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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.