My year in books: 2014
Not my best year for reading, but I did get engaged and married so I am not going to be too hard on myself. A total of 23 successfully finished, and additionally some half read books I could not bear to finish; one being The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (Sorry Georgie!).
Just a few awards to dish out, obviously my opinions are my own so please do not start abusing me for my choices…
Best book of 2014
Tracks by Robyn Davidson. The true story of Robyn’s trek from the centre of Australia to the West coast, a truly remarkable account. It was funny, sad and exciting and left me wishing I was there, nay, her! I simply could not get enough of this book and I feel it has made me a better person for having read it. Maybe I appreciate people’s dreams or something, not quite sure how I ameliorated myself but I feel it, and that is what counts.
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene. This book I think deserves to be on everyone’s reading list. It is a love story, written from a sad and distant perspective, and it is beautiful in every way. This is no story, it is a piece of literary art. It pains me to say, but unfortunately a story with this depth and skill is apparently no contender for the modern day dribble that we see on the Kindle best sellers, people need to wake up and smell the well written books!
Worst book of 2014:
This is a no brain-er. It has to be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. What killed the ambience of this hollywood read was the terrible writing, shallow characters and the poor quality of the kindle version, to boot! I admit, the story had me turning the pages, but compared to a real thriller (John Grisham is a fantastic thriller writer) it was a wet flannel.
January – 😦
February – 12 Years a Slave
March – A Respectable Trade
April – Gone Girl, Unchartered
May – The End of the Affair
June – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Divergent, The Confession (again)
July – Insurgent, Allegiant, Tracks
August – Starting Over, an Officer and a Spy
September – Bite, Sycamore Row
October – Elephant Moon, Daughter, Orange is the New Black, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
November – Birdsong, Philomena,
December – Dear Daughter
Having the books in list form has reminded me of many an unfinished review. Please bear with me…