We don’t do things by halves here at Novelicious. At the end of last year, while many were taking a look back at the best books of 2014 (of which there are many!), we decided to look a little further and check out our favourite books from this century.
The list was long and varied but we somehow managed to narrow it down to our top five choices. So which books caught our attention?
Overall, the real winner here is YA fiction, which has had a massive surge in recent years thanks to the success of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games books – to name but a few. Yet it wasn’t just teenagers reading them, as our longlist shows. The first two Suzanne Collins books made the longlist and there was also mention of other teenager-led stories like The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Adults were clearly just as blown away by these stories as younger readers (well, we certainly were!).
There’s a lot of warmth to be found, with stories like Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes being mentioned, but it seems like what we really love is a good cry, as some incredibly poignant, thought-provoking and moving literature also found its way onto our longlist, including Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.