Normally, this space would hold my review of the top books I read in the past year, but this year it was nearly left blank. 2014 was my worst reading year since 1965 (the year before I learned to read). There are only twenty-four books on my Goodreads "read" shelf, and six of them are audio re-reads (re-listens?) of the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.
Not only did I not read much, I didn't like a large share of what I did read. I'm not sure which of those is the chicken and which is the egg. Did I not enjoy the books I read because I was in a reading slump? Or did poor book selections cause my reading slump? Either way, excluding the Mitford books - which I reread because I already knew they were 5-star - there are only a handful of books worth mentioning.
TOP BOOK OF THE YEAR: If you've read any of my previous annual book wrap-ups, this selection will come as no surprise.
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (click to read my review)
BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings. Recommended by my niece, Katherine Smith (age 10)
BEST BOOK EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT YEARS AGO AND I JUST GOT AROUND TO READING: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
OTHER NOTABLE READS:
Return to Me by Lynn Austin
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberly Freeman
I have set a goal of 50 books for 2015 and am re-evaluating my use of time to be able to achieve that. Here's to a great reading year and a return to my enthusiasm for books!