The Books I Read in 2014

I’ve enjoyed this year of blogging and reading ‘“ some excellent books were read. Most of my reading was fiction with just 12 non-fiction books. And of the fiction nearly half was crime fiction. The full list of the books I read is on this page. There were just a handful of books that turned out to be disappointing, but the rest were all enjoyable.

These are some of my Favourite Books of 2014 (in the order I read them – links go to my posts):

  1. Shakespeare’s Restless World by Neil MacGregor (non-fiction)
  2. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  3. Crucible by S G MacLean
  4. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. The Office of the Dead by Andrew Taylor
  6. The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson
  7. Tantalus by Jane Jazz
  8. The Dance of Love by Angela Young
  9. A Whispered Name by William Brodrick
  10. Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice (non-fiction)
  11. In Our Time by Melvyn Bragg (non-fiction)
  12. Blue Heaven by C J Box

These are just the tip of the iceberg, because so many of the books I read were really good (I rated lots between 4 and 5 stars on Goodreads).

My main aim for 2015 is to feel relaxed about reading, reading what I want when I want, so this year I’m not setting any target on Goodreads for the number of books I’ll read – it’s the reading that matters not how many books I’ll read!

6 thoughts on “The Books I Read in 2014”

  1. You did well, and it’s good to just read what you want. I have never quite mastered the good reads thing, so I won’t be doing that either. I’m doing the reading from my shelf in more earnest than ever. I need the room. As I say this I get an email from the library, my book, that is not on my shelf, is in.

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  2. That’s my aim too, Margaret. I enjoyed the challenges I did last year and it did me good to focus for once, but I want to be more relaxed about reading next year.

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  3. I read more mysteries/crime novels this year, too, than last year. I could read all mysteries, really, but a variety of books is always nice! I am with you on wanting a relaxed reading year this year–I have no set plans–just see where my reading takes me! Happy 2015 Margaret–all best wishes!

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  4. On your aim – agreed! Numbers are great but at the end of the day you could just read a lot of very short books. Love that only a handful weren’t so good; always nice to hear 😀

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