Monday, 29 December 2014

My best reads of 2014

Of the fifty or so books I read this year, these come out as my top ten. They are not only books published this year. As always I choose them not necessarily on literary merit but enjoyment and the impact they had on me. Here they are in the order I read them and how that came about.

The Buffalo Thief  - Yojana Sharma. I heard something about this author and looked her up. I liked the sound of this book and ordered a copy. I wasn't disappointed.

After the Fall - Charity Norman. This was a selection made while browsing in my local bookshop.

The Ghost of Lily Painter - Caitlin Davies.  Caitlin was a speaker at The Finchley Literary Festival and needless to say I bought a copy - especially interesting as it had local Finchley references.

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini. I gave this to my daughter as she loves his books and she lent it to me.

The Aftermath - Rhidian Brook. Another bookshop browse. I have often heard Rhidian's Thought for the Day and guessed his novel would be an interesting read.

Someone Else's Skin - Sarah Hilary. I had linked with Sarah via Twitter and Facebook as fellow writers. When Sarah published this, her first novel, I had no idea it would take the book world by storm.

The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer. My daughter, a mental health nurse, bought this. She thought it very authentic. I borrowed her copy.

Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut. When I went to the book section of our local recycling centre to take some very tatty books which would not be worthy of a charity shop, I spotted this classic and rehomed it.

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese. This was a birthday present from my daughter. She chose it because she knows I love books set in other lands.

Life after Life - Kate Atkinson. Another bookshop browse (after all you can't buy only one book at a time).

Here's to great reading in 2015.


Andy Bradford said...

I've just finished The Shock of the Fall. A really great book. I wonder what he'll do next? I think he'll do something completely different. Have a great new year Lindsay.

Patsy said...

My favourite book is generally whatever I'm reading at the time (there are so many good ones I tend not to struggle through anything I'm not enjoying)

Joanna said...

This is a really interesting list, Lindsay. I especially loved Life After Life. It was amazing how such a complex structure worked so well and never seemed confusing. And the humour in it had me laughing out loud. xx

Wendy's Writing said...

This is a very varied reading list - I'm always on the look out for good recommendations.

Guernsey Girl said...

What an interesting and thoughtful list of books, Lindsay I shall be following your advice in 2015!