It is difficult to do my 2014 top must read simply because I only read 15 novels and among the 15 books I read, only one was 5 Stars rated.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I know, I remember my words:
"the sense of disconnectedness in Ifemelu's (interesting) blog posts was evident. I also felt that the writer (Chimamanda) was unrelenting in how she intervened in the telling of the story, I would have much more loved to reach conclusions myself. Furthermore, this novel should not have been that long, Adichie could have wanted to save her opinion in a collection of essays like Chinua Achebe did in The Education of a British-Protected Child. So said, Americanah was neither mind-blowing nor about anything in particular".
However this novel was still a page-turner and a highly gripping read.
As a debut writer she really impressed, I highly recommend.
This novel is a good example of what it means to have a strong story to tell, narrate it engagingly with a beautiful poetical writing. It was a very well written novel in all ways.
Which will make my book of the year 2014? Please make a guess; Americanah, We Need New Names or By The Sea?
By the way, have you read the three novels? If yes, what is your opinion?