The Best of 2014: ADULT BOOKS!


I don’t just read children’s books.

Now that we’ve all gotten over the shock of that revelation, here are my favorite books for grown ups that I read in 2014 (in no particular order).

Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade
A contemporary, Christian romance that made me laugh, cry, and fall in love. It was a beautiful story of forgiveness and hope.
The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
An amazing story about a woman living in the dump of Cambodia who learns a secret about the cranky old woman that collects rent. It’s beautiful. I loved this book and I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
This was a unique story told in letters from an adult orphan and her experiences trying to gain an education, friendship, and love.
Moonblood and Shadowhand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
These two books are part of a Christian fantasy series that I adore. I love these books. If you want to read the series, start at the beginning with Heartless and read them in order or you’ll get hopelessly lost.
The Grand Tour series took me completely by surprise.  I loved it far more than I expected to.  It’s about a young woman finding out she is the illegitimate daughter of a very wealthy man and her trip through Europe with her new family, trying to fit in with her half siblings, and finding lasting love.
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
This is an incredible documentary of the great American Dust Bowl and the people who lived and survived there during the Great Depression.
Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger
This was one of the most exciting and fun art books I’ve read in a very long time. The artist’s style is unique and vibrant and full of life and it made me want to toss everything else aside and just sketch and paint the days away.
A Match of Wits by Jen Turano
This is the last book in the Ladies of Distinction series and it was my favorite. It’s a lighthearted, humorous romp with a spunky heroine and an unlikely hero. I loved it.
Here is Where by Andrew Carroll
If I could pick one book that had the biggest impact on me during 2014, this would be it. It was absolutely fascinating. The author traveled around the United States in search of unmarked places of historical significance. You would not believe the things he discovered! I was so in love with this book I bought a copy for my mom, too. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history or learning more about America.
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
By far the best book on writing I’ve ever read. It’s intended for people writing nonfiction, but much of his advice applies to fiction as well. If you are a writer, this book should definitely be in your library.
Daily Painting by Carol Marine
For artists, this is a great inspiration. It talks about the daily painting movement and how you can enhance or change your career. Fantastic advice for artists!
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
After reading this, I completely understand why it’s such a popular book. It’s about two mythical creatures finding each other in historical New York City and the impact they have on each other and the people around them. It’s a beautifully written novel and one I would recommend to fans of fantasy, history, and magic.

What were your favorite adult books of 2014?

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    January 3, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I haven't read any of these yet, but I have been wanting to read The Golem and the Jinni. Looks like you read a lot of wonderful adult books in 2014! I read some adult books in 2014, but my favorites were probably the Neil Gaiman books I read.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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    Tressa S
    January 6, 2015 at 5:16 am

    You have several of my favorites here: Meant to Be Mine, The Rent Collector, Dear Mr Knightley… I've read some of Stengl's series too, but need to finish it. I have one of The Grand Tour books by Bergren and met her this past year. She was fabulous! I need to read all of her books! Then there are some of these I will have to add to my list and get for gifts. My sister who homeschools loves art and teaches it at different times during the year and so I'll have to get her those books. I also love American history… Seriously love your list! So glad you shared!!!

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    Tina at
    January 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for sharing your favorites of the year! I too loved Dear Mr. Knightley, and I really enjoy Jen Turano though I haven't read the one you mentioned yet. I'll be checking out your other picks! Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week!

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