Best Books of 2014

Books of 2014

When I first posted a call on the best books that people have read for the year on my social media accounts, I was thrilled to see what everyone had to share. Some of the recommended books make it to my 'To Read' list. And, I visit revisit the lists regularly.

For those interested, here are the links to: Best Books of 2012 and Best Books of 2013.

Now, I'm really excited to have a third list to refer to. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

Personally, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to complete reading about 30 books in 2014. I've read many more, but I don't always finish them.

Some of my favourites include -

In Fiction: 

I didn't get to read a lot of fiction this year, and many were a bit disappointing (including the final book on the Divergent series - Allegiant by Veronica Roth. :(). I'm also glad I finally managed to finish George RR Martin's 'A Feast For Crows' - that was a long and labourious read. I keep stopping and starting it because the story lost me. I decided to persevere. Now, on to Dance With Dragons.

  • 'The Winner's Circle' by Marie Rutkoski - This is the beginning of a new YA series and I was definitely hooked. I can't wait for Book 2 this year. It has been long time since I became this excited about a YA book series, so I'm very pleased to come across Marie's work.
  • 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman - I know this is an old book and it has even been made into a movie. I've watched bits and pieces of the movie when it came on TV, but this is the first year I sat through the whole thing. And, I'm glad I've managed to read the book as well. Really loved it. Went into my list of 'favourite books of all time' immediately.

In Non-Fiction:

Definitely been reading mostly non-fiction nowadays. Especially art books. Specifically, books on sketching. I probably can dedicate several blog posts just to talk about them. Some of my favourites include: Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide To Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color by Felix Scheinberger, Art of Sketching (originally in Spanish, Dibujo de Apuntes) by Sterling Publishing, and The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario.

My favourite business book that I read this year is Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative a Genius in 15 Minutes A Day by Sam Bennett.

In any case, here are some of the best books of 2014 as recommended by some of my friends...

 

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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