Best Book of the Year – The Island by Victoria Hislop. A brilliant, heart warming beach read spanning decades and following generations of a family on Crete affected by leprosy.
Worst Book of the Year – <em>In Darknessby Nick Lake. I read this as it was on The Carnegie Medal Shortlist and I hated it. It was a real struggle to get to the end of the book, but I persevered, sadly it didn’t change my mind.
Disappointment of the Year – Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. I was disappointed when this won The Carnegie Medal as it wasn’t anywhere near my top of the Shortlist and the enrichment group I shadowed the awards with agreed.
Most Surprising Book of the Year – Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. I received this as a Christmas present from a good friend last year. I had never really given it much thought and I hadn’t been watching the TV programme at all, but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Call the Midwife and I think I will read the other books in the series at some point. For Christmas this year I gave my friend a Persephone Book so hopefully she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed her present.
Book I would recommend to others – Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wien – I feel I should balance out the negativity towards teenage fiction and this was certainly the best book in that genre I have read all year. I feel it should have won The Carnegie Medal, but since it didn’t I greatly look forward to reading the next book by this author.
Best Series – Game of Thrones series by George R.R.Martin, both books and the TV programme. I have been good for the second series and read the book before I watched it and I received the next two books for Christmas so I’m very happy.
Most memorable character – Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones; I just find whenever I have read the books it is him and his role I am most interested in and eager to return to.
Can’t believe I waited until this year – Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This had been recommended to me on a few occasions, but I always thought it was something I wouldn’t really be interested in. I was completely wrong. It is an amazing novel and I loved the twist.
Newest Addiction – any Persephone Book. I have fallen in love with them as publisher over the past year and their books frequently appear on my birthday and Christmas lists.
Number of Books Read – approximately 42. I’m not sure of the exact number as I haven’t blogged about some of my reads.
The Classics Club Challenge Update – 5 reads, taking me up to 12/50
2014 Challenges – I am continuing with my Classics Club Reading and I am going to try and be a little bit better with the Classics Club Spins that I take part in; I did well for the first two and went awry at the third. I am also taking part in RoofBeamReader’s TBR Challenge.
Overall I am happy with my reading over 2013 and it has been lovely to look back on some books I had almost forgotten about. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and I hope you all have a lovely New Year and a happy 2014 with lots of time for reading!