Thursday, 1 January 2015

2014 In Reviews

Woop, weclome to the first post of 2015! While you're nursing that hangover I thought I would put together a little 'year in reviews' post for any great reads you happened to miss out on in 2014.

Part of the reason I started my blog this year was to get back into the habit of reading and I am so happy that I did for two reasons: There are so many new books and authors I've discovered this year through book blogging that I probably wouldn't have otherwise and not only have I enjoyed getting back into the swing of reading a lot more I also love sharing my thoughts on books with anyone who will listen! Although I only started this blog halfway through the year, here you can take a look at the best books I reviewed in 2014:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes A little book with a big heart, Me Before You is definitely one of the most thought provoking and heart-wrentching books I had the pleasure of reading this year. An easy read that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith JK Rowling's books under her psuedonym are getting better and better and The Silkworm had me hooked until the very last page. I can't wait to follow on the story of Detective Strike and his capable assistant Robyn in their next case.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman is probably one of my favourite characters to have come across this year. His mix of adorable and annoying offbeat personality will make you fall in love and drive you bonkers at the same time. My reading list for 2015 has The Rosie Effect firmly at the top!

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.I've been a fan of Caitlin for years and years. Her Times columns are some of the funniest I've ever read so it's a wonder that it's taken me this long to read How to be a Woman. But, the wait was worth it as this is one of the funniest books on feminism that I've read ever. I love her no bullshit approach to feminism and couldn't stop laughing all the way through.

The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton. A stunning debut novel The Miniaturist had me cheering for the young bride Nella as her miniature cabinet causes things to get pretty weird in the Brandt household.

Frog Music by Emma Donoughe. One of the standout historical novels for me during 2014, Frog Music was really a lot of fun to delve into and I loved the character of Blanche, a French dancer who tries to solve the mystery of her friends'.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I don't often delve into the world of business books but #Girlboss is unlike any that I've ever read. A kickarse inspiring read from a young woman who has certainly got her stuff together. Sophia delivers some straight shooting advice to all us 'special snowflakes' who need it.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. A beautiful book about an unlikely friendship between a young girl and the concierge of her apartment building. A book to make you smile and to cry.

Longbourn by Jo Baker. This was a standout novel for me this year. Featuring the characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Longbourn takes us behind the scenes of the Benett girls lives and into the daily happenings of the servants below stairs. I literally had trouble putting this book down.

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