“For last year's words belong to last year's language, And next year's words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
So 2014 is done with. It's over. Gone. Goodbye, adieu and all that. (Can you tell I'm not one for sentimentality???). But, as I was saying, 2015 is coming, and I guess we should fill these last days of 2014 with a bit of pondering and wondering over what has been.
THE BEST BOOKS I READ IN 2014FANTASY: Earlier this year I discovered the Mistborn trilogy, which, inevitably, I fell in love with. I remember writing in my review something along the lines of – "if you read one fantasy trilogy this year, it needs to be this one". And I stand by that. Remaining with trilogies, Dreams of Gods and Monsters was all I could have wished for from the series finale – fantastical, twisted, boundless. It's also beyond bizarre that this time last year I had yet to discover A Song of Ice and Fire; entering the realms of Westeros was definitely a highlight of my year. Similarly, returning to the world of Scion was a treat – although I feel like a tease raving about The Mime Order, when it has yet to be released! Finally, another fantasy delight was Deathless – a deliciously disconcerting stand alone.
CLASSIC LITERATURE: I read a fair few classics this year – although the vast majority were for school. This said, the classics I read in my own time were wonderful diversions. Northanger Abbey has quickly became my favourite Austen novel, whilst The Handmaid's Tale and A Room With a View were both incredible – and are now indelibly etched upon my mind.
HISTORICAL FICTION: Burial Rites is one of those rare books which never seems to fade from memory – a stunning debut. And of course, this list wouldn't be complete without Life After Life – it's by Kate Atkinson after all.
CONTEMPORARY FICTION: If you've yet to read The Goldfinch, you're in for a treat. It's a wonderful novel – up there on the same level as Donna Tartt's debut. Similarly, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a huge accomplishment of the written word: simply fantastic. And, a hidden gem of the year, Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore reminded me why I love reading.
NON-FICTION: How to be a Heroine was easily one of the best reads of the year – funny, touching, warm, honest. It's a must-read for anyone who grew up surrounded by books. I also loved Eating Animals – but for completely different reasons. It informs, surprises, and ultimately challenges everything the reader thinks they know.
2014 IN TERMS OF BLOGGINGI didn't have a lot of spare time throughout 2014, so blogging really suffered. That said, I did create some content I'm pleased with. Click here to see my favourite post of the year, and here to see the post which received the most views.
Around September 2014, Feed Me Books Now turned 2. I can't help but feel a sense of pride, or rather satisfaction, about this – and, yet, at the same time, I'm a bit unsure. I love blogging – I mean, of course I do – but I don't know what I'm doing with this blog yet, or what I want to do it, or where it's heading. I think I'll just continue with what I'm doing, and see where this little blog leads me.
2014 IN TERMS OF ALL THINGS ELSE
TV SHOWS: I think it's safe to say 80% of my year was consumed by my constant watches and rewatches of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To say I'm obsessed is a complete understatement. It's just a perfect show on so many levels, simple as. Sticking in the Whedonverse, this year I fell in love with the short-lived sci-fi classic Firefly: simply incredible. Another show I've been watching non-stop is Twin Peaks – I like my 90s cult shows, okay!
GCSEs: I took four of my GCSEs earlier this year (these ones were early, I'm taking the majority of them next year). This basically caused huge stress, and diminished all blogging and reading time… but, thankfully, all the work was worth it in the end.
WRITING: Due to the previous point, I didn't have time to write a lot during 2014… which is a slight downer, I guess. However Sylvia (my typewriter) wasn't entirely dormant, and I did write a few short stories throughout the year – nothing longer though.
And so that was my 2014 more or less. How was your year? To repeat T.S. Eliot – “next year's words await another voice.” See you in 2015!