Top Ten Tuesday: Books Ricki Read in 2014


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books Ricki Read in 2014

Kellee donated this day to me! Yippee! I can pick ten books. Wait, only ten? Ah!

Kellee will be doing her post on January 2. If she limits her list to ten, I might just fall off of my chair. 🙂 Love you, Kel!

I’ve divided the books into categories, but I hate categories. If you are human, you will like these books, regardless of your age. This year, out of all of my reading years, I read widely in each category, so I am proud of this book list. Many of the texts are popular choices, but they are so good, that I’d be remiss if I didn’t include them as my favorites this year. Also, not all of these books came out in 2014, but most are very recent.

And check out Kellee’s Favorites, too!

Children’s Literature/Picture Books

1. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen 

this is not my hat

This book is quirky, weird, and oh-so-good.

2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers)


Technically, I read this at the end of 2013, after my Top Ten List came out. My husband I loved this book. It was so much fun to read with our son, and we have read it many times since.

Upper Elementary/Middle Grade Literature

3. brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

brown girl

You know when you hear a song that is so perfectly in tune, and you get the shivers? That is this book for me.

4. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd 


This book made me, as an adult, believe in magic.

Young Adult Literature

5. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

dr bird's advice for sad poets

I think every high schooler should read this book.

6. We Were Liars by e. lockhart

we were liars

Exceeds the hype. e. lockhart is a genius.

Adult Literature

7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

the storied life

This is a reader’s book. In other words, if you like to read, you will like this book.

8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me before you

This isn’t an extremely literary book, but it had me hooked. If you want to get lost in a book, I highly recommend it. I am still thinking about the ethical side of the book, months later.

Professional Development Texts

9. Culturally Responsive Teaching by Geneva Gay

culturally responsive teaching

I would love to see this book as required reading for all pre-service teachers, in my opinion. I used a whole highlighter on this book.

10. Literature as Exploration by Louise M. Rosenblatt

literature as exploration

She just gets it. This book stands for everything I believe in—as a teacher and as a reader.

Which were your favorites in 2014? I’d love to read them in 2015!


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Ricki Read in 2014”

  1. I need to read Culturally Responsive Teaching. Any book you think every pre-service teacher needs to read is one I want to be sure I know. I would love to participate in this meme today but I am so not ready to put together a Top Ten list yet. I still have two weeks of reading left! What if I read 3 of my Top Ten books over the next two weeks???

    • Elisabeth,
      Yes! I highly, highly recommend it.
      You are right–there are still two weeks left. If I miss one, I will surely add it to next year’s list, so I am not too worried. 🙂 I can’t wait to see your list!

  2. I listened to the A Snicker of Magic audiobook – loved it. Great narrator, great story. I also read the Jojo Moyes book on your list – it was my first Moyes but I have since read more by her. MAN I CRIED. Hard. Loved it, and loved that it was so discussable! I read along with two friends, and we each had different opinions on various things within the book. Excited to read Brown Girl Dreaming along with my kids soon.


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