Top Ten Tuesday; Top Ten Books of 2014

Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by The Broke and The Bookish. Although this was actually a list for a few weeks ago, I thought I’d give myself time to read a few more books before doing this list. I didn’t read quite as many books as I hoped to this year, only reading 23.

10. Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

With a fascinating premise of a woman who relives her life every time she dies, giving her a chance to fix the mistakes which lead to her death, this never quite lived up to my expectations. Some lives were much more fascinating than others, leading me to wish that I could skip certain parts of the novel. The lack of consistency in this novel prevents it from being higher in this list.

9.The Making of A Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This Victorian novel subverts the typical romantic and melodramatic genres by having very realistic and non dramatic characters at the helm, which creates a very interesting read, even if the end is anti-climatic and disappointing.

8. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The beautiful and detailed descriptions in this novel are what truly makes it engaging. Although the story of a child seemingly created from snow is fascinating in itself, it is the writing which makes this book so enjoyable.

7.1984 by George Orwell

With a sense of impending doom building throughout the novel, and a realistic and hopeless tone throughout, this is a definitely intriguing, if bleak novel, and would have been higher on this list, if not for the dull middle section.

6. More Than This by Patrick Ness

One of my favourite writers, this has a very intriguing plot – like all of Ness’ novels – and deals with a boy who commits suicide only to wake up later in an abandoned place strangely similar to his childhood home. Using a dystopian concept to explore the importance of friendship, the hopeful tone of this novel was what made it really touching to me.

5. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Funny, fresh and touching, this managed to combine amusing tales at the beginning with real life and heart breaking issues, keeping the reader engaged through the variety of multi faceted characters.

4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simson

A beautiful romance novel about the unexpected nature of love, this tale of how one autistic man can change his mundane life in order to gain happiness was touching in a way it did not expect it to be.

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

The gradual build up of suspense through several seemingly unrelated plot points make this incredibly gripping – until the rather anti climatic ending, which prevented this from being higher in the list.

2. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

These sexually charged, vivid, Gothic stories based upon fairy tales are unique and fascinating, twisting their source material to create much weirder, darker and passionate tales.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
One of my top three novels of all time, this classic story of a woman’s search for happiness on her own terms was infinitely empowering to me.

Read my full review here;  https://nellymair.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/jane-eyre-reader-i-loved-it/

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Top Ten Tuesday; Ten Classics You Want to Read

Books, Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week it is ten classics. Although they actually said 10 favourite classics, I haven’t read quite enough classics yet to write that, but I’m eager to so instead this week it is the 10 classics I want to read.

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1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

4. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

5. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7. Emma by Jane Austen

8. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

9. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

10. The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood