2014 Overview and Book of the Year

I feel that overall this was a pretty good year. I read a lot of books I liked, I read some I didn’t. I know my reading habits have been changing over the years, as I spend more time reading periodicals and articles and less time reading books. Thankfully I have the Pocket app which helps keep track of what articles I read online. This year chalking up to around 18 books worth. So here it is the tally for 2014.

2014 Book Reviews

The Rating System:

Book Reviews - Loved ItLoved It – 12

Book Reviews- Liked it AlotLiked It A lot – 9

Book Reviews - Liked ItLiked It – 8

Book Reviews- It Was OkayIt Was Okay – 10

Book Reviews - Kind BadKinda Bad- 1

Book Reviews - BadBad – 2

Book Reviews - It stunk It Stunk – 2

Total = 44         Goal = 50

Greek Play: Persians

Poetry: Sonnets from the Portuguese

Re-Read A Book: The Book of Atrus (Myst, Book 1)

Choosing the book of the year is sometimes a challenge in years where the books I marked with a “Love It” rating are really diverse. One of the things I look for in my book of the year pick is a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers. This years books all seem to be pretty niche. Inkheart is a great fantasy, but more for the YA audience. Out of the Ruins is a Christian Historical Romance, which puts it into a smaller niche. Prayer – Finding the Heart’s True Home is a book that I’d only recommend to a Christian who is really looking to grow spiritually and has a real hunger to deepen their prayer life.

So where does that leave me? Without a lot of choices, that’s where… but there is still a book of the year to choose. (And so I’ve put this off until April.) The book I keep coming back to in my mind is Number the Stars.

A really moving story about the Danes during WWII. Did you know that a German official tipped off the Jews about “relocation” plans? The Danes were able to smuggle most of their Jewish neighbors out of the country to safety. It’s an amazing story (although this story is fictional it’s based on the real actions of Danish citizens) that shows what quite courage can do to save lives.

There is a reason this book is a Newbery Award book, it’s a moving story that stays with the reader. And that’s why is my book of the year pick for 2014.

“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”  ― Charlaine Harris

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