I'm not going to do an ordinary "best of" post for 2014, but I do want to mention a few books that spoke to me this last year. I still attend a mystery book group at my former library workplace and this year saw me taking back the "moderator" hat again from my friend Jamie. We read some great books in that group, the best of which was likely Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Such a good book and it won many awards at mystery conferences. If you haven't read Ordinary Grace, I recommend it.
Our group also read Dog On It by Spencer Quinn, the first book in the Chet and Bernie mystery series. Chet is a dog and Bernie is a private investigator. We have one member who had been urging us to read this book for a couple of years. The one "different" thing is that the stories are narrated by Chet, from his point of view. I loved it and I'm not even a dog person. Dog On It got a thumbs up from most of our group.
We're looking forward to a good year in 2015. Our discussion for January will be next Wednesday evening and we're talking about The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. Hmmm...I'll enjoy sharing what we come up with. I'm suspecting that there may be a difference of opinion regarding some of the conclusions and storylines in this 1920's psychological thriller.
Speaking of psychological thrillers, has 2014 and probably 2013 before been filled with books that were touted as "just like Gone Girl" or "another Before I Go To Sleep". I've gotten to where I am leery of and pretty much sick of this tactic. I love a good twisty-turny mystery or thriller, but really? Anyway, I also enjoyed:
The Secret Place by Tana French
In The Blood by Lisa Unger
Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner
Watching You by Michael Robotham
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was wonderful. I listened to this one on audio and loved all of it. May have been my favorite audio all year. And then there was Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. Oh my. It's the first of a trilogy and I can't wait for the second book to come out in April.
I read 131 books in 2014, which may be the most I've ever read before. It was good, mostly, but I'm thinking that I may have read too many and rushed through them. I did listen to 44 books on audio, again the most ever. Living in the country has offered many opportunities to listen as I run errands. We are at least 15-20 minutes from really anything - grocery, gas station, etc.
I'm not really setting any goals for 2015 in my reading. I just want to enjoy a variety of books and read what I want in the order I want. Don't think that's too much to ask. I'm not accepting any review copies any longer, so I feel no responsibility there. I'll enjoy hearing about what everyone else has discovered and no doubt my wish list will expand again. Thanks for welcoming me back to blogging. As soon as I figure out some of the ins and outs of Blogger, I'll be more comfortable. I wanted to post some pictures in this post, but I seem to be having trouble with that. Looks like things have changed a bit. Maybe next time.