My 2014 book list is growing rapidly. As usual, I can’t wait until the end-of-year lists come out to share my favorites with you. Here, some gems from the first half of 2014. (Links go to my brief reading-roundup reviews.)
- Best Novel about Soccer, Grief and Family: The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka. Made me laugh and cry.
- Most Entertaining Dispatches from the Home Front: Henrietta’s War and Henrietta Sees It Through by Joyce Dennys.
- Most Addictive Women’s Fiction Author: Sarah Pekkanen (Catching Air, These Girls, The Opposite of Me).
- Most Mouthwatering Novel: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. Packed with savory descriptions of New York restaurants and foodie shops.
- Pluckiest New-to-Me Fictional Spy: Definitely Mrs. Pollifax. I also enjoyed Jackie Kennedy’s (fictional) turn as a CIA agent.
- Best Sci-Fi/Fairytale Mashup: The Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet and Cress) by Marissa Meyer.
- Most Thoughtful Faith Memoir: Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor.
- Swooniest Young Adult Novel: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
- Best Insights on Marriage (with Recipes): Delancey by Molly Wizenberg.
- Most Charming Catnip for Bibliophiles: Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley.
What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?