Wednesday, December 31, 2014

favorite books of 2014

I read 52 books this year, a few less than normal as it is a little harder to access English books here.  This is a list of my favorites that I would recommend for your reading in the upcoming year.  I blogged about all these books earlier so if you want to see more detail about a certain book, click on the title. 
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio-written for older elementary students, anyone with school aged children or who works in a school should find this story engaging and worth reading.
  • Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson-Contemporary fiction novel about secrets and family
  • The Testament by John Grisham-Perhaps my favorite of Grisham's books.  It is the second time that I read it and it was just as good or better the second time around.
  • White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner-This is the second time I read this book that mixes history and the complexity of family in one story.
  • Sing for Me by Karen Halversen Schreck-An historical novel about race relations in the 1930's, it would be a good book for a book club to read and discuss.
  • Foreign to Familiar by Sarah A. Lanier-My only nonfiction book on the list, every adult should read it to better understand other people, especially those of cultures different than their own.
Any recommendations from your year of reading to share?

1 comment:

1stteacher said...

I liked The Testament too.

Just finished How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon. It is this year's "Read Brave" selection (Saint Paul Public Library’s annual program - http://www.sppl.org/teens/brave). It turned out to be a fairly compelling book.