The Book Corner: Books of 2014

As you know both Fi and I are mahoosive bookworms. Give us a spare hour and a good book and we’ll both be happy bunnies. On that note we have decided to create a 2014 bookish update as a way to look back and reflect on particular highlights (and low lights) on our 2014 reading life.

Note: you can read my answers in purple and Fi’s in yellow.

The number of books read in 2014…

In 2014 I planned to read 50 books in my Good Reads challenge. I hit that target back in October (read the post here) and since then I’ve been reading less. Not for any particular reason, but because I’ve been knitting and listening to podcasts instead. Plus with the run up to Christmas life has been a tad hectic. Anyway my total number of books read in 2014 is 64. You can read the full list over on my Good Reads page. 

I set myself the challenge of reading 52 books in 2014 and I succeeded – whoopee! I’ve actually smashed my target as I’m currently on book number 60 (Mary Poppins is my current read). If we’re being 100% accurate you’d have to add another 10-15 on to this number as I have to read a lot for work. These are often books that can’t go on here as they’re super top secret and not yet out. So I don’t think 60 is a bad number. If you fancy a gander you can read my full list of books read in 2014. Have you read any of the same ones?

A book or books that you couldn’t put down…

Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty, Ghostman by Roger Hobbs and Rubbernecker, Belinda Bauer.

Ooh there’s too many to chose from, but if I have to chose just a few I suppose it’ll have to be: Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss series (all so good and all read in one week), Rooftoppers by Katharine Rundell (an absolute classic), Daughter by Jane Shemilt (talk about a page-turner and what a surprise ending) and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (so so funny). Ooh and We Were Liars by E. L. Lockhart.

One that you gave up on…

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – I was expecting a lot from this book and it just didn’t live up to it. Completely my own fault for expecting too much. I am hoping to try this book again and finishing it!

I gave up on just two books this year, which is less than I anticipated. The two books were The Night Circus and The Light Years and the reason? I just couldn’t get into them. I’m not sure I was in the right mind frame when I started both of these books and I know I need to be as I’m sure I’ll love both books finally. 

Would recommend to everyone…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon

Favourite Series…

The Chaos Calling series by Patrick Ness. 

Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss series as I could not put them down. They were all like a big warm hug, just wonderful.  

Want to read again soon…

I’m looking forward to reading The three books from The Lunar Chronicles series again, in anticipation for book number 4 – Winter – in 2015.

Running Like a Girl. such an inspiring and motivating read (something I need right about now).

A book jacket that caught your eye…

I really like the look of Jane Shemilt’s Daughter along with the Kindle edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

The new look Mary Poppins is beautiful. 

A book that took you by surprise…

The House at Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff – I had no idea that I had this book, I don’t remember buying it at all! I decide to read it on a whim and I was completely hooked on the character and story. It’s a time in history that I know nothing about and I was fascinated to learn more.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler really surprised me as I just didn’t get it. I was expecting to love it as it received such universal high praise, but I really didn’t get sucked into it at all as expected. I didn’t really like, and couldn’t get on with, any of the characters. All in all it was quite disappointing.

Plans for the 2015 Good Reads Challenge…

For 2015 I’m sticking to reading 50 books. I’m hoping to read more like I did this year, but I don’t want to aim too high.

I’m going to stick to 52 books in 2015 as I think that’s achievable and on top of that number I want to read more variety. So fit in more classics and non-fiction and alternate more between different genres. There were times in 2014 where I read about five YA books in a row and it would be good to curb that in 2015.

Do you have any 2014 favourite reads?

Laura and Fi xxx