Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books We Read in 2014
Here we are, at the end of one year, putting away our 2014 memories while we make a list of our favorites from the closing year. This year was a whirlwind of activities, some good, some not so good, and some that rocked our community, for better or worse. For 2014, I was a surprising year for me, as a reader. I found a lot of good books, but I also had some issues finding a new batch of Best Books, Ever.
However, there is quite a bit to choose from for 2014. Bekka and I are sharing our favorite reads from this year. Today, we gush about the year’s top reads.
One of the best sequels for a series, hands down. This book was just magic for myself. It made me cry, and laugh, and scream, and any other emotion imaginable. Amazing, beautiful, and addictive. I will miss this world.
I knew that this book was going to become a big deal, but I had no idea that it would stick with me months down the line. If you pick up just one 2014 release, make sure it is this one. The story was amazing, and the impact hits you in all the right places.
Pain and love, beauty and disaster, hope and loss. This story had everything that I needed for my 2014 shelf. The blend of realism and paranormal and historical genres packed into one story made this one stand out from the rest.
I think I can’t say enough praises for Sedgewick. I am disappointed that it took me this long to pick up this beauty.
David and the humor. Yeah, I still think about this novel, and it all comes rushing right back into my head.
I am so mad at myself for putting off Jellicoe Road for so long. When I first read it, it was so confusing that I gave up on it in like 20 pages. But I tried it again this summer and I was floored. I loved everything about this. It was 50% confusion and 50% pain and I loved every second of it.
This will probably go down as the number one book of 2014 because it spoke directly to my soul. It’s a violently moving thing when you find someone you connect to so perfectly, even if it’s just a fictional character. There was so much of myself in this book, it was almost like the author wrote it about me.
I find it hard to rank Suma’s books but this might even be better than 17 & Gone. Pitched as Orange Meets the New Black Swan, it is scary, beautiful, breathtaking.
Series finales will always get to me. They’re nearly always my favorite of the series. This one might not be QUITE up to Grave Mercy levels, but I loooooved it anyway. Annith was everything I didn’t know I wanted. I had no idea what was in store for me when I started reading this, but Mortal Heart ended up being so surprising and just the perfect conclusion to this trilogy.
In narrowing down this list, I was left with either Heir of Fire or Poisoned Apples to decide on. HoF edged PA out by just a little bit, and mostly because of the weight of the series behind it. We now know these characters. We’re established in the plot. Now, the world has been cracked open for us and you can really see that Maas is establishing herself as a fantasy writer. With two new (AMAZING) characters introduced, too, this book was nearly perfect. The only problem with this series is that it isn’t fully published yet!