2014: What I Read

Following up on Monday's musical retrospective, it's time to award some superlatives to the books that I read in 2014. Straying even farther from release dates than with my musical entry, this list reflects books that I read in 2014, not necessarily books that were released this year. Most Hyped Book (That I Didn't Really Like) - [...]

A Boy and A Bear In A Boat

When Dave Shelton named A Boy and A Bear In A Boat, he pretty much gave away the whole premise in the title. The book follows the adventures of a boy and a bear in a (you guessed it) boat as they take a journey of indeterminate origin and purpose. As the boy and bear venture to who-knows-where [...]

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a story of childhood adventure and, as such, the story's titular hero finds himself in a number of troublesome predicaments, usually as a result of his own childishly unchecked curiosity. Through Tom's adventures in overcoming these predicaments, Twain paints a remarkably accurate picture of the joys, fears, and trials [...]

This Child Will Be Able

I'm not ashamed to say that I like kids' books. You can say a lot in and with a children's book that's worth saying. Maybe more than anything, the typically simpler language and character arcs of children's literature (and I don't mean that pejoratively) often allow for valuable and rewarding examinations of interpersonal relationships. R. J. Palacio's [...]