Books I Read in 2014 Part 2

I wanted to continue with the books I read in 2014.  These were books that I read with my book club.  The thing that separates these from the prior list is that these are books that I would never have just picked up on my own, but I enjoyed them and am glad I did!


Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

The author tells weaves two stories together, one told by an older woman who was orphaned and sent out west on the orphan train, and the other a troubled teen in the foster care system.  The two come together and as they tell their stories, we see similarities in their struggles.  A very enjoyable book.


Orange is the New Black, My Year in a Women’s Prison Piper Kerman 

Let me admit, I had no desire to read this book, but I figured I’d at least start it…I loved it!  Piper Kerman tells a very interesting and heart-felt story about life in prison.  I learned a lot about daily prison life, about the lives of some of the many women inmates, and their struggles when they are released from prison.

I haven’t seen the TV show, but it sounds to me like the book is even better!  I highly recommend this book.


Everything that Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

This book made me go through my house and get rid of a lot of clutter and old stuff that I had lying around!  I enjoyed reading about minimalists and enjoyed clearing out a lot of my stuff!


The Brass Verdict, Michael Connelly

A “Lincoln Lawyer” crime suspense novel. Again one I wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but I enjoyed it.  Sad to say, I read the book so fast, I really don’t remember the story!


Nemesis, Jo Newbo

Another detective murder mystery, Nemesis takes place in Norway and features Detective Harry Hole.  The book was well written, suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat.



Defending Jacob, William Landay 

WOW, what a powerful and suspenseful novel.  One of the reviews I read put it into perspecrtive, “a legal and psychological thriller, it also delves into the heart of a family, and will rip yours out in the process.  I enjoyed the book and although the ending was difficult it was perfect for the story.  I only hope this wasn’t a true story.


The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

This was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.  The author tells the story from the perspective of a young Charleston society girl,  Sarah Grimké  living during the time before the Civil War, and that of Hettie, a young slave girl Sarah is given as a gift for her 11th birthday. Sarah is horrified by this “gift” of a human being and does everything she can to help Hettie to a better life.  The reader experiences both Sarah and Hette’s lives through their own stories.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, Cheryl Strayed

In order to come to terms with her mother’s death and her own self destructive behavior, Cheryl Stryaed decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. The reader experiences her achievements and failures and ultimately her successful journey of self discovery.  It did not make me want to hike the PCT!


Remember Me Like This, Bret Anthony Johnston

A very disturbing book about  a family struggling to come to grips with their life after their son who had been missing for four years is found.  The story is told from the point of view of the mother, father, grandfather and brother.



And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

I put off reading this book as his last book was so very powerful and disturbing, I needed to be ready for this one!  This story was also poignant and parts were disturbing and hard to read, but I enjoyed the book and will definitely read his next novel.





  1. Gracie…you are not only physically in-shape…you are mentally in-shape too!

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