Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 in Review

I normally start each month with a wrap up of the previous month, but I didn't post many reviews in December and, well, it is 2015!!!!  So, I've opted to do a year in review instead.

Below you will find links to all my reviews, organized by rating.  I'm also including links to my more interesting non-review posts and series.  Enjoy!

5 STARS
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (Historical Fiction) December 9
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Historical Fiction) June 6
Her Next Chapter by Lori Day, M. ED (Parenting / Women's Studies) August 8
I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (Historical Fiction) September 26
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (Historical Fiction) June 25
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (Literary Fiction / Historical Fiction) May 15
Pieces of Someday by Jan Vallone (Memoir) January 10
Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany (Women's Fiction) March 7
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose (Memoir) March 21
West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Middle Grade Fiction) April 22
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (Humor / Memoir /  Audiobook) November 26

4 STARS
12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid by Tim Elmore (Parenting) July 2
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Historical Fiction) May 6
Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies (Historical Fiction) January 7
Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti (Contemporary Fiction) June 20
Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani (Contemporary Fiction) August 7
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Women's Fiction) November 19
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (Contemporary Fiction) July 7
The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy (Historical Fiction) March 13
The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen (Alternate Historical Fiction) July 15
Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani (Women's Fiction) May 21
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn (Memoir) October 22
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose (Historical Fiction / Suspense) April 16
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly (Cozy Mystery) November 25
Etched on Me by Jenn Crowell (Women's Fiction) February 4
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen (Historical Fiction) July 8
The French House by Don Wallace (Memoir) June 2
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine (Historical Fiction / Fairy Tales) June 4
Hope Street, Jerusalem by Irris Makler (Memoir) March 11
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell (Contemporary Fiction) August 18
In the Field of Grace by Tessa Ashfar (Christian Fiction / Historical Fiction) July 3
Juliet's Nurse by Lois Leveen (Historical Fiction) October 23
The Language of Sisters by Amy Hatvany (Women's Fiction) November 14
Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Middle Grade Fiction / Fantasy) March 27
Midsummer by Carole Giangrande (Literary Fiction / Novella) June 5
Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller (Christian Living) April 1
Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca (Young Adult Fiction) March 18
Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph (Parenting) March 4
Redefining Girly by Melissa Atkins Wardy (Parenting) January 2
The Rummy Club by Anoop Ahuja Judge (Women's Fiction) June 17
Running Secrets by Arleen Williams (Contemporary Fiction) June 16
The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler (Parenting) February 6
Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore (Women's Fiction) August 5
The Sense of Touch by Ron Parsons (Short Stories) February 11
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes (Historical Fiction) November 4
Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes (Historical Fiction) August 29
Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner (Historical Fiction) April 14
Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler (Memoir / Christianity) May 23
The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini (Historical Fiction) May 8
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith (Historical Fiction) September 18
These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar (Young Adult Fiction) May 9
There's a Green Plastic Monkey In My Purse by Jessie Clemence (Christian Living) March 3
Three Bargains by Tania Malik (Literary Fiction) August 13
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (Young Adult Fiction) June 11
The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol (Short Stories) August 11
Wake by Anna Hope (Historical Fiction) June 30
The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline (Women's Fiction) November 7
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney (Historical Fiction) August 14
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell (Fiction / Fairy Tale) February 20
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon (Historical Fiction) June 24
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure (Memoir) August 12

3 STARS
Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann (Chick Lit / Historical Fiction) December 3
The Dinner by Herman Koch (Literary Fiction) September 22
Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak (Historical Fiction) March 25
The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow (Historical Fiction) May 16
The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart (Historical Fiction / Christian Fiction) June 13
Henna House by Nomi Eve (Historical Fiction) August 28
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (Young Adult Fiction / Distopian) April 29
Hidden by Catherine McKenzie (Women's Fiction) April 2
How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer (Contemporary Fiction) September 2
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (Historical Fiction) September 30
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Women's Fiction) December 5
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Business / Women's Studies) January 23
Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani (Women's Fiction) November 12
No Country by Kalyan Ray (Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction)
The Ogallala Road by Julene Bair (Memoir) March 10
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern (Women's Fiction) May 26
The Paradise Tree by Elena Maria Vidal (Historical Fiction) October 8
Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith (Christian Fiction / Historical Fiction) September 8
Sleep Donation by Karen Russell (Science Fiction) September 4
A Year After Henry by Cathie Pelletier (Contemporary Fiction) August 6

2 STARS
Away by Amy Bloom (Historical Fiction) November 18
Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro (Contemporary Fiction) May 19
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin (Historical Fiction / Christian Fiction) April 23
Landing Gear by Kate Pullinger (Contemporary Fiction) May 22
One Thousand Porches by Julie Dewey (Historical Fiction) April 21
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (Contemporary Fiction) August 15
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (Historical Fiction) January 21
The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow (Women's Fiction) August 4


NOTABLE POSTS AND SERIES
2014 was a banner year....here's hoping that 2015 will surpass it!


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