I’ve been invited by Currys to look back over 2014 and pick my highlights in terms of the best TV show I watched and book that I read this year.
The TV part of this is really difficult because of course my memory serves highlights from the last couple of months rather than earlier in the year! But some memorable shows I’ve watched in 2014 include The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Remember Me, 24, Bates Motel and Gogglebox.
I think if I had to pick one though, it’d be The Missing. Obviously the series hasn’t finished yet, so the way the rest of the story goes is anyone’s guess, but so far it’s been amazing. Starring James Nesbitt, the programme is about a man and his wife who lose their young son while on holiday in France in 2006. The story jumps from 2006, when the boy went missing, to the present day, as Nesbitt is still trying to find him and is starting to discover new clues. I was hooked from the first episode and the scene when he realised he’d lost his son had me in tears. It’s tense and the style is very Nordic noir, which I love. I can’t wait to see how it finishes!
The best book I’ve read this year is an easier decision. I’ve read a lot of cookbooks this year – mostly due to my change in diet for health reasons (see my posts on gluten-free living and the low FODMAP diet). So I haven’t read many fiction books through 2014.
But this one is one of my favourites, I’ve read it at least three times before. A piece of cake by Cupcake Brown is about a young girl who gets lost in the foster care system. She gets physically and sexually abused and turns to drugs, gang life and prostitution. She almost dies, several times, but turns her life around, goes to college and is now a lawyer.
I bought the book from a street vendor in Melbourne about seven years ago while I was traveling around Australia. It’s so shocking but inspirational; I love it.
What is the best book you’ve read this year? What was your favourite TV show?
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