2014: A Year in Books and introducing The Year in Books: January
2014 was a good year for reading, I think. I read 60 books, completing my Goodreads Challenge. Here's a quick round-up of what I read, using some of the questions in Jamie's survey.
Best book in 2014?
A History of Loneliness by John Boyne. I loved it.
Book I was excited about, thought I would love, but didn't?
Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French. Thought it would be funny, it wasn't.
Most surprising book (in a good or bad way)?
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. Everyone said it was good, and it really was.
Best series I started in 2014
This has to be A Song of Ice and Fire, I wasn't sure I would like it, but did enjoy it once I got into it. The rest of the series is on my Kindle waiting to be read.
Favourite new author I discovered in 2014
Clare Morrall. I especially like it when I find an author I like, then realise they've already published other books!
Best book from a genre I don't typically read
A Game of Thrones. I don't like fantasy books, I expected not to like this, but it proved me wrong!
Most unputdownable book of the year?
A History of Loneliness. I read it in a matter of hours.
Book I'm most likely to re-read next year?
I don't reread books.
I can barely remember any of the covers, which implies they haven't really stuck in my mind.
Most memorable character?
Danny, the young swimmer from Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
Most beautifully written book?
The Sea, although it took me a whole month to read.
Most thought-provoking book?
Considering I'm not a sporty person, Double Fault by Lionel Schriver and Barracuda are books which made me think about sport, professional sport, and the dedication it takes to even try and be successful.
Book that shocked me the most
Silence by Natasha Preston simply because it was so poorly edited and littered with errors.
Favourite book I read in 2014 from an author I've read previously
Possibly Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. I've enjoyed all her books.
Best book I read in 2014 which I read solely based on a recommendation
Astonishing Splashes of Colour as recommended by Snowy Owl. Brilliant.
Best 2014 debut?
Gin Glorious Gin by Olivia Williams. Although it's non-fiction. Does that count?
Book that put a smile on my face
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg which was gently funny, all the way through.
Book that (nearly) made me cry
I rarely cry at books. I don't think any made me cry in 2014.
Hidden gem of the year?
Ooh. Not sure. The Red House by Mark Haddon? I don't know anyone else who has read it, or even heard of it.
Right, that's my 2014 reading summarised. On to 2015!
I am so pleased that Laura is running The Year in Books again this year - I've enjoyed seeing what other people are reading and have found a few new blogs to read I doubt I would have found otherwise. I also have many new titles to add to my ever-growing list of books I'd like to read.
My book for January is The Lie by Helen Dunmore.
It's one of the many books I brought home from my Mum's house when I visited at Christmas - a general rule with our reading is that if she liked a book, I will like it. We can generalise a bit further, if I like a book, she might like it, if I love a book she will either love it too, or hate it. Anyway, she liked The Lie, so I expect it to follow our reading rule!
I've loved reading other people's summaries of 2014 - here's to an even better reading experience in 2015!