First, I want to point out some of my favorites from this year (this isn’t comprehensive).
Supernaturally by Kiersten White
I loved this series so very much. I don’t really love paranormal and I’ve picked up some paranormal romance that I can’t stand. But this was just good because it was so funny and the characters were so unique.
By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson
This is Christian fantasy, a genre I didn’t know existed. You’re sitting there with the whole sword-and-sorcery setting, and then there’s religion. And it works. And I loved these books.
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale and Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale didn’t disappoint in these books. Both excellent sequels.
Erasing Time by C. J. Hill
I loved how this book was about identical twins but they were very different characters.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
So good. I mean, the characters were just so well-rounded–they had bad sides and good sides and you hated them and loved them. And the world was unique. And I devoured it.
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond; My (not so) Storybook Life: A Tale of Friendship and Faith by Elizabeth Owen; and Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
I’m pairing the three books together because I liked them for the same reasons: they were memoirs that were so relatable to me, that made me cry sometimes and learn how to live my life better. Beautifully written, beautiful stories.
Farm City by Novella Carpenter
This book was not at all relatable, which is why I liked it. The author lives a very different life than I do, but it helped me open my eyes to different ways of thinking and mostly not judging people and learning to accept them. (Note: It does swear pretty harshly a few times. Not squeaky clean. Etc.)
Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin
Adult Christian novel. So good. A rich, full story. And it was uplifting in a wonderful way.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
A young adult novel. I loved this book. It’s about a girl who loves to run but then she loses her leg. Beautiful story.
Silas Marner by George Elliott
I wrote my review previously.
The Complete List
In approximate order of when I read them. An asterisk means I recommend the book.
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster*
- Letterhead and Logo Design 8
- Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg
- Attack of the Vampire Weenies by David Lubar
- Fifteen Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen* (scanned)
- The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout (scanned)
- The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
- The No-Cry Nap Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
- The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels* by Ree Drummond
- Supernaturally by Kiersten White*
- My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison*
- How Lincoln Learned to Read by Daniel Wolff
- Matched by Ally Condie*
- Do it Herself by JoAnne Liebeler
- Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder*
- Fashion: A Very Short Introduction by Rebecca Arnold
- Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George*
- The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen*
- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1*
- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2
- Superman in the 50s
- Superman in the 70s
- Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
- By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson*
- Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale*
- To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson
- From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson
- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2
- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3
- Civil War Spider-Man
- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4
- Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou
- Crossed by Ally Condie
- My (not so) Storybook Life: A Tale of Friendship and Faith by Elizabeth Owen*
- Firebirds edited by Sharyn November
- Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin*
- Farm City by Novella Carpenter*
- Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale*
- Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
- Erasing Time by C. J. Hill*
- The Void of Mist and Thunder by James Dashner*
- The Color Palette Primer by Joann Eckstut
- The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen*
- Stork by Wendy Delsol*
- Seriously . . . I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
- Silas Marner by George Elliott
- The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories For Children
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (partial)
- Displacement by Thalia Chaltas
- Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (partial)
- Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson*
- Divergent by Veronica Roth*
Whew. I thought I hadn’t made my goal of 52 books, and then I realized that I had paired some graphic novels together. So when I separated them out, it worked on much better.