Stand out author for me this year would probably be Jojo Moyes. I really, really enjoyed the two books I read by her this past fall. I love that they take place in England and enjoy reading all the British-isms. To top it off, the story lines were intriguing - all that human condition stuff I like - and the characters were believable. Both books had me in tears...especially Me Before You. I am looking forward to reading more by her this year!
As for a favorite book that I would recommend to anyone...that's a tough one! I got a kick out of An Abundance of Katherines, and I loved Conversion because of the history tied into the storyline.
On my "least favorite" list would be the entire Beautiful Creatures series. It's far from the worst thing I've ever read (and I've endured a lot of bad), but I didn't love it. If I hadn't received the books as a Christmas gift, I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish the series. Turns out I just don't have a lot of patience for the "tortured teenage love story" anymore.
I didn't read a lot of nonfiction this year, but what I did read, I enjoyed. Killing Lincoln appealed to the history buff in me, and Jennie Allen, Jen Hatmaker, and Rob Bell kept me thinking about God and life.
Probably my biggest accomplishment (in my opinion anyway) would be how much of the Bible I read. I actually started this project about a year and a half ago when I realized how little of the Bible I had ever read. I was supposed to finish up in July, but of course I have gotten off "schedule," but I still knocked quite a bit of it out! The Old Testament about did me in at a couple of points (laws and more laws!), but there were bright spots in there. Loved the book of Esther!
Anyway, enough rambling. If you're looking for a good book, here's a list of things that I read in 2014!
Reading List – 2014
J.C. CarlesonThe Tyrant’s Daughter
P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Melissa de la CruzWitches of East End
Lauren De StefanoFever
Lean Mean Thirteen
Gayle FormanIf I Stay
Where She Went
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
A Walk in the Park
Another Piece of My Heart
The Fault in Our Stars
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Fallen in Love
One Plus One
Ransom RiggsMrs. Peregrine’s House of Peculiar Children
Planning to Live
Candance Cameron Bure
Balancing It All
Out of the Spin Cycle