Thursday, 15 January 2015
2014 in Books
In 2014 I read more classics than I ever have before: Persuasion (Austen), Middlemarch (Eliot), North and South (Gaskell), Excellent Women (Pym), and Lady Audley's Secret (Braddon). I really loved both North and South and Persuasion. Middlemarch, on the other hand... it's better that we don't talk about it. I also read Val McDermid's update of Northanger Abbey, which was a lot of fun, and Jo Baker's Longbourn, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants. Oh, and the highly silly but enjoyable Me & Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter!
I also read a lot of YA, gaining two new favourite authors in the year: I read both Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins for the first time and loved both, especially Fangirl and Lola and the Boy Next Door, respectively (although my issue with Lola is that the protagonist, Lola, really annoys me - but I love the male main character so much that he outweighs all my irritation). I also really enjoyed The Summer I Became a Nerd, by Leah Rae Miller.
In terms of general adult fiction, I really enjoyed Mr Rosenblum's List (also titled Mr. Roseblum Dreams in English) by Natasha Solomons, a story about trying to fit in, in your own special way. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub, was also a good read: it might be interesting to go back and re-read it in ten years time to see if I identify more with other characters. And, of course, I read and loved The Silkworm, book 2 in Robert Galbraith's (cough, cough, JK Rowling's) Cormoran Strike series.
There were some really hyped-up books around in 2014, of which I read Game of Thrones, We Were Liars, and The Maze Runner. Would it be churlish to say that I wasn't a huge fan of any of them? Probably, but I'll say it anyway!
Lastly: non-fiction. I read Laura Bates' Everyday Sexism, which is an incredibly important, shocking, and depressing book which I think everyone needs ro read. I also enjoyed the third release from the team behind Freakonomics: Think Like a Freak.