My Top Ten Reads of 2014

I completed my Goodreads 2014 Challenge (in the nick of time) and read my target of 75 books! There were a varied selection of genres (for me anyway) but predominantly I would say were thriller or mystery based. Here my favourites 10 read of the year:

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Apple Tree YardApple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Paperback published January 2 2014

A chance encounter leads to a passionate affair with devastating effects.  A really well written, highly charged story of deceit, infidelity and their consequences.


the-rosie-projectThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Paperback published 2 January 2014

This isn’t a conventional fluffy romance novel – it’s a bit different, very individual, with the right balance of humour, seriousness and humility and I still need to get myself a copy of the sequel – The Rosie Effect.


The Shock of the FallThe Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Paperback published January 7 2014

A very touching novel which highlights mental illness and a dark, stunning cover with a lovely embossed feel!


burial-ritesBurial Rites by Hannah Kent
Paperback published February 27 2014

An outstanding debut novel about a convicted murderess sent to lodge with a family until the day of her execution. An effortless combination between fact and fiction.


Frog-MusicFrog Music by Emma Donoghue

Hardback published 27 March 2014

A historical fiction novel interwoven with a real life murder mystery and mild erotica. The author does a good job of coming to her own conclusions regarding the murder given the evidence at hand which makes for a great read.

Precious ThingPrecious Thing by Colette McBeth

Paperback published 10 April 2014

A very clever psychological novel with plenty of twists that’s a chilling page-turner right up until the last page.


Elizabeth is MissingElizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Hardback published 5 June 2014

An impressive debut novel about dementia that should be turned into a drama and will stay with you long after you finishing reading it.


More Than ThisMore Than This by Patrick Ness
Paperback published July 22 2014

It’s a little bit sci-fi, a bit apocolyptic with some mystery and suspense chucked in for good measure. I’ve never read a book quite like this; a book that I really had no idea what was going on but absolutely loved it.


Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel
Hardback published September 10 2014

More than just a post-apocalyptic novel, this is about hope and remembering the past but also about moving forward. A beautifully written, frighteningly realistic engrossing and absorbing read that will stay with me for a long time to come.


The Prophecy of BeesThe Prophecy of Bees by R.S Pateman

Paperback published 20 November 2014

Filled with intrigue, superstition and underlying chilling secrets this book is in my top ten because the ending dared to step away from the conventional and the predictable!


Welcome your thoughts on my top ten and what you would have included/excluded?

Favourite books from other book lovers

Sophie @SophieRTB chose The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

Emma @emthebookworm chose The Separation by Dinah Jefferies

Rob @rspateman chose Burial Rites  & Elizabeth is Missing also. Non fiction: The Strangest Family by Janice Hadlow



  1. 31st December 2014 / 10:42 am

    Excellent choices particularly Apple Tree Yard, The Rosie Project and Precious Thing.

    • 31st December 2014 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks Cleo! Happy New Year to you 🙂

  2. 31st December 2014 / 11:48 am

    We were so spoilt for brilliant books this year. I’ve read and loved Apple Tree Yard, The Prophecy of Bees, The Shock of the Fall, Elizabeth is Missing and Precious Thing.

    • 31st December 2014 / 4:56 pm

      We have similar tastes so it seems! Happy New Year Christine 🙂

      • 1st January 2015 / 10:47 am

        We have fab taste!!! Happy new year xxx

  3. 31st December 2014 / 12:08 pm

    Two of my favourite books ever on here – Apple Tree Yard & Precious Thing 👍

    • 31st December 2014 / 4:55 pm

      Probably not enough crime on my list for you Tracey 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. 31st December 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Great choices, I have only read Shock of the Fall so far but have most of the others waiting to be read. I’ve published my top 10 on my blog. Looking forward to some great reads in 2015. Happy New Year.

    • 31st December 2014 / 4:54 pm

      Will be checking out your list Karen! Happy New Year to you also 🙂

  5. 31st December 2014 / 1:20 pm

    I’m going to read Apple Tree Yard this month and am really looking forward to it. Some great books in that list! Happy New Year!

    • 31st December 2014 / 4:54 pm

      You’ll enjoy it, it’s a great read. Happy New Year to you also 🙂

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