Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Let's Look Back at 2014 - Fictional Favourites

As the year quickly pulls to a close, most people like to look back and reflect on all the wonderful things they have done. But I've already done that, so now I've decided to look back on my favourite fictional things as inspired by Currys. Although I started writing book reviews on this ol' blog, it hasn't really touched the surface on how many books I read this year. As Goodreads allows you to set yourself a yearly target, I managed to reach mine - and surpass it - with flying colours. After looking back at my year in reading, I decided that my favourite book of 2014 is A Tale of the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

A completely surreal story, following the life of Nao, or at least the life she writes about in her diary, which is found washed up hundreds of miles away by Ruth. At completely different stages of their lives - as one is a bullied and misunderstood girl in Japan, the other a woman struggling with writer's block on the other side of the Pacific - their stories weave together in such an unusual way. Ruth starts to struggle with the concept of time, as she has no idea how far apart each entry in Nao's diary are, and starts to pace herself with it. I felt the same as Ruth in this respect, as at first I just wanted to devour the entries, but realised I needed to savour them to understand how significant each development in Nao's character is to the novel. 

Although some of the science theory in this novel completely passed me by, I found it completely engaging and unlike anything I've read before. I would definitely recommend this, and in fact I've already loaned it out to a trusted friend. 

Honourable mentions
- The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I have to admit, not all of my free time has been spent reading. Due to the wonder that is Netflix, I have spent many an hour flicking through the rows and rows of suggested viewing watching some top quality television. I really took it in my stride and went American Sitcom mad. First, The Office US (my second time round), then Don't Trust The B**** In Apartment 23, the hotly anticipated Orange is the New Black series followed by many, many others. I've got to say though, my standout TV show in 2014 has definitely been Arrested Development.

The series originally started in 2003, and had three successful seasons before it was sadly cancelled in 2006. Luckily for me, Netflix decided to revive the show and that's what brought it onto my radar. I'd never really been a huge fan of Jason Bateman before, but I really loved his portrayal of Michael Bluth, just a normal guy trying to keep the family business afloat whilst his father is in prison for some dodgy business malpractice. All of the characters are perfectly acted - I could not imagine anyone other than Will Arnett as part-time magician Gob Bluth - and the straining relationships between family members is hilarious to watch.

Honourable mentions
- Game of Thrones
- Damages (not from this year, but Glenn Close?!?!)
- Parks & Recreation

Did either of these tickle your fancy this year? What was your best read this year? Any TV shows I need in my life? 

Chelsea xo

*this post is my entry to the #CurrysFiresideFiction competition*


  1. I have SO MUCH love for Arrested Development. In fact I think I might do a rewatch very soon - I've missed the Bluths!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

  2. Ohh the book sounds great, I always like book recommendations! I have a total netflix addiction too, I really need to catch up on Game of Thrones! x

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  3. Netflix stole my December I'm currently watching SITC box set so we are on a break! This books sounds so intriguing and not something I would first pick up either. happy new year!

  4. You should read it, it's like nothing I've ever read before! Happy new year lovely! x

  5. It's really good, I recommend it to everyone :) x

  6. It's so good, isn't it? A guy I go to uni with is a total Gob and it makes me laugh so much! x

  7. Ahh I really want to get into Arrested Development as it comes highly recommended from one of my friends. Love Parks & Recs too!


    I loved this book, loved it loved it loved it. I've ordered another book of hers - the first time I ordered it it went missing in the post so I've had to buy it again. Is the Book Thief good?

    Dannie x



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