Another year come and gone and what a year! I began in Portland and am now writing from Seattle. Thankfully, it’s another city that appreciates books and reading so I imagine we’ll get along just fine.
On to the reading! I may end up saying this every year but…this was a wonderful year for readers. Good enough that I had to create a separate list for debut authors. As I look at my best books list, I see a small theme, and that is that I tend to like more complex and, sometimes, dark stories. Not horror or violence but often a protagonist who is not very likable (& Sons, The Woman Upstairs, The Dinner). At the very least, conflicted. I’m not going to delve into the psychology of that.
This is the time of year (in fact, the very last day of that year) when rankings of the best or favorite books appear. Yes, there are any number of professional organizations that you can turn to but, as in so many things, I like to rely on friends and people I trust. So, in addition to my list, here are links to the year-end lists of some great book bloggers I count on. Despite the fact that we all read a great deal I still found new titles to add to my 2014 reading list so I’m sure you will as well!
Shannon at River City Reading, Leah at Books Speak Volumes, Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall, Jennifer at The Relentless Reader, Jennine at My Life in Books, and Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm.