Books read in 2014

Here is the final list of everything I read in 2014. My goal was to read 42 books, but the final number was 54! Yay!

  • Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1), Jim Butcher
  • M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman
  • The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  • The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
  • The Complete Poems, John Keats
  • Holocausto Brasileiro, Daniela Arbex
  • Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
  • One More Thing, B.J. Novak
  • A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Worte der Liebe, Goethe
  • The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2), Jim Butcher
  • A Book of Nonsense, Edward Lear
  • The Jumblies and Other Nonsense Verses, Edward Lear
  • Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops, Jen Campbell
  • Bad Girls Don’t Die, Katie Alender
  • Nicola and the Viscount, Meg Cabot
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  • The Lover’s Dictionary, David Levithan
  • Hiperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
  • Amphigorey, Edward Gorey
  • Burning Girls, Veronica Schanoes
  • A Big Hand for the Doctor (Doctor Who #1), Eoin Colfer
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Blake
  • The Polysyllabic Spree, Nick Hornby
  • More Than This, Patrick Ness
  • Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
  • Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
  • Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3), Jim Butcher
  • Shatnerquake, Jeff Burk
  • The 13 Clocks, James Thurber
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  • Year Zero, Rob Reid
  • Not A Star, Nick Hornby
  • Tartuffe, Molière
  • The BFG, Roald Dahl
  • Revolting Rhymes, Roald Dahl
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Men Explain Things To Be, Rebecca Solnit
  • Blank Confession, Pete Hautman
  • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Simon Winchester
  • The Twits, Roald Dahl
  • Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
  • A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens
  • Revival, Stephen King
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Bossypants, Tina Fey
  • Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare
  • Young God, Katherine Faw Morris

In 2015, I hope to read 35 books, so I guess it’s time to get started.

[(Short) Book Reviews] Who Could That Be At This Hour? and Storm Front

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Who Could That Be At This Hour?, Lemony Snicket

The first book in a new series from the nom de plume that signs A Series of Unfortunate Events, the story follows a young Lemony starting an apprenticeship with a completely incompetent mentor and trying to solve a mystery while asking all the wrong questions. Like anything else from Snicket, the book is fun and easy to read, with great plotting and strong characters. The story receives just the right amount of closure to make you happy with the book and waiting for the next one. Filled with irony and great lines, this is a nice pick for both children at age and at heart.

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Storm Front, Jim Butcher

The first book from the The Dresden Files series introduces us to Harry Dresden, a wizard that takes both private cases and helps the Chicago PD in ongoing investigations that seem to have something of the magical world to do with them. An incredibly fast read, the writing might be a bit sloppy at times and the story might not have profound metaphors or deep psychological development, but it is SO. MUCH. FUN. I mean it, it’s caps lock fun. It has everything from a talking skull named Bob to a love potion to giant insects to explosions to a spell called “FUEGO”. And if you’re the kind of person who turns down a book with a talking skull named Bob (I’m not), let me tell you something: the plotting is great. All the pieces of the story connect and make sense, showing Jim’s ability to set the game and then properly close it. I’m dying to read the next ones, which I heard are even better than the first. If you like easy and fun, this one is for you!