Top Ten Books for 2014


It’s that time of year (the penultimate reading day of 2014) where I pick my favourite and bests. The first nine are in no particular order:

The Heart Broke In by James Meek

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

My favourite book of 2014: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


11 responses

    • I’ve been a bit of a book-pusher when it comes to the Fowler. I knew the big twist (read it in a review…) but it didn’t make any difference to my enjoyment of the book – life was on hold while I was reading it.

  1. I really want to read Fowler and everyone loves All the Light You Cannot See. I’m afraid I didn’t love The Goldfinch as much as most people. It had a lot of interesting themes, but a main character that was very hard to sympathize with.

    • I can see wht The Goldfinch divides opinion – some of it was self-indulgent but I’m a sucker for orphans (probably explains my John Irving obsession as well!).
      All the Light We Cannot See was brilliant – long but moves quickly. Oddly, there are similarities with The Goldfinch in that both stories are about a missing museum treasure (but don’t let that put you off!).

    • The Goldfinch divides people I think – always a good sign in my opinion! I’d rather read a book that gets either 1 star or 5 star ratings, as opposed to a solid 3 stars from everyone – does that make sense?!

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