My 2014 Reading List

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A while back, I posted on why I decided to read women authors only for 2014. Now that 2014 has come and gone, I’d like to briefly run through the books I actually ended up reading. Click the links below for detailed reviews:

Of these, my favorites were: Book One of The Orchardist, Small Moments, How to Breathe Underwater, Wild, Interpreter of Maladies, and A Thousand Acres. My gamble paid off. I discovered new authors I admittedly should have already known, and I opened up new avenues of exploration. Most specifically:

  • Jane Smiley blew me away with her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Thousand Acres”, leading me to read “The Greenlanders” and undoubtedly more in the future.
  • Women Who Run with the Wolves affected me on a very deep level and has led me to understand feminism in the language of Jungian symbols.
  • Jhumpa Lahiri is a phenomenal artist who captures the quintessence of what it means to be a second generation immigrant in the United States.
  • The Guns of August, though overlong, got me thinking a lot about war, and how it relates to psychology. It’s led me on a path of research on the American Civil War and it’s also led me to start reading Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of our Nature, a behemoth I’m thoroughly enjoying that’s forcing me to completely rewrite my understanding of violence.
  • Wild is not an overrated book. The movie does this wonderful memoir justice. Watch the movie. Read the book. You will not regret either.

Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.