December 31, 2014

Books Read 2014

I've noted FAVORITES, FIND MYSELF THINKING ABOUT THE MOST, and MOST FUN at the end of the list. If I've reviewed a book, you will find a link labeled "thoughts" next to the book title and author.


1. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2. Maman's Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan
3. "A Question of Riches" in A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories by Eva Ibbotson
4. Beauty and the Werewolf (series) by Mercedes Lackey
5. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (thoughts)
6. Second Watch (series) by J.A. Jance
7. Ethan Frome (novella) by Edith Wharton
8. Maisie Dobbs (series) by Jacqueline Winspear


8.  Notorious Nineteen (series) by Janet Evanovich
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (thoughts)
10. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (series) by Carrie Vaughn
11. Kitty Raises Hell (series) by Carrie Vaughn
12. Light Boxes by Shane Jones (thoughts)
13. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
14. Kitty's House of Horrors (series) by Carrie Vaughn


15. Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
16. Heartless (series) by Gail Carriger
17. Timeless (series) by Gail Carriger
18. Just Kids by Patti Smith


19. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
20. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
21. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
22. Kitty Goes to War (series) by Carrie Vaughn
23. Kitty's Big Trouble (series) by Carrie Vaughn
24. "Are Women Human" (essay) by Dorothy Sayers (thoughts)
25. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut (thoughts)
26. Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge (thoughts)
27. Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
28. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
29. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (thoughts)

30. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
31. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (thoughts - video, thoughts - written)
32. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
33. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (thoughts)


34. The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff (thoughts)
35. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (thoughts)
36. Aya by Marguerite Abouet
37. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
38. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz


39. Matilda by Roald Dahl
40. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons (thoughts)
41. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
42. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
43. Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet
44. Enchanted Night (novella) by Steven Millhauser
45. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr
46. Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez


47. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
48. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
49. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
50. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


51. Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie
52. Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
53. Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
54. Twelve (Danilov Quintet) by Jasper Kent


55. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
56. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
57. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
58. Thirteen Years Later (Danilov Quintet) by Jasper Kent
59. Takedown Twenty (series) by Janet Evanovich
60. The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill
61. Kitty Steals the Show (series) by Carrie Vaughn


62. Kitty Rocks the House (series) by Carrie Vaughn
63. Kitty in the Underworld (series) by Carrie Vaughn
64. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
65. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
66. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
67. The Third Section (Danilov Quintet) by Jasper Kent
68. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
69. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
70. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell
71. The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding
72. How the Stars Fell Into the Sky by Jerrie Oughton
73. "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton" (short story) by Charles Dickens


74. Endymion by Dan Simmons
75. The Night Before Christmas (novella) by Nikolai Gogol
76. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (novella) by Charles Dickens
77. Little Women (with Good Wives) by Louisa May Alcott

FAVORITES (in no particular order):
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut (thoughts)
Hyperion by Dan Simmons (thoughts)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (thoughts)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Twelve & Thirteen Years Later & The Third Section by Jasper Kent

Retribution Falls & The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding


  1. You read so many wonderful books, and have totally convinced me to reread A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Which I re ought after reading your review. Happy New Year, Terri, and thanks for being my friend all these years. Xoxo

    1. Not sure what happened here, but I didn't reply to any of the comments left on this post!

      I do so hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you my friend. xoxo

  2. Lots of oldies on the list! Love it. The Remains of the Day is one of my favorites and I'm eagerly awaiting Ishiguro's new release this year.

    1. I am so behind! I did not know there is to be a new Ishiguro this year!

  3. Your engagement with RETRIBUTION FALLS has convinced me I need to reread it and carry on with the series. It was so much fun.

    1. Yes. Yes, you must carry on with this. Otherwise you will be missing ALL THE FUN.

  4. What a full year! I should give A Tree Grows in Brooklyn another try; a few years ago I abandoned it after 100 pages, but maybe I was just in a cranky mood.

    1. It is so true that sometimes our like or dislike (or ambivalence) of a book is a result of mood and timing. I've had a few of those ;)