2014 hasn’t been my best year in terms of books. Some years are packed full of phenomenal reads, this year the great ones were rare. I did read a few incredible books, but the best are as follows.
Bread and Wine, Shauna Niequist
You are what you eat? Maybe not. (If that were true, I’d be Mexican. My passport denies it: I’m Moldovan, born and bred.)
But food plays an important part in who we are, how we lead our lives, how we grow in community. This book is about that: food and life. It is also beautifully honest, as Shauna Niequist shares personal stories and recipes.
True to its intent, this book has blessed my community. This blessing has come in the shape of one delicious snack/appetizer: bacon, dates and goat cheese rolls.
As my friend will hopefully confirm, it was worth reading this book for this one dish alone.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
This was the third time I read this book and it still made it to one of top reads of the year. We read it together with our English Book Club, which improved the experience. We discussed characters, attitudes and had a ton of fun in the TKAM Jeopardy, courtesy of Anna.
It’s a book about childhood, about injustice, about racism and segregation in the South. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry and it’ll make you angry. But it will inspire you to want to be more kind, live with more integrity and hug those lovable kids.
Also, you will love Atticus.
What about you? What are your top titles for the past year?