How is the year already over?! While I didn’t read nearly as many books as I would have liked to get through this year, I did read some truly great books. This list is the top ten books I read in 2014 (whether they were actually published in 2014 or not). There are a few sequels, some debuts, and even a surprise or two.
Best of the Best: The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen — A powerful finish to a powerful trilogy. I loved every page of this series but I think Nielsen just might have outdone herself in The Shadow Throne. Wow.
2. Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat — This book taking the number two spot surprised me. Looking at the ratings I gave all the books on this list, there were others that by all counts should have ranked higher here. But as I considered all the titles on this list, Unspeakable refused to be placed anywhere else but at the top of the list. It was Pignat’s writing that did it. Her beautiful phrases and water imagery stayed with me long after reading. And she opened my eyes to a little known tragedy in Canada’s history. This book is haunting and just lovely.
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — This book was absolutely adorable! It spoke directly to teenage me. I felt like Anna and St. Clair could have been me and my then-friend-now-boyfriend (if you swap Paris for Montreal and boarding school for summer vacation.) Plus I fell in love with Paris during this book.
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell — A love letter to nerdiness and bookworms, Fangirl is the perfect book for readers who grew up with Harry Potter and are reluctant to leave that world behind. Plus, Rowell is just an amazing writer. Period.
6. Jewel of the Thames by Angela Misri — A good old-fashioned whodunnit about the granddaughter of Dr. John Watson who inherits the famous 221B Baker Street.
7. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle — Funny, smart and wonderfully Christmassy, this book helped me get into the holiday spirit.
8. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd — A budding wordsmith’s dream, A Snicker of Magic is a charming story that encourages a love of words.
9. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi — This book left me feeling manipulated but also surprised. Mafi managed to change my mind about several characters, which doesn’t often happen to me. Plus, I love love love her writing style.
10. Witchfall by Victoria Lamb — An engaging blend of historic and fantastical, I just love the idea of a real witch trying to survive the witch trials. I read both book 1, Witchstruck, and 2 of this series this year, but chose book 2 for my list because I feel this sequel pushes the characters further, making for a more tightly wound story.
Which books did you absolutely love this year? Do we have any in common? Share your favourite reads of 2014 in Comments. I’d love suggestions for 2015, too.
(I just realized that except for the #1 read, all of the books on this list have blue-hued covers. Interesting…)
Happy New Year!