My Top 6 Books of 2014

To Love To Read

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


I have a no-reading during the University year rule but it was quite rightfully broken for this novel. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t talk about the plot and just say this – this novel is thought-provoking, clever, character-driven, wonderfulness. My best book of the year and an awesome way to finish off reading in 2014!


Precious Thing by Colette McBeth


A complete surprise for me, this book left me hungry for more and gripped all the way through. Are our own memories the truth? Read this book! I believe the author has another coming out soon – can’t wait!


Diary of an Interesting Year


I read this short story that featured in ‘The New Yorker’ as part of my degree and thought it was amazingly clever on many levels. A revealing look at how our planet may crumble around us in the future but remains totally character driven by looking at it on a personal and humbling level. Here’s a link to the story… 


The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer4. THE SHOCK OF THE FALL BY NATHAN FILER

I’m sure you have heard of the wonderfulness that is this book already, given all the well deserved awards. I found it captivating, moving and slightly heartbreaking and giving an incredible insight into things I haven’t experienced. A book to fall in love with.


Betrayal by Harold Pinter5. BETRAYAL BY HAROLD PINTER

This is actually a script, which again I had to read for university, but it is so beautifully written and the stage directions are so fabulous that it is just as clear as if reading a novel. Full of lies and deceit between the people closest to you. I can’t wait to see it on stage!


Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom6. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE BY MITCH ALBOM

I think we could all do with a Morrie in our lives. Published sometime ago this book was recommended to me and gives the most wonderful insight into life choices. A good one for the new year!


Did you have any books you particularly loved reading in 2014?  If so please let me know, I would love to add them to my ever-growing list!  Stick a comment in the box at the bottom of the page.  Thanks.

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Precious Thing by Colette McBeth – Book Review

To Love To Read

I am not sure how to start when reviewing Precious Thing.  To say I loved it, is far to bland.  I love coffee but that feeling is no where near close to how much I was totally enthralled by this book.

For me this book has everything.  A storyline that keeps you guessing all the way along.  Some parts I started to see coming, then they were inevitably delivered in a way or with a twist that I wasn’t expecting.  The characters were imperfect in a way that made them totally relatable and from the off you were completely caught in the most gripping story.  The writing was unquestionably some of the best I have read.  There were so many layers to this book which were delicately dissected but at a really good pace that kept the story ploughing forward page after page.  And you feel just about every emotion reading this book, at one point my heart was physically thumping in my chest when suspicion was building in a chapter.



I adored the way it was written in the first person with the protagonist talking directly to her friend.  It’s like you have found a secret letter between the two of them, making the story, lies and truth even more compounding.  This narrative made the story not only more believable but like you really were experiencing it first hand.

Even though it was in the first person, the author Colette McBeth had an incredible way of still showing you other people’s sides of the story, just enough to let you realise that the story may not be everything that is being told to you.  It really was so clever.

I read the other day the test of a true book is the feeling that it leaves you with afterwards.  You may not remember every word but you remember how it made you feel and it keeps ticking over in your head.  This is that book.  I can all but guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!

A hands down, fantastic 5 out of 5! x