Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Year in Review 2014- Long Fiction

Unfortunately my long fiction and non-fiction really took a beating this year, mostly due to my courses. I only read 24 books that could be considered long fiction this year (novels, novellas, including those written for children or young adults) compared to 41 last year. Here they are in order of least to most favourite:

24. Sophie Kinsella- Confessions of a Shopaholic
23. Veronica Roth- Divergent
22. Cory Doctorow- Little Brother
21. Salman Rushdie- The Satanic Verses
20. Gertrude Chandler Warner- The Boxcar Children
19. Sheila Watson- The Double Hook
18. Keith Halliday- Yukon River Ghost
17. Nancy Wilcox Richards- How to Outplay a Bully
16. PJ Sarah Collins- What Happened to Serenity?
15. Patrick deWitt- The Sisters Brothers
14. Benedict and Nancy Freedman- Mrs. Mike 
13. Susan Haley- Petitot
12. Steigg Larsson- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
11. Beverly Cleary- Beezus and Ramona
THE TOP 10!!!
10. Deborah Ellis- No Ordinary Day
9. Suzanne Collins- Mockingjay
8. Judy Blume- Freckle Juice  
7. Sara Gruen- Water for Elephants
6. Louisa May Alcott- Little Women  
5. Suzanne Collins- Catching Fire 
4. Margaret Laurence- The Stone Angel
3. Natalie Babbitt- Tuck Everlasting
2. Khaled Hosseini- The Kite Runner
1. Kathleen Winter- Annabel

Thought? Surprises? Mockery?


raidergirl3 said...

Great top ten - strong women authors for sure. The only ones in your top ten I haven't read are 3 and 10.

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: Hey, look at that, I guess the top ten is female heavy (Hosseini is the only male). All, as you say, strong authors.

Eric P said...

I wasn't crazy about Lawrence's A Jest of God, but I do plan on setting aside some time in a couple of years to read The Stone Angel and The Diviners.

Knowing of your time crunch, I can recommend some less ambitious novels. Of the shorter books I read this year, Turgenev's Fathers and Children really stands out, as do the shortish novels of Joseph Roth -- Hotel Savoy, Rebellion, Weights and Measures, etc. I'd also go ahead and read Kroetsch's The Studhorse Man if you haven't already.

John Mutford said...

Eric: I think I might try The Studhorse Man in 2015 at some point. Thanks again for that book!

The time crunch has also led to me writing shorter, more typo filled blog posts than even normal, which I'm not proud of. I've considered putting it all on hiatus until I'm finished, thinking that if I don't have time to do it adequately, why bother, but I don't want to lose my few remaining followers, and hopefully I'll still turn out an insightful or provocative thought here or there if my readers are patient enough to wade through the errors and filler.

Teena in Toronto said...

"Confessions of a Shopaholic" was fun in its day ... the sequels kept getting worse, though :(