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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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