Top books of 2014

Well hello there!

I hope you had a nice Christmas.

Somehow, 2014 is almost over and I’m still in shock about it. Naturally, I thought I would round up the year with some books I have read and enjoyed in 2014. This is not in any order of preference.

Shattered by Teri Terry.
I’ve spoken about how much I love the Slated trilogy before. Shattered was the perfect final installment to a trilogy that had me in love from the first chapter. This novel ties together all the mysteries of the previous novels, and still has you begging for more. If you want to read a series that has a fantastic ending, then Shattered will not disappoint.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
I know, I know, I’m reading this for my English Literature and Language exam and I’ll probably despise it by March, but for now I’m appreciating what Miller has written. The main reason, possibly the only reason, as to why this book is included is how easily this novel can be related to the modern day. It is true, that Miller wrote this as an allegory for the Red Scare in the US in the 1950’s. Although this is no longer the 1950’s, and we aren’t terrified of communism, the element of hysteria can still be applied to events that are occurring in the modern world. It’s an interesting concept to think about and I feel like we will never be able to eradicate the panic and fear created by an event scaled out of proportion.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 
I actually read this Christmas Day afternoon, after receiving it from a relative as a present. I wish I had read this sooner, the moment I picked it up I couldn’t let it go. I only stopped reading to watch the BBC Christmas specials with my family. Unsurprisingly, I finished it Boxing Day morning and it was a definite favourite. Full of mystery and tension, the novel focuses on the rich and powerful Sinclair family. No matter how perfect on the outside, nothing is what it seems, as Cadence figures out when she goes hunting for the truth. The plot twist at the end is extraordinary and heartbreaking. The Guardian calls this novel cunning, clever and absolutely gripping – They aren’t wrong.

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 
If you follow me on tumblr, you probably already know about my love of the web series inspired by this novella. Admittedly, I did read this after completely watching the show, and I only bought it because I needed to make my amazon purchase over £10 but what counts is that I read and enjoyed it. It was published in 1871, released 26 years before Dracula (fun fact). I tend to stay away from vampire novels, after my shameful Twilight phase at the age of twelve I can’t seem to get interested. Maybe it’s young adult vampire fiction I can’t stand, because I really enjoyed reading Carmilla. I will admit, the ending seemed very quick and sudden. Reduced the enjoyment a little bit.

A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke
A book list wouldn’t be a proper book list without the inclusion of a Cat Clarke novel. This time, it’s her latest novel A Kiss in the Dark which I read in April, sent to me by Quercus on a read to review basis. What I love about Clarke is the realness and grittiness of her novels that have you on the edge of your seat and awake until 3am desperate to finish it. Whilst A Kiss in the Dark is not my favourite of Clarke’s novels it does contain the most important phrase “love is love.” If everyone respected that sentence, the world would be a much better place. I reviewed this book in much more detail here.

There are so many more novels I can include, but hey 2014 was a year where I felt all nostalgic and reread quite a lot of novels and I didn’t feel comfortable including them in this list.

2015 is upon us and I’m not quite sure how I feel about.

Happy New Year, I guess.

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