Top Reads of 2014 by Katherine Arndt (and library staff)

Here at the library we do, on occasion, read. Below is a compilation of the best books published in 2014 that members of the library staff had the opportunity to read (or would really like the opportunity to read). Some of them had the paperback version released in 2014 but they were just too good to ignore. We hope you find this list somewhat helpful as you create your own reading list.

Being mortalAlec Sonsteby

Being mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande

Martha Hardyorchard

Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir by Charles M. Blow

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed

chocolateSamantha Klein

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s by Lori Majewski &  Jonathan Bernstein

Bitter Chocolate: Anatomy of an Industry by Carol Off

Katherine Arndtdataclysm

What if? Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions by Randall Munroe

Dataclysm: Who we are when we think no one’s looking by Christian Rudder

menMichelle Filkins

Men explain things to me by Rebecca Solnit

Jennifer DeJongheRed

Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances by Matthew Inman

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

YouVanessa Rypa

You by Caroline Kepnes

Nathan CarlsonBeowulf

Beowulf: A translation and commentary by JRR Tolkein, Edited by Christopher Tolkien

Owen HansenOcean

The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman

Ruth ZietlowWars

The Wars of the Roses: The fall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones

SerpentBelinda Carillo

The serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

Julie SchlangenArea

Area X: The southern reach trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

LaurenPeter Aldahl

Lauren Ipsum: A story about computer science and other improbable things by Carlos Bueno

Elizabeth HudmanSimon

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

Saving Simon: How A Rescue Donkey Taught Me The Meaning Of Compassion by Jon Katz

+-+491763323_140Shane Wethers

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

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