Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

It’s not quite the end of the year, and I’m still in the middle of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, but the Top Ten Tuesday for this week is this year’s Top Ten so I’ll make this list with the caveat that I still have plenty of reading to do yet this year (especially since my university semester just ended). As always you can find The Broke and the Bookish, the illustrious hosts of Top Ten Tuesday on their website, here.

TTT Best 2014Without further ado, here are my top ten (in order).

10. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee — I’m doing my dissertation on the multiplayer classroom, my concentration is literacy, so Gee’s text was very helpful in thinking about aspects of video games and how conceptually, they can relate to education.

9. Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal — related to the Gee text, McGonigal talks about the effects of gaming on the larger world and how we could use games to make the world better. Also very helpful. I go back to it frequently.

8. Revolution by Deborah Wiles — I think it’s time to stop saying that I don’t like historical fiction. I LOVED Revolution. It’s a documentary novel that uses primary source text to provide historical context for the story. And it’s amazing.

7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Allyn and I read this one together. I think it’s the last one we read together. I mentioned Adichie in last week’s TTT as well.

6. Lexicon by Max Barry — the power of words. Need I say more?

5. One Crazy Summer and P. S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia — Here we go with historical fiction again. Amazing. Maybe it’s that I have a thing for historical fiction that puts my existence in a larger context, which isn’t something I spent a lot of my youth thinking about.

4. UnDivided by Neal Shusterman — This one made me think not only about the medical ethics questions the series raises, but also how authors use ideas from classic literature to enhance their stories. I was, at the same time, reading Frankenstein. Making the connections between the stories made it even more interesting.

3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander — Novel in verse, basketball, family struggles, siblings, hip hop and jazz. This one has it all.

2. Saga (comic book series) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Lying Cat is my favorite comic book character ever. Started reading this one after I heard about it on Book Riot. Read all three bind ups in rapid succession. When we found out that there were single comics published (a few months after we read Chapter 18), Tracie and I found the comic book store in our town and started buying the singles. Totally worth it.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir — My student, Angel, said that it was very intense. The best book he’s ever read.  I’m inclined to agree. (He’s looking over my shoot

The entire list of books I read this year can be found here. What are the top ten books you read this year?

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