My Favourite Books of 2014 So Far

Friday, March 28



It's been ages since I did a list of books that I have read and really enjoyed, and so here goes!

Now I hate knowing too much about a book before I start reading it. I rarely even read the back cover properly so as not to ruin any of the delight that I may encounter from turning each page.  This comes with it's obvious downfalls, especially because I read so much.  And so as you can imagine I have read WAY to many awful books in my time.

This year, I made a promise to myself that I would only read books that had been recommended by others, or that were already on best selling lists.  

And that NO matter what, I will NOT ever ever ever be tempted by another of the cheap kindle books on Amazon again.  Life is too short to be wasted reading rubbish because I thought it was a good deal.

So far, it has gone really well, and I'm going to recommend most of what I've read in 2014 below!

(With a short, non-book spoiling description)

The Husbands Secret, by Liane Moriarty.
An enjoyable read, but a little over rated I thought.

Apple Tree Yard, by Louise Doughty.
This freaked me out, I couldn't stop talking or thinking about it. Which is an indication of a good book I guess?

Snow White Must Die, by Nele Neuhaus.
It's been ages since I read a good murder mystery and I thought it was brilliant!

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern.
Everyone needs to read this book! Loved loved loved it.

Unexpected Lessons in Love, by Bernardine Bishop.
Sweet and enjoyable.

The Hustlers Bible, by Gayton Mackenzie.
Advice from a former South African bank robber who is now a legitimate multi millionaire businessman.  I really enjoyed this!

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan Philipp Sendker.
My book of the year so far! I even broke my no week day, day time reading rule to finish this one!

Brain on Fire, by Susannah Callahan.
True account by the New York Post journalist who became psychotic for a month. I loved this.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt.
Ok, maybe this is a joint favourite with the Art of Hearing Heartbeats for my book of 2014? 
This was another recommendation from Bobbi. She is my go to for great recommendations!

The Shoemakers Wife, by Adriana Trigiani.
This book has been kicking around in our book club for a few months now, and weirdly none of us had read it.  And then in the past month, Nikki, Emer and I all really enjoyed it!

The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker.
Oh my goodness- How on Earth have I never read this before? Absolutely freaking amazing and it's no wonder that so many people consider it one of the greatest books out there!

The Rosie Project, by Graeme  C Simsion.
I started this on Wednesday and finished it last night, clearly breaking the no week day reading rule again. It is Brilliant! And perhaps even another contender for my tie first of 2014!

I hope that there are one or two on here that you have decided to add to your book list?

Please let me know of any books that you recommend! 

And have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them as much as I did?
 
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