Best Books of 2014

 

I’ve always enjoyed reading, but within the last year I’ve become an avid reader: I always have a book on hand. I love talking about books. I had to expand my bookshelves. Moreover, I now consider myself a reader.

My reading in 2014 turned intense. I doubled my consumption and I loved every minute of it. Here are the numbers:

Books read in 2014

20 graphic novels

2 adult fiction

15 picture books

25 young adult lit

17 professional development

15 notable short stories

18 notable poems

3 nonfiction

5 middle grades

9 classics

For a grand total of

129 pieces of literature

Out of the 129, 81 were chapter books (excluding picture books, poems, and short stories) which beat last year when I read 75 chapter books.

Number of pages read in 2014:

22,929

I read 5,327 more pages than I did last year.

With all my reading, I read some really great stuff. Now, without further adieu, here are my top picks.

Best Books of 2014

Best Tear-Jerker

The Fault in Our Stars

fault

Most Thought-Provoking

Thirteen Reasons Why

13 reasons

Best Newly Discovered Author

Ellen Hopkins

crank burned

Best Poem

Howl

howl

Best Classic

The Awakening

awakening

Best Dystopian Novel

Unwind

unwind

Best Personal Development

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s all Small Stuff

don't sweat

Best Series

Flight

flight

Best Nonfiction

Unbroken

unbroken

Best Picture Book

What Do You Do with an Idea?

what do you do

Los Gatos Black on Halloween

los gatos

Best Short Story

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

my true love

Best Middle Grades

The Fourteenth Goldfish

fourteenth goldfish

Fish in a Tree

fish in tree

Best Graphic Novels

This One Summer

this one summer

Tales from Outer Suburbia

tales

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

relish

Cats are Weird and More Observations

 cats are weird

Best Professional Development

The Greatest Catch: A Life in Teaching

greatest catch

Write Beside Them

write beside

Reading in the Wild

reading

Best Young Adult Novel

Brutal

brutal

Troy High

troy

Noggin

noggin

Best Book of 2014 (and my new favorite book)

Winger

winger

Cheers to another year of good reading and even better books. Happy 2015!

 

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