In 2014 I read a hundred books. I read tons of science fiction, and not enough classics. I read more non-fiction than I usually do. I finished the Harry Potter series. I read three David Mitchell books, and loved them all. I had slumps and sprees. It was a good year ^^
Here are my favourites of 2014, described in one sentence (as usual, best if not be taken too seriously):
Best in Fiction
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
Quiet tension, sad fates, oriental setting, beautiful writing.
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Epic family story, peels like an onion, beautiful writing.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
Humans are awful animals, beautiful writing.
Best in Science Fiction
Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Every nerd's comfort read.
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
Gender is overrated.
Best in Fantasy
Among Others, Jo Walton
Less is more - very quiet, subtle, and thought-provoking book.
The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
Cleptomaniac & co, commotion & banter, cool sidekick.
Best in Non-Fiction
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield
Inspirational - that is all.
Nothing to Envy, Barbara Demick
The real lives of North-Koreans are shocking.
Packing for Mars, Mary Roach
Funny, daring, will possibly gross you out.
Best in Classics
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
Life is a bleak piece of hell, and then we die.
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
Melodramatic, atmospheric, dislikeable, unputdownable.
The Biggest Disappointment
Disclaimer: I am aware that these are highly popular books. I personally didn't like them. I maybe *got* them, but still didn't like them. Tastes are different. The fact that you enjoyed them and I didn't does not mean we still couldn't be friends. Happy new year.
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Nothing special, a mega annoying female character.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Plain characters, uninspiring, relying too much on shock value.
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
Confusing, too long, I don't click with Gaiman's writing.
The Fault in our Stars, John Green
Teenagers don't talk like this; John Green does.