Top 14 Books of 2014

Happy New Year (almost). I anticipate an issue with my system when the numbers get higher. These are only from the book I read this year for the first time, not that they were necessarily released this year. As with last year, these are in no particular order.

  1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: The third book in this series is out but I haven’t read it yet! The first is still my favourite out of the two I have read though they are both fantastic.
  2. Cress by Marissa Meyer: This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles and this series keeps getting better and better. They’re fairytale retellings (kind of) with cyborgs and space travel and I am not explain this well at all. Just read it. Cinder is the first.
  3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I didn’t know what to expect from this novel, I went into it totally blind. I ended up really enjoying it! The characters are so good and the premise, while fantastical and made-up feels like it could have happened in a different place at a different time in our world.
  4. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare: Obviusly this was going to be on the list. I will read and adore anything this woman puts out.
  5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor: Again, this had to be on the list. An amazing conclusion to this series, though the way it ended there could have been another book. I don’t think she’s planning on writing one though, which is unfortunate becasue these are beautifully written.
  6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas: I need the next one! there isn’t even a title out! If you don’t know I just finished this one and it is the third book is an amazing series, Throne of Glass is the first one if you want to jump on this train.
  7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi: This book really redeemed the series for me. After the second I was on the fence abut it but this pulled it way back up in my mind.
  8. World After by Susan Ee: The dark, twisted, creepiness continues and how I do love it. A great book to follow Angelfall, I love the dark sarcasm through out these novels.
  9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: Another assassin novel. This on also has fantasy elements but it’s more so trying to disguise itself as historical fiction.
  10. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole: Dead of Winter! It’s coming really soon! This is a very unique, post-apocalyptic/fantasy/paranormal story line. If you are looking for something that doesn’t really follow the norm it’s this.  first book is alright, second is amazing! It’s characters are based on tarot cards.
  11. Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout: Unlike many others on this list, the first book was my favourite and the there was a decline from there. I’m almost temped to tell you to stop after this book but I don’t remember how big a cliff hanger there was at the end of it. You might need to continue, like it might not work as a stand-alone.
  12. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein): Elizabeth Wein. Just this author. he WW2 stories (her other one is Code Name Verity) are so real and heart-wrenching. You want to stop reading becasue its so horrific what she is describing but you want to finish at the same time becasue you want a happy ending for these characters, even though there isn’t always one.
  13. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Very satisfying conclusion. I know lost of people hate the end but for me if it had ended any differently I would have been disappointing with the story, it wouldn’t have been true to character.
  14. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: This is just a fun, fluffy read. I’m starting on the third one. With these books I find you can’t take them too seriously. You just have to jump in and enjoy the characters and not over think it too much.

What did you really love reading this year?

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4 Comments

  1. I definitely agree with Allegiant. It had its flaws, but the ending was perfect because the characters all stayed true to themselves.

    The only other book I’ve read on your list is Dreams of Gods & Monsters. I adored it! Probably one of my top 5 books of all time. Fantastic ending, but I could definitely use more.

    *sigh* Great list!

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