Sunday, 21 September 2014

My Favourite Books of 2014 So Far

2014 has been a great reading year for me. After a mini-slump at the end of last year, I rediscovered my reading mojo and found some gems. So here - in no particular order - are my five favourite reads of 2014 so far.

1 - Going Postal - Terry Pratchett. A weird and wonderful ride. I hadn't read much of Terry Pratchett's work before this (just Good Omens, which is brilliant), but I'm glad I finally dunked my toe into Discworld. Any votes for which Discworld book I should read next?

2 - The Martian - Andy Weir. Reads like a film in book form. Once I'd finished it, I heard the film rights had been picked up and wasn't at all surprised. It's visual and suspenseful, and I do have a soft spot for space stories.

3 - The Maze Runner - James Dashner. Book 1 in a YA series, and I've already bought book 2. The grievers are terrifying.

4 - The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney. This series has all the ingredients I love: supernatural forces, peril, and a general creeping feeling of sinister intent. Great stuff.

5 - The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R.Carey. All right. I haven't actually finished this one yet, but it's already head and shoulders over some of my other reads this year. 200 pages in, it already earns a spot in my top five.

Station Eleven is next on my reading list. Will it be tough enough to wrestle one of these books from the top five? We shall see.

What have been your favourite reads this year?