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:
- Julia’s favourite books in 2013
- Julia’s favourite books in 2012
- Erin’s favourite books in 2013
- Erin’s favourite books in 2012
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.