My 2014 Top Ten

January 3, 2015 at 3:46 am (In So Many Words) (, )

Of all the books I read in 2014, 103-ish by my count, I want to share my top ten.  In reverse order, because I actually put a bit of thought into this listing, with my favorite for the year listed last.  Although, I openly admit to being moody, and tomorrow any one of these titles should shuffle to a different number in the list with a bat of an eye.

These are titles that no matter how much I read, they have stayed with me.  Some caught me by surprise, startling me out of numbness into enraptured feeling.  Some taught me things. Some I went back to over and over again…  Each one, for some reason or another, helped shape 2014 for me, and I am thankful for them.

10. Papyrus – John Oehler

9. The Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson

8. Cruel Devices – George Wright Padgett

7. The King’s English – Betsy Burton

6. The Beginner’s Goodbye – Anne Tyler

5. The Book of Secrets – Elizabeth Joy Arnold

4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

3. Not Even Wrong – Paul Collins

2. A Shropshire Lad – A.E. Housman

1. A Circle of Quiet – Madeleine L’Engle

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