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cook*create*read: Belated! My Top 5 Reads of 2014

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Belated! My Top 5 Reads of 2014

A few notes about my reading in 2014:
  • I read a total of 53 books. I didn't quite meet my Goodreads target of 72 books, but I'm ok with that.  I know I go through long periods of not reading a thing (something I want to work on this year!) and I should've factored that into my target!
  • Of those 53 books, 36 were written by female authors and 18 by male authors.
  • Page total was 20613
  • Author nationality breakdown is as follows:
    • 23 American
    • 16 English
    • 3 Irish
    • 2 Japanese
    • 1 Alaskan
    • 1 Scottish
    • 1 New Zealander
    • 1 South African
    • 1 Welsh
  • 8 books were either prize winners or nominees (Man Booker, Pulitzer, Costa)
  • The oldest book I read was The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1959

Two books were huge disappointments for me this year: 

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton may have won the Man Booker Prize, but I just didn't get it.  Skilfully written, maybe, but to me it was over-long, tedious and boring!  (Read my full review here)

The second bomber for me was perhaps the most hyped book of the year - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  I hesitated in picking this one up for so long, but then I heard the movie was coming out and I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie.  I hated this thing so much.  Read my full review here.  I haven't seen the movie yet, not sure if I will, but I live in hope that it is better than the book.  

On to my top reads of the year! These are in no particular order, because that is just too hard ...

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I gave this book 4 stars because the ending was a bit of a let down for me, but this was such a fun book to read.  I loved the 80s references.  It was fast paced, action packed and filled with great characters.

(Read my full review here)

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

A wonderfully sensitive book dealing with some tough subject matter.  This one has stayed in my thoughts since I put it down.

(Read my full review here)

 Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

I think pretty much the world and her dog has read this book, and I've seen it on many people's 'top books of 2014' lists, and deservedly so.  A thoughtful and heart-wrenching read.

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

This book was so much better than I expected, truly one of those that I couldn't put down and devoured in a couple of sittings.  Another tender tale about hope and loss.

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Oh ... this book.  This book would be in top spot and goes down as one of my favourite books of all time.  I savoured every word and did not want the story to end.  This is one of those books I recommend to anyone who so much as mentions reading in my earshot!

Let me know what your top reads of the year were!

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