Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Redux: Another Year in Books

This little space has been quiet for the past few months (and I promise that I will return soon with a proper update), but I just wanted to take a moment to mention the books I read this past year. When I started grad school this time last year, I'd assumed that all of my time for pleasure reading would be forfeited to academic journals and library blogs. And while in many ways this proved true, I am so grateful that I was able to find time to make reading for pleasure a priority, because it truly brings me so much joy. I read more fiction this year than I have in years, rediscovered the joy of being sucked into a good series, and admitted that YA lit just isn't my thing (and that's ok). 

Top 5 Favorites of 2015:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Honorable Mentions:
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

In 2015, I'm looking forward to finishing up the Thursday Next series, starting the Southern Reach trilogy, and actually reading some of the books that have sat on my To Read list for years. If you're interested in keeping up with what I'm reading, check out my Instagram: @justgrandmolly & #whatmollyreads. 

(Also, here's what I read in 2012 and 2013.)

What was your favorite read of 2014? What are you reading in 2015?

The Ghosts of Chicago: The Windy City's Most Famous Haunts
The House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh, #2)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Yes Please
Bad Feminist: Essays
A Vision of Fire (Earthend Saga #1)
Something Rotten (Thursday Next, #4)
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2)
The Grays
Maiden Voyage
Darkness Falls (The X-Files: Middle Grade, #2)
Still Waters
The Mothman Prophecies
Travels in Alaska
Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games
Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail
Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
Dark Places
Green River Killer
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Three Graves Full
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The Longings of Wayward Girls
Sharp Objects
Looking for Alaska
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)
Ghosts of Grand Rapids
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)


  1. I LOVE THIS POST! It's funny, because this year was the year I finally broke down and accepted that YA Lit was what I actually wanted to read and stopped denying myself :) I wanted to be more "literary," I think. I'm excited to see some new-to-me recs in your list. I love a good series, so I'll check out Next Thursday, and I want to read Hollow City after reading the first one last year. I have Yes Please waiting on my bedside table, and I'm a chapter into Rainbow Rowell's Landlines (not about teenagers, interestingly, so we'll see if it's technically YA). I'm already late for work but I want to come back and browse your To Read list, and what you've read the past few years! Happy reading, lady!

    1. Thanks, Ashlie! I'm looking forward to doing as much reading as possible this year and I'd love any recommendations you'd like to send my way. Despite not being terribly into YA, I really, really loved Fangirl and Rainbow Rowell's writing. I actually have Landlines on hold at the library and am anxiously awaiting a copy. To be honest, I'm not sure if I don't like YA, or if I just haven't found anything that I really like. I did love Miss Peregrine's and Rainbow Rowell, so maybe I just need to do more exploring in the YA section. Happy reading to you too, friend!