The Guardian points out the best sports books of 2014


The Guardian shed some light on the best books of 2014 in an article on Monday.

I would like to preface this blog post by saying that I am no sports expert. I occasionally watch a game of football when one of my brothers decides to take over the living room, but I in no way understand all the rules and regulations. That being said, here are the three of the six sports books highlighted in the article:

  • The Second Half by Roy Keane: Keane’s autobiography depicts how he transitioned from playing sports professionally to becoming a manager to a broadcaster. The indexGuardian calls it the “most engrossing sports autobiography of 2014.”


  • KP by Kevin Pietersen: This autobiography discusses the South African professional cricketer’s decision to join the England squad and what eventually led to his being dropped from the team.


  • Chase Your Shadow by John Carlin: Carlin’s book traces the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. From Pistorius’ personal and athletic achievements to the murder charge that brought everything into question, Carlin dives into Pistorius’ life.

Granted, this is a very minimal list and there are no U.S. athletes represented. However, the stories told are so interesting and unique they make me reconsider my indifference towards organized sports.

If you’re really into sports or reading or both, you can also check out The Boston Globe’s list of the best sports books of 2014.


BuzzFeed created a list of the best book covers of 2014


enhanced-8722-1417459258-20BuzzFeed, the news media company that has grown into covering national news, compiled a list of the best book covers of 2014.

We’ve all heard the saying: Don’t judge a book by its cover. But sometimes books are just begging to be picked up because of their cover.

Book jackets tell a story all on their own, and sometimes that story leads us to the story inside the book. If the artwork is compelling enough for us to pick up the book, it suggests the book itself is compelling enough for us to read.

That being said, I’ve read many books with covers that were not the greatest. At the end of the day, it’s what’s inside that matters. (Insert comment about how I was referring to books, but this also applies to people too here.)

Go ahead and check out the list. I have to admit, it’s the most visually appealing list I’ve read. Perhaps one of the book covers will convince you to give the book a go. I know I now have a whole new list of books to check out from my local library.

The New York Times released their top ten books of 2014


‘Tis the season of the best books list, with The New York Times publishing their own list Thursday.

The editors of The New York Times Book Review selected what they believe to be the ten best books of 2014. The list is split in half, with five fiction books and five nonfiction books.dfsdfsdfs

At the top of the fiction list is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Doerr’s second novel follows a blind French girl and a German boy who cross paths as they navigate life during World War II.

Also making the list is Phil Klay’s collection of stories, Redeployment.

b99cc9e0871dac46_fpi_largeRoz Chast’s book Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? made the top of the nonfiction list. Chast discusses the topic of aging parents through comics, photographs, documents, and narrative.

Chast draws from her own experiences to tell the tales of coping with aging parents. She manages to brooch the topic with both comfort and comic relief.

Check out the list to see if your favorite book made the cut, or to maybe find a new favorite book!

Goodreads released its best books awards list


Goodreads, a book recommendation site, has its users vote each year for the best books across 20 genres and posts the winner of each genre.

Goodreads editors nominate 15 books for each category, but users are allowed to write-in books they think were overlooked. The Goodreads Choice Awards racked in over 3 million votes.index

Rainbow Rowell won for best fiction book by more than 10,000 votes with her novel Landline. Rowell’s book follows married couple Georgie and Neal as they try to close the distance that has come between them.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King won Mystery & Thriller by only 419 votes. Robert Galbraith came in a close second with The Silkworm.

A1FCyxvHfaLFantasy was swept away by The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, which won by more than 20,000 votes. This is the third and final installment of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy.

I encourage everyone to check out the list. What’s so great about it is that the books are chosen by fellow readers, so you’re more likely to find a book that you connect with.

Goodreads also shows that books that did not win, in descending order of votes, so you can check out where your favorite books landed or just pick up some new books to read.

Marine wins National Book Award


The National Book Awards were held on Nov. 19 and a former marine won the award for fiction.

Phil Klay, a former marine, won the National Book Award for w-3pckxzfiction with his book of short stories, Redeployment. Klay’s short stories come from his experience from serving as a Marine in Iraq.

“What do you do when you’re trying to explain in words, to the father of a fallen Marine, exactly what that Marine meant to you?” Klay said in his acceptance speech.

Although the stories are drawn from Klay’s experiences, they are all fiction. Some stories are set in Anbar Province where soldiers are fighting, and others are set in the U.S. where they try to acclimate to civilian life again.

index“War is too strange to be processed alone,” Klay said. He added that writing the stories as fiction helped him process his experiences.

Klay’s collection of short stories is a tough and easy read. Any stories about war are hard to get through–to me, at least–but it’s also nice because as short stories, you’re given breathers between each event.

I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone. I think it has a very important message about war and those who fight in it, and it’s a book everyone can benefit from.

Amazon released its Best Books of 2014 list


Amazon named the best book of 2014 by their standards.

Late last week Amazon released its Best Books of 2014 list. The website named Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng as the No. 1 best book of 2014.index

The novel follows the Lee family, a Chinese American family living in Ohio, and how they deal with the death of their favorite child, Lydia. Amazon calls it a “profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home.”

I personally have not read the book, but it received 4.1 out of 5 stars from reviewers on Amazon, so I may need to pick it up.

Amazon’s list is long, but you can browse through different categories such as humor or sports. There really is something for everyone, so I encourage all of you to browse through all the categories Amazon offers.

With so many books to choose from, you’re likely to find a bunch that interest you. Happy hunting!

The Children Bob Moses Led


William Heath, the author of The Children Bob Moses Led, visited Hood College Wednesday.

Heath gave a speech on some of the history in his book and read two passages. His book takes place during Freedom 518BEZY2TNL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Summer, a 1964 voter registration drive in Mississippi aimed at expanding black voting in the South.

Bob Moses, a civil rights activist, led to voter registration drive. Heath’s book, which is based on the history of what happened but is a fictional story, chronicles Moses’ journey.

Bob Moses

“Bob Moses wanted to break the South at its strongest point: Mississippi,” Heath said. “People thought he was crazy, but he set out to do it.”

The Children Bob Moses Led describes the life of Tom Morton, a white college student who joined the efforts in Freedom Summer, and how he handled the events of that summer. Morton is a fictional character, but the Freedom Summer events he lives through all happened.


William Heath

“I found letters written home by the students from Freedom Summer, and they really helped me get perspective on what they went through and how they felt,” Heath said. “i probably know more about what happened than they did because I got to read about everyone’s experience, not just a few people’s.”

Heath’s book is really interesting because it takes real history and spins it into fiction in a really compelling way. People interested in the civil rights movement, or just an endlessly interesting read, should really pick up his book and give it a go. You won’t be sorry.