Well…2014 isn’t finished yet. There’s a possibility that I’ll read another book this year that will edge one of these out. Some years, my very favorite book comes very last of the year! But there’s only two weeks or so left of December, so I’ll go ahead and participate this week anyway. Here are my top ten books of 2014 (excluding rereads) – as of now, at least! I’m sure none of these will come as a surprise.
In order of when I read them:
2. Cress by Marissa Meyer – Each book in this series gets progressively better. This is by far my favorite so far.
3-5. the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson – These books (The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom) have some of the best world-building I’ve ever come across.
6. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – I was so worried going into this one that it would disappoint me. It didn’t. Everything about it blew me away, from the chills at the beginning to the tempered-but-happy end.
7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I came across this one at exactly the right moment, when I most desperately needed to read just this.
8-10. the Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater – Brilliant characterization, friendships, humor, and tension in these three-so-far books (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily Lily Blue).
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.