Down to the wire, but I made it! Just finished book 12 from my 2014 TBR Pile Challenge. This challenge is hosted by Roof Beam Reader, who is hosting again in 2015--I'm working on my list now.
Turns out I really needed the alternates as I simply couldn't read my #2 selection, The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho. It was not at all what I expected--more mystical mumbo-jumbo than a memoir of walking the Camino de Santiago. I also abandoned the first alternate I tried.
- Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow -finally read this immensely popular book from the 1970s. Enjoyed the movie after reading the book. Good historical novel that merged real characters and situations with fictional. Set in NYC, which is a favorite setting for me
- The Pilgrmage, by Paulo Coelho - ditched it after 100 pages.. Life's too short to read books you hate!
- The Taste of Sorrow (Charlotte and Emily), by Jude Morgan -one of my favorite books of the year. Jude Morgan is an outstanding writer about writers.
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer - my first 9-11 book; powerful and memorable. As good as the movie.
- The Secret History, by Donna Tartt - didn't live up to all the hype; I think this is best read while in your 20s.
- Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner - another best book of 2014 for me; Stegner's writing is a joy to read.
- Heat Wave, by Penelope Lively - interesting story by an author I would like to read more of.
- A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster - and another fantastic book, and one that finally got me to India.
- Highland River, by Neil M. Gunn - set in Scotland, it felt like a memoir but was actually fiction.
- South Riding, by Winifred Holtby -fantastic novel, by a wonderful, interesting woman who died way too young!
- The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath - only okay--again, I think I read it when I was too old to be wowed. A very sad novel.
- Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Shiguro - stunning book--still need to watch the movie...maybe this week.
- On the Shores of the Mediterranean, Eric Newby - I tried and tried, but anyone who can make Venice dull isn't for me..
- A Conspiracy of Paper, by David Liss - redeemed author David Liss in my eyes; so much better than The Whiskey Rebels, and now I know all about the South Sea Company!