HOW DOES ONE PICK TEN BOOKS?!?!?!
Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? – Roz Chast (my thoughts)
The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell (my thoughts)
The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood, #2) – NK Jemisin (my thoughts)
Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson (my thoughts)
Ruby – Cynthia Bond (my thoughts)
Bitter in the Mouth – Monique Truong (my thoughts)
The People in the Trees – Hanya Yanagihara (my thoughts)
Morning Glories – Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma
Is it fair to include a comic series? Well, fair or not, this won’t be the only one on my list! But man this series…. I don’t know where to begin. Which is probably why I never attempted to write an actual post about it. Let’s begin with where I first heard of the series from – Debi (thanks Debi!) who described it as “plain FUN. In a sinister, creepy, WTF sort of way.” And definitely it is all about WTF. It’s set in a prep school with all kinds of weird things going on. There are more questions than answers and as I soon learnt, that’s how the rest of the series goes. The more you look for answers, the more questions pop up. Until you just don’t bother looking for answers but hop onboard and try to keep your head on while the ride is rocketing you sky-high and then plummeting you down into the deepest of abysses and your head is in your stomach and your stomach in your head and you don’t know where is up anymore.
Sunny – Taiyo Matsumoto (my thoughts)
Locke and Key – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
To be fair, I only read volumes 5 and 6 this year.
It seems that my preference for graphic novels tends to be of the WTF range. I
forced encouraged the Husband to read the first book a few years ago, and when he was done, he refused to read further, saying it was far too morbid for him. He might have said that with a shudder. And yes, these books aren’t for the faint of heart, although I do think that Morning Glories goes a bit further with more shocking images. But what you should know is that there is some awesome writing here from Joe Hill and some gorgeous illustrations from Gabriel Rodriguez. There is violence and gore, sometimes a bit too much for even Morbid Me, but there is also such fun and imagination and creativity. Minus the gore and violence it’s actually kind of whimsical, a story about keys that perform some amazing feats – one door that takes you anywhere, another turns back time and so on. Thinking about it makes me reread all six again – a project for 2015!
So these are my top 10 (or 22!) reads of 2014. I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!
What were your favourites of 2014?