Books Read in 2014

1.  Hear The Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami

2.  Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami

3.  The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

4.  2666 by Roberto Bolano

     * The Part About The Critics

     * The Part About Amalfitano

     * The Part about Fate

5.  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

6.  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

7.  The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

~February~

8.  The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

9.  Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

10. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

11. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva

12. The Dinner by Herman Koch

13. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

~March~

14. The One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

15. The Infatuations by Javier Marias

16. The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke

17. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Shwalbe

18. The Dark Road by Ma Jian

19. The House At The End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag

20. Back to Back by Julia Franck

21. Ten by Andrej Longo

~April~

22. The Sorrow of Angels by Jon Kalman Stefansson

23. Silk Armor by Claire Sydenham

24. Jack of Spies by David Downing

25. The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

26. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

27. The Quickening by Michelle Hoover

28.  The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

~May~

29.  A Meal In Winter by Hubert Mingarelli

30.  The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim

31.  Punctuation..? by user design

32.  Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andrei Makine

33.  Where Did You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

34.  Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

35.  Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

36.  Bluebeard by Angela Carter

37.  The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

~June~

38. Lost For Words by Edward St. Aubyn

39. Yesterday by Haruki Murakami

40. Midsummer by Carole Giangrande

41. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

42. The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

43. Darkness in Summer by Takeshi Kaiko

44. Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman

45. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

~July~

46. Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

47. Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor

48. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

49. My Friend Maigret by Georges Simenon

50. The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte

51. The Secret of Chanel No. 5 by Tilar Mazzeo

52. You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

53. The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato

54. The Parrots by Filippo Bologna

55. Nagasaki by Eric Faye

56. Paris Was Ours by Penelope Knowland

~August~

57. In a Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

58. Parade by Shuichi Yoshida

59. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

60. Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

61. Covet by Tracy Garvis Graves

62. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

63. The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis

64. The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

~September~

65. The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

66. Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

67. The Black Cat (short story) by Edgar Allen Poe

68. To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

~October~

69. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

70. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

71. Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James

72. What The Lady Wants by Renee Rosen

73. There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back Inby Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

74. The Black Swan by Thomas Mann

~November~

75. The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen

76. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

77. Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman

78. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

79. Within A Budding Grove (Vol. 2 of Remembrance of Things Past) by Marcel Proust

80. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

81. The Fear Index by Robert Harris

~December~

82. The Narrow Road to The Deep North by Richard Flanagan

83. Skylight by Jose Saramago

84. Us by David Nicholls

85. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

86. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

A few observations:

  • 44% (38 books) were books in translation
  • 11% (10 books) were for the Shadow Jury for the IFFP (Independent Foreign Fiction Prize)
  • 10% (9 books) were for the Japanese Literature Challenge 8
  •  8% (7 books) were for Spanish Literature Month
  •  3% (3 books) were for Paris in July
  •  2% (2 books) were for German Literature Month
  •  2% (2 books) were for Angela Carter Month)

Man Booker Prize 2013 was for The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Man Booker Prize 2014 was for The Narrow Road to The Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was for The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim

Personal Favorites for 2014:

  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • The Infatuations by Javier Marias
  • The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke
  • The Sorrow of Angels by Jon Kalman Stefansson
  • The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
  • Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn
  • Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
  • Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  • The Narrow Road to The Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • Skylight by Jose Saramago
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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20 thoughts on “Books Read in 2014”

    1. Thank you for the correction; it was for the Booker Prize 2013 that The Luminaries won, not the Pulitzer which went to The Goldfinch. (I’ve corrected my post.)

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    1. It is a very powerful book, Harvee. I wasn’t sure if I could “manage” it because war is so hard for me. But, I’m glad I read it. The story, the ideas, the characters are unforgettable. It is a book worthy of its prize, unlike the IFFP winner in my opinion.

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    1. Thank, Diane, and for you as well. I think that blogging has been a huge factor toward influencing my reading. By hearing of authors and titles and prizes which were previously unknown to me, I have expanded my horizons tremendously in the past eight years. So really, thanks are in order to my book blogging friends.

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  1. Bellezza, you had an incredible year in reading! I will consult your list of favorites throughout the New Year for ideas and inspiration. I have not read any of them yet. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  2. You had an excellent year of books, Bellezza! I also enjoyed The Dinner and very much regret not being able to read Buddenbrooks with you in November. My Brilliant Friend is on my kindle and coming up soon.

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    1. I understand that you didn’t have time for Buddenbrooks. It took most of November for me, which is such a busy family month, but I do recommend that you pick it up when you have a chance. It is not difficult reading at all, more like watching a miniseries on PBS. You get totally swept into the family saga, and even find yourself cheering for certain characters.

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  3. There are a couple on your favorites list that I’ve been meaning to read. And THE LUMINARIES sounds like one I’d do well to read at some point. You always read the most interesting books!

    I’m stopping by to say hello after so long out of blogging. I have a new blog – kay’s reading life – and would love for you to stop by to visit. I’ve missed being part of the big reading community in the last while. Hope your new year is a wonderful one!

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    1. Kay, welcome back to blogging! I bet it was refreshing to take a break for awhile, yet the blogging community does become an important part of one’s life after so many years. I’m coming over to visit you now.

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    1. A few years ago, I would not have heard many that weren’t on the NYTimes best seller list. But, blogging has changed all that. It has opened my eyes to a much bigger world, and I am richer because of the titles and cultures that I have been reading thanks to the influence and interaction of blogging friends.

      As to Charlotte’s Web, what a beloved book that is of mine. It never, ever grows old.

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  4. That is a fascinating report – you’ve got me browsing all over the place, especially with your list of personal favorites. But I must go to bed now! Will I get back to this post tomorrow? I hope so. Thank you for the fun!

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    1. Bedtime comes all too soon, doesn’t it? Or, perhaps I should say getting up in the morning comes too soon! I could stay up all night if I wouldn’t suffer the next day from exhaustion.

      So glad to interest you with my post; I hope that you feel compelled to pick something up that gives you the joy it did me.

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    1. The Illusion of Separateness was the first (and so far, only) book by Simon Van Booy that I’ve read. But, his subtle and beautiful writing so magically interwoven with the plot, makes me want to read much more of him in 2015. And beyond. Off to check out your favorites.

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  5. Great choice of books! I have only read ‘The Luminaries’ and ‘Freud’s Mistress’ on your list, but have ‘The Dinner’, ‘The Prisoner of Heaven’, ‘Paris was ours’ and ‘Buddenbrooks’ on my list. You are right, when you start blogging you get a lot of influences from other bloggers, which is a great treat. Good luck with the reading for 2015, may it be another exciting reading year.

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