December 31

Looking back at 2014

With the end of 2014 closely approaching I thought it only fitting to end off the year by looking back at everything I read. To be honest, my reading pile looks dismal. I only managed to read 9 books in total of which 7 were mystery/crime fiction and the other 2 were non-fiction books. It doesn’t even amount to a book a month – I really need to up the ante for 2015 though, especially when running a book blog. Wouldn’t you say? 🙂

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So without further ado, let’s unveil my 7 reads for the year. As you can see most of them are linked to their respective review posts, which also tells you that I read most of the books when I started the blog, apart from Gone Girl. I read it earlier this year, but when the movie came out I just saw an opportunity for a nice comparative post.

  1. The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes (Favourite English Fiction 2014)
  2. Death and the Maiden – Frank Tallis
  3. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  4. Skoenlapper – Irma Venter (Favourite Afrikaans Fiction 2014)
  5. Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes
  6. Water Music – Margie Orford
  7. Spoor – Deon Meyer

I’d have to say I really enjoyed all of the books. Death and the Maiden was a bit hard to get into at first – it is set somewhere in the 1800’s so the time setting was weird for me. However, I did enjoy the plot and overall tone. The Shining Girls needs no introduction; if a time travelling serial killer interests you this is definitely your next read. Check out my reviews if you are interested in any of the other books I read, although I would recommend all of them.

2014 managed to be an interesting year for me, especially along the bookish side. It was the first year I actually read Afrikaans fiction and enjoyed it. It was the first year I decided to support local authors and it was the year in which I decided to start a book blog.  All in all, I think 2014 was a great year for me! And 2015 will surely see a lot of changes both personally and for the blog! Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read The Mystery Corner! I’ll see you all next year!

What was your 2014 book-lights? Anything you’d like to see in 2015 on The Mystery Corner?

Happy New Year and Happy Hunting!


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Posted December 31, 2014 by Natasha B in category "Book Musings

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