Book of the Month 2014 Summary

Basically, I’ve chosen a favourite book that I read in each month of 2014. Some I wrote posts for, most I really didn’t, but we’re going to let that slide.

JanuaryThe Help by Kathryn Stockett – Five stars and a lot of love from me. It’s about racism and justice and family and…just read it.

February: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak – Oh look another five stars. The author of The Book Thief, in case you didn’t pick up on it. It’s a contemporary and it’s fantastic.

March: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – The classic Dystopian about books and ‘firemen’. Beautifully written, and a real thought-provoker.

AprilGone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Five stars for creepy, twisted psychological thriller-iness. Read it before you watch it!

MayThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Another one of those classics that I felt pressured into reading. It’s okay though, because this one’s really good.

June: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson – So much love for this book! It’s a children’s novel about a little British girl who’s sent to live in the Brazilian Amazon. Amazing.

July: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Kind of a cross between The Help, The Secret Garden and The Thief Lord. I liked it.

August: The Protector by Danielle Lenee Davis – I wrote a review here! It’s a detective/crime/mystery novel and I think it’s great.

September: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein – I freaking love this little fantasy novel. It’s a kind of prequel to the Lord of the Rings, and it’s just lovely. I wrote a little post about it here.

October: It Shouldn’t Happen to a Missionary by Alf Cooper – The humourous and really inspiring autobiography of a British Christian who ends up in Chile.

November: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer – The first non-fiction book on this list, it’s more of a Christian, theological thing. I really loved it!

December: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein – What a book to finish the year with! I love it all.

So these are my twelve favourite books of the year – what are some of your picks? Have you enjoyed any of the books I mentioned?

Happy Almost-New-Year, and thanks for reading!

~Dani

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Month in Books: June 2014

The wrap-up for June is here!

The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells – 3 stars This is definitely my preferred Wells book! It was an interesting premise: you guessed it – there’s a man…who’s invisible.

Zoli – Colum McCann – 4 stars This novel is about the gypsy people in Slovakia, and the struggles and discrimination they’ve faced from about World War 2 onwards. Follow poet Zoli as she is not only targeted by the world but her own people.

The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde – 5 stars This is my favourite play! Funny and cute and almost Shakespearean in its gleeful confusion. It’s short too, so definitely worth getting your hands on a copy.

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding – 4 stars I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It’s told in a diary form (surprise!), but it feels very genuine and works as well as – if not better than – any other story I’ve read in this form. Also, it’s funny.

The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey – 4 stars This YA historical horror was great! Rick Yancey also wrote the infamous’The Fifth Wave’, but I really think this one is better. The protagonist is an orphaned boy who is an apprentice for the renowned monster hunter.

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson – 5 stars I’m sure I’ve already talked about this little gem on this blog, but here it is again! Orphaned English school-girl is sent off to the Amazon and unwittingly embarks on a fairy-tale-like adventure.

The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe “Quoth the Raven, nevermore.” Yeah, that one.

Delirium – Lauren Oliver – 5 stars I reviewed this here! At the moment, this is my favourite YA Dystopian. In a world where love is curable, our main characters have to decide what they stand for.

Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer – 4 stars A Jew visits Ukraine to try and find out more about his ancestry. This is such a creative book, told in letters, lists and prose. It’s funny and heart-breaking, and really quite an excellent book.

Crossed – Ally Condie – 3 stars The second book in Ally Condie’s YA trilogy ‘Matched’, follow our characters as they…walk across some rocks. Suffice to say that it’s not my favourite of the series, but you do get to know some great characters, and we learn about the Dystopian society in which they live.

Trash – Andy Mulligan – 4 stars Set in an unnamed Asian country (the Philippines), this story is about three young friends who survive by selling what they can find in the rubbish heaps. One day, they come across more than they bargained for…I don’t know how to summarise this. It’s great though, so you should try it.

And that’s June! We’re up to date!

As always, let me know which of these books have tempted you, or which you’ve read before. I’m open to recommendations, too!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani