Usually this post is limited to my favorite books, but I decided to do it differently this year for a variety of reasons. Long before I was a writer, I was an avid reader and I still am. Reading is truly my favorite pastime. I read voraciously, and because of this it’s hard for me to narrow down the hundreds of books I read each year into a tidy little list of ten or twenty. Also, when I started listing my favorite books they weren’t attached to names and faces, lovely people I call friends. But now many of them are, and for this reason it’s hard for me to remain objective. So I figure this year I will share my very favorites in many different categories.
So here it is. My favorite things of 2014
Alice Hoffman is my very favorite author in the world, so it’s no surprise that this is my favorite read of 2014. Her prose is beautiful, her descriptions lyrical and her tone haunting. Her books always leave an impression on me, and I enjoy every moment of them. This book was gorgeous from start to finish. I highly recommend it.
Okay, so in this category I felt that my second pick needed to be mentioned as well. Here is my second favorite book of 2014 –
I’m not a huge historic fiction reader. And if I do read a historic novel it’s usually royal fiction by Philippa Gregory. But I read this book because a friend of mine urged me to. And I am so glad I did. This book seriously surprised me. The writing was fantastic, the plot interesting and suspenseful, and the characters engaging. I loved everything about this book!
Music is my second love and I listen to music constantly while I write. Therefore it was difficult to pick a favorite song. But when I sat down and really thought about it, I knew I had to pick SWEATER WEATHER by The Neighbourhood. I think I actually fell in love with it in 2013, but I’ve listened to it almost nonstop this year. It’s one of those songs that just never gets old to me.
I couldn’t choose so this one is a tie. The Civil Wars have been my favorite for awhile. I love their sound, their uniqueness and their voices. They are perfection in my opinion. But The Neighbourhood swiftly stole my heart this year. Their sound is so different from anything out there, Jesse’s voice is amazing, and the dark quality of their music is so easy to write to.
This is an easy one for me. I’m not a huge movie-goer but this year I did watch more movies than normal. I think because there were so many books made into movies. But the best movie by far was Gone Girl. I read the book in 2013 and it was one of my favorite reads of the year. It was chilling and dark, and had a plot twist that blew my mind. I had worried that the movie wouldn’t live up to the book, but I felt like it did. The actors portrayed the characters with just the right amount of creepiness. They were perfect. And the plot twist was just as delicious on screen. This movie has haunted me ever since I stepped out of that theater.
Favorite TV Show:
I don’t watch much TV. In my downtime I would always rather crack open a book then turn on the television. Therefore I usually only have one or two shows I watch religiously. Nashville has been that one show for me for the past couple of years. I love the music, the plot, and the romance of course.
I love wine. Red wine mostly. Lodi and Paso Robles have been my favorite wine regions for awhile, but Lodi has surpassed Paso for me in the last year or so. And this year my favorite wine is the 2012 Wegat from M2 Winery in Lodi.
Favorite new activity:
Even though we live in a town that is very bicycle friendly with trails everywhere, I’ve never really gotten into biking. However, this year my family all got bikes and we started riding quite a bit. Now I’m kind of addicted.
Favorite writing moment:
FOR THE WIN was my bestselling release this year. And I was beyond honored when it hit #1 in numerous categories. Thank you to all the readers who picked up and read this book!
Thanks for indulging me. What were some of your favorites of 2014? Share them in the comments below!