Books I read in 2014: the fiction list

How many books should I be reading a year? Last year, 2014, the count was 32. It doesn’t seem like  a lot. Or enough, at least.

Thanks to Amazon.com and my public library, I can mostly keep track of what I’ve bought and borrowed. There are a few books I don’t have records of, but I have a pretty accurate list of my last year’s reading.

I was going to post it all in one go but, as I seem to sit down to write blog posts only during the few minutes between dinner and bath time, it’s taking my a while to get a post together, so I’m breaking it up into different sections (fiction, non-fiction, YA fiction and memoir). Here’s regular old fiction.

Fiction

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman Book 1) by Graeme Simsion
A lovely book that I recommend. Funny, quirky, smart, it hit all the right spots for me.

Alyth and Anam (Marysvale Trilogy Books 2 and 3) by Jared Southwick
I got the first book in this series, Marysvale, as a free Kindle download. I bought the second one for $2.99 and the third for $4.99. I’m not sure why I bought the second and third books, other than I liked the plot and the world and wanted to know how it wrapped up. The characters were flat and predictable, though. I like supporting independent authors (this is a self-published series) but it needed to be more than it was.

 Kushiel’s Dart (Kushiel’s Legacy Book 1) by Jacqueline Carey
A voraciously reading friend recommended this to me (the same one who recommended the Outlander series which I promptly devoured. It was engrossing and well written, with enough tantalizing sex scenes but not too much that it was overwhelming. You get the sense of everything that goes on in 50 Shades of Grey without graphic descriptions. I haven’t read the rest mostly because my library doesn’t have them as ebooks (and I started writing a memoir so stopped reading most fiction).

Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
I’ve read every other Dresden Files book I can get my hands on, so this one was on pre-release order to download to my Kindle the moment it became available. 🙂

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander, Book 8) by Diana Gabaldon
Looking back in my reading list, I realized I started reading this series in 2013 and devoured the first seven books, plus a novella or two. Then I had to wait until June to read the eighth installment.

The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
I don’t belong to a book club, so I often depend on friends to recommend good books. My therapist said she was reading this one and, before I began it, I confess I thought it was a memoir. I remain a little confused as to why she recommended it, but I enjoyed it all the same.

Torch by Cheryl Strayed
This is the third Cheryl Strayed book I read, after Wild and Tiny, Beautiful Things. It was interesting, knowing it was based on her own experiences losing her mother and trying, and failing, to keep her family together after her mother’s death.  Knowing that, I probably spent more time than I should have, in terms of my enjoyment of the book, trying to figure out what was based on truth and what was fiction.

Keystrokes by Lisa Marie
A long-time mommy friend wrote this debut romance novel and I bought it the first day it came out. There was a lot I loved about it, especially seeing my friend’s personality come to literary life in the form of the main character. It was sexy, it made me laugh, and I wish it had been edited more thoroughly.

I am once again being summoned from the bath tub, so I’m going to press “Publish” and hope for the best. Here’s my disclaimer: these books are (hopefully) linked to Amazon and contain an affiliate link, so I do get a little something if you buy one of them. But I’d write about what I’m reading anyway, as that’s my other way of finding out about good books I might like.