#50booksin2014: The Final Five

I spent the better part of my high school & college years reading novels for tests or essays, but rarely for pleasure. I missed out on so many good books and decided that my post-grad life would be full of reading books of my choosing. While on the Race last year I did a bit of that, but not enough. This year I decided to try my luck at reading 50 books before ringing in the 2015 year with a bang, but I didn’t quite make it. Below are the last five, bringing me to a grand total of 30 for 2014.

#26

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

 26 orphan train

This was a beautiful time hop filled with little historical nuggets and reminders that multigenerational connections are still real. These older generations have such incredible stories to tell.

#27

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

27 book thief

Three months I spent reading small sections at a time, unable to devour this like most of the books I’ve read this year. It is a symphony, a masterpiece, hauntingly beautiful, and fully submerged in the depths of World War II Germany. Zusak’s literary choices, both in content and in syntax, are breathtaking. By the time I reached the final section, my heart felt so worn. I cried tears – absolute sobs – as I have not in years. Please read this.

#28

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

28 gone girl

I’m typically skeptical of books that have been made into movies with big-name actors. I can’t help it. They typically end up being YA Fiction or something of the sort – I don’t trust the New York Times Best Seller list very often. While this wasn’t filled with the literary symphony of The Book Thief, the plot twists blew my mind. I closed the book and said, “Well, there’s that.” It is wild and outrageous.

#29

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada & Mac Besom

29 what do you do with an idea.

This sweet little book was a Christmas gift from a dear friend and is one of my favorite books filled with ideas and a mind in pursuit of a dream.

#30

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

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I have never celebrated Advent. I’ve never really understood the history or significance of it. Most people grew up lighting the four candles at Christmas, but I did not. This year, in a desperate attempt to redeem Christmas, I decided to do a little research and actually “do” Advent. When I saw that Ann Voskamp had a children’s book, I knew it would be perfect for my inexperienced little heart. This changed my mind. I went into December 1 hating Christmas – my least favorite holiday of them all – and reached December 25 with a new heart. If you’re looking to celebrate Advent or learn more about it or for some material for your family – DO get this. It is incredible.

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My new goal is to read 50 books in 2015 – send me your suggestions!

The First Five
Six through Ten
Eleven through Fifteen
Sixteen through Twenty
Twenty through Twenty-Five

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