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boooooooooooooooooooks. twenty-fourteen style, playa.

it's that time of year again, folks:  the day on which i post last year's list of reading accomplishments.  i had been beating myself up over the fact that i really hadn't gotten many books finished, but then i remembered two things:

1.  i finally read the harry potter books, and if that was the only reading i had accomplished all year, i would still come out ahead, as each one of those seven books is worth about a hundred lesser books.  also, some of them are about the length of a hundred lesser books, give or take. 

2.  in reality, i read more last year than i have most years since i've been keeping a record (2010).  i was trying to remember why i thought i typically read forty-ish books, instead of the actual twenty-five-ish, and i'm thinking it's because i was comparing myself to louis l'amour, whose bibliographic memoir was among this year's books.  according to his records, he typically read 80-120 books per year in the thirties and forties.  all while overseeing a mine, rounding up buffalo, working aboard various ships and in various asian and european countries, and fighting in a world war.  um, hello.  anyone would feel like a failure next to that guy.

anyway, without further ado, 2014's books of the year.  (my five favorites, obviously after the harry potter series, which of course take gold and five stars and two thumbs up and A+.)

1. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1/20)


2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (1/23)

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1/25)

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (1/28)

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (2/4)

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (2/8)

7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (2/12)

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (2/16)

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (2/27) (yeah, again.  Don’t hate.)

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (on audiobook with todd) (3/15)

11. Bossypants by Tina Fey (3/17)

12.  John Adams by David McCullough (5/7)

13. Escape from Warsaw by Ian Seraillier (5/9)

14. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (6/6)

15. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (6/10)

16. Anthem for Doomed Youth by Carola Dunn (6/23)

17.  Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too by DaNelle Wolford (7/5)

18.  The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (7/6)

19.  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (7/8)

20.  The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass (7/13)

21.  The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (7/20)

22.  Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish (7/26)

23.  The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore (7/27)
                                                                                                                    
24.  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd  (7/29)

25.  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (8/4)

26.  The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (10/17)

27.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (10/27)

28.  Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Results Are Normal? by Dr. Datis Kharrazian (11/1)

29.  The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (11/1)

30.  A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel (11/4)

31.  All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg (11/11)

32.  Education of a Wandering Man: A Memoir by Louis L’Amour (11/24)

33.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (12/1)

34.  The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (12/14)

35.  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (12/17)

36.  The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried (12/22)

37.  It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (12/23)

38.  The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (12/29)

if you're interested in what else i've read over the years, you can find my lists from 201020112012, and 2013.  in looking through my lists, i've discovered that this was the year of increased interest in current fiction.  i'm hoping to read more classic fiction in 2015.  wish me luck!  what's on your reading list this year?