Every year I promise myself I’ll read more books than I buy. Every year I promise myself that I’ll read more of the unread books on my shelves. And every year I promise myself that I’ll reread my favorite books. This year I did not reread any books. And this year I certainly bought more books than I read. But I did read some books that had been on my to read list for a while.
This is definitely a problem for me but I have learned to live with it. Being a bibliophile is not just about the love of books but also about accepting who you are and the number of books you own, buy, and read. It’s about the excitement of each new book, each new author. It’s also about breaking your back when you carry a book or books everywhere you go. It’s about running out of space because you have too many books. And loving each of them and their potential.
I can’t make a true Best of 2014 booklist because I only read one book that was published in 2014—Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling’s) The Silkworm, which I couldn’t put down.
Of all the books I read this year, I probably loved Ready Player One the best. I know I’ll reread it.
The absolute page turners were Grant, Wolfe, and Dumas, and Card.
I learned so much about myself from Cain. I learned so much about Nabokov from Pitzer.
The langauge of Adichie, Bolaño, de la Pava, and Didion were seductive.
1. Deadline—Mira Grant
2. Blackout—Mira Grant
3. Ready Player One—Ernest Cline
4. Americanah—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5. Slouching Towards Bethlehem—Joan Didion
6. The Savage Detectives—Roberto Bolaño
7. John Dies at the End—David Wong
8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking—Susan Cain*
9. The Three Musketeers—Alexandre Dumas
10. The Glimpses of the Moon—Edith Wharton
11. I am Charlotte Simmons—Tom Wolfe
12. A Naked Singularity—de la Pava
13. Doomed—Chuck Palahniuk
14. The Silkworm—Robert Galbraith
15. Clubland—Frank Owen
16. The Secret History of Valdimir Nabokov—Andrea Pitzer
17. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism—Donald Albrecht
18. Earth Unaware—Orson Scott Card
19. The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains—Neil Gaiman
20. Bastard out of Carolina—Dorothy Allison
*Not pictured as loaned after borrower signed a Book Borrowers Contract.