24 in 2014 // Recap
Last January, I set a goal for myself that I’d read 24 books in 2014. I definitely stopped updating on here about it because I was doing so badly at finishing two books a month, but I miraculously pulled through and completed the challenge on December 31. Cutting it close lol.
  1. Mary Boleyn: Mistress of Kings – Alison Weir
  2. Nicholas and Alexandra – Robert K. Massie
  3. The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation – Jon M. Sweeney
  4. The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
  5. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  6. Emma – Jane Austen
  7. Dubliners – James Joyce
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  9. The Road – Cormac McCarthy 
  10. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson
  11. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  12. Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné – Victor Hugo
  13. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  14. Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo – Zlata Filipovic
  15. The Princes in the Tower – Alison Weir
  16. Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff
  17. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  18. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  21. Night – Elie Wiesel
  22. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  23. Things Fall Apart – China Achebe
  24. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
I bolded my five favorite books from the year (not counting Harry Potter…because obviously Harry always tops everything else) and I HIGHLY recommend you read these in 2015!

The Kite Runner was incredibly emotional for me…I was crying as much as I did during The Deathly Hallows the first time I read it (read: A LOT OF CRYING). Khaled Hosseini is an amazing writer and  the protagonist is a flawed, real person which I greatly appreciated. I was unable to put this book down as it was gripping and I was drawn to the characters.

The Road was darkly beautiful, a heartwarming tragedy…a strange combination indeed. Taking place in an apocalyptic time, it feels like it was written in greyscale and yet it was vivid. The ending was touching and unexpected and heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. Cormac McCarthy is a masterful writer.

I am pretty sure most of you have seen the movie version of Gone Girl by now (it was REALLY well done, and it’s rare that I like the movie version as much as I like the book version!), but the book is definitely worth a read. It’s one of those super suspenseful books that you just can’t pull yourself out of.

Pride and Prejudice is forever one of my favorites. It’s a classic, it’s amazing, and the story is lovely.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is literally SO FUNNY. I was laughing out loud reading it, especially because I read it in Mindy’s voice haha. If you watch The Mindy Project (which you should!) it’s especially hilarious because it’s so easy to picture her saying everything. But either way…she’s incredibly funny and the book is a quick, easy and enjoyable read.

Did you read any of these books recently? Do you have any recommendations for 2015?