Charlotte is actually responsible for this one as well – she bought FEED for me at Christmas when she knew how much I’d loved Parasite.
While I’d still say I prefer Parasite, that’s possibly only because of the more original subject matter. FEED is still an unbelievable book that has more of a slow-build… and then my God, the ending. I finished it in a cafe and then had to sit there, just processing, for twenty minutes afterwards.
6) The Selection and The Elite by Keira Cass
After I finished the first book, I spent a good while in Costa Coffee explaining to Ellie just how badly written The Selection was. I couldn’t even decide if I actually liked it or not.
Except then I went right on to read the second book (and I never read series consecutively) and I. Cannot. Get. It. Out. Of. My. Head.
The third one was released last week and I hadn’t actually forgotten that I want to read it, another thing that never happens. I’m actually almost desperate for it.
I’m cringing as I write this, but there’s no help for it – The Selection got to me (although the second book is much, much better).
So those are the new (to me) books that I’ve loved this year. It initially felt like cheating to include the rereads below, but some of the following affected me more than the books above, even though I’d read them before. So why not?
7) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It had actually been five years since my last reread of Pride and Prejudice, although I had read various spin-offs in the meantime – Death Comes to Pemberley and Longbourn, neither of which were literary masterpieces. Clearly it was time to clear the air with the original book and this was the first book I picked up in 2014.
What I love the most about this book is the way it changes with every reread. See my review/discussion linked above for a long ramble about this, but everytime I read it I find something new.
8) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is the book that affected me most this year, even more than Pride and Prejudice. I’d only read it once before, quite a while ago, and I’d forgotten most of it.
It’s just amazing. I don’t think I really ‘got’ it the first time round, because I don’t remember feeling anywhere near as shell-shocked as I did when I finished it last week. I noticed the symbolism and the general injustices that angered and frightened me more than ever before.
This book is a masterpiece and everybody should read it.
9) The Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Usually the Discworld books are what I read when I don’t really want to read, if that makes any sense. They’re my default books when my attention-span is low or I’m not feeling too well. Don’t get me wrong, I love them but I’ve read them too many times to really be surprised by them.
Enter Night Watch. This isn’t one of the newer books, but it is one of the newer older batch. It features Samuel Vimes, who’s my favourite Discworld character, but for some reason I never usually get this far during rereads.
This book is amazing. It’s so much more than his usual novels – it’s the only one I’ve ever been moved by. They’re funny, quirky and light, but not usually very deep. Except this. Read this… although don’t start with this because part of it’s beauty is seeing the previous lives of the characters you already love.