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Best Books I Read in 2014

Looking for some books to read this year? Here are my 15 favorite books from my reading list in 2014, ordered by date finished.

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

4. The Death Class: A True Story About Life by Erica Hayasaki
The Death Class: A True Story About Life

5. Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto
Judging a Book by Its Lover

6. The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
The Nethergrim

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars

9. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

10. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
A Share in Death

11. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Isla and the Happily Ever After

12. Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik
Stuff Matters

13. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus

14. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

15. The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer
The Salinger Contract


Dori & Jess’ Book Club Reviews The Ocean at the End of the Lane

So my friend, Dori (an occasional guest reviewer on this blog), suggested that we both read a book and have a mini book club which was a genius idea. She selected “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for our first endeavor. Here are some of our thoughts.

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Review: Reading this book felt like stepping into a dream; a dream which got progressively stranger and scarier. In fact, for about two-thirds of the book, I didn’t know whether the whole thing was going to turn out to be inside the narrator’s head. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was captivating and beautifully written like I’ve come to expect from Mr. Gaiman and yet, haunting. Mr. Gaiman’s prose was ominous, romantic and real all at the same time. Dori called it “visceral” and I have to agree. Additionally, we both agreed that we wanted to know more about the fantastical and mythological world that Mr. Gaiman created. We discussed how hard it is to classify this book because it had an unusual mixture of mythology, loss of innocence, fantasy and authenticity. Parts of this book were disturbing and kinda effed up but neither of us could put it down. I’d have to say overall, it was dark but also thought-provoking and well executed.