12 Best books of 2014

Having made a list of the 10 worst books I read this year I have decided to produce a 10 or because there should always be more positives than negatives 12 best of 2014 list. I have read 292 books so far this year and have selected the 12 best for you, so here they are

  • S by JJ abrams http://www.amazon.co.uk/S-J-Abrams-ebook/dp/B00G99SIO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419432038&sr=8-1&keywords=s – This is a true book lovers books, made for the genuine book geek in your life. This has been aged deliberately and made to look like a library book. It is a story with a story written around it by the 2 people who are loaning the book from the library. Inside the book are extra sheets of information the 2 people conversing with each other have included like napkins and postcards. This is a book that really needs reading twice and then investigating more. I love this book and just want to take it out every so often and cuddle it because it is so beautiful. I have included pictures to demonstrate just how beautiful it is below

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  • Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sandman-Slim-Richard-Kadrey-ebook/dp/B006KWAIOA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419432070&sr=8-1&keywords=sandman+slim – This is a fantastic urban fantasy book without any of the annoying tropes from this genre of the last few years. This is a bit of a cult classic and I can see why, it tells the story of someone who escapes Hell, having been tricked there unfairly and then going on a mission of revenge. About ½ way through reading this book I knew that I wanted to buy the rest of the series.
  • Sex and Rockets  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Rockets-Occult-World-Parsons-ebook/dp/B0028Y549S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419432093&sr=8-1&keywords=sex+and+rockets– This is a truly weird non-fiction book about the rocket scientist Jack Parsons, it’s part popular science about how he was one of the founding members of the jet propulsion laboratory. Then it gets weirder because Jack Parsons was also a member of the OTO, Aleister Crowleys religion and he was involved in all sorts of weird rituals with some very random people including the founder of the church of Scientology who ran off with his Girlfriend. This was truly one interesting read.
  • The wolf of wall street http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolf-Wall-Street-Jordan-Belfort-ebook/dp/B005AVIW54/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1419432126&sr=8-3&keywords=wolf+of+wall+street – I came across this book, when I left mine at work and I really wanted to find something to read, this was so cheap in sainsburys it was basically cheaper than a magazine. I found it a fascinating look at a part of work and culture I know nothing about, I admire the writers honesty and am amazed that he survived those crazy years he wrote about.
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar children by ransom riggs http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miss-Peregrines-Home-Peculiar-Children-ebook/dp/B004FGMDOQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432165&sr=1-1&keywords=miss+peregrine%27s+home+for+peculiar+children – Again this is a beautiful book it is part strange story and part picture book. Although the pictures are all Victorian oddities and freak show children, the pictures add to the strangeness of the story. It is a book about a journey that really stuck with me when I read it, again I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
  • Maus by Art Spiegelmen http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-MAUS-Art-Spiegelman/dp/0141014083/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432191&sr=1-1&keywords=maus– This is one of those graphic novels that is on every must read list and is kind of accepted as a serious book even though it is all pictures. That said when I finally got around to reading it I realised just how good it really is. It is a truly incredible way of exploring the holocaust and makes it accessible to everyone. It is utterly engaging and does not shy away from showing you the true horror of the holocaust not one for the faint hearted.
  • Room http://www.amazon.co.uk/Room-Picador-40th-Anniversary-Editn-ebook/dp/B0073HNNE8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432221&sr=1-1&keywords=room – I thought this was a really clever work of fiction, that has an interesting protagonist in it, as it gives a child eye view of a horrific situation, this way of telling a story of a kidnapping makes it more disturbing in a way. I also like the way of how it covers what happens after the kidnapping and how hard it is for families to repair themselves after such an awful event.
  • Vinland Saga (the manga) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vinland-Saga-1-Makoto-Yukimura-ebook/dp/B00CCOO6RK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432253&sr=1-1&keywords=vinland+saga+1 – This is proof that there’s a grown up side to manga and truly fits my obsession with all things Norse. This story doesn’t entirely fit the Vinland saga, but it is an interesting reflection on life in the dark ages that covers a range of different countries.
  • Seconds  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seconds-Bryan-Lee-OMalley/dp/1906838887/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432282&sr=1-1&keywords=Seconds– Brian lee o malleys new offering after he finished the Scott pilgrim series, he is one of my favourite comic authors and this book truly fits his unique style. Seconds is a beautifully drawn tale of growing up and growing old.
  • Orange is the New black http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orange-New-Black-Womens-Prison-ebook/dp/B00DHHFKE4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432315&sr=1-1&keywords=orange+is+the+new+black – I bought this after getting addicted to the Netflix series, and being surprised that there was a book of it. I was even more surprised to discover that it was a work of non-fiction. Piper really existed and she has produced a funny and engaging discussion of Americas prison system, whilst still pointing out the problems with it.
  • Entry island  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Entry-Island-Peter-May-ebook/dp/B00EIFS5T6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432341&sr=1-1&keywords=entry+island– I love Peter mays writing because he does crime that isn’t run of the mill, his works of fiction link to history and tend to be more about the characters and their interactions than the crime itself. Entry island veers away from is usual Scottish base and is set on the Madeline islands in Canada, although it does link back to the highland clearances. I like how he presents you with different aspects of history to ones you usually learn about and how he searches out new interesting and beautiful locations for his crime novels
  • American Interior  http://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Interior-Quixotic-Journey-Evans-ebook/dp/B00GED8DUG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419432390&sr=1-1&keywords=american+interior– This one our alternative guardian first book award this year, despite not making it off the longlist of the actual guardian first book award. This will be getting a further blog post in feb when I have been to see his American tour. This is a well told work of non fiction about strange journeys and felt puppets.

This concludes my list of the 12 best books of 2014 however there are also some honourable mentions that didn’t or couldn’t make the final list and they are

Hebrides, I am Malala, The iron druid series, under the dome, Sex criminals, Young skins and flowers of evil.

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