So, each year I attempt to read around 45-60 books. And since I’ve started keeping track in 2012, I’ve nailed those numbers last year and this year (2012 saw me read a piddly 39 books). It’s fun to keep track of, although, I find that any time I do this kind of thing I find myself pushing myself a little too hard. But this year has been fun and I’ve read 55 books to date, with 3 more that I hope to finish by the end of the year.
So, even though I have 3 to go, I feel that I can definitely do a top 10. Before the top ten though, I would like to share with you The Best book I read this year, and The Most Important book I read this year.
The Best Book of 2014 (IMO)
This year it is a toss up for me between A Prayer For Owen Meany and 2001: A Space Odyssey. These books are amazing, and I am glad that I took the plunge and read them this year. John Irving and Arthur C. Clarke are outstanding writers who use language in a delightfully simple and fluid way that can capture your imagination and titillate your senses.
The Most Important Book I read in 2014…
It’s a tough one this year. I read a lot of books, and some incredibly insightful and important ones (which you’ll see on my top 10 down below). But I think I’m going to have to say that Matt Taibbi’s The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap is my choice for most important book I read this year. His insights are quietly disturbing. At times you wonder how he’s going to bring some of his narratives together, they seem so disparate, but when he does…BAM! it’s like a bolt of lightning! This book is blindingly illuminating.
So, without further ado, here’s my…
Top 10 For 2015 (in no particular order)
- The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- A Prayer For Owen Meany
- In Search of April Raintree
- Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation
- Oryx and Crake
- The Emperor’s Soul
- Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past
Well, there you have it, my top books of 2014. I love feedback so if there’s a book you’d like to recommend to me, please leave the title and author in the comments below and I will try to read it in the coming year! Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for my top movies/tv shows of 2014 🙂