Julia’s favourite books in 2014

It’s become a tradition for Erin and I to share our favourite books from the previous year. In fact, this is the third year in a row we’re doing it!

In case you’re interested, here are our past favourites:

And of course, our whole book club votes on our collective favourites (2012 here and 2013 here) – that post is coming soon!

It was really hard for me choose my personal favourites this year, because I only read 17 books – many of them easy, fun reads. But there were five that stood out for me, better than the rest.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is a young adult novel that has taken the world by storm, first with the roller coaster, heart-wrenching novel, and now with the feature film that largely has the same effect. This is the kind of story everyone should read – it stays with you, and makes you see things differently. I’ll never forget my husband finding me bawling my eyes out in the bathtub as I whizzed through the last 10 pages. It was so worth it!

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

All the UBC girls can attest I was mildly obsessed with this one! For whatever reason, I was fascinated by Sylvia Plath, her life and her suicide, researching it while I was reading her novel (which is largely auto-biographical, although not officially). I found many parallels to Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman, which I loved. I even watched the movie, Sylvia, with Daniel Craig and Gwyneth Paltrow (but it wasn’t very good).

3. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

This is going back quite a ways. The Interestings was our December 2013 books, but I finished it in January 2014 and that’s why it’s on this list. This book, for me, was akin to Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, our third book ever. It was very long, very detailed, but the best thing the books had in common was the character development. Both authors masterfully create characters you know inside-out and backwards.  It’s a real art, and I loved it.

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I know Rainbow Rowell doesn’t claim to be any sort of literary genius, but this adorable little love story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I thought Attachments was cute and entertaining, so I picked this one up, and it was even better. Didn’t love the ending, but I didn’t like the ending in Attachments either.

5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

Yes, like most of us, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and I am one of the few that LOVED (all caps) The Casual Vacancy, so I was really excited for this one. A little predictable, but super entertaining, I really enjoyed it. I heard it’s the first in a series now, and I’m not positive I’ll read the rest, but this was definite off the beaten path for me and I’m glad I read it.

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About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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2 Responses to Julia’s favourite books in 2014

  1. Daniel Waltz says:

    Reblogged this on daniel waltz and commented:
    Did these make anyone else’s favorites?

    Like

  2. Pingback: Erin’s Favourite Books in 2014 | The "Unputdownable" Book Club

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