Favorite Books of 2014

loved book httpsflic.krp8DFBf3 Tim GeersEach year I find myself reading multiple books at once. I can’t seem to pick one and settle down with it. Several call my name at once.
Out of the stacks beside my chair or bed, I have favorites when most have been read. In 2014, nothing changed.

My favorites of 2014 are listed below in no particular order:

Creative Nonfiction:

committed-front-coverCommitted by Patrick Ross

my beloved worldMy Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

my fathers gardensMy Father’s Gardens by Karen Levy

Always Returning: The Wisdom of PlaceAlways Returning by D.A. Hickman

Ever Faithful to His Lead CoverEver Faithful to His Lead by Kathleen Pooler

Survival LessonsSurvival Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Growing Up Country by Carol BodensteinerGrowing Up Country by Carol Bodensteiner


Ocean at end of laneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Dear Mr. KnightleyDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Old woman ephronThere Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron

AFittingPlace_FrontCover_3.5A Fitting Place by Mary Gottschalk

orchardistThe Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

bittersweetBittersweet by Miranda Beverly Whittemore

eiffel towerHow to Climb the Eiffel Tower by Elizabeth Hein

Paris wifeThe Paris Wife by Paula McLain

shadow of windThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

bookman's taleThe Bookman’s Tale

Novel of Zelda FZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

For Writers:

write within yourselfWrite Within Yourself by William Kenower

legal handbookSelf-Publisher’s Legal Handbook by Helen Sedwick

social media for writersSocial Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo

Avoid SocialAvoid Social Media Time Suck by Frances Caballo

story engStory Engineering by Larry Brooks

Spirituality and Faith:

raw faithRaw Faith by Kasey Van Norman

the trailThe Trail by Ed Underwood

waves of changeWaves of Change by Pamela Hernandez-Kaufman LMFT,
MJ Plaster, and Dr. Melissa Riley

Now, it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite reads from 2014? 

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15 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2014

  1. I love seeing your lists, Sherrey. We share enthusiasms, and I have a few of these on the bed stand. Your endorsement will bring them up the ladder. 🙂 Thank you so much for the service you do for authors and readers in reviewing books.
    Have a Happy New Year!

    1. Hello Shirley! Glad you enjoyed the list, and I’m happy to hear we share enthusiasms. I hope the ones you’re moving up the ladder are enjoyed by you as much as they were by me.
      Happy New Year to you!

  2. I’m honored that my memoir made your list, Sherrey. The Paris Wife, Always Returning, and Bittersweet are also on my TBR stack. Favorites on my list from this year include: fiction – The Mountain Woman series by Carol Ervin, Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod, and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd; for writers – Write Away by Elizabeth George. Happy New Year!

    1. Carol, I’m glad you were pleased to find your memoir among my favorites. I want to read Tod’s Lies Told in Silence and Kidd’s The Invention of Wings. I just can’t seem to get the pile to get short enough to get to them! Happy New Year and happy reading!

  3. I see many familiar titles on your list including Growing Up Country and Ever Faithful to His Lead, which I reviewed this year. Rifflebooks.com helps me catalog and keep track of all the books I’ve read. Just now I’ve flipped through the list and some of my favorite covers flashed by: Lee Martin’s Such a Life (parental abuse), Phyllis Tickle’s The Shaping of a Life (spiritual biography), Eleanor Vincent’s Swimming with Maya (loss of daughter), and Jordan Rosenfeld’s Make a Scene (memoir help with scores of other books to read).
    Reading books is one of the best ways I know to stay sane in a crazy, non sequitur world. Happy reading in the new year, Sherrey!

    1. Marian, thanks for sharing about what read and reviewed that was on my list, what some of your year’s favorites were (added some of those to my TBR list). Noted Jordan Rosenfeld’s book and recently connected with Jordan and need to read that one too. Books do keep our sanity somewhat intact, don’t they?

  4. What a great list, Sherrey! And I’m honored to see Ever Faithful among your choices. Thank you. I have read several on your list and have added a few more based upon your suggestions. Although this past year has been consumed with reading memoirs, I am branching out and reading historical nonfiction.Currently, No Ordinary Time, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:The Home Front in World War Ii by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Happy New Year!

    1. Yes, when it came to memoir, there was no question that I have a fondness for Ever Faithful. It’s message is so near to my heart. Nice to know what you’re reading now and are looking forward to reading. I read Goodwin’s Lincoln, and I love the Roosevelts, especially Eleanor. Enjoy your new reading genre! And thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.

  5. Wow, Sherrey, I’m sure I’ve read that many, but have not kept a log, and nearly all of mine are on my tablet, so I don’t see the pile. As a graduate student nearly forty years ago, I began spending significant amounts of time in professor’s offices and noticed what looked like acres of books on their shelves. “Have you actually READ all of those?” I recall asking one prof. “Yes.” He read them one book at a time, three or four a month, and over the course of ten or more years, that adds up to several hundred, filling yards of shelving.
    Anyway, my reading is trending more toward fiction, though I am still reading memoir. I now resolve to make my own book -reading log. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Sharon! I cheat by using Goodreads which at year’s end provides a listing of the books you’ve read. Makes it fairly easy to keep track, and then take a look at what you enjoyed and didn’t the past 12 months. I have so many yet to read, and I’m crossing over from memoir to fiction to creative nonfiction to historical novels, especially WWI when Bob’s dad served, etc. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

  6. Lovely list Sherrey! Some i know of, others not. Hard for me to remember what I’ve read this year .. earlier this year I much enjoyed Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Wally Lamb’s We are Water. I read an Arunduthi Roy, an oldish book … can’t remember the title … the one about the twins. Currently am reading an Umberto Eco (hard going this one), and also Wilbur Smith who always writes a great yarn. Also a Scott Peck: about the spirit of golf or some such title .. lessons in life. I note I gave it to my husband in 2002 …

    1. Hello Susan! Good to “see” you here. I still need to read We are Water, but I have difficulty reading Umberto Eco’s works. Like Scott Peck on occasion. Thanks for sharing what you’ve read, are reading, etc. Happy New Year!

  7. Great list, Sherrey. I’ve read some on your list and some still sit in a stack by my bed, unread. And I see some here to add. Thanks! Happy New Year!

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