith: Child 44 – particularly effective when read just before watching the film, and comparing the two

Eva Dolan: The Long Way Home (although I could just as well have put her second novel Tell No Tales )

6 New Authors to Me

Some of them were more exciting than others, but I think I want to read more from each of these authors I’ve just discovered.

6 Books that Didn’t Live up to Expectations

Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train – entertaining enough, but quite average for my taste, despite its resounding success

Jenny Offill: Dept. of Speculation – poetic and thought-provoking, but ultimately too fragmented and cold for me. Perhaps suffering also in comparison to Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Days of Abandonment’, which I had read just before.

Matthew Thomas: We Are Not Ourselves – moving, well-written in parts, but just too long and trying to squeeze too much in

John Enright: Blood Jungle Ballet – I loved the first book in the series so my hopes were perhaps too high for this one

Vesna Goldsworthy: Gorsky – The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books, so I thought I’d love to see it transposed into present-day London with all of its foreign money. But alas, it didn’t add anything new…

Stefanie de Velasco: Tigermilk – not the Christiane F. of the new generation of Berliners…

6 Authors I Want to

Would you look at that? They are all women!

6 Books I’d Like to See Translated into English

Fouad Laroui: L’etrange affaire du pantalon du Dassoukine – or several other books by this author, he hasn’t been translated at all into English

Sorry, they are nearly all in French. That’s because I can only talk about those books written in languages I can read other than English – and I’ve read far fewer German books this year and next to no Romanian books. This may be about to change…

6 That Don’t Fit into Any Category But I Have to Mention

Megan Beech: When I Grow Up I Want to Be Mary Beard – spoken poetry by a very young, talented and opinionated woman poet

Daniel Pennac: Comme un roman – how schools or adults can kill the love of reading; and how to reignite it

Etienne Davodeau: Les Ignorants – learnt so much about comic books and vineyards, all in a humorous way

Sarah Ruhl: 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write – something any mother/creator/professional can relate to

Inspiration: Join a Crafty Book Challenge

Inspiration: Join a Crafty Book Challenge

Do you read crochet books? Or crafty books in general? I’m not talking about pattern books but rather about novels, essays, memoirs related to craft etc. AnastaciaKnits is challenging us to do more of that this year with her 2013 Crafty Book Challenge .

The Crafty Book Challenge

The idea is for each of us to commit to reading a manageable number of crafty books. What is manageable to you is something you get to decide. Just figure out how many books you want to read this year. Each month Anastacia will do a check in post where we can all keep each other updated about our progress, the books we’re liking (and maybe not liking), compare notes, suggest new titles, etc.

Here are the rules she mentions:

* any crafty related fiction book counts, whether it’s quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, scrapbooking, etc.
* pattern books for the most part are excluded, with a few exceptions: for example, books by Elizabeth Zimmermann that are very chatty and contain stories, not just patterns, will count IF you read cover to cover. I won’t be policing you, so use your own judgement.
* non-fiction craft books, such as “Crochet Saved My Life ” are included
* any format is fine: ebook, print book, audio book, reread
* yes, you can also cross over to other challenges, if you like
* reviews are not necessary, but would be very nice for the authors (on your blog, on Goodreads or Amazon, wherever)

Crochet Saved My Life is Perfect for This

I was excited to see that when Anastacia announced this challenge, she said that the only book she’s sure she’s reading for the challenge is my book – Crochet Saved My Life. There are a handful of non-fiction crochet books out there that aren’t pattern books, but only a small handful, and I am pretty sure mine is the only one that’s a mental health memoir about the benefits of the craft. I’m proud of filling this niche and hope that the challenge will encourage others to pick up the book. To encourage that, and to support Anastacia in the challenge, I’m offering the participants of her challenge 20% off of the title through the middle of this year. She’s got the code for you; check out her post about the challenge .

The Books I Plan To Read

I am going to try to read ten crafty book this year and am challenging myself to make as many as possible crochet books. I chose ten because I wanted to do one per month but January is flying by quickly and I also wanted a “throwaway” month in case I fall behind.

What books will I read? I’m not sure yet. But some of the titles I’m considering are:

  • Yes! I’ve mentioned multiple times that I want to read this YA novel about teen boys starting a crochet business so now I have some motivation to get a copy.
  • Mary Beth Temple’s collection of crochet essays titled Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot. I started but didn’t ever finish this so I want to re-read it.
  • The Crochet Woman. If I can find a way to get an affordable copy of this 1930 novel that I mentioned last week then I definitely want to check it out.

In knitting, I’m interested in:

  • Laurie Perry’s Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You’ve Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time.
  • Rachael Herron’s A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter
  • Kyoko Mori’s Yarn: Remembering the Way Home

In other crafts:

  • David Esterly’s The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
  • Aimee Lee’s Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking
  • Crafty Girls Talk (book of essays) by Jennifer Forest

First, Great list of books! I’ll add them to the list tomorrow, I don’t have that many yet so this is a great start!
Second, thanks so much for mentioning the challenge, I really hope more of us join in. It sounds like a lot of people are starting with your book!
and third, I haven’t forgotten the graphics i owe you. I haven’t made anything I like, yet. It’s on my list for tomorrow.

@Anastacia Knits No problem. I’m swamped with personal stuff this week anyway so whenever works for you works for me. I’m really super glad you’re doing this book challenge and am excited to be a part of it.

I read Crafty Girls Talk. I really enjoyed it! It was fun and interesting to take a peek into the crafty side of women’s lives. The only thing is that I read Crafty Girls Talk on my Kindle Paperwhite, so I cannot vouch for the quality of the pictures.

May I make a humble suggestion? I think you should host a craft-themed reading challenge that includes books, magazines, zines, and blogs. See, I love to read Mollie Makes (a craft magazine that’s printed in the UK). I go to my local library and read the newest issue cover-to-cover. I also indulge myself by buying Simply Crochet (a UK-based crochet magazine). They have some awesome articles! How fun would it be to encourage all crafty folks to up their craft-related reading?

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The Sixth Annual Book-a-Day Challenge

New guests to our house always say the same thing when walking into our living room for the first time, “Wow, you’ve got a lot of books.” With thirteen bookcases—most double-stacked—and a custom built-in wall unit crammed with books, the principal decorations at the Miller Ranch are book spines.

Anna Quindlen said, “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” I can relate, Anna. We are clearly kin.

“Buy a Kindle. “ I divorced my Kindle in 2010 when it died on a long conference trip. I asked a friend to drive me to a bookstore, and I never went back.

“Get a library card. “ I have three, so does everyone in my house. We use them. We dedicated one shelf near the door for our library books, so they don’t get lost.

“You could read less and find another hobby.” Seriously? Anyone who knows me is laughing right now. Moving on.

You see, I have heard it all before—well-meaning folks who sense alarm when they learn that we own so many books.

“Don’t you have to dust them all?”

I enjoy dusting bookshelves. I feel like a dragon sifting through my hoard.

While I shove books into the hall closet before my mother comes over for dinner tonight, I know that our cascading bookshelves are at their yearly peak. We read less the last month of school. This has happened to us before… It will all change in a few weeks.

It’s been a long, cold, stormy winter, but summer is coming.

Book-a-Day is coming.

The yearly Book-a-Day challenge invites readers to reconnect with daily reading, discover new books and new reading friends, and celebrate our reading lives. During Book-a-Day, readers strive to read one book for every day of their summer vacations.

This challenge began as a public commitment to read all summer and share books with other readers. I’ve met many treasured friends during our yearly Book-a-Day events—including my dear friend, Colby Sharp. Mini Book-a-Day events pop up during spring and winter breaks, and literacy gurus like Teri Lesesne post book titles under the #bookaday hashtag all year.

That series you never finished? Those novels you borrowed from a friend two months ago? That sliding stack of picture books you need to read? Don’t you have books that are calling you, too? Please join me for the 6 th annual Book-a-Day challenge.

The rules (more guidelines, really) are simple:

  • You set your own start date and end date.
  • Read one book per day for each day of summer vacation. This is an average, so if you read three books in one day (I know you’ve done this!) and none the next two, it still counts.
  • Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, audio books, graphic novels, poetry anthologies, or fiction—children’s, youth, or adult titles.
  • Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads or Twitter (post using the #bookaday hashtag), a blog, or Facebook page. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.

I share my summer Book-a-Day plans with my students each year. I don’t expect them to read a book every day, but we discuss their commitments to read over the summer, too. One more chance to remind my students that their reading lives never end.

Without picture books and graphic novels, I will not average a book each day this summer. I never do. I have Goldfinch sitting on my nightstand, and I want to savor it. Book-a-Day is not a competition. It’s an opportunity to enjoy marvelous reading experiences and rededicate to daily reading. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what we read, or how much, or when. What matters is that we have fun and indulge in our favorite leisure activity—reading a lot of books!

I look forward to my summer adventures, both inside and outside of books.

Enjoy your summer! I hope our paths cross online or in person. I know we will have lots of books to share.

Let the reading begin!

Donalyn Miller is a fifth grade teacher at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild . Donalyn co-hosts the monthly Twitter chats, #titletalk (with Nerdy co-founder, Colby Sharp) and #bproots (with Teri Lesesne), and facilitates the Twitter reading initiative, #bookaday. You can find her on Twitter at @donalynbooks or under a pile of books somewhere, happily reading.

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