This post may seem a little late, and it is, but I really wanted to talk about these books! These books weren’t all published in 2014, and they’re in the order that I read them, not by favourites!
#1 The Hunters – Chris Kuzneski
This book was the first one in the historical fiction genre that I really enjoyed and got into. The ones that I’ve read in the past were just so slow and I always felt a little overwhelmed with all the facts, names and information that I had to remember! It took me a few chapters to really get into The Hunters, but once I did I couldn’t put it down! I loved the characters, and I think their variety of expertise was great, because you got a glimpse of all the different components of a good investigative team!
#2 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Now this one is actually the first ‘classic’ that I’ve actually enjoyed, and I loved it. It’s hard to believe that this was a debut novel for Harper Lee, because the writing, the characters, the story… everything was brilliant. You can see my full review here.
#3 Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
I read the His Dark Materials series for the first time last year, and I couldn’t believe how good it actually was. I was sucked in right from the first chapter, and it just took me back to childhood. The world was fantastic and I had no problem imagining everything from the words. I reviewed the whole series here.
#4 We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
Oh, this book. This is the one that has always come straight to mind when people ask what I read last year. I went into this book not knowing what it was about – I really had no idea. The plot twist was so unexpected to me, and that’s either an amazing feat by the writer, or a dim moment for me. I saw that a lot of people didn’t guess though, so I wasn’t alone! I wrote a review, and tried not to give anything away but I would advise you to just go read the book immediately!
#5 Red Rising – Pierce Brown
This book was one that a lot of people were looking forward to, and it didn’t disappoint. I think there were some mixed reviews, but many people seemed to either love the first half and hate the second, or vice versa. I was in the latter group. As a whole, the story was great. The beginning took some time to get into (and could have been a separate book!) but when you got to the second half, the build up was so worth it! I ended up loving this book so much, and I can’t wait to read the second! It’s waiting on my shelf… I reviewed Red Rising here.
Have you posted about 2014 favourites?