Happy Monday, everyone! I usually wait until the last days of December to write about my favorite books of the year but as I’m free-range reading this month I’m not reading any new releases. In short, I’m ready to call it a year!
2014 was an interesting year in reading for me. It started off so strong, with books where my biggest problem was deciding ‘5 stars or 4 stars’ because they were so great, but then trailed off (way off) in the second half of the year. Given that September and October are two of the biggest release months of the year this should not be the norm—and maybe it wasn’t for everyone else—just me.
On the positive side, I’m tickled to report that humorous fiction not only made it into my favorite ten books of the year but that two of those novels warranted five stars. In a year that was personally quite trying to find authors who write intelligent, sharp AND funny fiction these novels were a wonderful surprise.
And because culling books to find favorites is so awfully hard, these ten awesome books are from returning authors. I’ll have a list of my favorite debut authors later in the month.
Dear Committee Members: What’s better than a pedantic but oh-so-sly professor pleading the case of students, colleagues, and even strangers in letters of recommendation? Another 5 star favorite. Review
The Stager: My love of this sarcastic tale of real estate hell mixed with magic realism, addiction, and spoiled child syndrome may have to do with having seen one too many staged houses in the last year. Still hilarious reading even if you’re tucked safely in your own home. Review