You were so desperate to read to your heart’s fill that you even participated in the Book-Bucket-List-Contest, better known as the Book-Bucket-Challenge* at Facebook that went viral or the sophisticated ‘The Brunch book challenge: read 24 books in 2014**’. You quoted your favourites over the years and were itching to show off your latest picks too. But you still missed out on a few, didn’t you? I have listed here the names & lists of the best of the best ones, as much for you as for myself, a summarization of those books whose names did rounds from mouth to mouth, from status to status and from mags to newspapers. Have your pick from this gist of this gift ~ Santa’s suggested reading-list for the best-seller cum most popular books of 2014 that you should have read but couldn’t! 😛 Never mind, its holiday time, use your debit card, go shopping online, get amazing Christmas-y discounts, twiddle your thumbs till the parcel arrives and then wrap up your stole, don your poncho, get inside your pile of quilts & blankets, let loose your hair and hug your mug of tea and get back on a reeeeeading spreeee!!!

1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler {Humor}

2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham (Legal Thriller}

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9) (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9) [& Series] by Jeff Kinney {Children/Comics}

4. On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss {Medical Thriller}

5. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness {Fantasy}

6. Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère, trans. from the French by John Lambert {Biography}

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart {Young Adult Thriller, Fiction}

8. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport {History}

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr {Historical Fiction}

10. Lullabies by Lang Leav {Poetry}

11. Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet {Erotica}

12. Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson {Typed Musings}

13. Psychaotic: See The World In Red And Black by Irum Zahra {Poetry, Philosophy, Art}

14. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty {Fiction}

15. The Martian by Andy Weir {Science Fiction}


P.S. ~ Don’t mind the names of books you’ve already downed your mind, cropping up, just be proud that you did get to lay your hands on it 😉 Also, the books are in no specific order; after all you don’t read books to join some hit-list but to entertain yourself, for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the warmth and aroma of a good read.  ^_^ Like I’d say, Christmas won’t be Christmas without any books to enjoy and gift! 🙂

List 10 books that inspired your life with #hashtag
Rules: Do not take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just about 10 books or less that have affected you in some way. After accept this challenge, you can nominate other people to share their book-lists to everyone. &/or . List books from your ‘Already-read Reading Collection’ you’d like to donate.

The Brunch Book Challenge is an @HTBrunch initiative to get Brunch readers to read at least 24 books in 2014. Read anything you like – just keep us posted.

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Next Few Posts:  The most readable books from my circle of writers/my favourites over the years/the links to the lists of the bests of 2014 etc. 😛