What are your favorite books of 2014?

Kate and I will be posting our lists for our favorite books we read this year soon but before we do, we want to hear some your favorite books.  So, what did you read this year that you loved so much, you had to tell all your friends? What books did you give 5 stars on Goodreads? What books did read again, right after you just finished reading it the first time? I can’t be the only one who does that.

Post your favorite books in the comment. Don’t be shy.

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3 thoughts on “What are your favorite books of 2014?

  1. This year it’s been almost all about discovering the Ian Fleming Bond cannon. I still have the last few books to go, but the books are a totally different entity than the films, They were written mostly in the 50s and Fleming used many of his own experiences working in British Naval Intelligence during WWII as his inspiration. The Bond character in the books is very different than the cinematic one we’ve grown accustomed to in the films. Next year I want to tackle the Young Bond novels written by Charlie Higson as a YA series, which tie into the literary Bond character base on the Fleming books instead of the cinematic character. The first book in the series, Silverfin has received fantastic reviews from other Bond fans and fansites. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/603911.SilverFin?ac=1

    Also, this year Anthony Venutulo’s Bourbon &Blondes noir flash fiction series was a fun quick read (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23496132-bourbon-blondes ). I’ve always enjoyed the noir genre and his collection takes inspiration from the likes of Raymond Chadler and Dashiell Hammett, two authors that I plan to revisit next year as well.

    As for nonfiction, Robert Sellers Battle for Bond tied in with my interest in the Bond franchise and covers the legal battles surrounding Ian Fleming’s plagerism case surrounding the novel for Thunderball, and how it had reprecussions for the Bond filmmakers all the way up to the early 2000s.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1384956.The_Battle_for_Bond?ac=1

    Anyway, this year was mostly about indulging my inner Bond fangeek, and working on some of my own creative writing, which I plan to work on during the next year as well.

    Jack

  2. I read Casino Royale before the movie came out and it was so much better but isn’t that how it usually goes. Maybe it’s time to read some more.

    • The 2nd novel, Live and Let Die, is pretty good but it does feature some pretty outdated racist attitudes. Moonraker and From Russia with Love are my favorite Fleming novels so far. I’m looking forward to reading The Spy Who Loved Me as that was Fleming taking an experimental approach and writing the story from a woman’s perspective.

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