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2014 was a pretty good year, reading-wise.

79 books marked as read, a few more re-reads not making the list, some wonderful new discoveries and revisiting some old favorites.

Delightfu writing, exploring the 'invisible web of connections' between people and the immense changes that our actions can bring to the world.- An unexpected favorite by Connie Willis was Doomsday Book.

The audiobook version of it is pretty ood, too- since I read it and listened to it, thus reading the same book twice in a year.- With gleeful fascination I read ( or rather, inhaled) Roger Zelazny 's A Night in the Lonesome October, a wickedly smart and funny Halloween read, full of wr humor, clever references and overall subtlet of the storytelling genius.

- It started with The Graduate, which completely lacked all the humanity that made the film based on it a cult classic; the book was an empty soulless shell that took the pleasure out of reading.- There was also Transcendence, a hilariously sappy 'Twilight' fanfic that made me giggle and roll my eyes at the same time- after all, there 's anythin like an unwashed wordless love story in a cave!- Then there was Dorothy Must Die, a pretty bad execution of a quite good concept.- The Maze Runner was the final disappointment of the month, full of plot contrivances, ridiculous slang and the terminal cases of Special Snowflake-ness.

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I was invited to the Dante and Boccaccio group and reading The Divine Comedy has been one of the great realizations this year.

A group continued with the exploration of Thomas Mann from 2013 and we read his Doctor Faustus The Faust theme took me to reread the original Anonymous piece as well as Marlowe ’ s Doctor Faustus and with Banville 's original Mefisto.

This theme will continue in 2015 with a bio of Joyce and may be I will start sniffing FW.2014 was of course the Centennial of WW1 and we started a group that is still going.

Zweig and Joyce in a way belonged to this project too.It is impossible for me not to read several art books.

I plan more Proustian reads for 2015.An art trip to Tuscany trigged a fair amount of reading of both history and art related to the Florentine Renaissance.

Of course the Dante and Boccaccio tied in beautifully.In between the themes I also visited some loose reads.

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Firs week I mostly read science books, and found some very good ones.

Classical Mechanics

), which present the best introduction to quantum mechanics I 've ever seen.

was slightly insane but great fun.I also spent some time catching up on philosophy texts that I should have read years ago; highlights included Plato 's

, a simila memoi that 's already well on the ay to becoming a classic five years after it first came out.

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but overall, it was a good year for reading.

five stars: 52four stars: 96three stars: 110two stars: 5one star: 3not rated: 24books read at an author 's request- 9books read at a cousi 's request- 14number of retweets or appreciative comments/emails from authors- 40number of authors/spouses of authors who got a little cranky with me- 2number of authors who tried to ruin my life- 1number of authors who succeeded- 0this year, i started reading for this program-thing, so i was required to read a on of ( 75) books that i technically chose, but they were chosen from a selection over which i had no control, so it could have gone horribly, but overall it was n't too goo, and it was actually a good experience to kind of be pushed out of my comfort zone.

4: escape to wisconsinbest kids book: the dinosaur that pooped christmasplease, mr pandawho did it? sometimes you barfsparkyall four starsbest YA: this is shynesscode name veritybest terrible romance: shattered dreamswho 's holding the baby? funniest: i work at a public librarymotherfucking sharkswtf, evolution? reasons my kid is cryingbest design: horrorstorbest ridiculous book: sharcanododgeball highmost improved sophomore novel after a debut i was n't razy about: the life and death of sophie starkbest tor short: burnt sugarin the sight of akresamidway relics and dying breedsthe horrid glory of its wingshomecomingamong the thornsthe hanging gamebrimstone and marmaladethe walking-stick forestbest nonfiction: what stands in a stormghettosidehow to be a heroinebest short story collection: the dogthe woman who married a cloudlove and other woundsbest debut: girl at wareverything i never told youwhisper hollowbrutal youththe ploughmenbest titles: hipster slave boyfifty shades of grey pussy catsmalevolence, thy name is karenthe horny games trilogyi 've fallen and there 's a tentacle in my buttbest book for a good cause: hamstersbest book by an author who i have ther books by but finally read something from and it was n't even the one i already owned because i suck: suffer the childrenthe true and splendid history of the harristown sistersstation elevenand what you have all been waiting for best monsterporn: mounted by a monster: werepufferabducted by the alien beastmounted by a monster: mirror mirrormonsters made me gay: yeti gangbangoh, who am i kidding??

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But, I was also lucky that I did n't have any 1 star reads! Below is a format I started with my 2016 review and I like the general visualization it gives.Best book this year:

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Here we go!!! This stats, sums and personal awards are based solely in the ooks that I was willin to read during 2014, not matter if they were published in that year or not.

Best Novel: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinBest Comic Book or Graphic Novel: Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar& John Romita, Jr.Best Reference/Research or Non-Fiction: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza AslanBest Short Story or Anthology: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette KowalBest Science-Fiction: Ready Player One by Ernest ClineBest Horror: Survivor by K.R. GriffithsBest Detective: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith ( aka J.K. Rowling) Best Romance: The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenBest Media Tie-in: Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal the Galaxy!

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But still, I finally read it and liked it, even though medical stories make me queasy.God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens- A thoughtful synthesis of the rguments about religion.Born to Run by Christopher McDougall- An inspiring tal of long-distance runners.A People 's History of the United States by Howard Zinn -- Best book about American history EVER.Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson- A fascinating look at the an who founded Apple, who was also a total jackass.One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -- A classic that showed the workings of a Stalinist gulag.The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt -- I was so relieved to have finished this beast of a novel.I will also call this my Year of Bill Graha, because I completed a stack of his ooks by listening to them on audio, which was a delight and made me laugh during some difficult times.

I 'm looking at you, Lena Dunham and Emma Donoghue.) Number of books considered classics: 9 ( my goal is to read less of these) Books in Translation: 2 ( must do better) Overall Favorites of the ear: Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy AllisonWonder by R.J. PalacioLittle Failure by Gary ShteyngartStation Eleven by Emily St. John MandelCa n't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz ChastIn a Sunburned Country by Bill BrysonA People 's History of the United States by Howard ZinnFavorite Rereads: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Bel Canto by Ann Patchett The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck Emma by Jane AustenThanks to Fionnuala for the idea and the format!

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