My 25 favourite books (and graphic novels) of 2014

  • How We Are – Vincent Deary
  • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P – Adelie Waldman
  • The Circle – Dave Eggers
  • Locke & Key (vol 1 to vol 5) – Joe Hill
  • The Importance of Disappointment – Ian Craib
  • The Massive (vol 1 to vol 4) – Brian Wood
  • Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt – Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco
  • Race of a Lifetime – John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • Double Down – John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • Zeitoun – Dave Eggars
  • Revival (vol 1 to vol 3) – Mark Englert
  • Lazarus (vol 1 and vol 2) – Greg Rucka
  • The Courtier and the Heretic – Matthew Stewart
  • Ecce Homo – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The Antidote – Oliver Burkeman
  • Acceleration – Harmut Rosa
  • Cat Cultures – Janet M. Alger and Steven F. Alger
  • Young Money – Kevin Roose
  • How To Live: A Life of Montaigne – Sarah Bakewell
  • Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness – Ray Monk
  • A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine – Tony Benn
  • Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd
  • Webcam – Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan
  • Tales from Facebook – Daniel Miller
  • The Fall of the Faculty – Benjamin Ginsberg

I’ve always liked the idea of doing these lists but I’ve never got round to it before. However I really struggled to remember what I’d actually read all year – I ended up with an initial list of about 55, with another 10-20 I excluded because they were disappointments, but I’m certain there were more than this. Perhaps this fuzzy recall is why the lists appeal to me so much? I was also disturbed by quite how many books I had started and not finished. I have upwards of 40 books which I am, in theory, in the process of reading (and far more still on my Kindle). But in most cases, I’ve not touched them for months and it’s therefore slightly absurd to keep them lying around. I’d like to read more mindfully in 2015 and I think more regularly blogging about what I’ve read might help this process.

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