Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I Meant To Read

Posted January 13, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 32 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic: 2014 Releases I Meant To Read

The curse and the blessing of new books: we have to have them, we count down to them, and then we buy them. These books quickly turn into pretty shelf decorating. I walk by my massive pile and think to myself: “Man, I sure want to read that book!” Then I wander off to pick up something out of another MUST READ NOW pile that I started well over a year ago.

There is more new books than time, it seems, and 2014 threw a lot of awesome books our way, only to take a backseat to other novels that had our promise that they were THE ONE – the next ONE in line.

This week, Bekka and I share our top 2014 releases that we should have read a while ago.


Lyn’s Books

1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.  I am borderline afraid to start this one, but I aim to have it read for Valentine’s Day. I really feel horrible that I haven’t read this one yet – everyone seemed to adore this novel.

2. Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien. Even with the so-so ratings, I just have to pick it up because of the reality show story line.

3. Conversion by Kathrine Howe. This was an impulse buy, but the illness story line has me itching to pick this one up. This release sounds like a perfect back-to-school novel.

4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen. I just have to see this for myself. I was given this novel as an act of kindness project on Facebook, and I certainly would love to pick it up.

5. Compulsion by Martina Boone. If I don’t read this, Kara is going to die. I swear it.


Bekka’s Books

 1. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I read These Broken Stars in 2013 and absolutely loved it. I fell in love with Lilac and Tarver.  The main reason I didn’t get to this one at the end of the year was time, but also because I’ve been apprehensive about this book not being about the original couple. I do plan to get to it soonish though.

2. Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley. I was so excited about this; the premise sounds so unique and intriguing.

3. To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. This isn’t the kind of book I normally pick up, but when I’m looking for something a little out of my comfort zone, I’ll look to this one.

4. The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond. I’ve just heard so many mixed things about it, that I really want to see it for myself. It also helps that I’ve never read a book quite like this one.

5. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. I recently called to twitter because all of the “LGBT” books I’ve read are actually G and I’d really like to read more from the LBT and part of the acronym. Everything Leads to You was the number one book recommended to me, so I can’t wait to get to it soon.



What books did you get last year that are still on your shelf? 

32 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I Meant To Read

  1. Lyn: OMG YESS READ CRUEL BEAUTY. Just look at the cover and how pretty it is…and how much it wants to be read… I do need to read The Queen of Tearling too–people are saying it’s NA, so I’m sorta pulling back on it because I am not a fan of the NA genre tbh.

    Bekka: This Shattered World has a lot of Lilac and Tarver cameos so I wouldn’t worry, Bekka! It’s just as brilliant, but it’s less of a love story and more profound than book 1 which was really good imo. Oh yes Everything Leads to You! I need to read that one as well-I adore the typography on the cover.

    Great list, ladies <33
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    • Everyone is way freaking out over Cruel Beauty. It might just have to be the next one on the list!

      For Queen of the Tearling, I heard it was a very mild one, so I think I am going to have to give it a shot. I have seriously never read anything from NA, so I am very curious.
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  2. Your first paragraph is basically the story of my life. I keep telling everyone that 90% of my super huge bookshelf is unread. And yet every time I go to the mall, I stop by the bookstore, and buy a new book. *facepalm* I’m getting better now though, because I can’t buy a new book without feeling guilty for the unread ones back home. xD

    LOL, I love how you added in speech bubbles and comic stuff to the books! THE REACTIONS ARE SPOT-ON.

    1. Cruel Beauty — I was hesitant to start this one at first, too, because the romance sounded a little bleh, but I’m glad to say that it wasn’t a disappointment at all. It wasn’t perfect, but I absolutely enjoyed it. So don’t be afraid!

    4. The Queen of the Tearling — I’ve been seeing some pretty mixed stuff for this, so I’m not sure if I want to read it just yet. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it once you read it, though!

    6. This Shattered World — Oh MAN. After having read and liked These Broken Stars, I’ve been DYING to read the sequel, even though it won’t be featuring Lilac and Tarver as the MCs (I was a bit iffy about this too, at first). But everyone seems to be loving it, so I’m hoping we’ll feel the same way as well.

    8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — Same, I don’t usually read contemporaries, but it sounds like a pretty fun read. Also, the cover’s gorgeous and I kind of want it on my shelf. xD

    10. Everything Leads to You — Wow, the number one book recced to you, huh? I’ve heard good stuff about it, but I haven’t actually thought of buying it just yet. Fingers crossed that you’ll love it, Bekka!

    Heh, we better all get started on our reading lists before more awesome 2015 books pop up. O_O
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    • 1. A lot of the people who have stopped by are really cheering for this one. I’ll have to look it over when I am done with my ARC. I am really, really REALLY intrigued now!

      4. I think that is what really catches my attention. A mixed reaction will sucker in every time – even more than constant 5 star ratings.

      Thank you for stopping by!!
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    • I actually love books with mixed reviews. It will cause me to grab a book faster than a bunch of 5 star ratings. One of my favorite blogs listed this as the biggest disappointment for 2014 while another blogger on the same site listed it as one of the best, so I have to admit I am very curious about my own thoughts. Thank you for stopping by and encouraging me to read it. I wish I could read 10 books all at one time!
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  3. You’re in for a treat with Cruel Beauty! It’s fantastic take on Beauty and the Beast. Honestly, This Shattered World didn’t live up to These Broken Stars for me. The characters just weren’t as amazing as Lilac and Tarver, they were kind of flat (imo). To All the Boys is adorable! Definitely a great light read 🙂
    I hope you get to read them all! Happy reading 🙂
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  4. I really wanted to read Cruel Beauty as well but the retelling stories are either love it or hate it for me so I’m a little scared to start it as well.

    Many people have said amazing things about Everything Leads to You so I want to read that as well. I also agree that many things include two men instead of two women so that would be interesting to see the flip side.
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