2014 reading roundup

2014 reading roundupIt’s that time again.  Time to bombard you with the very very very long list of what I read in 2014, what I tried to read and gave up on, and the coobooks I drooled over.  You can also see the list (in a graphic, interactive format) on my Goodreads page. Given that I finished 89 books this year, washed out of 45 more, and flipped eagerly through 17 cookbooks, I will invoke the “break” feature (for possibly the first time ever).

2014 Books Read:
  1. Good Year, A by Peter Mayle
  2. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  3. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  4. Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R. A. Dick
  5. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  6. Orchardist, The by Amanda Coplin
  7. Homestead by Rosina Lippi
  8. Alena by Rachel Pastan
  9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  10. Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer
  11. Holy The Firm by Annie Dillard
  12. Innocents by Cathy Coote
  13. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley
  14. Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering (Audiobook)
  15. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
  16. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  17. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  18. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
  19. The Emotional Eater’s Book of Inspiration by Debbie Danowski, PhD
  20. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
  21. Harvest by Jim Crace
  22. Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
  23. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  24. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  25. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  26. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
  27. After the Wall by Jana Hensel
  28. Stasiland by Anna Funder
  29. The Lady and the Lumberjack by Olive Barber
  30. Magnificence by Lydia Millet
  31. Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston
  32. I’ll Never be French (No Matter What I Do) by Mark Greenside
  33. The Giraffe’s Neck by Judith Schalansky
  34. The Cove by Ron Rash
  35. Food and Loathing by Betsy Lerner
  36. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  37. Light Years by James Salter
  38. An Education by Lynn Barber
  39. Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
  40. The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
  41. Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
  42. Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada by Stuart McLean
  43. Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere by Poe Ballantine
  44. Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul
  45. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  46. The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing Loh
  47. Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See
  48. The Indie Author Guide by April L. Hamilton
  49. POD for Profit by Aaron Shepard
  50. Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth
  51. Appetites by Geneen Roth
  52. Break Through Your Set Point by George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph. D.
  53. Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins
  54. The Mask of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
  55. When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits by Mary Ann Winkowski (research)
  56. Horns by Joe Hill
  57. Haunted by Judith St. George
  58. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  59. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  60. Gypsies: Wanderers of the World by Bart McDowell
  61. Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  62. The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan
  63. Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
  64. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  65. Is Your House Haunted? By Debi Chestnut
  66. Last Days of California by Mary Miller
  67. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  68. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
  69. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (audiobook)
  70. How to Be Your Own Best Friend by Dr. Paul Hauck (audiobook)
  71. Writers on Writing: a Breadloaf Anthology ed. by Robert Pack and Jay Parini
  72. What Are You Hungry For? By Deepak Chopra (audiobook)
  73. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard C. Cutler (audiobook)
  74. When Food is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy by Geneen Roth (audiobook)
  75. Bite by Bite: 7 Guidelines to Break Free From Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth (audiobook)
  76. Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own by Mika Brzezinski (audiobook)
  77. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  78. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
  79. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  80. The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. (audiobook)
  81. Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis (audiobook)
  82. The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke
  83. Horrorstör: A Novel by Grady Hendrix
  84. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
  85. The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
  86. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  87. The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum
  88. Idyll Banter by Chris Bohjalian
  89. The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
2014 Books abandoned:
  1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  3. Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb
  4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  5. The Liar by Stephen Fry
  6. Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry
  7. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
  8. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving
  9. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  10. A Mad Desire to Dance by Elie Wiesel
  11. The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore
  12. Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir by Wendy Burden
  13. French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
  14. Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal by Abigail Carroll
  15. Half Empty by David Rakoff
  16. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  17. My Abandonment by Peter Rock
  18. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  19. The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen
  20. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  21. When It’s a Jar by Tom Holt
  22. Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
  23. Fay by Larry Brown
  24. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  25. Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
  26. In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge
  27. Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James
  28. Nella Last’s War ed. by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming
  29. The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf
  30. The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
  31. Torch by Cheryl Strayed
  32. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
  33. Ghosts Among Us by James Van Praagh
  34. Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton
  35. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  36. It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You by Janet Greeson (audiobook)
  37. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  38. The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper
  39. Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons
  40. The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
  41. Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
  42. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  43. The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
  44. One Hundred Names: A Novel by Cecelia Ahern
  45. John Dies at the End by David Wong
2014 Cookbooks:
  1. The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple but Classic French Recipes by Rachel Khoo
  2. Food & Wine Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes: The Best Recipes From The 25 Best Cookbooks of the Year (14th edition, 2011)
  3. Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors by Susanna Hoffman and Victoria Wise
  4. Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Aida Mollenkamp
  5. Nigella Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
  6. Williams-Sonoma French, ed. Chuck Williams
  7. The Food52 Cookbook Volume 2: Seasonal Recipes From Our Kitchens to Yours by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
  8. America’s Test Kitchen Cooking for Two 2009 by the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen
  9. Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks by Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
  10. Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
  11. True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure by Andrew Weil, MD, and Sam Fox, with Michael Stebner
  12. It’s all Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen
  13. Olive Oil Baking by Lisa A. Sheldon
  14. American Heart Association Low-Fat & Luscious Desserts by Pat Harmon Naegele
  15. Honey & Oats by Jennifer Katzinger
  16. Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook: More than 1,000 of the world’s best recipes for today’s kitchen by James Oseland
  17. A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson

What did you read in 2014?  What did you love?  What did you hate?  What was just sort of meh?

— Amanda

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