Dec 29, 2014

2014 Books


So last January I made a couple of New Year's resolutions. I didn't come through on the jeans (to be honest, I chickened out in the face of flat felled seams and rivets). But I did manage the resolution I really wanted to stick to, reading more. So in no particular order, here's my favorites this year:

1. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams. I'm a sucker for sci-fi. I inhale mystery novels. So long story short, Dirky Gently is a detective I can get seriously get behind. Caveat: don't read this on a crowded flight like I did, because your maniacal laughing will be impossible to contain. Sorry, seat mates.

2. The Last Gentleman, by Walker Percy: Armed with a telescope and an insatiable curiosity, Will Barrett is on a hunt for life's meaning. Beautiful prose, wonderful scenes of Southern life and the most gut-wrenching final chapter I've ever read, The Last Gentleman is a keeper.

3. American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang: One of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time. I loved the blending of past and present, fact and fantasy. So very good and well worth the read, regardless of age.

4. The Greengage Summer, by Rumer Godden: A tale of five children fending for themselves in rural France, this one is brilliantly vivid with a pitch-perfect narrator.

5. Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works: Hopkin's way with the English language is completely unparalleled and his later poetry is especially mesmerizing.

And here's the rest of what I read in 2014. Which begs the question: what should I read in 2015?


Rosemoo said...

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch (Super fun alternate venice set in the renaissance sort of. Thieves and magic)

The Summer Book - Tove Jansson (Thoughtful, lovely, taoist almost. Story of a little girl and her grandmother and the little island they spend the summer on)

The Master and Margarita - Bulgakov (Classic. Early 1900's treatise on the corruption of the art world, the purity of art. The Devil shows up in Moscow while a writer slowly loses his mind. Pure fun. Delicious. Probably the best book I've ever read.)

Joyce Alice said...

1. the Bible (in a class by itself, of course)
2. Three Men in a Boat, to Say Nothing of the Dog - Jerome K. Jerome
3. there's lots more D.E. Stevenson! (Blue Sapphire, Music in the Hills, Celia's House, Katherine Wentworth, Kate Hardy, the Musgraves to name a few)
4. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman

NanaBeast said...

1. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis - Sci-Fi, mystery, makes fleeting reference to J.K. Jerome's works (Maniacal laughing will ensue. Seat mates beware!)

2.The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
by Jasper Fforde - Sci-Fi, fast-paced mystery and hilarious.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Just pre-ordered 4th in this Lunar Chronicles series!) Sci-Fi mystery, teenage-cyborg-meets-prince cliff hanger. But YOU would be able to get the next few books now - I had to wait a year between each one!

4. I add my encouragement to J. Alice's for the Mrs. Pollifax books. Mrs. P is a grandmother who decides to get some travel & adventure in the later years of life by becoming a C.I.A. agent. A bit dated, but huge fun for all that.


Abigail said...

Oh my gosh, thank you guys SO much. These all look great. I'm adding these to my list, ASAP.