A Reading Year in Review (2014)

Favourite Books:

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (my first Christie – spectacular)
  2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (eye-opening + great tips for professionals)
  3. The Clockwork Muse by Eviatar Zerubavel (the kick up the bum I needed to write my thesis)
  4. Kulħadd ħalla isem warajh by Clare Azzopardi (mesmerising stories about women, Malta, life)
  5. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (an addictive writing style)
  6. Bossypants by Tina Fey (hilarious and poignant)
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (adorable well-written Young Adult fiction)
  8. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (ICELAND + an amazing, haunting story)

Disappointing Books:

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (good, but meh)
  2. What Happens in Brussels Stays in Brussels by Ġużè Stagno (didn’t go anywhere)
  3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (mostly superficial – I guess I’m the wrong demographic)
  4. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (didn’t even finish this)
  5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (I skimmed through most pages)
  6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (couldn’t relate to most of this)
  7. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (didn’t even finish this)

Notable mentions:

  1. The Children Act by Ian McEwan (a beautiful story)
  2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (poetic writing)
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (a big, juicy read – loved the first two-thirds, mostly hated the last third)

(Not in any particular order.)

3 thoughts on “A Reading Year in Review (2014)

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  2. rachelracket

    BOOKPOST! Same thoughts exactly on Uglies and Delirium. Didn’t even bother for a second with Pretties. And shame about What happens in Brussels – I bought that not too long ago and have yet to dig into it, only now it might get pushed back a little. I adored the whole series by Patrick Ness (and every other thing he’s written frankly), funny that the Ask and the Answer let you down! I might need to get my hands on the Clockwork Muse sometime soon… (thesis proposal crisis rn)

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  3. clairebonello Post author

    The Clockwork Muse was a super-quick no-nonsense read which pushed me towards actually working and planning writing stuff. (Good luck with thesis proposal crisis!)
    I definitely need to give the Ask and the Answer another try. Some say it’s the best one of the trilogy? (It is a trilogy, right?)
    Currently I’m trying to get properly started on The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Moar bookposts soon, I hope. :D

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