Bestest Books of 2014 (I’ll Try to Stop at 10)

This morning I saw that Rabid Reads had posted the Best Books I’ve Read in 2014, and I thought I’d join in.  Turns out it’s a part of a week-long meme hosted by a few other bloggers.  Well, it’s too late for me to officially join in, so I’m going to forge onward alone.  Much love to Two Chicks On Books,Reading YA Rocks, Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Tales of a Ravenous Reader for hosting the actual meme.

So, the top 10 books I read in 2014.  I did a similar post for BookBlogWriMo in November, but the books on this list are a bit different.  As of today, I’ve read 129 books this year, so it’s going to be tough narrowing it down to 10.  I will, however, give it the old college try.  And these aren’t in any kind of order, because that would take a bit too much thought. Oh, and I haven’t reviewed all of these (yet), but click on the title of the book for those that have reviews.  Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon.

The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye: The concept and story are totally amazing and unique.  But what sets this book apart most in my mind is that it completely blew away my expectations of a self-published book.  GoodReads

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal: I loved this book so much that I wrote the review the same day I finished reading it.  Jane and Vincent are a wonderfully unusual couple, and the Austenesque romance was super sweet.  GoodReads

How We Fall by Kate Brauning: A controversial premise and a setting in northwest Missouri.  Two of my favorite things (unique story and unusual setting).  GoodReads

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin: While I usually prefer historical accuracy, I love how Sherry threw accuracy to the wind to tell the story she really wanted to tell.  And she’s totally unashamed.  GoodReads

Neverhome by Laird Hunt: Seriously one of the most beautiful books I’ve read.  Ever.  I selected in for the KingwoodReads Book Club this year.  I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.  GoodReads

Written in My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon: Do I really have to explain?  Anything I read by Diana will automatically make a top 10 list.  Yes, I’m extremely biased.  GoodReads

Wool by Hugh Howey: Where has this book been all my life!  Best post-apocalyptic dystopia novel since The Stand by Stephen King, Swan Song by Robert McCammon, and The Passage by Justin Cronin.  GoodReads

Left Drowning by Jessica Park: Extremely emotionally wrenching.  Oh, and totally hot.  Like smoking. GoodReads

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward: I actually got tears in my eyes a couple of times as I was reading this one, and that’s enough to make any top 10 list I make.  GoodReads

Where She Went by Gayle Forman: I enjoyed this sequel more than the first book, If I Stay.  Adam was just to eminently likeable, and I felt totally sorry for him.  In a good way.  GoodReads

What are your favorite books of 2014?

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  1. Ashley

    I doubt I even remember 10 (non-children’s) books I’ve read this year. In fact, the only book I’m 100% sure I read this year and enjoyed (without looking at Good Reads) is All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior.

    After consulting Good Reads:
    The Beka Cooper trilogy (Terrier, Bloodhound, and Mastiff) by Tamora Pierce – excellent writing, even though I can’t endorse the moral foundations of it. Audiobooks are also amazing.
    The Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy (An Assembly Such as This, Duty and Desire, and These Three Remain) by Pamela Aidan – I’ve read one or two awful Jane Austen sequels, but these were awesome. Definitely had a book hangover from them. Also, please remind me that reading romance novels while my husband is out of town is stupid. It may give me something to do to pass the time, but not someone to do. 😉

    Based on Good Reads, I *think* I read both The Drowned Vault and Empire of Bones (2nd and 3rd books of the Ashtown Burials series, by N.D. Wilson) in 2014. The entire series is the most awesome YA lit I’ve read since Beyonders. Can’t wait for another one to come out, but no release date so far. 🙁

    Finally, I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher – this is the guy from The Blind Side, telling his own story. Excellent read, especially for anyone ever considering (as I am) fostering kids. This was a book club book I didn’t expect to like, but definitely did.

    1. Leila

      Well thought out as usual. 🙂 I totally had to look at GoodReads and my own blog to put together this list, so you’re in good company 😉

      I’ve picked up Beka Cooper and not read it several times. If you thought it was amazing, I’ll have to actually read it. I’ve also heard good things about the Darcy series. And although I’ve never heard of the Ashtown Burials series, your high praise is pretty amazing. I’ll check that one out, too. And I have to say I probably wouldn’t read a book like the Michael Oher autobiography unless if was for a book club either.

  2. Ashley

    I would be interested to hear your thoughts on any/all of those books. Whether or not you like the YA books (Beka and Ashtown) should give you a pretty good idea of whether you ever want to take a fiction book suggestion from me again. 🙂

    1. Leila

      I’ll check them out and let you know 😉

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