The one with my Favorite Books of 2014 (so far)

If you know me, even in passing, you probably know that I love to read. I mean to say “love” is almost an understatement. Sad but true. So to kick off the weekend, I thought I’d share a short list of my favorite reads of 2014 so far!

1. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker – A beautiful love story that really brought to life pre-WWII Burma (now Myanmar)

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2. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – The author of The Secret Life of Bees really did it again with this one. Primarily set in pre-Civil War Charleston, the story follows abolitionist Sarah Grimke and her personal slave, Handful, as they struggle to find their path in life.

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3. China Dolls by Lisa See – I am obsessed with Lisa See’s novels! This one follows three young American women, all of Asian heritage, in San Francisco in the 1930s.

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4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Warning: read only if you want a good cry. Other warning: you’ll be thinking about this story long after you finish, so the cry is 100% worth it.

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5. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais – If you’re a foodie/cook (or if you wish you were a foodie/cook!) this book will make you smile. Also great for the traveler in you. They’re also making it into a movie – thanks, Oprah!

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6. Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore – Not a 2014 release, but I just got around to reading it this year; however, if you’re more of a non-fiction person, this may be a good bet. I felt very lost when discussing (let’s be honest, listening to other people discuss) the crisis in Israel and Palestine, and this really helps a layman understand (in addition to another 2,000 years of history). 

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7. My Life in France by Julia Child – Another [lighter] non-fiction choice. Loved reading about Julia Child’s life as a new bride and expat (hmmm…wonder why??)  Plus, learning about her path to finding and developing her passion of cooking is incredibly inspirational! 🙂

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And although these were two of my favorites from previous years, they’re both being released as movies this winter – I think both trailers look awesome! (Though I am that person that always thinks the book is better than the movie – maybe one of these will prove me wrong?)

8. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – I love the casting choice of Reese Witherspoon!

9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – You’ve probably either already read this one or at the least, heard of it. Haven’t read it? Do yourself a huge favor and do so immediately.

{Okay, and since I have slight OCD and a list of 9 isn’t as pretty as a list of 10, I’ll throw 10. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – After my trip to Savannah, Georgia in May, I was inspired to read this classic. Chilling and beautifully written.}

Have you any additions? Your favorites from this year? I’d love to hear about them as I’m always looking for new reads…especially as we’re off to the beach for a few days! 🙂 Until next time…

4 responses to “The one with my Favorite Books of 2014 (so far)

  1. Great list!!!!!!!! Bookmarking this. 🙂

    I can recommend A Girl Under The Olive Tree – I’m obsessed with anything Greek and this book gives you an insight of how it was during WWII. 🙂 Lately, I have been reading only travel or destination novels (what I call books with a setting belonging to my bucket list lol).

    • Have you read The Vacationers? I just started but if you’re looking for a travel-esque story, give that one a shot too! And thanks for your suggestion – just downloaded it!

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