Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My Book Awards 2014

I've read just over 80 books during 2014 so whittling down the winners of my chosen categories was a bit tough but I've somehow managed to. And here they are:

Book of the Year 
 
This was probably my easiest choice of all. I read The One Plus One by JoJo Moyes as part of The Novelicious Book Club as well as reviewing the book here on the blog and I absolutely loved it! I didn't want to put the book down as I was immersed in the story of Jess and her dysfunctional but loveable family.
 
 
You can see my review of The One Plus One here
 
 
Cover of the Year
 
There have been some gorgeous covers this year but I had to go with The Dead Wife's Handbook by Hannah Beckerman as it's utterly beautiful with its vibrant colours set against the plainer grey background. I loved it!
 
 
You can see my review of The Dead Wife's Handbook here
 
 
Summer Read of 2014
 
I read some fab books over the summer (you can see my summer reading list here) but my favourite was Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy. Sweeping across several decades and generations, it tells the stories of Jessie, Lisa and Cat
 
 
You can see my review of Liberty Silk here
 
 
Festive Read of 2014
 
From summer to winter! My favourite festive read this year was It Must Have Been The Mistletoe by Judy Astley, which I thought was a fab, fun and festive read that had me craving mince pies within the first few pages!
 
 
You can see my review of It Must Have Been The Mistletoe here
 
 
My Hero of 2014
 
There were some very swoon-worthy heroes during my 2014 reads but, for me, Ed from The One Plus One by JoJo Moyes was a clear winner!
 
 
 
My Heroine of 2014
 
A heroine is usually the main female character of a book but my heroine is actually one of the supporting characters from A Place To Call Home by Carole Matthews. I loved exotic dancer Crystal and thought she was such a warm and likeable character. She's fun and exuberant but she's also caring too.
 
 
You can see my review of A Place To Call Home here 
 
 
Villain of 2014
 
There have been some great villains in the books I've read in 2014 but I chose Luke from The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings because there was such a depth of character for him. He wasn't a pantomime villain in any way and I enjoyed seeing the different layers of him and learning why he turned out the way he did.
 
 
You can see my review of The Judas Scar here
 
 
 
Couple of 2014
 
I loved The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice and I thought that Holly and Alex made such a cute couple with a lot of history. I was rooting for them the whole time!
 
 
You can see my review of The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me here
 
 
Fictional Animal of 2014
 
There have been some lovely fictional animals this year (mostly dogs but a certain puffin too) but my favourite was the slobbery, smelly Norman the dog from The One Plus One!
 
 
 
You can see all my reviews from 2014 here
 
You can also view my Pinterest page for the books I've read in 2014 here
 
 
I hope you've all read some fantastic books in 2014 too!

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