Of all the books I read in 2014, 103-ish by my count, I want to share my top ten. In reverse order, because I actually put a bit of thought into this listing, with my favorite for the year listed last. Although, I openly admit to being moody, and tomorrow any one of these titles should shuffle to a different number in the list with a bat of an eye.
These are titles that no matter how much I read, they have stayed with me. Some caught me by surprise, startling me out of numbness into enraptured feeling. Some taught me things. Some I went back to over and over again… Each one, for some reason or another, helped shape 2014 for me, and I am thankful for them.
10. Papyrus – John Oehler
9. The Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson
8. Cruel Devices – George Wright Padgett
7. The King’s English – Betsy Burton
6. The Beginner’s Goodbye – Anne Tyler
5. The Book of Secrets – Elizabeth Joy Arnold
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
3. Not Even Wrong – Paul Collins
2. A Shropshire Lad – A.E. Housman
1. A Circle of Quiet – Madeleine L’Engle