Mumsnet Bookshelf 2014

Looking for recommendations? Look no further! These picks from our 2014 Book of the Month authors will be sure to take your fancy

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January: Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty


  
"The most enjoyable book I've read for years."

"I was completely gripped by this book and found myself staying up far too late last night to finish it: the pace and the way the author controls its peaks and troughs are incredible. I really enjoyed the book and found it refreshing that the main voice was that of an 'older' woman who was still attractive, sexual, intelligent, and erudite."


February: 
Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld


   

"The quote on the cover about it being a page-turner is certainly true. I was often up way too late into the night muttering 'Just another page...just another two pages!'" 


March: Harvest - Jim Crace


   

"If the recipe read: take a large pinch of Thomas Hardy, add another of Richard Adams (he of Watership Down fame), add bags of originality and then a touch of spice, bring to the boil and then reduce to a readable 250 pages, then what you'd have would be Harvest by Jim Crace. It''s a wonderful and gripping story written in a bygone time in the English countryside. You simply will find it near impossible to find a modern book so well written, yet so easy to read." 



April: Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche


   
"I loved this book. I loved the main character, Imefelu. She was warm, curious and true to herself. The book for me was about identity and where you belong. The journey that she took to discover this was engrossing and interesting. It's also a story about love, especially that first love, probably the strongest one of all."

May: The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer


   

"It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read."

"I enjoyed this book and read it in just two sittings as I couldn't put it down. I don't think I've read a book written from the point of view of someone with schizophrenia before and it gave a fascinating insight into this terrible condition, not only from the narrator's perspective but also from those of his friends and family. Little snippets showed just how much they loved him, how helpless they felt and yet how determined not to give up on him. "


June: And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini


"Loved reading this book. It is so beautifully written. From the beginning you are captivated and I continued to turn the pages. The story pulls at your heartstrings, and I loved the fact that there are different narrators."


July: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

   

"It's rare that I finish a book and then want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again to catch every nuance. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is just brilliant."


August: The One Plus One - Jojo Moyes

   

"I read this in two days flat and loved it. So refreshing to find an easy novel that isn't American and doesn't feature unbelievable glamorous characters."


September: The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert

   

"It was a great read - I have a three-week-old baby (and two other children) but despite sleep deprivation I couldn't put it down. Gilbert has an easy style which carries you through some weighty subject matter. Loved the main character; she seemed very authentic and strong in a quiet and flawed way. It felt epic in terms of scope, ranging across lifetimes, big questions, and the world."


October: Us - David Nicholls

   

"Although bittersweet in its frank exploration of the less romantic side of marriage and the difficulties of parenting, the novel also manages to amuse and delight, its darker moments off-set by some truly comic moments and great one-liners. I soon found myself utterly absorbed and was truly moved by the events in Barcelona. Although I was continually surprised by how events unfolded and was never quite sure how things would turn out, the ending was perfect."


November: Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

   


"I loved this book! It was so well-written and I loved the setting and the character of Agnes. It is one that stayed with me after I read it. Was so interested to see it was based on a true story too, which I didn't know until I read the notes at the end."


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