Looking Bookily Forwards and Looking Bookily Back

It’s traditional to look back at this time of year, to see where you’ve been over the last twelve months, and to look ahead to see where you’re going. I’m doing that for books, because books are brilliant benchmarks, right? So here are some of my 2014 highlights – not all published in 2014 but first discovered by me this year. In random order, they are:

1) The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

Well, I say in random order but actually I called this as my book of the year back in January 2014 and it has never lost the top spot. A gorgeous, heartbreaking, life-affirming tale that made me cry and smile and stayed with me for the whole year.

2) Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

I know, I know, I was really late to this but once I started I could not stop. A fantastic page-turner with a brilliant twist.

3) The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I imagine this will be on a lot of people’s lists this year. Who knew doll’s houses could be so gripping?

4) The Accident by CL Taylor

An edge-of-your-seat psychological suspense that kept me awake when I should have been sleeping. Nail-biting and heart-stopping in equal measure.

5) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I adored the magical, lyrical quality of this book and have read it a few times this year, which is testament to how much I loved it. ‘Nuff said.

6) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Yes, late to this as well and it was a bit of a grower but I was swept up by the twisting, turning plot. A triumph and I hear the film is pretty amazing too.

7) I’ll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson

A delicious slice of New York romance featuring two wonderful main characters and a few I already knew from Fairytale of New York – I didn’t want it to end.

8.) The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

An accomplished debut that was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Looking forward to more from Hannah!

9) Dear Thing by Julie Cohen

Another one that made me cry and smile -really beautiful writing combined with complex characterisation made this a stand out novel for me.

10) The Story of You by Katy Regan

Nostalgic and gorgeous and funny and sad, this book defied my expectations and that’s no mean feat – I loved being kept on my toes as the story unfolded.

So having looked back, here are my treasures-yet-to-be-uncovered for 2015:

1) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (out January)

I read a sample of this at Harrogate Crime Festival in July this year and can’t wait to read the rest.

2) The Last Letter by Rowan Coleman (out May)

Obviously, I want to read this, having loved The Memory Book so much. I think it will be Rowan’s best book yet, and that’s saying something.

3) The Lie by CL Taylor (out April)

Again, this is fuelled by having loved her previous book but I think The Lie will be even better.

4) Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey (out April)

I have a proof copy of this so it will be one of my very first 2015 reads (along with The Lie) and I can’t wait to lose myself inside its pages. Looks gorgeous.

5) Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen (paperback out February)

I’m looking forward to adding this to my growing Julie Cohen collection. I love the sound of this delicately spun story of a woman who doesn’t know if what she is feeling is love or something a lot more sinister.

6) A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

I’ve been following Miranda’s vlogs as she writes this book (while also caring for a new baby!) and I can’t wait to see what Anna’s aprcels hold for her. It’s bound to be amazing.

 

So there we are – my books that have been and my books yet to come. What makes your list and what are you looking forward to in 2015?

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