mercredi 24 décembre 2014

Wrat-Up 2014 - Top Ten Historical / Literary / Other Books

I have included here any book that was either historical, literary or between genres. There were some great books in this category this year, ranging from love stories to mind-bending YA thrillers. 

Again, no particular order:

The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull

A hugely heartwarming novel about overcoming insurmountable difficulties, The Visitors follows the life of Adeliza, a young girl who loses her sight, her hearing and her speech. Adrift in a world of darkness, Adeliza is saved by Lottie, a young woman who teaches her to communicate using her fingers and her hand. As Adeliza blossoms, her connection to the ghosts who have always spoken to her in her mind leads her across the world. Full of hope, peopled by female characters with great strength, The Visitors is an adventure, a ghost story and a romance all wrapped into one. 
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Although I enjoyed the previous Jojo Moyes books I had read, I loved One Plus One. A funny, touching, heart-wrenching romance, about all kinds of love and the ways it can hurt, this was a fantastic story well told. All of the characters were real and rounded and it was one of those rare books to make me laugh out loud this year. I can't wait to see what Moyes writes next.

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Reminiscent of Stephen King's The Green Mile, The Enchanted was a fresh take on the prison story, told through the eyes of three unforgettable characters. I very very rarely cry at books - though I'm a veritable crybaby when it comes to TV and film - but this one made me cry. Fantastic stuff.
The Storied Life of A.J Fiky by Gabrielle Zevin

Another one that brought a tear to my eyes, Zevin's novel about a bookstore owner is a book lover's dream, dealing with the very thing that makes most of us who write book blogs sit down behind a keyboard to write reviews. The love for books and reading soaks through every word in this book. Loved it!
Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine Prose

An epic historical novel set in Paris between the two wars, Lovers at the Chameleon Club is a lushly written, mind warping novel. It contained some of the most striking characters I had read about all year and played around with the idea of untrustworthy narrators in a clever way.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

Combining a love story and a coming-of-age novel against the backdrop of the fall of the Soviet Union and the devastation of Chernobyl, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air drags the reader behind the Iron Curtain, delving unflinchingly into the communist world at its nadir. This book manages to evoke a different place and time not so distant from our own, through McKeon’s wonderful prose
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Mentioned on a lot of blogs (and in a lot of message boards posts on Goodreads) as the new Gone Girl, We Were Liars is the tale of a family and the way that events tear them apart. It is also a finely written and extremely tense thriller right through to the twist ending.
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

Promising a ghost story, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste proved to be a complex puzzle box of mystery, love, tragedy, spiritualism and inspiration. A great read, extremely well written.
The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

A great combination of historical fiction and modern thriller, The Lost Sisterhood reinvents an age-old story (that of the Trojan War) for a new audience. Let down a little by some trite love stories, the female characters are nevertheless true Amazons, well worthy of the subject matter.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Goodreads Choice Awards winner, All The Light We Cannot See is set during the Second World War, following two characters through tragedy and triumph in turn, bringing them together at a key moment in the Allied victory. With great secondary characters, the novel manages to be both uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time.

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