Here we are, dear readers, at the half way point in the year. Which, if I were a good bookish blogger would mean I would be on book number 24 at this point. I am not on book number 24 at this point. That’s life folks. Of the books I’ve read (or are actively reading at this moment) here is a list of the best.
Top Ten Books of 2014 (thus far)
- Burning for Revenge (Tomorrow Series #5) by John Marsden
First of all, I have been loving this series in the first place, but the fifth book is perhaps the most intense plot line and action / adventure so far (I’m halfway through the sixth at the moment). This is really the opportunity for the main characters to come into their own, being welcomed into the war by proper authorities gives them a sort of agency in the fight for Australia, and ultimately makes them adults and soliders in their own right.
- Insurgent (Divergent Series #2) by Veronica Roth
I haven’t completed the final installment yet, but I found this novel to be sprisingly good. Generally the second novel in a trilliogy can be filler- perpetuating the plot but not really enriching the story. Insurgent was an exception to this rule, giving us a lovely independant plot, full of rich characterizations, real emotions and the harsh realities of a heronie not getting what she wants.
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (reading-in-progress)
The idea of a story set in the poorest slums of Mumbai may not be a great beach read, but Katherine Boo has turned this tragic story into one where elegant prose illuminates the small rays of hope and dignity found within a landfill town. The story itself reminds us that life’s little details are futility precious.
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Okay, last years NYT Best Seller is probably on everyone’s 2014 list because of the movie, but I re-read on a sleepless night a few months ago (before the hoopla for the movie got so intense) and cried a bucket of tears. Heartwrenching and honest, and a reminder of the life behind the diagnosis- this is the book Green will be remembered for.
- My Story by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart
An early memoir, I was expecting Mormon propaganda, but instead got a straight to the facts no fluff, filler, or sugarcoating account of the worst year of a young girls life. Smart (with Stewarts help) narrates her time in captivity in a way that reminds us not only of the horrors of her captors, but also of the inadequate nature of the response system.
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Okay, truth is its c**p from a literary point of view, but I still turn to it like Lays Origional potato chips. (Read my actual review here).
- The Butler by Wil Haygood
The origination of the Lee Daniels / Oprah Winfrey film this fast book is a more journalistic approach to the story of one man who went from a field slave to watching the first black President elected in the US in his lifetime, all while standing by watching history unfold every day. This book is a great reminder that domestic work is not forgone, or forgotten.
- Growing Up Duggar by Jill, Jana, Jinger, and Jessa Duggar
An enlightening memoir / instructional on the highly Evangelical beliefs and teachings in the Duggar Family (of 19 Kids and Counting Fame). I picked this up in part because of my interest in the subculture of Extreme Christianity in the US, but kept with it largely because once you remove the biblical passages, they open a lively and important discussion about the way we choose to interact with the opposite sex. I dont always agree with them, but they are some of the few people in the world even bothering to discuss this topic.
- Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (book-in-progress)
Half science fiction, half woe-is-me teen lit this book is far from high literature, but it never claims to be anything other than one big game of “what if.” What if Cinderella lived in the future? What if cyborgs existed? What if there was an epidemic? What if Cinderella could actually offer something to the prince, more than a pretty face and a dance in the woods? What if this re-imagining ignites the love of fairy tales for a whole new generation of cell phone carrying, internet using tweens?
- “Tuna fish on Banana bread with extra Mustard and Sauerkraut” by me
Okay that’s not a book. But I wildly amuse myself, and I’ve started telling people that instead of “I dont know.” My favorite part is most people at work walk and talk and so they never notice, or they make it all the way down the hall before turning back and asking.
This regular feature here at A MaeDay Life is a part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday’s. This week’s theme was “Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year