It's June and we're officially halfway through 2014. I've been inspired by this week's Top Ten Tuesday (which I missed) over at the Broke and Bookish to select my 'best of the year so far'. It has been an exciting year in the book world so far (for me, anyway) as many authors have started to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. Unsurprisingly then, quite a number of books that have made it into my 'best of' are WW1 related new releases. I usually find it quite tricky to narrow it down and, considering I'm pushing 40 books read so far this year, I thought it would be the same this time around. Suffice to say, I was wrong, choosing my favourites/stand out books has never been easier.
1. The Lie by Helen Dunmore
My first WW1 read of the year and one I had high expectations for. It didn't let me down.
2. Wake by Anna Hope
A stunning debut that focuses on the world after the war.
3. How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
It's about books and feminism. Need I say more?
4. No Name by Wilkie Collins
I somehow doubt that there will ever be a time when Wilkie does not feature in a favourites list. You know the drill.
5. The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
Of the books I read on the Bailey's Prize shortlist, this was the stand out for me. It chilled me to the bone but was oh so powerful.
6. Wounded by Emily Mayhew
Three cheers for non-fiction! This is an amazing look at the wounded soldiers of the First World War and the many people involved in keeping them alive.
7. Stoner by John Williams
This was massive in 2013 and I could really see why. A must read for everyone.
8. Secret Warriors by Taylor Downing
A book that well and truly allowed me to get my nerd on. Full of mind-blowing facts and some fascinating information.
9. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
This reminded me how wonderful graphic novels can be. A brilliant look at the Suffrage Movement.
10. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Feminist and funny - I was surprised by how hard I fell for this novella that previously intimidated me.
What books have stood out for you so far this year?