There's nothing quite like a good book. I have a wide range of taste when it comes to my book choices. One minute I want something historical and the next I've decided I need to calm my mind and read some smutty romance page-turner. So I thought I would share my top five books of 2014. These are the books I enjoyed the most and ones that I would highly suggest be read at some point in your life.
So, without further adieu, here are my top reads of 2014.
#5 Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker
My favorite quote is when the main character confronts her mother about her parents' relationship:
"'Mom made a sound of disgust in her throat. 'That don't mean nothing. We get mad, sure! Like ice an' snow an' thunder an' lightning storm, but they don't hurt the wheat down in the ground any.' Mom picked up her whitewash brush and slapped it against the rough boards. 'Yolochka, you don't know how love is yet.'"
#4 In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
“Recalling his first impression of Hitler, Hanfstaengl wrote, "Hitler looked like a suburban hairdresser on his day off.”
#3 The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
“What did falling in love do for you? Can you ever really explain it? It filled empty spaces I never knew were empty. It cured a loneliness I never knew I had. It gave me joy. And freedom. I think that was the most amazing part. I suddenly felt both embraced and freed at the same time.”
#2 The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
“When you are young, and beautiful, you can be very cruel.”
#1 The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
A tale set in North Korea following a young boy as he grows. The hardships of the country, of the people, of his own are so heartfelt and believable. All working up to this boy, now a man, who has to pretend to be another person. A ruse, if you will, of monumental proportions that could quickly tumble, taking down the man and all those he loves down with him.
I would highly suggest this book.
“Where we are from... [s]tories are factual. If a farmer is declared a music virtuoso by the state, everyone had better start calling him maestro. And secretly, he'd be wise to start practicing the piano. For us, the story is more important than the person. If a man and his story are in conflict, it is the man who must change.”
Pick some good books for 2015 people! I am always looking for book suggestions, so feel free to share your favorite reads!
My review of 2014 comes out tomorrow!