My Best Books of 2014

As the year draws to a close it is time to look back at all the books I enjoyed during 2014 and highlight those worthy of special mention.

My Best Books of 2014

Only three titles have received my 5 star rating for both The Story and The Writing – I’ve been a very hard marker this year. However others have earned 5 stars for The Writing or 4.5 stars in both respects.

Clicking on the book covers below will open up my review in a new window

5 Stars – Story and Writing

The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams After Darkness by Christine Piper

5 Stars – Writing

The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt Dead Stars by Alvaro Bisama Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde audio

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis Infamy by Lenny Bartulin the-rosie-effect-by-graeme-simsion-large1-261x400

4.5 Stars – Story and Writing

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Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu the-canterville-ghost-audio Brenner and God by Wolf Haas

Have you read any of my Best Books of 2014?

It’s a pretty diverse collection featuring everything from the offbeat and humourous, science/fantasy, historical, translated and classic fiction, plus new literary talent.

Since I’ve been such a hard marker this year I urge you to check out my 4+ star rated reviews also – I awarded 28 titles that rating in 2014, all highly recommended.

All in all 2014 was a great reading year for me.

Which books left a lasting impression on you in 2014?

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  1. I like your categories a lot. I haven’t read all of these but I did enjoy Christine Piper’s book. It wouldn’t have been my number one however. I really loved Gold by Chris Cleave. That would get a 5 for both story and writing. Rosie Effect & Lost & Found were also reading highlights.

  2. I’ve only read Lost & Found – which I also really enjoyed. I’ve read a lot of negative reviews about The Rosie Effect (as a sequel). I haven’t read the first yet. There are a few others I’ve not heard of so will check them out!


    1. Do read The Rosie Project Deb… it is wonderful. And the sequel, well it is definitely different to the first novel, more serious issues tackled, but personally I think Simsion achieved authentic growth in his lead character, and for me there were still many ‘more mature’ laugh-out-loud moments.

  3. Happy New Year! The only book on your list that I have read is “The Rosie Effect” which I did enjoy, but not as much as “The Rosie Project”. My favourite novels that i read this year are “Jasper Jones” by Craig Silvey, “Gifts of the Permangk” by Dean Mayes and “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra. :-)

  4. Looks like you had a great year in reading indeed! I haven’t read any of the books on your list except for The Rosie Effect but some of them are definitely on the want-to-read list :)

    Happy New Year! Wishing you the best for 2015 :)