Sunday, 21 December 2014

Blog Special - My Top Reads of 2014

The Best of 2014

I have put this blog post off as long as possible, as I kept coming across more and more wonderful reads and was afraid I would leave something off the list, unintentionally.  I have finally drawn a line, reluctantly, knowing that some of my followers still have some last minute book shopping to do. 

 Here are my top reads of 2014....Each review can be read by clicking on the link beside each title. Drum Roll Please......

Overall winners: 

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent  Review here

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy  Review here


Best Crime Fiction

The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly  Review here

Last Kiss by Louise Phillips  Review here

Black's Creek by Sam Millar  Review here


Best Historical Fiction

Anyush by Martine Madden  Review here

White Feathers by Susan Lanigan  Review here


Best Non-Fiction

The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster by Terence Dooley  Review here


Best popular fiction

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern  Review here

The Dead Wife's Handbook by Hannah Beckerman   Review here


Best YA novel

Only Ever Yours by Louise  O'Neill  Review here

Kingdom of Scars by Eoin C Macken  Review here


Best Children's fiction 

City of Fate by Nicola Pierce  Review here

The Watching Wood by Erika McGann  Review here


Best Literary Fiction

The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh Review here

If I knew you were going to be this beautiful I would have never let you go by Judy Chicurel  Review here

The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ni Chonchuir   Review here


There you are!  A few recommended titles to suit everyone.  It was an almighty task to undertake, and I am sure there are still plenty of books which were published this year that deserve a place on this list, but I just couldn't get to finish in time.  Obviously I have a weakness for Irish fiction and considering the amount of talent on our little island, I just have to spread the word!  Looking back over my notes and reviews, it seems I have read over 250 books this year (not including academic titles), so I am hoping that these favourites will make it on to some bookshelves very soon....

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