Thursday, 1 January 2015

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

Not counting rereads (which I happily did a lot more of than in previous years), and in no particular order, these are the books I really loved in 2014...


1. Beauty by Robin McKinley. A gorgeous rendering of Beauty and the Beast, made all the more captivating in audiobook form.

2. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. A retelling of the Frog Prince (mashed up with other fairy tales), this was a really fun and lovely audiobook.

3. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. I'm cheating by including the whole series here, but it is really AMAZING and everyone should GO READ IT NOW.

4. False Colours by Georgette Heyer. I love, love, loved this story of twins switching places in Regency England - Heyer is a happy place kind of read, and it was extra fun in audiobook.

5. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning. Another fantastic audiobook (I'm sensing a pattern here), I related to Neve and her story so much it was scary.

6. Zombies Vs Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. The literary equivalent of a dance off, the short stories featuring - you guessed it - zombies and unicorns in this book are by turns delightful, hilarious and touching.

7. About a Boy by Nick Hornby. I had low expectations due to hating the only other Hornby book I've tried (High Fidelity), but I ended up loving this darkly humorous story - and I listened to it in a fabulous audiobook of course.

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This. Book. It was utterly heartbreaking but completely worth it.

9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I read this at the very beginning of the year and it instantly became one of my all-time faves.

10. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. I actually listened to a bunch of Wilde's plays performed via audiobook and they were all great, but I loved this one the most.

9 comments:

  1. I love We Were Liars Too <3

    And I'm loving your audiobook theme! I need to get into more audio. Hope you find awesome books this year x

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  2. I love both Beauty and Enchanted! There's a certain elegance to Alethea's fairy tale mash up.

    I haven't read False Colours but I have read Georgette Heyer and really enjoyed her books so I'll have to check it out :)

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  3. MAX AND NEVE MAX AND NEVE MAX AND NEVE MAX AND NEVE!

    Ahem. Have you read Miranda Hart's audio? I haven't read Mindy Kalings but I watched the first season of The Mindy Project and it's a similar, albeit Americanised, style to Miranda. Less awesome because of the lack of British accents. But you may like it too.

    I like Nick Hornby books, but I don't think I loved High Fidelity as much. Though I was reading it when I adopted my babycat Charlie and I remember lying down so that Charlie would go to sleep (she was a very hyper just adopted kitten) on the day she came home with me and she kept meowing because she couldn't see my face when she was lying on my chest so I put the book down and fell asleep with her. Fun story. But that's really my fondest memory of the book. I really liked A Long Way Down too, which I think is being released as a movie this year?

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