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2014 Reading Challenge – Final Quarter

So the end of my 2014 Reading Challenge is here, and I am pretty pleased with myself that I managed to read more than my goal of 36 books this year, I hit 41! There were some brilliant titles released this year and I read a couple of old novels that I had been meaning to get to for a while.

Here’s my final quarter round-up:
The Rachel Papers

 1. The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis

The Enchanted

2. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

The Bone Clocks

 3. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Watcher in the Shadows

 4. The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Not That Kind of Girl

 5. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Tony Hogan

6. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson

All the Days and Nights

 7. All the Days and Nights by Niven Govinden

The Sleeper and The Spindle

 8. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman


9. Thirst by Kerry Hudson

The Handmaid's Tale

 10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Passion

 11. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

This was a great selection of books for the final quarter of the year and a real mix of genres, voices and styles. I was lucky enough to have Kerry Hudson choose me as a mentee for the WoMentoring project. She read my work and gave me some great feedback on my own writing; she’s an absolutely lovely person and a very talented writer and I read both of her books in quick succession. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was such a gripping read and very compelling in its subject matter, the struggles of a young mother in Scotland’s roughest neighbourhoods was a very important story to be exposed to, executed truthfully in a heartbreaking but necessary manner.

It’s very difficult to choose an ultimate favourite from the whole year’s list so I’ll give you five titles that either inspired me greatly, changed my focus with my own writing, encouraged me to delve into my own ideas deeper or just wowed me in their originality:

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

The Rental Heart and other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan

I’m looking forward to what new books 2015 brings us and I wonder if I can top my 41 reads by this time next year, watch this space!

Happy Reading to you all, and a Happy New Year!



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