I always like to take a look through the books I have read each year to see which ones I marked as my favorites and which ones I disliked.
2014 was the year I discovered Rainbow Rowell. I still get a smile on my face when I think of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.
I read Eleanor & Park first. I remember telling people, "This book will change your life." It changed mine. So I was sure that everyone would love it as much as I did. I passed that book around to so many different people that I eventually bought a second copy because I was having anxiety that it wasn't around when I wanted to look at it. Strangely enough, both copies are currently missing.
And then I read Fangirl. Twice. In a row. I wasn't ready for the story to end, so I figured the best way to keep it going was to reread it. Only after the second read was I willing to put it down. Again, that one is also MIA.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson was one of my other five star books for 2014. There is not much else to say about that. Winning the National Book Award sort of speaks for itself.
One of my other favorites of the year was Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. So now, I have to go back and rename this post 'The Year of Rainbow AND David'. It seems only fair, since they both have two books on the list. I LOVED Two Boys Kissing and recommended it to anyone I came across. Luckily, that one is actually on my shelf.
My last five star book came in right at the end of the year. With winter break, I managed to have some time to read - mostly nap time. I ordered Will Grayson, Will Grayson on a whim and loved it. John Green and David Levithan are amazing. I couldn't put the book down and may have neglected playing with my child in order to read. I'm sure she will tell her therapist about that.
There were many four star books this year, and thankfully no one star books. I'm hoping 2015 brings me more time to read, but with the girl becoming more demanding of my time ("Mommy, sit here! Mommy, do art!") I am not crossing my fingers.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan