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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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