I've never been a big reader. It isn't that I don't like it, per se, it's more that I'm an extremely slow reader and it takes me weeks to finish a book, usually, so I just don't start. However, because I like writing (if you can call this blog writing), I decided in 2014 that I needed to read more. I challenged myself to read a book a week for the entire year and besides a few that I quit halfway through because they were just that miserable, I completed it. 52 books in one year! Go me! That may not seem like a lot to some of you, but it is definitely a lot to me.
So, throughout 2014 I found some books that I really loved and that have stuck with me and I wanted to share them with you here! These are books that I would recommend to anyone and I would recommend them time and time again.
Side note: I also really enjoyed Wild Flower by Drew Barrymore, and saw yesterday that she and her husband are splitting and it broke my heart just a bit.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
This book was amazing and I found myself just wanting to stay up late and read one more chapter. Yea, we all know how that goes. I wasn’t getting much sleep while reading this book.
What Alice Forgot is about a woman who fell and hit her head and essentially lost the last decade of her life. At the beginning you find out about her life in 1998, how she’s happily married, loves chocolate and is flipping her house one room at a time. Then she loses it all and the whole book is about her realizing who she has become and what her life has been like for the last decade. Not only do you get to find out about this woman’s life, but in many cases you get to experience her terror and shock along with her, as she’s finding out at the same time.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
This is another book that I've recommended to so many friends when they're looking for book club ideas. It's funny, it's sad, it's touching and it's SET IN SEATTLE. I will admit one of the things I loved most about this book is how on point Maria Semple was with her stories and locations and people descriptions when talking about Seattle.
Where'd you go, Bernadette? is about a mom who has one daughter in a prestigious private school in Seattle. Bernadette is more or less hated, she's from California and nothing like the other moms in Seattle. I love a good mystery and this one has unknowns in spades. I have read the book twice and both times, even knowing the outcome the second time, I couldn't put it down because you just want to know what happened to Bernadette! It's an amazingly entertaining read, strongly recommend!
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This is one that many of you may have already read (hey, just be glad I didn't put The Fault in our Stars or My Sisters Keeper - although both great books). I loved this book. I loved that it was practically a backwards mystery.
From the beginning you know that the main character, Susie, who is 14, is killed. There is no mystery who murdered her to us, the readers, but no one else in the book knows. The story is about her family searching for the killer, her siblings finding a way to grieve and her town accepting the fact that something horrible happened in their little piece of the world. It's touching and mysterious and a really amazing read for anyone who likes classic mystery novels. It was a very refreshing twist on the murder mystery stories that I love so much (James Patterson, anyone?).