What I Read in 2014

20 Dec

I know the year isn’t over yet, but it’s around this time that I usually do my reading round-up post and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself. This year I managed 43 books! I know that’s nothing compared to some of you out there, but it’s five more than 2013 and 2012. A longer commute and part-time work are probably to thank! I also feel like I read some amazing things this year, with very few duds and quite a nice variety in genre. The number of YA books decreased somewhat, to make way for a few more Adult reads and even a few non-fictions. My absolute faves are bolded.

The List: What I Read in 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Deathless by Catherynne M Valente (stunning Soviet fantasy – does for 20th century Russia what Pan’s Labyrinth did for the Spanish Civil War)

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (thought-provoking and utterly absorbing sci-fi set on a distant planet without an external light source)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Vicious by Victoria Schwab (super-powered antics with a pleasing lack of certainty over who is the true hero)

Regeneration by Pat Barker

The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker (incredible WWI trilogy)

Guerra by Joshua Webster (non-fic about the Spanish Civil War)

Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (a 1920s view of gender, class and high society in 1890s NY)

Dust by Hugh Howey

Half Bad by Sally Green (witchy YA fun with a gripping narrative style)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Fool’s Girl by Celia Rees

Raging Star by Moira Young

Say Her Name by James Dawson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (fascinating and inspiring – Angelou’s childhood in segregated America)

Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Glimpse by Kendra Leighton

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (loved this series – Greekish fantasy with a lot of mind-blowing twists)

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan

One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power (asked my friends for non-fic recs on anti-capitalism and feminism – this certainly delivers! Only prob: it ends way too soon)

Barricade by Jon Wallace

Our Lady of the Streets by Tom Pollock

Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (a fresh take on the zombie genre, with some fascinating heroines)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (if I ever get sad I think about the true love between Boris and Popchik and it cheers me right up)

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel (the tale of the French Revolution through the eyes of its main players. Masterful, as with all Mantel)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (a Nigerian girl in America. Loved the central character and her story)

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Boneland by Alan Garner

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (a total joy – the tale of two best friends/rivals growing up in 1950s-60s Naples)

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (a superb reading experience. The Secret History meets Harry Potter meets the dark side of Narnia. Just – wow. Feeling a bit bereft now I’ve finished the trilogy, tbh)

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Here’s to more reading in 2015 😀

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One Response to “What I Read in 2014”

  1. Kama December 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Congratulations. 🙂 Great that you got to read more diverse things, monotony is never good. 🙂 Except Americanah I’ve never heard about other books. I currently read 47/52 books in 2014. I hope I’ll make it in time before the new year kicks in. 😛 I also read a lot during commuting.
    Good luck next year, and have fun. 🙂

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