I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
1. River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay.
Luscious historical fantasy that has pushed Kay onto my favourite authors list.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/01/river-of-stars-guy-gavriel-kay_2500.html
2. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.
A very readable memoir by Canadian astronaut Hadfield, who has made the space program relevant again.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/02/an-astronauts-guide-to-life-on-earth.html
3. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
A love letter to libraries, bookstores, museums, geek culture, the internet, secret societies--that felt like it had been written just for me.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/05/mr-penumbras-24-hour-book-store-robin.html
4. Empire Antartica by Gavin Francis.
Having been a very-short-term visitor to Antarctica, I loved this memoir of a young doctor overwintering at an Antarctic station.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/05/empire-antarctica-gavin-francis.html
5. The Martian by Andy Weir.
Fast paced and chock full of humour, The Martian is an excellent hard science fiction book.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-martian-andy-weir.html
6. The Girl with All the Gifts / M.R. Carey
A new take on an old genre, zombie fiction.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-girl-with-all-gifts-m-r-carey.html
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
My first encounter with Mr. Gaiman's writing, but certainly not my last.
My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/732630200?book_show_action=false
8. Among Others by Jo Walton.
Another new favourite author discovered in 2014. This book is perfect for science fiction readers, library & book lovers, and those who grew up in rural surroundings, especially if you are all three.
My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/335255214?book_show_action=false
9. My Real Children by Jo Walton.
Another winner from Ms. Walton. I found it to be a powerful examination of what it means to be female in our world.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/11/my-real-children-jo-walton.html
10. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson.
A very personal book for me, dealing as it does with children putting their lives back together after losing their parents in a car accident. A powerful, well written book by a Canadian author.
My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2015/01/crow-lake-mary-lawson.html
Here's hoping that 2015 holds some new favourites in store!!