2014 Favorite Reads & Goals for 2015

I read a lot of books last year… 102 if we’re being specific. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to finish this year, but with the help of audio books and some persistence, I did it.

Best Books of 2014 and 2015 Reading Goals / hellorigby!

In 2015, I’m challenging myself to 150 books. Seems a little crazy, but at this time last year I wasn’t listening to many books, so I think I can challenge myself a little bit more this time around. But before I close the books on 2014 (ha, see what I did there? I crack myself up.) I thought I’d do one last round-up of the absolute best books of 2014,  one from each month.

January

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty Review / hellorigby!

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – ★★★★ –  I still can’t believe it took me the entire book to figure out what the secret was. I kind of felt a little dense about that, but I guess it’s a sign that the author did her job well.

February

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – ★★★★ – This one was a little out of my “normal” reads, but was super good and interesting! It was a book club pick and perhaps the only book club book I actually liked last year. Oops.

March

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford Book Review

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – ★★★★ – Jamie Ford writes a lot about historical Seattle, so I can’t help but like his books. This was no exception, and I fell in love with the broken characters.

April

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier Book Review / hellorigby!

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier – ★★★★ – This is the ultimate coming of age story that spans multiple young Indian-American women, coming to terms with their culture clash – modern America versus Indian traditions, and the complications that arise when these two cultures merge in the most interesting of ways.

May

A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!

A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke – ★★★★ – I read Lucy Clarke’s Sea Sisters a few years ago and loved the way she writes her characters. A Single Breath is no different and adds some suspense and mystery to the mix. A good one for sure!

June

Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Jennifer Graham and Rob Thomas / hellorigby!

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham – ★★★★ – Okay, come on really? I had to go with this one! Veronica Mars lives on, now in book form.

July

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell / Summer Reading / hellorigby!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – ★★★★ – I loved this! Maybe it’s because I had a workplace romance of my own, but this was such a sweet and sentimental read.

August

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Book Review / hellorigby!

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – ★★★★ – August was a bad month for me in terms of what I picked to read, but luckily I’ve Got Your Number was a fun book and truly the perfect airplane read.

September

Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote Book Review / hellorigby!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – ★★★★ – Not sure if it was the Michael C. Hall narration via Audible, or just the fact that I love this story, but this one was a good one. If it goes on sale on Audible again, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

October

Nest by Esther Erlich Bookreview / hellorigby!

Nest by Esther Ehrlich – ★★★★ – This was one of the “downer” books I read this year, but it was written in such a touching and tender way that it’s hard to forget the story. Regardless of its “middle grade” categorization, this one is good for any age group.

November

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain Book Review / hellorigby!

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain – ★★★★ – Loved this one. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t read the prequel to this first to go in the “correct” order, but that’s alright. I’ll be picking up more Diane Chamberlain novels this year.

December

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Book Review / hellorigby!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – ★★★★ – Oooh ending the year on a controversial note! I was told by many that this was an awful, no good, very bad book. Well, apparently I like this kind of book because I actually really liked it. ;)

And if it’s not enough to just challenge myself to read 150 books, I also plan on participating in a few challenges. You may remember me signing myself up for the  Semi Charmed Winter Book Challenge, which is still going on and ends in February. I got off track on that one, so that will be priority #1 so I can actually complete that this time!

I’m also going to be joining Freda’s 100+ Book Choice Challenges. It’s super simple – just read 100 books and track them! I’ll be blogging about them like I did last year – a round-up of what I read each month. No one seems to hate the once-a-monthers that much, and of course if you’re not a reading freak, it’s totally fine. I won’t be offended if you “mark as read” on Bloglovin’. :P

Finally, I’ll be joining the Reading Challenge with Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge / hellorigby!

A book you’ve been meaning to read: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
A book published this year: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A book in a genre you don’t typically read: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl (Memoir)
A book from your childhood: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (so excited to read this again. She was my favorite author as a pre-teen!)
A book your mom loves: Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
A book that was originally written in a different language: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
A book “everyone” has read but you: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A book you chose because of the cover: The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
A book by a favorite authorOne Plus One by Jojo Moyes
A book recommended by someone with great tasteJae recommended I read the next book in the If I Stay series! Where She Went by Gayle Forman
A book you should have read in high school: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A book that’s currently on the bestseller list: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

And enough from me… what about you? I’d love to hear what you’re excited to read this year! Are you setting any reading goals for this year? Are you planning on joining any reading challenges?


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51 thoughts on “2014 Favorite Reads & Goals for 2015

    1. Jenn Post author

      20 books is a great goal! I’ll definitely be updating every month with what I’ve been reading – hope to hear about what you’ve been reading too! :)

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  1. Christine

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it for the first time when I was 16 and wrote my junior thesis on it. You’ve got some really good books on here. I’ll have to look into them for this year. I’m doing the Popsugar reading challenge but I want to add the one from Mrs Darcy now too.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      You’re so welcome! And I have heard of that – I get a few of those kind of newsletters! I’ve also found a few new books that way! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Kaity

    Great list! I just finished The Husband’s Secret. It was the perfect book to get me back into reading after taking a short hiatus in December.

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  3. Kate

    I’ve only read three of the books you shared! I’ll definitely be adding others to my to read list. I think Necessary Lies (and the prequel) will be at the top!
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  4. Breenah

    My local library is celebrating 100 years so they’re doing an adult reading program from yesterday through the middle of March where you read five books set in or published in different decades and a 100 book challenge, which I don’t think I’ll manage. I’m also finishing up Semi-Charmed, doing a similar one on FB, the TBR challenge, and the Library book challenge. Luckily for the last two, they overlap a lot with my other ones.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Dang that’s a lot of challenges! I could probably participate in more, but I’d probably forget to do all the check-ins and whatnot. Your library’s challenge sounds pretty cool – especially the different decades!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      It was so good. I loved listening to it! And agreed on the self-competition, plus I like the challenge of finding a book to satisfy the didferent categories!

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  5. Carly Blogs Here

    I started Nest and still need to finish it- you might have just motivated me to do that :) I’m going to check out that 2015 reading challenge too! So many other great recommendations too– thank you!

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  6. Stacia

    I loved the Thousand Dollar Tan Line and Attachments. I haven’t read the rest of these – will definitely have to add them to my reading list for 2015! And audiobooks make such a HUGE difference for me.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      I LOVE audiobooks and it really helped me to do more reading (and less mindless screen watching) last year! Hope you enjoy the books you added to your list :)

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  7. Sarah

    Veronica Mars!!! Yes. Also, I got a copy of Necessary Lies, but I need to read it! I thought about joining the MMD challenge, but I think that I already signed up for too many…
    I think you can get to 150 book this year! I did 120 last year, but I didn’t really start reading a lot until a few months into the year. Initially, I was going to challenge myself to 200, but I moved it down to 150, so I wouldn’t feel pressured to skip the longer books to make my goal.
    I also have a copy of The Husband’s Secret, which I really need to read, too. I guess I have plenty of material to reach 150!
    You picked some good books for your challenge. I still haven’t read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I just don’t get into non-fiction well, but there have been so many great, funny ladies with books out recently that I need to read!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, I haven’t caught up with all of your posts yet (eek, I’m so behind on blog readiing this month already! Darn vacation planning!) but I’m excited to see what you’re going to be reading this year!

      And I’m definitely going to be reading VM #2 on vacation. I cannot wait to start that! And I’ve heard nothing but good things about Mindy Kaling’s book so I think it should be a good one, non-fiction aren’t my favorite either, but I do like a good funny lady book!

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  8. johanna

    I am so glad to have gotten this list of recommendations from you, since I am doing a reading challenge (one book a week) this year and am hoping to find some new favorites. I LOVE to read, and read quite a lot for fun, but I’ve never done a challenge before some I’m nervous about getting it done. I know the amount of actual reading isn’t going to be a problem, but the discipline of pacing and blogging about it will be hard for me.
    I’ve never read the Harry Potter books (my fundamentalist Christian upbringing didn’t allow it) and am looking forward to reading them this year.
    You’ll love Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, it’s a really great one. 2014 was the year of the female comedian memoir for me, and I now own Mindy Kaling’s, Lena Dunham’s, Tina Fey’s, and Amy Poehler’s. I loved them all except Lena’s.
    I need to start listening to audio books!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      You’ll do great! And even if you don’t quite make it (because there are plenty of challenges I haven’t finished) you’ll still be able to read some great books!

      Harry Potter is amazing, hope you love it like I did! :) Out of those, Lena’s was definitely my least favorite. Her personality (or persona, not sure which it is, haha!) is just different.

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