My 2014 Top 10 Books

How time flies! Another year come and gone in a flash. At least I can say that I have a few more books read under my belt, 18 more to be more precise. I did not have a specific number of books that I wanted to read but this was as far as I got and I am content with that. 2014 included all kinds of books of varying genres including a bit of comedy, biographies, suspense and adventure. Some are old and some are new, although I did catch myself reading a few more biographies than normal. Regardless, I love reading and hope that I am able to inspire you to pick up a book and get lost in its adventures with this list. 

My top 10 favorite books of the year include:






I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Excellent book! Definitely on my top list of all time favorite books. It is a biography about Maya Angelo's struggles and joys growing up. It is touching and reflects on life from a perspective of a child. Must read...











The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is a fictional story narrated by Death about a 9 year old German girl, Liesel Meminger, who is given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann in a small town in 1939, shortly before WWII. She comes to love Hans and Rosa and builds a special relationship with them as well as with a neighbor boy, Rudy. This is a great story about a young girls life during this difficult time.





11/22/63 by Stephen King

This is perhaps my favorite time travel book out there, and I've read a few. It's a fast paced and easy read about a mans quest to stop President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, hence the title. He finds many road blocks and a love interest on the way. Will he be able to change the past? Only reading can tell. 








Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This book is a collection of 28 humorous essays about David Sedaris' life growing up, in school and overseas. Somewhere in the book you will find what he means by Me Talk Pretty One Day, and it is pretty hilarious. Funny book, read it.






Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

This autobiography is a story about a 22 year old woman who lost everything and made a drastic decision to hike more than a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail in the west coast, alone. Strayed tells a story about finding who she was and a journey about healing. A must read for any outdoors kind of person. 






1984 by George Orwell

Very famous book, might have already read it in middle school but definitely worth revisiting. This is a really powerful book that delves in the subject about government power, Big Brother, and freedom. A thought provoking book for any reader. 








Graveyard by Neil Gaiman

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its easy read and child like adventure. The Graveyard is a story about a boy, Nobody Owens, who is adopted and raised by ghosts at a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. Nobody grows up in this graveyard and seeks to know of the outside life..will he ever know this outside life and will he find answers about his family? 




Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

If you haven't noticed already I love strong female characters. It's very empowering, so why not have a laugh along with the very empowering comedic actor Tina Fey. In Bossypants, Fey discusses life as a comic and hit show writer as well as delves in life's awkward moments. Pretty funny autobiography. 







Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 

When I read a sample of this book I could not put the book down! Seriously, it was that good. For those that haven't seen the movie yet, it is a book about Louis Zamperini's life as a child, runner and WWII survivor. It's a very moving story that may well bring you to tears. This story is also unique in that it gives you a different perspective view of the war, one that mostly takes place in Japan.






Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl is a suspenseful, thriller about a man named Nick Dunne who becomes a suspect in his wife Amy's disappearance. It is a narrative told from both Nick and Amy's point of view and it keeps you guessing till just about the end. In the end, if you like suspenseful reads, this book may just be right up your alley. 









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Well there you have it. My top 10 books of the year in no particular order. Just in case you were dying to know. By the way, what kind of books are you reading?

Until next time, 

Jen

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