Have you got a brook in your little heart,
Where bashful flowers blow,
And blushing birds go down to drink,
And shadows tremble so?
And nobody knows, so still it flows,
That any brook is there;
And yet your little draught of life
Is daily drunken there.
Then look out for the little brook in March,
When the rivers overflow,
And the snows come hurrying from the hills,
And the bridges often go.
And later, in August it may be,
When the meadows parching lie,
Beware, lest this little brook of life
Some burning noon go dry!
– Emily Dickinson
I read a lot of personal Tumblr blogs written by friends, but this list will concentrate on blogs written by people I don’t know in real life.
- Story by Modcloth
- A Little Earthquake – cancer blog/personal. Hasn’t been updated in a few months. I hope that changes.
- The Bloggess – I’ve always been bad about staying up to date on this one, but now it’s in my WordPress feed so yay!
- STL Hops – because beer.
- The Dressed Aesthetic – fashion blog. My favorite.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
by Judy Blume
100%/Without a doubt/All time favorite. I still read it at least once per year.
- Allegiant – Veronica Roth
- The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
- Ghost Story – Peter Straub
- How To Be A Good Wife – Emma Chapman
- Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
- Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
- Lies You Wanted To Hear – James Whitfield Thornton
- Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
- The Never List – Koethi Zan
- If I Stay – Gayle Forman
- Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
- Where’d You Go Bernadette? – Maria Semple
- The Waiting – Joe Hart
- House of Glass – Sophie Littlefield
- Attachments – Ranibow Rowell
- The Magpies – Mark Edwards
- Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Martian – Andy Weir
- Breast Left Unsaid – Jude Calligros
- The Winter People – Jennifer McMahon
- Promise Not to Tell – Jennifer McMahon
- You Should Have Known – Jean Hanff Korelitz
- Before I Go – Riley Weston
- The House Next Door – Anne Rivers Siddons
- Dark Lullaby – Mayra Calvani
- Still Missing – Chevy Stevens
- Heart Shaped Box – Joe HIll
- Lineage – Joe Hart
- What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
- The Guilty One – Lisa Ballantyne
- Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
- The River is Dark – Joe Hart
- Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
- Charm & Strange – Stephanie Kuehn
- Complicit – Stephanie Kuehn
- Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
- The Silent Sister – Diane Chamberlain
- Landline – Rainbow Rowell
- Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
- Help For The Haunted – John Searles
- The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
- Falling Into Place – Amy Zhang
- Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
- Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham
- Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
- Flatland – Edwin Abbott
- The Tender Bar – JR Moehringer
- One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
- On A Hill – Michael Whitehouse
- The Last Letter From Your Lover– Jojo Moyes
- After I Do – Taylor Reid
- Turn Of Mind – Alice LaPlante
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
- We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
- Conversion – Katherine Howe
- Contact – Carl Sagan
I haven’t yet decided what to read next, but I doubt I’ll finish it this year (though it’s possible). My goal was to read 36 books this year, so I’m quite pleased that I somehow managed to read 56.
My top 10 of 2014:
(in no particular order)
- The Girl You Left Behind
- Me Before You
- Not That Kind Of Girl
- Heart Shaped Box
- The Martian
- Eleanor & Park
- One Plus One
Basically, Moyes and Rowell for the win. But read The Martian if you like science fiction, because it is amazing.
I was tagged by karaisafourletterword. These are ten books that have a special place in my heart:
- In Cold Blood (by Truman Capote)
- One L (by Scott Turow)
- Gone With The Wind (by Margaret Mitchell)
- 100 Years of Solitude (by Garbriel Garcia Marquez)
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII (by Alison Weir)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (by Margaret Atwood)
- She’s Come Undone (by Wally Lamb)
- As I Lay Dying (by William Faulkner)
- The Red Tent (by Anita Diamant)
- The Red Devil: To Hell With Cancer And Back (by Katherine Russell Rich)
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This is the best book I’ve read in a long time.
I really identified with the female character, as she is depicted with a home life very similar to the one I experienced growing up. The characters and dialogue were great. I just loved it. I cried at the end, and several times throughout, of course.
It’s rare to read two really good books in a row, and now I’m worried the next one is going to be a disappointment by comparison. Next up is Lies You Wanted To Hear by James Whitfield Thomson. I always find it so difficult to pick the next book. I have a bunch of books on my “to-read” list, but it’s so hard to choose just one. I don’t enjoy reading more than one book at a time. It reminds me of college. I was an English major, so I often read three or four books at once, and I feel like you can’t really enjoy a book when you do that.
Books read so far this year:
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth
- The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub
- How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell