Top Ten Books


Dear Dad,

And so it begins! Every year, since forever, you and I have written our top ten movies, books and albums of the past three hundred and sixty five days. This year, sadly, I will fail you on the movie front as, (because: Tiger), I have not watched a single fillum. But I have read me some books and listened to some (mostly bought-by-you), music, so I’m all good on that front. Therefore, not a complete disappointment as a daughter, I hope!

Here, without (much), comment is my first list – the top ten books of 2014. It’s been a really stellar year for literature, IMActualHO. Also, it’s an absolute, unorchestrated and completely lovely coincidence that nine of my top ten books are by Aussie authors. And it’s really nice, I think, that my gender split is exactly fifty-fifty. Again, this was sheer coincidence. 2014 has been a bit like that – chaos and happenstance and luck and misfortune, all rolled into something that’s much less than perfect, but a little bit beautiful. All of these books have the beautiful part, but they’re all perfection, too, and I’m grateful to each of their authors for inviting me into their brilliant worlds.

I commented a bit, didn’t I? I’ll stop now. Here, unadorned, is my list (in reverse order, for SUSPENSE):

10. Tiddas – Heiss, Anita

9. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) – Galbraith, Robert

8. Every Breath (Every #1) – Marney, Ellie

7. Drowned Vanilla (Café La Femme, #2) – Day, Livia

6. Two Wolves – Bancks, Tristan

5. My Life as an Alphabet – Jonsberg, Barry

4. Cracked – Strahan, Clare

3. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Flanagan, Richard

2. Analogue Men – Earls, Nick

1. Coal Creek – Miller, Alex

Honourable Mentions: The One and Only Jack Chant – Borella, Rosie; Every Word (Every, #2) Marney, Ellie; Hello From the Gillespies – McInerney, Monica; Bay of Fires – Gee, Poppy; Cooper Bartholomew is Dead – James, Rebecca; The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2) – Simsion, Graeme

Oh, sorry, I just realised I do have a small comment, about my number one: It got not enough awards. It got not enough readers. It is the bee’s knees and if you haven’t read it, DO!


Stay tuned for the next instalment.

Love you, Dad.

Katie xxx

One thought on “Top Ten Books

  1. A beautiful list from a beautiful daughter – and I could never be disappointed in you. I couldn’t agree more about Coal Creek – on my list last year as was Flanagan’s opus. My list will hopefully be up on my blog in the next few days.


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