Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Must Read in 2014 Second Quarter Update



 
















I had 36 books selected as my "must read in 2014". In the first quarter of 2014 I completed 17 of those titles. Since I finished almost half of my choices in the first quarter, I added a few more titles (I'm now at 44).

You can view the whole list on my Goodreads page here.
Check out my First Quarter Update (some really amazing books!)

In the second quarter of the year, my pace slowed a bit. I think I went through a "word draught" and I had trouble writing and reading as much as I did during the first three months of the year, as I'm sure you can see by the dearth of posts over the past three months. Still, I kept plugging along and managed to finish another 11 books. I'll take it.

Here they are, from the most recently completed...




Wonderful middle grade realistic fantasy. Yeah, that's what I'm going with for the genre. Gorgeous language and a great story.


This is a fabulous series. I'm also currently listening to Bitterblue (another of my Must Read books)

I LOVED THIS ONE! I listened to it, and enjoyed every moment. While I didn't write in college, I could have been Cath in so many other ways.



I actually finished the whole first omnibus. VERY dark and disturbing... but excellent work as always from Gaiman.


I listened to this one also - but may have enjoyed it more in print. Some amazing stories, and some that were just "eh". That's usually how I feel about story anthologies, so that makes sense. Gaiman's story was awesome.

Excellent story, intriguing world. This was also the first ARC I received in a "pretty box" so I was totally jazzed about that. I'll be reading this series as it comes out.

Read this with Kathy as a Batty book. It had some flaws, but was overall a very enjoyable book about a world where water is scarce.




Dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel for young adults. Very interesting world building, and a solid addition as a #diverselit title as well. One of the main characters is gay, and it isn't the POINT of the story. Solidly adventurous plot.



Some fun poems, some just okay. Could make interesting material for upper grade math classes!

I love Laurel Snyder (Any Which Wall was also on my Must Read list), and this book was wonderful. I love how she explores the idea of "be careful what you wish for" in a realistic fantasy world.

EXCELLENT example of nonfiction graphic novel format. Perfect to use with any historical fiction that hits this time period. I did a full review.



For those playing along - this marks 28/44 titles complete. I may still add 4 more titles to round it out to an even 48... or I may just start a list of my Must Reads for 2015!


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