2014 in Books

Late Autumn, Ulster County, NY | (c) RobertGoldwitz.com
Late Autumn, Ulster County, NY | (c) RobertGoldwitz.com

What’s notable about this list is that for the first time in many years, most of these books were read for pleasure. This means I didn’t have to take notes on what I read. Also, late last year, I discovered how easy it was to check out ebooks from the library and put them on my iPad. The Nashville Public Library and New York City Public Library have kept me well-stocked. Also listed here are books I didn’t like and didn’t finish. Thank goodness for GoodReads, because it makes it easy to keep a list of books I’ve read and plan to read. In a somewhat chronological order:

1. Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

2. Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth

3. Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

4. Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night

5. Max Barry, Lexicon

6. Max Barry, Jennifer Government (unfinished)

7. Hugh Howey, Half Way Home

8. Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

9. Orson Scott Card, The Lost Gate (Mither Mages #1) (audiobook)

10. Donovan Hohn, Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them (stopped reading)

11. Orson Scott Card, The Gate Thief (Mither Mages, #2) (audiobook)

12. John Shelton Reed, Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (one chapter; took notes)

13. Katherine Hayles, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis

14. Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

15. Lev Grossman, Codex

16. Vicki Croke, Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

17. Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

18. Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Painted Girls (must finish!)

Not a lot of books, actually. With the onset of a renewed research project, I have read no new books in the past two months. If it wasn’t for the New Yorker, I would be adrift.

Author: Elizabeth F. Cornell

Elizabeth F. Cornell is the director of communications for Fordham IT, at Fordham University. Formerly, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the English Department at Fordham.

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