Best Reads in 2014: Part 1

If you want to read the rest of the posts about books I met, read, and fell in love with this year, you can check out part 2part 3part 4, part 5, and my review of Gilead

On a recent blog, my friend, cubicle mate and coworker Amy said something brilliant about striving after her yearly reading goal:

“Okay, it’s not really about how many books I read, necessarily, but the odds are in my favor (see what I  did there?) to find more favorite books if I read lots in a year. And that’s the kind of math that I can get behind….In pursuit of the next amazing read that I can recommend to everyone I know, I continue.”

This has been a year of epic reading. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather, Taylor’s huge workload for school, or all the new books coming my way now that I work in publishing, but I have been on a reading tear this year. When I was still a student, I found time to read a respectable number of books in my free time. But once I dropped out of seminary, it was like the floodgates of reading opened. I’ve spent this year happily swimming through book after book after book and I will continue to do so until I drown in them. Which, looking at my to-read list, isn’t an impossibility.

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Book Haul: Denver Public Library Book Sale and Black Friday

In the spirit of tomorrow, let it be known that this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the Denver Public Library’s winter book sale.

I was expecting it to resemble some of the garage-sale style book sales libraries tend to have: a room packed to the edges with old paperbacks, used classics, and old library editions. The sort of sale that seems, at first, to be full of great finds but ultimately results in finding maybe two books that are actual steals.

This sale was better than I ever hoped. The popular fiction, nonfiction, and mystery sections held recent hits and popular titles from the past few years. It didn’t help my planned budget that the volunteers walked around handing shoppers boxes to fill as they shopped. I came away with an incredible haul of books, all of which were on my to-read list. But at great prices (hardbacks for $3, trade paperbacks for $2, and pocket paperbacks for 50 cents) I didn’t have to feel too guilty about my finds. Easy on my purse, hard on my overstuffed bookshelves.

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End Notes: November 15 – 22

I love Book Riot’s Inbox/Outbox feature, so I thought I’d do my own weekly end notes of books I’ve started and books I’ve finished. A quick inventory of my revolving bookshelf.

Let’s Begin:

9780316055437_custom-8387e636d286aa86fc16d49b6a17f95c8558d406-s99-c85The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“Started” is a dishonest descriptor. “Started…again” is probably better. I’ve had this book on my reading queue since I picked it up at the Tattered Cover in March. It was one of the biggest books of 2013, and it felt like once a week someone eagerly asked me if I had read it yet.

Almost 8 months later my answer is…Well, no. Not yet. But I’m giving it another go. I’m intrigued by all of the buzz around it: winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, named one of the New York Times Book Review’s best books of 2013, and it was wildly praised by pretty much every person that I know and several other major trade publications. I’m trying to read more ‘literary fiction’ and up my reading game. Here’s hoping.

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