Pictured above is every book I read this year. Some were good, some were terrible, others I’d read before and others became new favourites. Below is a list of the 8 very best books I read in 2014 in order of recency rather than preference.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (So far) – Lemony Snicket
A few days ago I saw the announcement of a Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the highly popular book series I read as a kid. In my excitement I thought it about time I re-read said series. They’re such short and simple stories which have something very Poe-esque about them. I’ve read the first two over the last three days and I can’t wait to re-read the rest.
Fractured – Dani Atkins
Yes don’t judge a book by it’s cover blah blah blah… well I did. I kept seeing this on Amazon over and over before I finally decided to stop judging it by its chick lit cover and downloaded it onto my Kindle. It was a brilliant book and kept me guessing right up to the last page.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Well it’s been made into a major motion picture now so if you haven’t already read Gone Girl, the trailer has probably spoiled it for you. Ben guessed the entire plot and twist just from watching the trailer so perhaps it best to steer clear of that if you’re planning to read the book.
Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Another huge Blockbuster hit that I finally got around to reading in 2014. I watched the film afterwards but I definitely enjoyed the book ten times more. I wasn’t expecting to like this book at all but I actually found it interesting, captivating and inspiring.
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Ruben
Continuing with the spirit of inspiration, I also read The Happiness Project; a book about one normal woman’s journey to happiness. By making small changes to her day to day life, Gretchen Ruben changed her life from being one of contentment to one of happiness- something we all struggle to do.
Divergent (Trilogy) – Veronica Roth
In time for the release of the first Divergent film, I made my way through the highly popular trilogy by Veronica Roth. I quite enjoyed them although there was a few things I found disappointing or irksome within the books, they were overall enjoyable and easy to read.
The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
Looking back on this book, it’s something that’s stuck with me. Although when I first finished it, I deemed it not quite up to standard, it has certainly been an unforgettable story.
Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine
The first book I read this year! I’ve reviewed this previously on this blog and for a magazine article back in university, and have named it one of the best gender study books I’ve ever come across.