In 2013 I read 51 books. Less than the 65 I read last year but still, not too shabby.
Here are 7 that I remember the most or were more notable for some reason or other.
How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
Marmite Moran, loved and hated on Twitter. I loved this book and wasn’t really expecting to. I’ve not read much about feminism before I admit and there’s a lot more I could venture into I’m sure. I would like to be her friend. In a ‘she seems cool’ way not an ‘I haven’t any friends I’m going to stalk her’ way.
Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
Amazing book. Wikipedia Louis Zamperini the real man behind the true story. Incredible.
Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens – Neil Gaiman
I discovered Neil Gaiman! How I hadn’t before I don’t know and I felt late to a freaky party (Yes, yes, I know 5 at once makes more than 7, it’s sort of cheating but this is my blog and I can do what I like). I think my favourite was Neverwhere. I watched Coraline over the Christmas holidays and I don’t know what disturbed me more, the book or the film. Just weird. It’s those button eyes. Arrggh! My favourite was Neverwhere or Stardust, I can’t decide.
American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
The majority of the books I read tend to be thrillers or horrific in some way but American Psycho is bloody horrible. Also ace. I need to watch the film but haven’t got round to finding it. One day I’ll use that thing they call ‘The Internet’ and maybe order it online.
The Magicians – Lev Grossman
This was a strange one for me to read but it was different to other books and kept my interest all the way through.
My Mad, Fat Teenage Diary – Rae Earl
A fun book but with a serious topic of mental health. It was made into a Channel 4 programme and series 2 starts soon. Worth a read and a watch.
Asylum Matt Drabble
’13 Tales of Terror’. I don’t usually read short stories but this is 13 stories within a story and it ties together well. An ex-journalist goes to work in a mental hospital and the tales are of patients who reside there. Scary and freaky, just the way I like it. Matt Drabble’s other books are also well worth a read if you like horror fiction. You can also follow him on Twitter @MattDrabble01
So I suppose my aim for 2014 is to read even more book and try and be as varied in my genres as possible.
I’ve just started using Goodreads too so you can find me on there.