Books I Read in 2014

Books I Loved

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Collected Stories of Peter Taylor by Peter Taylor
Revenge of the Lawn, The Abortion, So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away by Richard Brautigan
The Golden Apples by Eudora Welty
So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
The Great Night by Chris Adrian
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Oranging of America and Other Stories by Max Apple
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
Dear Life by Alice Munro
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander

Books I Liked

Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg
The Debba by Avner Mandelman
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mother. Wife. Sister. . . . by Rob Delaney
Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost by Richard Rushfield
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth
The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

Books I Appreciated 

Born to Be Good by Dacher Keltner
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
How Right You Are, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Them: A Memoir of Parents by Francine Du Plessix Gray
Through the Safety Net by Charles Baxter
Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
First Love and The Diary of a Superfluous Man by Ivan Turgenev
Affliction by Russell Banks

Books I Could Have Skipped

Song of Roland by anonymous, translated by Dorothy Sayers
Brookland by Emily Barton
The Death of Ivan Illyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
Dreams of Molly by Jonathan Baumbach
The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide
The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
Grass by Sheri S. Tepper
Collected Stories by Isaac Babel
Sleepwalker In a Fog by Tatyana Tolstaya
The Art of Recklessness by Dean Young

Books I Actively Disliked 

The Petting Zoo by Jim Carroll
Illusions by Richard Bach
Nobility of Spirit by Rob Riemen
Coming Soon!!! by John Barth
The Hand-Reared Boy by Brian Aldiss

(Opinions were formed in 2014 and may or may not be justifiable today.) 

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