Top Ten Books I Read in 2014 (Top Ten Tuesday)


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This week, we’re sharing our Top Ten Books Read in 2014—a perfect Top Ten Tuesday for this 16th of December. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2014. I don’t know about you, but I love the Christmas season—time to bake, relax by the fire, spend time with family and friends, celebrate, give gifts, and especially…read! I have grading to finish up for a literature course I teach online, and I’m going to appreciate the time off I as soon as the term is officially over.

Then, it’s time for me to squeeze in a few more 2014 reads…

So here’s my list of my very favorite books read in 2014. I’m not going to overlap titles from New to Me Authors Read in 2014, so you will see some of my favorites missing from this list to make room for others—simply because I already mentioned them in another post.

Code Name Verity

By Elizabeth Wein code03,200_

So I had owned this book for awhile and read it while on holiday this summer at the ocean and oh my goodness….THIS BOOK! It’s amazing historical fiction, researched beautifully, and depicts an amazing female friendship that may leave you weeping by the end of the book, but let me tell you, it’s worth it! This is one of those books I will recommend to EVERY PERSON I MEET!

Rose Under Fire

By Elizabeth Wein


I just read this book on a cross-country flight and I never put it down the whole five hours—except to maybe eat something. It’s a companion novel to CODE NAME VERITY, and this book is just as fantastic and may be even better than CNV. I love all of Elizabeth Wein’s books, and I cannot wait for her 2015 release! I need to read a book by her at least once a month! This one sees its protagonist caught by the Germans and sent to the concentration camp, Ravensbruck.

The Winner’s Curse

By Marie Rutkoski winner-curse1-624x936

If you read my review of this gorgeous fantasy, you will understand why I love it so much and why I can’t wait for the sequel to be released. These characters are dear to my heart and I love Rutkoski’s world building.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye

By Rachel Joyce harold frye

This book has been out for awhile and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. It is worth all the awards it has won, and here is yet another story that I think every adult reader needs to know about.

Dorothy Must Die

By Danielle Paige


Again, with this one, all you need to do is review my thoughts about it. Love the Oz reworking, and am so excited about what is in store in the sequel!

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

By Kate DiCamillo flora

It was no surprise to me that this most recent book of DiCamillo’s won the Newbery. You can find my review here to see why this humorous and heartwarming story was so chock full of moments that engaged my heart on many different levels.

The Assassin’s Blade

By Sarah J. Maas


I discovered Sarah J. Maas for the first time in 2014, and though a lot of readers have chosen Heir of Fire (because they started reading the series before 2014), I’m going to have to go with the first book I read of hers—The Assassin’s Blade. I loved all the novellas in this collection, and they really stirred my interest in the story of Celaena, the young assassin who is center stage in The Throne of Glass books. These novellas serve as a prequel to Throne of Glass and I was so glad I read these first!

The 5th Wave

By Rick Yancey

5th wave

This was one of my first reads of 2014, and let me tell you—I was on the edge of my seat with this one. All I have to say is…the Aliens are coming

The Madman’s Daughter

By Megan Shepherd

madman's daughter

This was another early read in 2014 and this book solidified my love of Shepherd’s series and now I am avidly awaiting the third book! You can read my review here.

The Tragedy Paper

By Elizabeth Laban TRAGEDY PAPER cover

Finally, another early read in 2014 that I still think about from time to time. Thought provoking and a story that wasn’t predictable. I was invested in the characters, and would have loved a sequel, but my feeling is that we probably won’t see one.

Are any of these books on your top ten list for 2014? Which 2014 reads should I make sure to jump into before the year is out??


23 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read in 2014 (Top Ten Tuesday)

  1. I was just given The Winner’s Curse as part of a bookish Christmas exchange. I’m excited to dive in. I’d heard good things about it, but my exchange partner said it was one of her favorite reads of the year. Definitely looking forward to it. 🙂
    My TTT!

  2. Ok, I love your list because you have a great mix of books that I’ve read and not read. I read The Tragedy Paper earlier in the year during a big move but didn’t get the chance to organize my thoughts and write about them. I loved it though because it felt pretty literary for a YA, and I think that is so rare. I want to reread this in 2015! I also want to read Harold Fry – I always pause when I see this title and allllmost grab it, but just don’t. Perhaps that perfect time will come in 2015. Among your titles, I listened to the Flora & Ulysses audiobook while I followed along with the print copy earlier in the year (while my son also read it) and WOW, I LOVED IT. Such great illustrations and a great reader! Such a fun story, deserving of the awards. OF COURSE. I would expect nothing less from his author! Great list. I love it!

    • I agree with you about Tragedy Paper, Ashley! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts after you re-read it. I might have to re-read it in 2015 as well. Harold Fry is amazing!! Do pick it up–you won’t regret it!! 🙂 I think the Flora audio book would be fantastic–I will have to hunt that down. Thanks so much for visiting and checking out my list. 😀

  3. Code Name Verity was my favorite read of 2013. I liked Rose Under Fire but I don’t think it will make my top ten this year–I’ve read soooo many good books. Dorothy Must Die is on my list for 2015–I’ve been wanting to read it ever since you first featured it on your blog.

  4. Hey Katie thanks for stopping by my blog today and tweeting about my giveaway =)
    I have not read The Winner’s Curse yet, but I just bought it and I am dying to read it!
    I love The Throne of Glass series I cannot get enough of it!
    The 5th wave was amazing even my hubby liked it!
    New follower on bloglovin & twitter =)

    • I’m so glad I found your blog and am excited about reading your upcoming posts!! I think you’re going to love The Winner’s Curse and I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. TOG is amazing, isn’t it? It’s funny because my brother who never reads LOVED THE 5TH Wave! It’s just one of those books, I guess, so it’s great that your hubby enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

    • I bet the audio of Madman’s Daughter was fantastic! The second book is wonderful and I can’t wait for the 3rd. You will love The 5th Wave! I can’t wait to hear what you think. Yes, I’m excited about the film of The 5th Wave. Thanks for stopping by, Jess! 🙂

  5. Ahh I’ve only read ONE of these – The Winner’s Curse – but I did love it! I am terrified to read “Crime”, though. I don’t know if my feels can handle it. O_O
    I’ve heard so many great things about Elizabeth Wein’s books – I need to give them a try!
    Thanks for sharing, girl!

    • You have to tell me what you think if you read Elizabeth Wein’s books. They are amazing! And she has a new one coming out this year. I’m a little bit scared about reading “Crime” too–especially after I’ve seen what everyone else is posting about it on Twitter!

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