Back in May I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now July time for another update.
For the months April through June, I read a total of thirty three books, some of which were really, really rather short, and some of which I didn’t actually finish until yesterday even though I began them earlier. I’ve also started quite a few others that I haven’t as yet finished. Nothing about this is an exact science.
So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list ten minutes ago (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here’s my top thirteen books for 2014 so far, with new entries shown in bold:-
The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker (Pocket Books)
The Road – Cormac McCarthy (Picador)
The Three – Sarah Lotz (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Broken Ones – Stephen M. Irwin (Anchor Books)
The Unquiet House – Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
Murder – Sarah Pinborough (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Lord Came at Twilight – Daniel Mills (Dark Renaissance Books)
Film Freak – Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
The Ritual of Illusion – Richard Christian Matheson (PS Publishing)
Mercy and Other Stories – Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus Press)
The Beauty of Murder – A. K. Benedict (Orion)
The Moon Will Look Strange – Lynda E. Rucker (Karōshi Books)
The Bright Day Is Done – Carole Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Seven novels, one novella, four collections and one autobiography, with Jo Fletcher Books the only publisher to appear twice.
And, although they’re both included in my tally for the year, I haven’t taken into consideration Carole Johnstone’s novella Cold Turkey, as it’s published by TTA Press, or Dana Gioia’s poetry collection The Gods of Winter, as I’ve read it umpteen times before.
And, of course, many of these titles were first published in 2013, if not earlier, so it is a ‘best of Pete’s reading’ rather than ‘best of the year’.
Check back in three or so months to see which of these titles remain.