I tried to whittle my list down to just a top ten, but I couldn’t do it. So here’s my top 14 books of 2014! I read a lot more books published this year than I normally get around to, so my list has more of the 2014 big hitters than I would have expected it to. There’s some non-fiction; poetry and young adult books get a look in too.
The Goldfinch – if I had to pick a single book of the year, this would be it.
Americanah – difficult to sum up, this is a magnificent book.
MaddAddam – a fitting end to the brilliant Oryx and Crake trilogy. Well worth waiting for!
Flight Behaviour – A wonderful return from Barbara Kingsolver. I adore her books.
Bone Clocks – bonkers yet brilliant complicated fiction from David Mitchell.
A girl is a Half-formed Thing – brutal, distressing, hard to read and outstanding.
The Martian – The best page-turner of the year, a cracking space-set thriller.
Shadow and Bone – Book One in a fabulous Young Adult trilogy which gets better and better! This deserves to be the next Hunger Games, the films are already in the works.
Orlando – I’m trying to get around to all those classics one ‘ought’ to read – I didn’t expect any of them to be this much fun! What a wonderful book.
All the birds, singing – A book that toys with all your expectations to deliver a fine and ambiguous read.
Spillover – Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about infectious diseases which spread to humans from other animals. A fantastic read, scientific yet accessible. Although written before the current Ebola outbreak, it will teach you a lot about that virus.
Incognito – A mind-altering book about the subconscious. Wonderfully thought-provoking non-fiction.
The history of the world – the first time I’ve willingly picked up a book on history since I left school. Impressive and maybe even enjoyable!
Unincorporated persons in the late Honda dynasty – Simply the best book of poetry I have read in a very long time. Outstanding.