The past few years I’ve posted a list in September highlighting some of the books we’ve read. I’m a few months late, but here are a few of the stand-outs from 2014:
– Little Bee
A 16 year old Nigerian girl tries to escape her country and find a British couple she met on the beach. This is a page turner.
The story of a boy who survives a museum bombing and innocently saves a painting but then doesn’t return it. Brian and I both loved this book.
– A Short Guide to a Long Life
This book contains many tips that are pretty obvious (smile, walk, drink water, bathe) but I’m including it on the list because my friend Robin works for the doctor/author and it’s worth the read.
– Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed
Without Their Permission is by the co-founder of Reddit. Brian and I found the book inspiring and got us really fired up to work.
– Walden on Wheels
We both read this book as well. It’s about a guy who goes to Alaska, and then goes to Duke University and lives in a van rather than paying for housing. We hoped the book would have more time in the van, but still found it an easy and enjoyable read.
– Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
We don’t really use Twitter, but both found this book to be fascinating. It’s amazing that the company ever got off the ground. The book reads like a novel and if you’re interested internet startups I’d definitely recommend it.
– Tell the Wolves I’m Home
A touching story of a teenage girl who was very close to her uncle who dies of AIDS. My summary is weak, the book is not.
– Looking for Alaska
I love young adult books because for some reason I find them really easy to fall asleep to. Looking for Alaska was an entertaining story about kids in boarding school.
– The Giver (entire series)
Brian and I both read these quick easy books. I liked them more than Brian did, but I think I was more willing to do the suspension of disbelief thing.
– Sycamore Row: A Novel (Jake Brigance Book 2)
If you liked A Time to Kill, you’ll like this book. It was a great follow-up and I really enjoyed it.
– Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
I don’t know what took me so long to pick up this book, but I finally did after Pam & John went on about how good it was. If you haven’t read it, read it.
– In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
I just started reading this and am really enjoying it. Highlights for me so far have been the 1876 Worlds Fair and the history of the New York Herald (it might sound boring, but it’s not).
Please comment with your recommendations! Thanks in advance.
2014 Cost of Camping:
167 night paid camping
180 nights free camping
347 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $4276.79
Daily average cost of camping: $12.43