I'll say that 2014 was not my best year for reading. I finished 15 more books than I did in 2013, but it was harder to pick my favorites than it was last year.
Obviously I need to work harder in 2015 to read books that are awesome.
That said, there were some stand-outs this year. Here are the 10 I loved most, with a perfect split between fiction and non-fiction:
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. (full review here)
This book just made me so happy - it's ridiculously fun to read something this downright enjoyable. I would recommend this to basically everyone in the world who likes young adult books.
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. (full review here)
Education is one of my favorite topics and with Ella getting ready for kindergarten this fall, it's on my mind even more than normal. This book is inspiring, fascinating, and a surprisingly quick and engaging read.
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg. (full review here)
My interest in opening a restaurant is non-existent, but Molly makes every step of their journey toward opening Delancey completely gripping. If I buy a giant commercial mixer on Craig's List, you'll know who to blame. I wish she wrote more than one book every four years.
Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin.
It's kind of cheating to include a book that isn't even available yet, but seriously, this book is amazing. I'm rereading it right now and it's the perfect way to start off the year. I'd like to write like Gretchen Rubin writes. I'll definitely write a full review of this one when the release date arrives in March.
Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone (full review here)
I read practically this whole book aloud to Bart and every time I talk to one of his MBA or entrepreneurial-minded friends, I recommend this book. But even if you aren't into business, this book is just plain fun. And brilliant. And you should all use Twitter. . . .
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist (full review here)
There is nothing like a good food book. Seriously, I loved every page of this (and reading it while overlooking the skyline in Chicago didn't hurt either). I just requested her other two books from the library and even though I've heard they aren't quite as good, I'm still looking forward to reading them.
Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick
I read this on our cruise and it was just the perfect relaxing, fun read. I love Jordan Sonnenblick - his writing is just spot-on hilarious every single time, and I developed a big interest in Woodstock after reading it.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (full review here)
I almost didn't read this book (the title and cover did nothing for me), but it was so delightful, I'm constantly glad I didn't miss it.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Total fun YA. It's not great litereature, but it's well-done and definitely deserving of its place on the summer reading guide.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (full review here)
I re-read this in 2014 and loved it even more than I did the first time. Plus, it was super fun to have my mom read it this summer and talk about it at length.
(P.S. My favorite books from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009).