My picks below are in no particular order. I think my choices show just how many different books I enjoy reading - I don't want to be limited to a certain genre, when I enjoy reading books across many different ones. I haven't included any 2014 releases which I've already read. (This might end up being the first of two posts, as I'd like to write another one recommending a fair few other reads from this year that were also very good, if I can.)
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit and read the blog this year, thank you to everyone who has very kindly sent me books and contributed features, to guest reviewers, to the super bookshops on the high street and online, and to the writers of these wonderful stories.
The comments by the books below are brief thoughts taken from my reviews, and the titles link up to my full reviews (if I've written one.)
The bringing together of the story arc of the whole novel from beginning to end was very cleverly done...
There is genuine terror, suspense and intrigue throughout and I couldn’t read this book fast enough.
There is some deliciously dark humour; at times I was laughing an awful lot and wondering whether I should really be laughing at these things, but the way Belinda Bauer writes these events is so clever, combining the gruesome with the ridiculous and mundane to superb effect.'
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait
Indiscretion by Charles Dubow
Nearest Thing to Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers
The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
I thought the characters were superbly portrayed, I engaged with them and loved how the author depicted the evolving relationships between them...The Husband's Secret was a captivating, compelling read and Liane Moriarty is definitely an author whose books I will eagerly watch out for in future.'
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
I haven't managed to write a review of this one yet, but I had to include it here in my list because it was such a brilliant debut novel, the story so skillfully told, the setting wonderfully evoked and with super characterisation, Hannah Kent brought this all so vividly to life. The writing is so good that it is simply a pleasure to read this story. I hope to write a proper review of it in the new year.
What have been your favourite reads this year?
Are any of my choices amongst your favourites?
Do any of them catch your eye?