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A Year in Reading: 2014

By posted at 6:00 am on December 1, 2014 6


This series was first conceived in 2004 as a way to get a fledgling website about books through a busy holiday season. Realizing I had spent much of that year with my nose in books that were two, 20 or 200 years old, I was wary of attempting to compile a list of the year’s best books that could have any hope of feeling legitimate. It also occurred to me that a “best of” list would not have been true to the reading I did that year.

Instead, I asked some friends to write about the best books they read that year and was struck when each one seemed to offer up not just an accounting of books read, but glimpses into transporting and revelatory experiences. For the reader, being caught in the sweep of a book may be one of a year’s best memories. It always feels like we’ve hit the jackpot when we can offer up dozens of these great memories and experiences, one after another, to close out the year.

And so now, as we kick off another Year in Reading, please enjoy these riches from some of our favorite writers and thinkers.

For our esteemed guests, the charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era.

We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2015 a fruitful one.

As in prior years, the names of our 2014 “Year in Reading” contributors will be unveiled one at a time throughout the month as we publish their contributions. You can bookmark this post and follow the series from here, or load up the main page for more new Year in Reading posts appearing at the top every day, or you can subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter and read the series that way.

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6 Responses to “A Year in Reading: 2014”

  1. Evelyn Walsh
    at 10:54 am on December 1, 2014

    Love that this series encourages inclusion of books from any time, or any genre. Re-visiting Canterbury Tales now, and that’s likely to be the most moving experience of my reading year

  2. priskill
    at 7:01 pm on December 1, 2014

    Love this series — so glad it is back!

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    at 4:37 pm on December 4, 2014

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  4. C B
    at 5:34 pm on December 5, 2014

    Always looking forward to the first Monday of December… and the entire month! Thank you Millions!!

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