Saturday, 3 January 2015

Best of 2014

This week's Booking Through Thursday is:

What was your favorite book (or books) for 2014? What reading really caught your attention? Sparked your interest? Changed your world? Made you laugh?

Looking through my reading list from 2014, there have been some great novels, but the ones that really stuck with me and made me think about things differently were The Kite Runner and The Time Traveller's Wife.

The Kite Runner is brutal, moving, intense, and full of every human emotion you can imagine. It also gave me a fresh perspective on how lucky I am to live in a country untouched by war within living memory, and what suffering some people I've known for years as family friends have experienced and escaped from.

The Time Traveller's Wife is obviously based on a science-fiction premise, but told in an incredibly original way. We've all seen or read time travel adventure stories, but Niffenegger's novel approaches the theme in a completely original way. The focus is on Clare's experiences as Henry's wife, and her story is brought to life by the considerations of practical implications on everyday life. It was incredibly refreshing to read about time travel as more of an affliction than an adventure, and as well as being very cleverly structured, the novel is told with empathy and depth of feeling.

I very much recommend both of the above novels, and may 2015 bring many more!

How about you, any great reads from 2014?

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