Thursday, January 1, 2015

BTT (#44) ~ books read last year

Most fun (#93) because of the Charlie Brown tree and Linus's blanket

Deb at Booking Through Thursday asks:
"What was your favorite book (or books) for 2014?  What reading really caught your attention?  Sparked your interest?  Changed your world?  Made you laugh?"
All year long, I "rate" the books I read on a scale of one to ten, all of which is totally subjective.  Since I list those I finish, I could simply have you look at the books I completed in 2014.  However, I also choose my favorite book each month.  Here are my twelve monthly favorites.
January favorite (#4)
by Katy Butler, 2013, memoir, 9/10

February favorite (#10)
The Housemaid's Daughter 
by Barbara Mutch, 2012, fiction (South Africa), 10/10

March favorite (#14)
The Invention of Wings 
by Sue Monk Kidd, 2014, fiction (South Carolina), 10/10

April favorite (#24)
The Conflict Between Word and Image 
by Leonard Shlain, 1998, language and culture, 10/10

May favorite (#30)
Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity
by James D. Tabor, 2012, history of religion, 9/10
June favorite (#39)
The Pink Party
by Maryann Macdonald, illustrated by Abby Carter, 1994, children's, 10/10
July favorite (#44)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story
by Richard Bach, photos by Russell Munson, 1970, fiction, 10/10
August favorite (#49)
Goodnight June
by Sarah Jio, 2014, fiction (Seattle, Washington), 10/10

September favorite (#60)
The Story Hour 
by Thrity Umrigar, 2014, fiction (USA and India), 10/10

October favorite (#77)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 
by Jamie Ford, 2009, fiction (Seattle, Washington), 9/10
November favorite (#78)
My Beloved World 
by Sonia Sotomayor, 2013, memoir, 9/10
December favorite (#88)
A Friendship for Today
by Patricia C. McKissack, 2007, YA fiction (Missouri), 10/10

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one.  This shift upset the balance between men and women and initiated the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and — in literacy's early stages — the decline of women's political status.  Patriarchy and misogyny followed.

(#95)  Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It ~ by Lisa Bloom, 2014, history, 9/10
This one really made me think.  Lisa Bloom, an American civil rights attorney, shows step by step what happened during George Zimmerman's trial for killing Trayvon and uses Zimmerman's own testimony to show without a doubt that he lied.  Fascinating book about the state of our country today.

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