year in book review 2014

books read: 39

total pages:  11,723

avg. book page count: 300.6

avg. books per month: 3.25

no. of books that are part of a series: 9

no. of re-reads: 1

  1. the world according to garp by john irving, 602 p,  5 stars
  2. you’re not doing it right by michael ian black, 256 p,  4 stars
  3. my custom van by michael ian black, 223 p,  2 1/2 stars
  4. beautiful ruins by jess walter, 352 p,  2 1/2 stars
  5. the book thief by mark zusak, 552 p,  5 stars
  6. divergent (re-read) by veronica roth, 496 p,  4 stars
  7. insurgent by veronica roth, 544 p,  3 1/2 stars
  8. one more thing by bj novak, 288 p,  3 stars
  9. serena by ron rash, 384 p,  3 stars
  10. a long way down by nick hornby, 352 p,  3 stars
  11. the carrie diaries by candace bushnell, 389 p,  3 stars
  12. summer and the city by candance bushnell, 409 p,  2 1/2 stars
  13. the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, douglas adams, 214 p,  3 stars
  14. hannibal rising by thomas harris, 336 p,  3 1/2 stars
  15. red dragon by thomas harris, 343 p,  4 stars
  16. the fault in our stars by john green, 313 p,  5 stars
  17. the good luck of right now by matthew quick, 304 p,  3 1/2 stars
  18. the giver by lois lowry, 180 p,  4 stars
  19. the stranger by albert camus, 154 p,  3 stars
  20. bread and butter by michelle wildgen, 336 p,  3 stars
  21. shane by jack schaefer, 119 p,  4 1/2 stars
  22. the cuckoo’s calling by robert galbraith (aka jk rowling), 455 p,  3 1/2 stars
  23. wonder by rj palacio, 315 p,  5 stars
  24. slaughterhouse five by kurt vonnegut, 215 p,  3 1/2 stars
  25. the rosie project by graeme simsion, 294 p,  4 1/2 stars
  26. mr. penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore by robin sloan, 288 p,  5 stars
  27. the outsiders by se hinton, 156 p,  4 1/2 stars
  28. where’d you go, bernadette by maria semple, 326 p,  4 1/2 stars
  29. on the road by jack kerouac, 307 p,  2 1/2 stars
  30. not that kind of girl by lena dunham, 262 p,  2 1/2 stars
  31. french milk by lucy knisely, 194 p,  3 1/2 stars
  32. dubliners by james joyce, 152 p,  2 1/2 stars
  33. charlie and the chocolate factory by roald dahl, 162 p,  4 stars
  34. choose your own autobiography by neil patrick harris, 291 p,  3 1/2 stars
  35. a vision of fire by gillian anderson and jeff rovin, 292 p,  2 stars
  36. the best christmas pageant ever by barbara robinson, 80 p,  4 stars
  37. stuart little by eb white, 131 p,  4 stars
  38. paper towns by john green, 305 p,  4 1/2 stars
  39. let it snow by john green, maureen johnson, & lauren myracle, 352 p,  3 1/2 stars


top five- 1) mr. penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, 2) the book thief, 3) the fault in our stars, 4) the world according to garp, 5) wonder

longest- the world according to garp, 605 pages

shortest- the best christmas pageant ever, 80 pages

most read genre- contemporary

oldest- dubliners by james joyce published in 1914

newest- choose your own autobiography by neil patrick harris published 10.14.14

top ten characters: 1) hannibal lecter in hannibal rising and red dragon, 2) rudy in the book thief, 3) mr. penumbra in mr. penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, 4) hans hubermann in the book thief, 5) august in wonder 6) don tillman in the rosie project, 7) margo roth spiegelman in paper towns, 8) augustus waters in the fault in our stars, 9) death in the book thief, 10) bartholomew neil in the good luck of right now

page to screen adaptations that i’ve seen: the book thief, divergent, hitchhiker’s guide, hannibal rising, the fault in our stars, the giver, on the road, charlie and the chocolate factory, and stuart little

best adaptation: the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy

worst adaptation: stuart little

page to screen adaptations that i haven’t seen: the world according to garp, shane

top five settings/locations: 1) mr. penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore in mr. penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, 2) willy wonka’s chocolate factory in charlie and the chocolate factory, 3) porto vergogna, italy in beautiful ruins, 4) the heart of gold spaceship in the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, 5) antarctica in where’d you go, bernadette


“a writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as our personal memories.” -the world according to garp

“as it crossed the valley, the railroad track appeared sewn into the lowland like stitches.” -serena

“…liesel would hold them [words] in her hands like the clouds and she would ring them out like rain.” -the book thief

“wanting to die seems like it might be a part of being alive.” -the long way down

“…the best way to avoid writing is by reading.” -summer and the city

“you are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.” -the fault in our stars

“i fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” -the fault in our stars

“some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” -the fault in our stars

“my thoughts are stars i can’t fathom into constellations.” -the fault in our stars

“the universe hiccups, and we as poor fools try to figure out why.” -the good luck of right now

“perception’s a tool that’s pointed on both ends.” -red dragon

“what a man knows isn’t important.  it’s what he is that counts.” -shane

“all the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.” -mr. penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore

“i lie to myself all the time.  i never believe me.” -the outsiders

“there was the pacific, a few more foothills away, blue and vast and with a great wall of white advancing from the legendary potato patch where frisco fogs are born.” -on the road

“you should visit the north.  it is cold. yes, but they have sun in their hearts.” -french milk

“maybe all the strings inside him broke.” -paper towns

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2 Responses to year in book review 2014

  1. dtambo says:

    Hi Erin ,can I borrow On the road
    Love Dad

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