Every year, I attempt to read one book per week, and I’m sad to report that this year I didn’t make it despite giving it my best try. Inevitably, some of the books I read will inform my own writing, and the ones that do tend to shock the pants off of me. This year, was no different. Yes, I read more than four books this year, but these represent the books I read in 2014 that changed how I write.
Admittedly, I’m still in a book hangover because of The Goldfinch. So don’t count on me to have anything but glowing reviews of this book. Yes, it’s almost 800 pages, and yes, you will not do anything but read those 800 pages once you start it. Consider this a warning.