Our favourite books in 2014

I can’t believe this is the third time I’ve done a post like this!

Year after year,  it’s so much fun to look back on the 12 books we read and choose our favourites. Unfortunately I only read half the books this year, but I did manage to read our #1 choice… and it was in my top five too!

  1. January 2014 – Dear Life – Alice Munro
  2. February 2014 – Annabel – Kathleen Winter
  3. March 2014 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  4. April 2014 – Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins
  5. May 2014 – Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
  6. June 2014 – A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  7. July 2014 – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  8. August 2014 – The Bell Jar by Sarah Plath
  9. September 2014 – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  10. October 2014 – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  11. November 2014 – The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  12. December 2014 – The Best Plaid Plans by Terry Fallis

In 2012, we shared our top three books. In 2013, we shared our top 4 because of some ties. This year, we’re back with our top three, but it was a close one – #4 and #5 weren’t far behind!

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Personally, I was obsessed with this book. It took you along for the ride as the protagonist spiraled into depression… or did she? It’s for you to decide!

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I didn’t get the chance to read this one, but it’s super short and apparently similar to The Color Purple, which I loved, so I’ll definitely been tackling it soon. The girls raved about it!

3. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Apparently the book is great and the movie is just so-so. The premise is neat – five people meet on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve, determined to commit suicide, but they talk each other out of it. The novel follows their lives after that night.

What were your favourite books in 2014?


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 Our favourite books in 2014

  1. You might want to consider a review of “Ruins in the Mist”…historical novel with important ties to your hometown of Halifax as well as other locations in Nova Scotia. Based on actual events and real people you may find it an interesting book to consider for your bookclub.


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