It’s that time of year when we’re looking back at the year that’s been, while simultaneously looking forward to the year ahead. And naturally for readers, that involves books. So I thought I’d do a list of books (not exhaustive) of books I loved this year. They weren’t all published in 2014 but that’s the year I first found them. So here they are, in no particular order:
1) Silent Saturday by Helen Grant
The first book in the Forbidden Spaces trilogy gave me the shivers but I couldn’t put it down. I am a sucker for a gorgeous hero, though, and Kris ticked all the boxes.
2) Now You See Me by Emma Haughton
This slick thriller had me gripped from start to finish – I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. A fab debut.
3) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I loved this sweet love story with a darker undercurrent set in the 80s. Will be looking out for more of Rainbow’s books.
4) The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling
I read this after meeting Sharon in April and absolutely adored the sparky main character, Remy Brunel. A breathless steampunk adventure that I didn’t want to end. Luckily, there’s a follow-up book, The Ruby Airship.
5) Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton
I read this over the Christmas break and fell in love with Kitty and Dylan. A gorgeous romance I wanted to read again the moment I finished it, featuring one of the coolest grandmothers ever!
6) One Wish by Michelle Harrison
I loved Michelle’s Thirteen Treasures trilogy and loved the idea of a prequel even more. This was so beautifully written, I was swept up in the adventure and it fitted perfectly in with the other books – so very clever!
That list could have been much longer, obviously! But I wanted to leave some space for a few of the books I’m looking forward to in 2015. Again, in no particular order, these are:
1) The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone (out February)
2) Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth (out February)
3) The Boy Who Drew The Future by Rhian Ivory (out September)
4) Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton (out March)
5) This is Not a Love Story by Keren David (out May)
6) Urban Legends by Helen Grant (out March)
7) An Island of our Own by Sally Nicholls (out April)
8) Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler (May 2015)
9) Better Left Buried by Emma Haughton (March 2015)
10) When I Was Me by Hilary Freeman (September 2015)
But the book I am most looking forward to in 2015 is my own – Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius, out in March. It’s been a very long time coming – 2014 was the first year I haven’t had a book out since my first ever book was published in 2010. But I’m looking forward to introducing people to Cassidy, who I hope is a lot of fun – she’s certainly a lot of fun to write! And I love the cover too:
How about you – what books have I missed off my lists? What are you looking forward to reading?