MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA BY ARTHUR GOLDEN
This is the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. Told by Sayuri, she recollects her life as a Geisha in Japan from 1929 until post-war. Its a gripping, fascinating narrative that completely engulfs you in this world you’ve never been to. It’s incredibly moving and I was completely hooked. It’s a bit of an unsung classic and something I could read agan and again.
BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
I’m a little obsessed with this writer, there’s only a few books I don’t own… His work is incredible and his writing style completely brings you right in front of the story. This is his collection of short stories and this is a great collection to start if you haven’t read short fiction before. The stories are only a few pages long but all of them are as engaging as his novels.
1Q84 BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
Another Murakami book… I could have included many more! This is similar to Orwell’s 1984 in terms of being a dystopian style setting but this is set in a kind of parallel world Japan, that has two moons. It follows the story of Tengo and Aomame. Throughout the whole book, you know they have to be linked in some way but it’s not revealed until near the end! There is a book 3 to complete the series which I love just as much but as this was the first, I have a kind of attachment to this.
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL BY LENA DUNHAM
I featured this before, but it definitely is one of the best things I read last year! It is a collection essays about general life, growing up, love, friendship and being a woman which makes it incredibly relatable. It makes you realise that all those embarrassing things you’ve done are fine, it’s part of life and everyone does it. I love Lena’s writing style, it’s perfect and so is this book.
BLOG INC. BY JOY DEANGDEELERT CHO
A book worth reading and buying, for any blogger. You don’t have to have big dreams for your blog to gain something out of this. It has some really useful tips in it about SEO, photography, setting up a blog and working with brands. See it as a blogging bible, if you will! It’s perhaps not the best if you’re just in blogging for fun, but fabulous if you’re looking to take it a little more seriously.
What books did you love in 2014?