... excuse me while I stick my hands up my jumper for a minute; they're so cold I can barely type!
Right, that's better.
As I was saying, yes, books.
Turns out I've read far fewer books than in previous years. Only 53, six of which were DNFs ("Did Not Finish"). It's no great surprise. Life with a hefty capital "L" has happened this year, and my reading habits have responded accordingly. Also, I note that lots of the books I have read are great big tomes, as opposed to more the more slender volumes I've tended towards in recent years, which also explains the reduction in overall number.
The most surprising book on my list (I keep a hand-written list in a notebook) was one I could barely read the title of, and when I did decipher my scrawl, I didn't recognise the title at all. Weird! I skipped across to my Goodreads page, but it turns out I forgot to list it there. Then, *clang* the memory dropped into place. Mystery solved. The book was ... well, utterly forgetable, so I forgot it!
In previous years, I've tossed down my thoughts on my Top Ten books read in that year. My brain is as cold as my fingers, so I think I'll just mention my three favourites this time:
The Wood Wife, Terri Windling - one of the most magical books I know, and one I return to every few years.
The Burning Air, Erin Kelly - a gripping thriller that swallowed me whole, and had a twist even I didn't see coming.
The Lollipop Shoes, Joanne Harris - a re-read of what is possibly my favourite Harris novel (although I haven't read all of them, so you never know).
Oh, okay, I also have to include Maggie Stiefvater's The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. The former was a re-read to refresh my memory in advance of the latter, which was a new release this year. I adore Maggie's storytelling, and her characterisation is subtle and flawless. I learn writerly lessons whenever I read anything by her.
Well, that's me. I'm a couple of hundred pages into The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley at the moment. It's a book I haven't read since I was a teenager, and at 1000 pages, it's going to be a while before I'm ready to make progress with my ever-growing 'To Be Read' pile.
What about you? What have been your favourite reads of 2014?