Things Read in 2015

2015

When I was younger I would read all the time. Literally, just one book after another. I carried one with me everywhere (still do) and even when I wasn’t supposed to be reading, like, during class for example, I did anyway.

Now, being older, I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I would like, but I still try to read as often as I can.

That being said, way back in the summer of 2007 (it’s actually quite a while ago if you think about it), I started keeping a record of how many books I’d read and how many pages they were.

It started being divided by the summer and school years, but then I just started doing it by year. So, now that I’ve babbled on and explained (poorly) how this system worked, here is a list of the things I read in 2015!

The Walking Dead Books 1-4 (Issues 1-8), Robert Kirkman

TWD Books

I was a fan of The Walking Dead show before reading the comics, but after hearing repeatedly how different the comics are from the show I decided I had to read them. I’m not going to get too much into what I thought of the books as I reviewed books 1-4 last year.

I will say that so far I’m thoroughly enjoying the storyline both on the show and in the comics. I plan on reading at least books 5-8 this year (hopefully more, depending on if I can get them from the library).

 

Death Note Black Edition I, Tsugumi Ohba

black edition i

The only book I read this year that I haven’t reviewed yet. Not because it wasn’t good, but because I wanted to read Black Edition II first.

I’d already watched the anime of Death Note before reading the manga novels and I absolutely loved it. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to read and when I discovered the Black Editions I was even more excited.

The Black Editions are basically two of the novels in one. Instead of spending twice as much and buying the books separate, you spend a couple extra dollars and get two of the books.

Death Note is amazing and I’ll definitely be posting a review of it this year as I recently bought Black Editions II and III.

 

F*ck! I’m in My Twenties, Emma Koenig

Fck Im in my TwentiesThis book is brilliant. I had wanted to read it for ages and was so glad when I finally did. Emma Koenig perfectly captures the feelings that come with being in your twenties, whatever stage you may be at.

I read and reviewed this book back in February and it is crazy how much changes in a year! Last year I wasn’t in school, had no job, and wasn’t doing too much. Now I feel like I hardly have time to slow down!

It’s absolutely insane how quickly things can change and I definitely need to read this book again to see just how different things are.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket

Reptile Room

I still haven’t finished this series! I started it like a year and a half ago and I still haven’t finished. I’m not going to say I’ll finish it this year cause I think we all know if I say that then it won’t happen.

However, I will say that I’m excited to read it again and actually finish it this time because all of these books, not just The Reptile Room, but all of them are amazing and enjoyable.

 

Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult

Handle With Care

This book still gets me even when I just think about it. I read this book in a matter of days and to this day I would say it’s probably in my top ten favourite novels.

I loved this book, but to this day the ending gets me sooooo angry. If you’ve read it you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, read this book. Read it because it’s beautiful and wonderful and Jodi Picoult is truly a literally marvel.

And then I want you to come back here and tell me what you thought of the ending and if you were raging for days while simultaneously existing in a state of shock like I was.

 

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse FiveThis book is one I need to read again simply because I still don’t think I fully got it. But, like I said in my review (which wasn’t really a review), I think not fully understanding the book actually just makes me like it more.

This is definitely one of those books where even if you don’t fully understand it you’ll enjoy it. This is also one of those books where if you’re a book nerd you should read it. It’s not like the great novels of our time now. There’s no magic or great battle against an evil, superpowered villain.

But there is a story and at the end of the day Slaughterhouse Five is exactly what all great novels start out as and what they all end up being.

I love reading. When people ask me what I like doing the first two things I always say are reading and writing. It’s been like this for as long as I can remember and, even though I don’t have as much time as used to, I don’t doubt it will stay like that.

I look forward to reading many more books over the course of this year. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish all the books I started at the end of last year and more. My reading goal every year is to do slightly better than the year before.

Total Books Read: 9 (technically 14)

Total Pages: 2595

But I want to hear from you! What did you read last year? Have any reading goals for this year?

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Top Ten: Banned Books

Top 10

If you look on the Internet for a top ten list of banned books you’ll find about a thousand different lists with all different books on them. So here’s another one.

In no particular order, here is a list of ten of the most common books to be banned.

All the books on this list appear on more than one list of most commonly banned books and have been censored or banned in more than one year.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

Several schools in various states in the U.S. have either tried to ban or successfully banned this book from school libraries due to the racism, alcohol/drug use, vulgar language, and sexually explicit content depicted in the book.


2) Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

I talk about this book a bit yesterday, but my research for this post found that there is a multitude of reasons this has been banned or censored. From sexually explicit language to offensive stereotypes to simply lacking literary merit, Huxley’s novel gets no free passes.

3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parrell

I talked about this book a lot last Banned Books Week and you can read that post here. This one gets challenged and censored often due to it’s depiction of homosexuality.

4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Underage drinking/drug use, cursing, being sexually explicit, and homosexuality are the main reasons this book has been pulled from so many school libraries.

The Catcher in the Rye

5) The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

This book is the perfect example of what I said a few days ago. You ban a book and tell people they can’t read it and they’ll want to read it even more. With it’s constant challenge of authority and obscene language, The Catcher in the Rye has been called countless names and has even been accused of being the reason behind a few murders. It is constantly being removed from schools and yet it is still the second most taught book in schools. Ironic, isn’t it?


6) Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Seeing this book on so many banned books lists just makes me so much happier that I read it. Challenged and banned due to it’s crude language, sexuality, and violence, this book is often removed from school after parental and teacher complaints.

7) The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Showing up on many lists for years, The Hunger Games has been banned due to being sexually explicit and for containing violence.

8) What My Mother Doesn’t Know, Sonya Sores

I’d never heard of this book before, but it kept showing up on the yearly censored books lists. It has been challenged in the U.S. due to sexually explicit content (what a shock) and sexism.

Scary Stories

9) Scary Stories Series, Alvin Schwartz

Banned due to it’s violent content as well as insensitivity and Satanism. They know the stories are fake, right?


10) Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

Banned and censored because it’s sexually explicit (apparently) and contains offensive language (apparently).


You know what reasons showed up on almost every book? Not just these ten, but every book I saw on the websites I looked at. You know what the reasons are? ‘Sexually Explicit” and “Not suitable for age group”.

Can someone please explain to me what sexually explicit it? Cause I’ve read The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Captain Underpants and I’m so confused as to how they fall into the same category.

Now, 50 Shades of Grey? That’s sexually explicit. Captain Underpants? Unless you’re read ’50 Shades of Underpants’ you’re going to have to tell me just how that’s sexually explicit.

And ‘unsuited to age group’? Come on people! The publisher obviously thought it was suited to the age group otherwise they wouldn’t have published it as such. And all the people who buy it and have no issue clearly think it’s suitable for the age group the books are aimed at.

If you think it’s unsuitable for your child, don’t read it to your child or don’t let your child read it. It’s 2015, stop banning books.

Have you read any of the books on this list?

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Banned Books Week 2015

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It’s that time of year again. A time for all writers and readers to celebrate the most controversial books. Yes, September 21-28 is Banned Books Week.

I love Banned Books Week. Everyone knows that feeling that when you’re told not to do something you only want to do it more. You tell someone who loves books that they can’t read it because it’s “too controversial”? Pfft, now I definitely want to read it.

I’m not going to go over all the details about Banned Books Week and what it is, I did that last year and you can find that post here.

What I didn’t talk about last year though is the freedom aspect of Banned Books Week. It’s not all about bringing awareness to books that have been banned/censored or bringing awareness to censorship in general. BBW is a celebration of the freedom to read.

Can you imagine a world without books? I sure can’t. But that’s basically what the world would be if we banned every book that had something in we didn’t like. Not everyone is going to like the same thing in books, that’s why there’s so many of them! There’s something for everyone. But just because you don’t like something in a book or something is considered offensive that isn’t a reason to ban it!

This should be considered in most things in life.

Imagine if Harry Potter had been permanently banned! These novels have had so much influence I can’t picture a world without them. Or how about a world without On the Road? This novel defined an entire generation and it continues to be an inspiration for many.

Alice in Wonderland, Animal Farm, Frankenstein, The Grapes of Wrath, Green Eggs and Ham! All these books have at one point or another been banned in various places! Looking at all these books it’s impossible to picture not seeing them on bookshelves and in stores.

These books (and more that have been banned) play huge parts in people’s lives. I don’t know any kid who hasn’t read Green Eggs and Ham at some point in their life. I know several people who would tell you one of those other books is their favourite to read and several people (myself included) who have had to read at least one of those books for school.

Banned Books Week isn’t just about bringing attention to these poor, censored books, it’s about celebrating being able to read them and all books! Being able to walk into a shop or a library and have any number of books at my finger tips is amazing and Banned Books Week always reminds me of that.

So this week go out and find a book that’s been banned! Read it, buy it, give it hug (it needs it). Enjoy your freedom to read!

What are you reading this Banned Books Week? Do you have a favourite banned book?

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Book Haul!

I’ve never done a book haul before, but I watch them a lot on Youtube and as I’ve bought quite a few books recently I decided I wanted to share with all of you what they were! I have no idea if I’m doing this right, but here it goes!

Book Haul 1

  1. Marley & Me, John Grogan

I got this one at a charity garage sale for $1 and am both excited and terrified to start reading. As I’ve seen the movie I know what happens and I am definitely not prepared for that ending. This will definitely be one of those books that I can only read at home for fear of embarrassing myself in public.

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

I read this in eleventh grade and have been waiting for an opportunity to buy it. Then, two days ago, I found it in a half-price book shop for $3 and there was no way I was going to walk away from that. I’m so excited to read this one again without having to use over 120 sticky notes to take notes.

  1. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

Again, something I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I actually thought I owned this at one point, but then realized I had Great Expectations, not Oliver Twist. I’m not really sure how I mixed the two up. I found this at the same store as Cuckoo’s Nest for $4.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan

$3 for a book that I’ve both been wanting to read for ages and that I’ve been told over and over again that I need to read. I read the first six chapters in less than half an hour and so far I’m really enjoying it and am glad I finally bought it.

  1. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Another $3 find that, just like The Lightening Thief, I’ve been wanting to read and have been told to read. Super excited to read it and see how amazing the book is and how it compares to the film as I’ve heard they’re very different.

  1. Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson

I don’t remember where I got this one or how much it cost. I’m pretty certain it was on Amazon cause I remember it coming in the mail and it probably wasn’t more than $15 cause that’s all I can afford to spend on one book right now. I’m a huge fan of Norse Mythology so it was very exciting when I finally bought this.

  1. We Bought a Zoo, Benjamin Mee

$3 at a library book sale. Saw the movie, loved it, excited to read the real story.

  1. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

This book has literally been on my list of books to get for ages and I saw it at the same sale as We Bought a Zoo. Books that cost less than $5 are my favourites and it’s incredibly likely that I won’t walk away from a book that costs that little.

  1. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

This one I bought with a Chapters gift card I got for Christmas, but I was waiting to use it. I ended up buying this during their three days of no shipping and handling fees which are my absolute favourite days on the Chapters website.

  1. Death Note Black Edition One, Tsugumi Ohba

Bought this at the same time as I Am Malala and read it in one sitting. It includes the first and second manga novels of Death Note. Each novel alone is about $12, Black Edition in store is about $16 + tax. Buying it online without having to pay shipping and handling was one of the best book buying times.

  1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, do I need to say any more? Oh wait, J.K. Rowling for $2 at a garage sale.

  1. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Book Haul 2

This was an incredibly recent edition to my shelves which I actually bought yesterday. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision considering two days ago, after buying four of the books on this list at a half-price books shop, I promised myself I wasn’t going to buy anymore of anything for a while. But then I had a really good day and I’ve been wanting to read this forever so I just said forget it, let’s do this, and I bought it. $10 at Chapters and I haven’t put it down since.

There we go! My first book haul! No idea if this is how they’re usually done, but I really enjoyed this. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

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What’s On Your Bookshelf?

What's on Your BooksheldI’ve always heard that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. I think you can tell a lot about a person based on their reading choices.

What you read and what books take up space on your bookshelves says a lot about you. What are your interests? What do you want to do? What did you like a few years ago? Your bookshelf says so much about you.

If you looked at my bookshelf (and my desk, my side table, and a shelf in my closet cause my bookshelves aren’t big enough) you would see a wide array of books. It’s a mixture of young adult fiction, ‘adult’ fiction, manga, biographies, books about writing, books from my childhood, and so many more. And they’re all there for a reason.

Some of the books I bought while I was on holiday somewhere, some were gifts, some were spontaneous buys, and others were books bought for school. Whatever the reason behind them, all of the books on my shelves are there for a reason.

Now, there’s this wonderful thing that I recently discovered called a #shelfie. It’s like a selfie, but it’s a picture of your books! How amazing is this? Not going to lie, I’m a fan of the selfie, and it’s probably not a surprise that I’m a fan of books. Therefore, when I discovered the #shelfie, you can probably imagine how excited I was. Here’s my #shelfie:

Shelfie

What’s on your bookshelf? Have you ever taken a #shelfie? Post your shelfie below!

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge!

Rory Gilmore
If you didn’t know, I happen to be a big fan of books. I am also a big fan of Gilmore Girls. Therefore I tend to identify pretty closely in some aspects (usually the ones involving books, not the ones about dating a rich boy and living in a small town that has a festival for everything) with Rory Gilmore.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge isn’t so much a challenge as it is a list of all books mentioned in the show. Now, I haven’t actually read too many books on this list. I definitely own a bunch that are on this list, but haven’t read them yet. However, I’m sure that one day I’ll finally finish this list, or at least come close to finishing.

Rory Gilmore 2

Here’s the list of books (compiled from this website):

1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen KingThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonDaisy Miller by Henry James
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel
According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare – read
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – read
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Also, sorry it took me so long to get this posted. My dog decided to sleep on top of me this morning and I didn’t have the heart to tell her to get off. When I finally did get around to posting this it was just one formatting error after another. So hopefully it’ll have worked by now and you can blame the lateness of the post on this thing:
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Goodreads Readers Choice Awards 2014

GoodreadsHow many of you use Goodreads? As both a writer and a lover of books, I find myself on Goodreads quite frequently. Users can create lists of books (Books Read, Books You Want to Read, etc.), write reviews on books, and discuss books with others (sometimes even the authors!)

Starting in 2009, Goodreads launched their Readers Choice Awards. Here’s 20 categories and people are able to nominate, and eventually vote on, their favourite books. Here are the winners of 2014!

Fiction:

Landline

Landline, Rainbow Rowell

You can read more about Landline on Goodreads

Runner Up: Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty

Buy Landline on Amazon

Buy Big Little Lies on Amazon


Mystery/Thriller:

Mrmercedes

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

You can read more about Mr. Mercedes on Goodreads

Runner Up: The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith

Buy Mr. Mercedes on Amazon

Buy The Silkworm on Amazon


Historical Fiction:

all the light we cannot see

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

You can read more about All the Light We Cannot See on Goodreads

Runner Up: The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

Buy All the Light We Cannot See on Amazon

Buy The Invention of Wings on Amazon


Fantasy:

the book of life

The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness

You can read more about The Book of Life on Goodreads

Runner Up: Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson

Buy The Book of Life on Amazon

Buy Words of Radiance on Amazon


Romance:

written in my own hearts blood

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon

You can read more about Written in My Own Heart’s Blood on Goodreads

Runner Up: Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

Buy Written in My Own Heart’s Blood on Amazon

Buy Maybe Someday on Amazon


Science Fiction:

The_Martian_2014

The Martian, Andy Weir

You can read more about The Martian on Goodreads

Runner Up: Lock In, John Scalzi

Buy The Martian on Amazon

Buy Lock In on Amazon


Horror:

Prince_Lestat

Prince Lestat, Anne Rice

You can read more about Prince Lestat on Goodreads

Runner Up: The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey

Buy Prince Lestat on Amazon

Buy The Girl With All the Gifts on Amazon


Humour:

yes please

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

You can read more about Yes Please on Goodreads

Runner Up: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris

Buy Yes Please on Amazon

Buy Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography on Amazon


Nonfiction:

the opposite of loneliness

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, Marina Keegan

You can read more about The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories on Goodreads

Runner Up: What If?, Randall Munroe

Buy The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories on Amazon

Buy What If? on Amazon


Memoir/Autobiography:

this star wont go out

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, Esther Earl, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl

You can read more about This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl on Goodreads

Runner Up: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner

Buy This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl on Amazon

Buy As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride on Amazon


History and Biography:

the romanov sisters

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, Helen Rappaport

You can read more about The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra on Goodreads

Runner Up: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, Karen Abbott

Buy The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra on Amazon

Buy Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War on Amazon


Business Books:

girl-boss

#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso

You can read more about #GirlBoss on Goodreads

Runner Up: Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt

Buy #GIRLBOSS on Amazon

Buy Think Like a Freak on Amazon


Food and Cookbooks:

make it ahead

Make it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Ina Garten

You can read more about Make it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on Goodreads

Runner Up: My Paris Kitchen, David Lebovitz

Buy Make it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on Amazon

Buy My Paris Kitchen on Amazon


Graphic Novels and Comics:

serenity leaves on the wind

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Fabi Moon

You can read more about Serenity: Leaves on the Wind on Goodreads

Runner Up: Saga, Volume 3, Brian K. Vaughan

Buy Serenity: Leaves on the Wind on Amazon

Buy Saga, Volume 3 on Amazon


Poetry:

lullabies

Lullabies, Land Leav

You can read more about Lullabies on Goodreads

Runner Up: Poisoned Apples, Christine Heppermann

Buy Lullabies on Amazon

Buy Poisoned Apples on Amazon


Debut Goodreads Authors:

red rising

Red Rising, Piece Brown

You can read more about Red Rising on Goodreads

Runner Up: Cruel Beauty, Rosamund Hodge

Buy Red Rising on Amazon

Buy Cruel Beauty on Amazon


Young Adult Fiction:

we were liars

We Were Liars, E. Lockhard

You can read more about We Were Liars on Goodreads

Runner Up: Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins

Buy We Were Liars on Amazon

Buy Isla and the Happily Ever After on Amazon


Young Adult Fantasy:

city of heavenly fire

City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare

You can read more about City of Heavenly Fire on Goodreads

Runner Up: Hollow City, Ransom Riggs

Buy City of Heavenly Fire on Amazon

Buy Hollow City on Amazon


Middle Grade and Children’s:

the blood of olympus

The Blood of Olympus, Rick Riordan

You can read more about The Blood of Olympus on Goodreads

Runner Up: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Jeff Kinney

Buy The Blood of Olympus on Amazon

Buy Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul on Amazon


Picture Books:

the pideon needs a bath

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, Mo Willems

You can read more about The Pigeon Needs a Bath! on Goodreads

Runner Up: The Book with No Pictures, B.J. Novak

Buy The Pigeon Needs a Bath! on Amazon

Buy The Book with No Pictures on Amazon

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