this year's reads.

This spring/summer I feel like I accomplished a lot as far as reading goes...I finally had/made the time to sit and read. And listen to books. I feel that still counts, and it's a way for me to read (or "read") when I couldn't otherwise.

It's been a few years since I did a list of my favorite reads and since lately each book I finish I dub my favorite book of the year...I thought maybe another list was in order. Well, there were a few duds in the mix, but you can't win them all. (only one I didn't include on this list because I just can't recommend it)

Looking back on the books I read this year, I was surprised that I actually read (not "read") the majority of them. Fancy. Most of these came at recommendations, because honestly, I don't have time I want to spend reading books I know nothing about or that didn't come from at least one other person on the internets that I "know".

And in chronological order, because I'd be hard-pressed to pick favorites.

1. Killing Jesus: I don't listen to Bill O'Reilly in any other context, but this book was fascinating.

2. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage: wonderful book of short stories.

3. Ender's Game: nothing new, but after watching the movie, we listened to this during our beach trip. It's awesome.

4. How We Decide: you know I'm a sucker for books about decisions. This one was pretty good.

5. Stories I Only Tell My Friends: I mean, Rob Lowe is awesome. And if you like celebrities and fun stories about how rob low seriously knows every other male celebrity every (rdj, tom cruise, etc) it! I also had to watch a few episodes of the West Wing after. 

6. Proof of Heaven: super interesting and it resonated with me; I felt it totally jived with part of my beliefs about heaven. 

7. Things A Little Bird Told Me: A Colbert bump, I was intrigued and I really liked it.

8. David and Goliath: if not for just a more correct perspective on the actual David vs. Goliath story, it was a really inspiring and had lot of things to incorporate into future thinking. How was that for vague?

9. The Body Book: A Jimmy Fallon bump. And it's written by a celebrity who isn't an expert in that field or anything, but I liked it. I like the science and while I didn't necessarily learn anything new, it was a great overview. Plus I felt like Cameron Diaz and I were having a chat and were bffs. There are worse things.

10. Divergent: I know it's like written for teens and there is plenty of things to roll your eyes at but I still liked it. One review mentioned how it isn't a girl deciding between two boys, but between something like "good and evil", which is much better. I read it twice in a row during our utah trip (and saw the movie again). I saw the movie earlier this year, and thought they did a great job with it. Dave even read it (though he isn't patient to wait for the other two and just looked up the endings on wikipedia). He wondered why it always talks about girl's stomachs. Which is a great question. But seeing the movie, I suppose I can give you Four reasons ;)

I still haven't read the two other books, but my hold for the third one did come up, so I'm just hoping the second one does too...otherwise...that was pointless and back into the really long hold line I go. 

11. It's OK Not to Share: My favorite parenting book, by far. I love her philosophies and really want to incorporate a lot of these.

12. All Joy and No Fun: I listened to this and it was so great. A fascinating look at parenting and made me quite introspective (I'm not quite sure how to use that word, to be honest) on parenting and our life. And the future. yikes, the future scares me. Highly recommend.

13. Blink: Listened to this one and Malcom Gladwell is a great narrator. I love his books, and as always, they are just so interesting and give you a lot to think about. In this case, it's thinking about how you think. Ha.

14: The Princess Bride: I've never read it! But my sister-in-law said it was a must read (or something, sorry if I'm misquoting you, Karren) and I was a little nervous it would read like an old classic that would be harder for me to read, but it was a quick read. I started it on the way home from the beach last night and finished it today. It is hilarious (I love his style), easy to imagine since the movie was pretty much spot-on and of course, a great love story. And I also learned it's WesTley, not Wesley, as I had assumed.

I also re-read (or listened to) Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling's books, which are always great. I also listened to The Fault in Our Stars (which I read a couple years ago) and I can't decide if I preferred listening or reading. Both made me cry, of course, but something about listening...I must see this movie soon. 

You can find more books I've read in the last few years here, if you're interested.

I want to know what I should read next!


Alena said...

Sean was listening to David and Goliath in his car and every time we drove in it he'd try to bring me up to speed and I just couldn't get into it. I should just read it. Just started reading a book called Born for Love and it's been fascinating so far! I reread To Kill a Mockingbird again for a book club and definitely enjoyed reading that one with some more life experience under my belt. Also the Giver and it's three other companion books were quick quick reads that were fun. I'm excited to check out some of these that you read!

Lacey Parr said...

Okay I'm glad you mentioned Divergent because I saw the movie last night and really liked it and was wondering whether I should bother with the book. And I'll have to add those parenting books to my list as well!

Laura C said...

Ooh I love this list! I bought a copy of David and Goliath shortly after it came out, but haven't read it yet. I'll have to add it to my list. I'm a huge Gladwell fan.

Here are a few recommendations: The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin), A Homemade Life (by Molly Wizenberg, food blogger/restaurant owner in Seattle), and Joy in the Morning (Betty Smith, I went to the library to get A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but they were out and I ended up with this one instead).

Kara Lyn said...

The Princess Bride is one of my all time favorite books. I'm so glad that you read it. I also read Divergent and enjoyed it. Ender's Game is always great. I haven't read any of the other ones but I did read the Underland Chronicles. I think you would enjoy them. I love books. I knew we should be friends.

kylie said...

YES BOOK POST!!!! woooo i always LOVE knowing what people are reading - what a good list you have! i'll definitely have to check these out!

i read "killing kennedy" earlier this year and i'm thinking "killing jesus" might be a good one to pick up.

also, i love "how we decide." if you liked that, consider reading "The Power of Habit" - one of my all-time faves. totally fascinating.

p.s. are you on goodreads?