Yearly Wrap-Up: Top Twenty Books of 2014

With a new year inevitably comes a reflection of the previous year’s reading.  Whilst I am not going to recap everything which I read during 2014 – the task would be far too arduous and time-consuming – I thought that I would compile a list of my top twenty books.  It was very difficult to narrow down my favourites as I read so many wonderful things, and I feel a little guilty that I wasn’t able to include everything.  The following are in no particular order, and include a wide variety of genres.  I have linked original reviews where appropriate.

1. The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zolathoughts
2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznickthoughts
3. The Love Child by Edith Olivier thoughts
4. Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Hellerthoughts
5. The Journals of Sylvia Plaththoughts
6. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Wintersonthoughts
7. Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Bakerthoughts
8. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote thoughts
9. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor thoughts
10. The Still Point by Amy Sackvillethoughts
11. Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgeraldthoughts
12. The Greek Myths by Robert Gravesthoughts
13. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
14. The Listener by Tove Janssonthoughts
15. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
16. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isobel Greenberg
17. Hangsaman by Shirley Jacksonthoughts (part one) and thoughts (part two)
18. A Certain Smile by Francoise Sagan
19. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
20. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

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12 thoughts on “Yearly Wrap-Up: Top Twenty Books of 2014

  1. I love the fact that you have both Zola and Jansson on your list. They are two of my favourite authors at the moment, though I didn’t read any Zola in 2014. I’ll have to fix that for 2015!

  2. Brilliant list good to see Elizabeth Taylor there one of my favourites, and I remember The Interpreter of Maladies as being excellent,, long time though since I read it. I have The Love Child tbr looking forward to it.

    • Thank you so much! I adore Taylor’s work, and Lahiri’s too. Have you read any other Lahiri books? I hope you enjoy ‘The Love Child’ – can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

      • I read The Namesake but so long ago I really can’t remember it very well. I know I enjoyed it. Haven’t read anything more recent though.

    • Stunning, isn’t it? I would highly recommend the letters, to the extent of enticingly dancing around with them in the library and foisting the book upon a passerby whom I deem worthy. 😛

  3. Hi Kirsty! I really loved reading The Ladies Paradise by Zola and that is part of the reason why I am reading Nana. I also love the show based on the novel The Paradise on the BBC. I also really enjoyed reading Angel! I do enjoy reading about female characters who are not exactly likable like Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair and the heroine in The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and in a more modern book Amazing Amy in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Sincerely, Nora

    • Hi Nora! I’m so pleased you loved ‘The Ladies’ Paradise’, and that you’re enjoying ‘Nana’. I haven’t seen The Paradise yet, but we do have it on DVD, so I’m hoping to get to it soon. Me too! I think when characters have several dimensions to them, as those you’ve mentioned do, they become far more interesting to read about.

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