7 books I've loved reading in 2014

IMG_6478 I've really found my reading mojo again in the past couple of months and I couldn't be happier. I went through a bit of a phase of not really being able to get stuck into a book or struggling to concentrate, but recently I have been reunited with my inner bookworm and it has been great. I really want to set myself the challenge of reading 25 books next yeat - I know this might not seem particularly daunting to a lot of you but a book a fortnight will definitely be more than I'm used to! Anyway, here are 7 books that I've really loved reading in 2014:

Do Disrupt - Mark Shayler

I picked this one up when we went to New York last year and I really enjoyed reading it - it's one I've gone back to a couple of times throughout the year. It's a workbook all about taking great ideas and delivering them, innovating and making a difference along the way. I love the way it's been put together, with funny anecdotes, a relaxed tone and lots of questions to make you think. Definitely one to read if you're starting a new project.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy - Helen Fielding

I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that until a couple of months ago I had never read any of the Bridget Jones novels. I don't know how I managed to avoid, but they had somehow slipped through my reading net for all of these years. So when Helen Fielding released Mad About the Boy over the summer I took it as an opportunity to read all three novels in one go and I LOVED THEM. I loved the wit and the emotion and was incredibly impressed with how the older novels are still impeccably relevant despite being penned nearly two decades ago.

The Art of Being Brilliant - Andy Cope & Andy Whittaker

I love reading books about self development and this book ticked all the boxes. Simple tips on how to lead a more positive life, delivered in a fun and engaging way. I read this way back in February and it's another one that I keep coming back to when I am lacking inspiration or need a bit of an attitude adjustment.

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

An all time favourite of mine - this is a book I've read at least four or five times now and each time I find another layer of meaning in it. This year I read it in February when I travelled to Germany for work, I had just lost my very beloved Nan and was struggling in my job. I was generally feeling a bit lost and this book helped me remember how important it is to keep focussed on what you want in life. It's a book I would recommend to anyone - the thing I love about it is that everyone seems to get a slightly different meaning or observation from it.

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

I was massively behind the curve with this one and only got round to reading it when all of the hype about the movie began. It was right in the middle of my reading rut, I hadn't finished a book for months and I had no motivation to get stuck into one. I started it one Saturday afternoon and by Monday evening I was done. I even made my sister read it immediately after me so that we could discuss! As I'm sure a lot of people would agree the writing isn't the best ever, and the ending is ever so slightly disappointing, but it is certainly a page turner. One to pick up when you want to get totally absorbed in a book and forget the outside world.

And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Housseini

I have always been a fan of Khaled Housseini's writing and loved his two other books (The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns), so I was delighted when I learned his new book had been published just before my summer holiday. This was just as great as his two previous works and I thoroughly enjoyed it - I love how he weaves together different stories and events in such an enthralling way. I got so lost in it that I made us late for our dinner plans more than once as I just couldn't put it down!

Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham

It seems like you'd be hard pushed to find a twenty-something girl who hasn't read this recently and I'm definitely firmly on the bandwagon. I've always enjoyed Lena's honesty in her work, whether it be her hit TV show, Girls, or her writing and this was no different. It caused a lot of controversy due to certain entries within the book but I loved it - my favourite parts where when she wrote about her attempts to lose weight (which was incredibly relatable) and the list of all the things she loves so much about New York, which give such an honest feel of my favourite city in the world.

What did you love reading this year? Any recommendations to get me started on my 25 book challenge?