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Books I Read In 2014

on January 29, 2015

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a month, but I’ve had the hardest time getting back in the swing of things since Christmas. We have been busy around here, and anxiously awaiting our house to be finished. I stopped posting updates, because they have been working on a lot of odds and ends, such as lighting, pouring porches, and putting up the garage door. When the house is finished, I will post lots of pictures! Until then, let’s look at what I read over the past year. I didn’t read as much in 2014 as I did in 2013, but I was slightly more busy and distracted. I am a big fan of Dorothea Benton Frank and Pat Conroy, because I love anything set on the South Carolina Coast. I read more of their work than usual last year since I was longing for a beach trip. I didn’t comment on ever book, but nothing I read last year was really a disappointment.

1. Get Happy: The Life Of Judy Garland (Gerald Clarke) – I was not a fan of Judy Garland after reading this book.
2. The Duggars: 20 and Counting! (Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar) – I’m fascinated by this family! Not so much by the fact there are so many kids, but how all their kids have such good manners and how well their house runs on a daily basis. After reading their book, I have even more respect for how hard they worked to get where they are.
3. Remember Me? (Sophie Kinsella)
4. The Last Original Wife (Dorothea Benton Frank)
5. Walt Disney: An American Original (Bob Thomas)- I love Walt Disney….this was just a good book about a man with a huge imagination.
6. Bulls Island (Dorothea Benton Frank)
7. Knowing God By Name (Jaynes, Smith, & Southerland)
8. The Friday Night Knitting Club (Kate Jacobs) – This was a good book about friendship and community.
9. Amazing Encounters With God (Clayton King) – I always enjoy hearing Clayton preach, and his book was a good read.
10. Cane River (Lalita Tademy) – This was a very interesting and heartbreaking book about four generations of women who experienced slavery.
11. Plain Truth (Jodi Picoult) – A page-turner about what happens when an infant is found dead in an Amish barn. I couldn’t put this one down.
12. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) – Everybody loves Anne 🙂
13. The Antelope in the Living Room (Melanie Shankle) – I laughed my way through this book twice! Melanie’s book about marriage hit close to home for me, and my husband even enjoyed it!
14. South of Broad (Pat Conroy)
15. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (Julie Andrews)
16. Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain) – I just love to throw in some classics.
17. Someday, Someday, Maybe (Lauren Graham) – I’m a fan of Lauren Graham, so I was curious when I saw she wrote a book. I was impressed, and I hope she continues to write.
18. The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way (Amanda Ripley) – fascinating book
19. Isle of Palms (Dorothea Benton Frank)
20. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) – This one took me almost three months, but I did enjoy reading this classic.

There you have it…my list from 2014. I’ve already finished 3 book in 2015, so I’m hoping to enjoy many great books this year! 🙂


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