Short Saturday: And What About the Fiction?

We were just discussing My Year of Reading Nonfiction, which was fun … but, hey, I did read twenty-eight fiction titles too. What were they? How did they stand up to the nonfiction?

I have a list of them too. I’ve been keeping an annual Books-I’ve-Read list for a few years, but I was galvanized by a list of “thoughts on reading” by Austin Kleon* (“a writer who draws”), one of which is to keep a list of books you read each year and share the list. There will be a post about that at some point.

So I’m sharing. This is the fiction I read in 2014:

Carol Anshaw / Carry the One
Kate di Camillo / The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Richard Ford / Canada
Gayle Forman / If I Stay
Gayle Forman / Where She Went
Karen Joy Fowler / We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
John Green / An Abundance of Katherines
Colleen Hoover / Slammed
Joshilyn Jackson / Someone Else’s Love Story
Jenny B. Jones / Can’t Let You Go
Douglas Kennedy / Leaving the World
Julie Kibler / Calling Me Home
Lois Lowry / The Giver
Anthony Marra / A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Grace McCleen / The Land of Decoration
Ian McEwan / The Children Act
Liz Moore / Heft: A Novel
Liane Moriarty / The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Jandy Nelson / I’ll Give You the Sun
David Nicholls / Us
Rajdeep Paulus / Swimming Through Clouds
Louise Penny / The Long Way Home
Meg Rosoff / The Bride’s Farewell
Rainbow Rowell / Eleanor and Park
Donal Ryan / The Spinning Heart
Colm Tóibín / Nora Webster
Daniel Woodrell / The Maid’s Version
Sara Zarr / The Lucy Variations

If I had to pick, I’d say these were spectacular:

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Carry the One
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
The Spinning Heart

I loved many others on this list. (Only hated—and didn’t bother to finish—one: Leaving the World. Wouldn’t recommend Calling Me Home, though.) I’ve already written about Constellation. I’ve got plans to blog about several others, so stay tuned. :)

* I’ve been following his blog. The nature of creativity is a fascinating subject for me, and Kleon’s got it in spades.

 

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  1. By Number 18 on 28 December, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    […] I’ve already shared my complete 2014 list. It’s in two posts: nonfiction and fiction. For the sake of continuity, I’ll combine them […]