It’s been an interesting year in fiction for me. I haven’t read as much as I should have but I haven’t been completely blown away by what I have read. It has all been good especially the titles below – they are excellent! Like most readers, I am always on the hunt for that ‘blow-your-socks-off’ kind of book and I haven’t come across it yet. In saying that, the following five titles are fantastic! I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t think they weren’t. I have really made an effort this year to learn to enjoy adult fantasy and I think this list shows how successful I’ve been. There is even a science fiction book in there – I have matured a lot in my reading to be able to include SF in my top five!
In no particular order, these are my top five fiction books for the year:
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (book one in a seven book series) – This book floated around the office for weeks and every time it came past, the person who had just read it raved about how good it was. I haven’t heard a negative word against it yet! I was one of the last ones to pick it up and it didn’t disappoint. The main protagonist Kelsea Glynn is the kind of female character I want to see more of in fiction. She is intelligent and kind and doesn’t rely on the males in her life for happiness nor does she rely on her looks to get things done. She fights for what she believes in and fights for those she loves. I am excited to see where the rest of the series goes!
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (book one in the Age of X series) – one of my guilty pleasures is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Thanks to Twilight, I have never enjoyed books about vampires but these ones are strangely addictive. I was excited when Gameboard of the Gods came out as Richelle has moved into grown up fantasy. I have read book one and two and I find them thoroughly enjoyable. Mead is a master in building worlds and writing believable characters. They are feisty and fun and warring gods are always interesting!
Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (book three in the All Souls trilogy) – We (the fans) waited a long time for the conclusion of the All Souls trilogy and it didn’t disappoint! I love these books – There isn’t one thing I like the most but a collection of small things that make it a really enjoyable story to read. If you haven’t read this series I suggest you give it a go!
Wool by Hugh Howey (book one in a trilogy) – I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I have spoken previously of my struggles with science fiction as a genre but this had me from the start. It reminded me a little of Mockingjay, book three in the Hunger Games trilogy. The characters and the society are complex with multiple lies and secrets amongst them. It was a fascinating look at a life below the ground’s surface and I look forward to reading the other two books to find out what happens next!
The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – This book is pure enjoyment! As a lover of history, this book ticked all the boxes for me! It’s silly and fantastical but what else would you expect from a one hundred year old escapee who has rubbed shoulders with the biggest players of the twentieth century?
Over to you – what were your favourite fiction books for 2014?
The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-3G
Wool by Hugh Howey – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-5h