Books of 2014

These are the books I’ve read in 2014, according to my Goodreads account. I put an asterisk (*) next to the ones I liked a lot. The total number of books I read was 101 (!!), thus meeting my goal of reading 100.

Behind the Attic Wall (Sylvia Cassedy) [childhood fave re-read]
*Distant Star (Bolaño) [re-read]
Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
A Change of Light (Julio Cortázar)
*Visitation (Jenny Erpenbeck)
Green Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson)
The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
*We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Shirley Jackson)
*The Emigrants (W.G. Sebald) [re-read]
Bolaño: A Biography in Conversations (Mónica Maristain)
Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe (Chris Andrews)
School for Patriots (Martín Kohan)
Things to Make and Break (May-Lan Tan)
The Humans (Matt Haig)
*Dear Boy (Emily Berry)
*Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)
Dubliners (James Joyce)
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes) [LOVED the last three pages!]
Randall (Jonathan Gibbs)
The Inland Sea (K.J. Orr)
Lolita (Nabokov) [re-read]
*Under the Skin (Michel Faber)
The Trial (Kafka) [re-read]
*Ulysses (James Joyce)
The Beggar’s Knife (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)
A Tale of the Dispossessed (Laura Restrepo)
*Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Mary Ruefle)
*The Delicate Prey (Paul Bowles) [particularly “The Echo”–what a story!!]
*How To Be Both (Ali Smith)
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ (Lena Dunham)
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
(David Bayles & Ted Orland)
*We Love Glenda So Much and Other Tales (Julio Cortázar)
*Delirium (Laura Restrepo)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)
Ideas of Heaven (Joan Silber)
I Remember (Joe Brainard)
Good Offices (Evelio Rosero)
Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia (Michael T. Taussig)
Leaving the Sea (Ben Marcus)
No One Writes to the Colonel (Gabriel García Márquez)
An Evil Cradling (Brian Keenan)
Leaving the Atocha Station (Ben Lerner)
Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
When the Emperor Was Divine (Julie Otsuka)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner) [re-read]
*Still Writing: the Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (Dani Shapiro)
*The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner) [re-read]
*Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Leaves of Grass: the First Edition (Walt Whitman)
Friendship (Emily Gould)
Congo (Michael Crichton) [re-read]
The Lost World (Michael Crichton) [re-read]
*Selected Poems (Mary Ruefle)
Speedboat (Renata Adler)
Severina (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)
***As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) [re-read]
Personae (Sergio de la Pava)
And the Heart Says Whatever (Emily Gould)
The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
*The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka)
*The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler) [re-read]
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (ZZ Packer)
Taipei (Tao Lin)
Death and the Maiden (Ariel Dorfman)
Once You Break A Knuckle (D.W. Wilson)
One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (Lucy Corin)
The Good Cripple (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)
*Bark (Lorrie Moore)
The Pelcari Project (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)
Ways of Going Home (Alejandro Zamba)
*Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (David Shields)
*The African Shore (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)
Another Country (Anjali Joseph)
Ubik (Philip K. Dick) [re-read]
Collected Stories (Lydia Davis)
Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
War By Candlelight (Daniel Alarcón)
Our Lady of the Assassins (Fernando Vallejo)
*The Informers (Juan Gabriel Vásquez)
******Saint Maybe (Anne Tyler) [reread]
Oblivion (Hector Abad)
Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
*Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (D.T. Max)
Hey Yeah Right Get A Life (Helen Simpson)
Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers (Anne Lamott)
Austerlitz (W.G. Sebald)
Clever Girl (Tessa Hadley)
Operation Massacre
(Rodolfo Walsh)
Wilderness Tips (Margaret Atwood)
All the Fires the Fire (Julio Cortázar)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel García Márquez) [re-read]
Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked (James Lasdun)
***2666 (Roberto Bolaño) [reread]
If This Is A Man (Primo Levi)
The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia (Michael Jacobs)
*The Rings of Saturn (W.G. Sebald)
The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
How to Stay Sane (Phillipa Perry)
The Color Master (Aimee Bender)

Books I started, read a significant amount of (i.e. +50 pages) but didn’t finish: Underworld (Don DeLilo), The Secret History of Costaguana (Juan Gabriel Vásquez), Giving Up the Ghost (Hilary Mantel), Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach), The General in His Labyrinth (Gabriel García Márquez). These are definitely all books I would love to finish in the future!

I also read ten Redwall books.


Filed under lists, year in review

2 responses to “Books of 2014

  1. Happy New Year to you, Julianne, and props to you for what looks like a great year of reading (you, ahem, nearly doubled my paltry one book a week reading total, so I’m glad we weren’t in a contest). I hope to do a bunch more of “Mexican reading” (i.e. fiction by Mexicans, nonfiction about Mexico) this year, so I’m starting off with an early Fuentes and Francisco Goldman’s The Interior Circuit. You helped remind me that I’d wanted to read more of Goldman, so thanks for that.

    • julikins

      haha, thanks and happy new year to you too! it was a good year of reading but it was also really difficult and i don’t know if i would be able to do it again without being (as they would say in colombia) ‘muy concentradita’ :/ but yes to goldman! and mexico! one of my reading resolutions for 2015 is to read more books in spanish… planning to start with juan villoro’s ‘el tesigo.’

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