Reading in 2014 – the year so far!

It’s July! Can you believe it? We are officially in the second half of the year however I am not entirely sure I know where the first half disappeared too…

There have been many posts on social media today about reading; people have been sharing the number of books they have read so far, or they are starting a new monthly challenge and publishers are revealing their upcoming books for the month. It has been a wonderful year for books so far – we have seen two wonderfully talented Australian women win literary awards – Clare Wright with The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Stella Prize) and Evie Wyld with All the Birds, Singing (Miles Franklin) – both of whom have demonstrated the strength of women’s writing in Australia. We have seen the phenomenal rise of John Green and The Fault in our Stars, which continues to power book sales all over the world. 2014 is without a doubt the year of YA. Every bestseller list is dominated with the likes of Veronica Roth, John Green and Cassandra Clare and there are some incredible reads yet to come. I have been lucky enough to see some of them already and I cannot wait to share them with you – watch this space!

There have been many trends and hashtags running amok on the web such as #shelfies, #bookthroughphone and of course, the literary nail art. Only today did Allen and Unwin suggest the next trend – dressing to match your favourite book covers!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my reading this year and I thought I would share with you my top 5 for the year so far:

 

You Don’t Even Know – Sue Lawson

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

On the Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

 

What have you been reading? What have you enjoyed the most so far?

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15 thoughts on “Reading in 2014 – the year so far!

  1. Dear Bookkat,

    Please send me 8 more hours per day so that I have time to read all the wonderful books you post.

    Sincerely, Someone.

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    • Dear Someone,

      If I help you find those extra 8 hours would you mind if I join you so I have time to read all the books too? They seem to arrive quicker than I can get through them! I am glad you find them wonderful – I do too!

      From thebookkat

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  2. I’ve been reading some older books from my collection. In particular I’ve reread several of the wonderful Irish author Edna O’Brien, The Country Girls trilogy, Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, Flora Thompson’s Lark Rise to Candleford, John Buchan’s 39 Steps, Morris West’s Shoes of the Fisherman,, Pearl Bucks, The Good Earth, Isabelle Allende’s My Invented Country. The newer books that Ive bought and read include, Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North, Steve Bisley’s Stillways, Eric Lomax’x The Railway Man and my most current acquisition Sian Prior’s Shy. I’m a night owl there is nothing I enjoy better especially in the winter time than to go to bed have ABC Classic fm on low and read a good book.

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  3. I loved Burial Rites. I struggled with Jellicoe Road, I didn’t enjoy the writing style. My faves this year have been Light Between the Oceans & Walking on Trampolines. Also have read every Liane Moriarty book I could get. Love them.

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    • Hi Katiepie,

      I loved Light Between Oceans and Walking On Trampolines! They are fantastic!! I have never read one of Liane Moriarty’s books but I am sure I have one around here somewhere! Which one of her’s should I read first?

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  4. Thanks for this list bookkat. I am keeping a list of books to read, and at this rate I won’t be stuck for reading material for years! So far this year I have enjoyed a wide range of books, from the Divergent series (still have one to go) to I Am Malala to The Book Thief. Nothing too heavy because most of my reading is done in the middle of the night while up with my baby!

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    • Hi Simone, I am a firm believer that all reading is fantastic reading! And I wouldn’t exactly class The Book Thief as light reading! What did you think of Divergent? Have you read Hunger Games?

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      • Yes, I read all of The Hunger Games series, back to back. The second in the series was my least favourite, but I loved it overall. It was for that reason I was steering clear of Divergent. I thought it would just be another series the same. I have now started the second book and I am really enjoying it.

        So the funny part is after I posted this I decided I would finish the Divergent series and start the third book. I was reading the first page and I was thinking this is not making any sense, I don’t understand what’s happening. Then it dawned on me – I hadn’t read the second book!

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  5. Bookkat, I’m new to your blog but how wonderful it is! Well done getting it up and running!

    2014 reads so far…Burial Rights was ok, it was clear that it was the writer’s first novel though. I thoroughly enjoyed Jellicoe Road though, and the Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. I also really enjoyed the Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; at first I was a bit bored by it but the ending left me almost in tears!

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    • Hi Hermione, thanks for popping by! It is a pleasure to hear from you!

      I agree that Burial Rites was good but not quite as emotional as I expected it to be! Melina Marchetta is in my top 5 authors. I love everything she has written – Piper’s Son is my second favourite! I haven’t read any Ishiguro although I do have Never Let Me Go on my bookcase.

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  6. I have two stand out books so far this year. My adult book is Elizabeth is missing a story of a lady (not Elizabeth) with oncoming dementia. It is one of those books I will remember. My stand out young adult novel is You don’t even know, which I have just realized I read last year but have recommended so many times to the girls at my school and they have all thoroughly enjoyed it. The last three young adult novels I have read and really enjoyed were : The dead of winter by Priestley, The truth about Alice by Mathieu, We were Liars by E. Lockhart and I have just finished The protected by Claire Zorn which was really good. Still reading Rebecca …….

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