Books I Read in 2014

1) Northern Lights – Philip Pullman – 02/01 – 04/01
2) The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman – 05/01 – 06/01
3) The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman – 08/01 – 10/01
4) Republic of Thieves – Scott Lynch – 12/01 – 25/01
5) The Fifth Woman* – Henning Mankell – 25/01 – 28/01
6) Labyrinth – Mark T Sullivan – 29/01 – 31/01
7) 1984* – George Orwell – 01/02 – 12/02
8) Boy Trouble at Trebizon – Anne Digby – 06/02 – 06/02
9) Rivals – Jilly Cooper – 08/02 – 09/02
10) Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling – 13/02 – 13/02
11) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling – 14/02 – 14/02
12) Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling – 14/02 – 15/02
13) Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling – 15/02 – 19/02
14) Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling – 20/02 – 23/02
15) Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling – 23/02 – 24/02
16) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling – 25/02 – 01/03
17) Imajica* – Clive Barker – 03/03 – 26/04
18) Half Moon Investigations – Eoin Colfer – 12/03 – 20/03
19) The Naughtiest Girl in the School – Enid Blyton – 24/03 – 24/03
20) The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor – Enid Blyton – 25/03 – 35/03
21) Sagas of Warrior-Poets* – unknown author/s – 27/03 – 11/04
22) Hacker – Malorie Blackman – 09/04 – 09/04
23) Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman – 14/04 – 23/04
24) The Brides of Rollrock Island* – Margo Lanagan – 27/04 – 01/05
25) A Game of Thrones* – George RR Martin – 01/05 – 10/05
26) A Clash of Kings* – George RR Martin – 11/05 – 19/05
27) A Storm of Swords: Steel & Snow* – George RR Martin – 19/05 – 26/05
28) A Storm of Swords: Blood & Gold* – George RR Martin – 27/05 – 02/06
29) A Feast for Crows* – George RR Martin – 03/06 – 15/06
30) A Dance with Dragons: Dreams & Dust* – George RR Martin – 16/06 – 28/06
31) A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast* – George RR Martin – 28/06 – 07/07
32) The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde – 07/07 – 11/07
33) Lost In A Good Book – Jasper Fforde – 12/07 – 20/07
34) The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch – 05/08 – 13/08
35) The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie – 14/08 – 03/09
36) Long Way Round – Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman – 17/08 – 20/08
37) The Sleepover Club at Kenny’s – Rose Impey – 01/09 – 01/09
38) Before They Are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie – 04/09 – 21/09
39) The Chalet School & Barbara – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 05/09 – 06/09
40) Ruey Richardson at the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 14/09 – 14/09
41) Theodora and the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 17/09 – 18/09
42) Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – 18/09 – 20/09
43) Last Arguments of Kings – Joe Abercrombie – 22/09 – 02/10
44) Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch – 02/10 – 10/10
45) New Mistress at the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 04/10 – 04/10
46) Feud in the Chalet School* – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 05/10 – 05/10
47) The Watcher in the Shadows* – Carlos Ruiz Zafón – 12/10 – 14/10
48) The Republic of Thieves – Scott Lynch – 16/10 – 02/11
49) A Problem for the Chalet School* – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 19/10 – 19/10
50) The Chalet Girls in Camp – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 23/10 – 23/10
51) Jo of the Chalet School* – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 26/10 – 26/10
52) The Gospel of Loki* – Joanne M Harros – 03/11 – 12/11
53) The Chalet School at War – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 10/11 – 10/11
54) Dracula* – Bram Stoker – 17/11 – 21/11
55) Shadowmagic* – John Lenahan – 23/11 – 26/11
56) The Prince of Hazel & Oak* – John Lenahan – 26/11 – 02/12
57) Chalet School Fete* – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 27/11 – 27/11
58) The Chalet Girls Grow Up – Merryn Williams – 28/11 – 28/11
59) Three Go to the Chalet School* – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 01/12 – 01/12
60) The Sons of Macha* – John Lenahan – 03/12 – 07/12
61) The Cuckoo’s Calling* – Robert Galbraith – 07/12 – 10/12
62) The Highland Twins at the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 03/12 – 10/12
63) The Atheist’s Guide to Xmas* – Various – 11/12 – 16/12
64) The Head Girl at the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 11/12 – 13/12
65) A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond – 14/12 – 14/12
66) Butterflies in November* – Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir – 16/12 – 19/12
67) From the Dead* – Mark Billingham – 19/12 – 22/12
68) Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 22/12 – 22/12
69) Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – 23/12 – 25/12
70) A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch – Jill Murphy – 26/12 – 28/12
71) Stardust – Neil Gaiman – 28/12 – 28/12
72) Matilda – Roald Dahl – 29/12 – 29/12
73) The Chalet School and the Island – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 29/12 – 29/12
74) Lavender Leigh at the Chalet School – Elinor M Brent-Dyer – 31/12 – 31/12

* new reads

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3 thoughts on “Books I Read in 2014

  1. Loverofbooks January 1, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    I see you have some Harry Potter books among your list. I have heard them being raved about by young and old. If I may ask,what appeal do you find in this series?

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    • Jem Hunt January 2, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Oh, where do I start?

      1) I started reading these books when they first came out, when I was a teenager. At the time they tended to come out every July and Harry was my age – we even share a birthday in July. Each book starts around Harry’s birthday, then covers the summer holidays and the school year up until his next birthday is approaching. So, for example, the third book, covering from Harry’s 13th birthday up until shortly before his 14th came out just before my 14th birthday. And so on. I like being the same age to the day as Harry Potter.

      2) I started reading these books when I was a teenager, as I said. Maybe some people might consider me too old for them now but I think you retain a fondness for things you enjoyed as a kid. And I was reading them when they were new, when they were a big deal, when New Harry Potter Day was the biggest and most exciting day of the year. It adds to the fun when you have to wait a year – or more, as the series went on – to see what happens next. Back then, major events were surprises, you didn’t know what the endgame was, you didn’t know what any of the characters were really up to.

      3) As you may have noticed from the Enid Blyton/Elinor Brent-Dyer books on the list, I read a lot of boarding school fiction. Harry Potter fits into that category, although – believe it or not – Harry Potter is more realistic.

      4) They’re complex stories of real life, of good vs evil and people in between – ranging from Ultimate Good and Evil down to friends and bullying fellow pupils and teachers, with magic and peril and all sorts of exciting and interesting things. But because they were written for children/teenagers, they don’t feel uncomfortably heavy or take an effort to read. “Fun” probably isn’t quite the right word, not with some of the themes but it’s enjoyable.

      5) The last book, Deathly Hallows, came out in 2007. I’ve only read it twice – once when I rushed through it the weekend it came out and took very little of it in because I read it so quickly. And I don’t remember it very well from the second reading. So if you’re going to read the last book in a series, you might as well read the previous six while you’re at it. I’ve read the first few several times but I still don’t know Deathly Hallows very well.

      That’s still not really an answer to “what do I like about them” but it’s very hard to explain why you like or dislike something. Ultimately, the best answer is to say you should try reading them and see for yourself. Give them a chance, it doesn’t start to get big until a few books in.

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      • Loverofbooks January 2, 2015 / 2:55 pm

        Hmmm..well i have definetly heard alot of stories about the books and many have praised them highly..so i might look into the first one..thank you for answering my question..i really appreciate it

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