2014 Book List

Meant to post this before the end of 2014, but better late than never! A chronological list of the books I read last year and occasionally some brief notes on what I thought. I highly recommend the bolded books. Happy reading! Looking forward to more great reads this year!

  • (F) The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 4 stars
  • (F) Stardust, 5 stars
  • (F) The Interpreter of Maladies, 5 stars
    • poignant description of human nature, not always happy but a lot of Truth buried in Lahiri’s stories
  • (F) Unaccustomed Earth, 3 stars
    • stories seemed hackneyed after reading so many of them as Lahiri relies on many of the same themes
  • (NF) The Emperor of Maladies, 4 stars
    • slow at some parts but an Mukherjee is an engaging writer
  • (NF) Man’s Search for Meaning, 4.5 stars
  • (NF) Why Does the World Exist?, 2 stars
  • (F) Love in a Time of Cholera, 3.5 stars
    • Insightful piece into Marquez’s ideas of what constitutes love and what keeps a marriage together. Marquez created a striking illustration of how marriage during middle- to old-age is based more upon habit/routine and stability rather than on love or passion.
  • (NF & F) The Opposite Of Loneliness, 3 stars for F, 4 stars for NF
  • (F) The Goldfinch, 1 star
    • Interesting premise but the book was in serious need of a good editor. Tartt’s lack of consistency in her character descriptions was the most annoying part of the book. Hard for me to take seriously the “depth” of her characters because she kept changing things about them. Extraneous details with choppy logic flow, especially at the end when she tries to draw a point about good/bad/gray lines of life. The “aha” moment was didactic rather than enlightening.
  • (NF) Eat Pray Love, 3 stars
    • Gilbert’s prevailing humor made what could be dense topics into light, funny anecdotes.
  • (F) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 4 stars
  • (F) Re-visited: Howl’s Moving Castle, 5 stars
    • Love the approach to doors and the different places to which they can lead
  • (F) The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy), 1 star
    • Only read this in order to finish the series. I do not recommend the series. Harkness is inconsistent and wordy. Additionally, there are major plot holes as well as spotty character/plot development.
  • (NF) Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, 5 stars
    • It’s hard to believe what we, as humans, are capable of doing, both the good and the bad
  • (F) The Dinner, 4 stars
    • Captivating plot that made for an easy read
  • (F) 100 Years of Solitude, 4 stars
    • Beautiful prose, but hard to keep track of characters
  • (NF) Blood and Guts, 4 stars
    • Gory but great read and retells the surgeries with great details
  • (NF) The Examined Life, 3 stars
    • Kind of disjointed; the stories were short and Grosz tried them together in themes of “love” or “change” etc, but it didn’t work for me.
  • (NF) Being Mortal, 4 stars
  • (F) The Rosie Project, 3 stars
    • Cliché ending
  • (F) Keep the Apidistra Flying, 2 stars
    • Very negative, but then again, it’s Orwell

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