Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Year in Books 2014


    And so another year of reading comes to a close. The story of 2014 ends and the tale of 2015 begins. 
It's been another great year of books for me, I managed to make my way through a hundred books, smashing my target of seventy five (but to be fair, a lot of them were short...).
   It's been a year of surprises, I've been disappointed by some of my favourite authors, surprised by authors I dislike and discovered many beautiful new stories that are sure to stick with me for years to come. 

   I'll be posting videos of my top and bottom five books in the next few days but in the meantime, enjoy this list (in reverse order because that's how GoodReads lists them) of the books I read over 2014 and be sure to tell me some of your favourite discoveries from the past twelve months in the comments below. 

Wishing you a happy new year of reading,
                                                                                Jake
 









Monday, 29 December 2014

Notes on a Scandal



Notes on a Scandal
Notes on a Scandal 
Zoë Heller
 "Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense—and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own."

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Further Tales of the City



Further Tales of the City
Further Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin
 "The residents of 28 Barbary Lane are back again in this racy, suspenseful and wildly romantic sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.
DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a charismatic psychopath, Michael Tolliver looks for love, landlady Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom, and Armistead Maupin is in firm control."

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Moominpappa at Sea



Moominpappa at Sea
Moominpappa at Sea
Tove Jansson
 "When the Moomin family members need a change of scenery, they decide to take up residence in a lighthouse. As they discover their new home, the family also discover surprising, and wonderfully funny, new things about themselves."

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Interesting Times



Interesting Times
Interesting Times
Terry Pratchett
 "There are many who say that the art of diplomacy is an intricate and complex dance. There are others who maintain that it's merely a matter of who carries the biggest stick. The oldest and most inscrutable (not to mention heavily fortified) empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise "What I did on My Holidays". Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes; warlords are struggling for power - and what the nation wants, to avoid terrible doom for everyone, is a wizard. Rincewind is not the Disc’s premier wizard – in fact, he can’t even spell ‘wizard’ – but no-one specified whether competence was an issue. And they do have a very big stick…"

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures



Sherlock Holmes
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures
Edited by Mike Ashley
 "The biggest collection of stories about the world's greatest detective ever published. The majority are entirely new and specially commissioned, but there are also rare reprints of special appeal to the dedicated Holmes collectors."