Top Ten Books of 2014

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:

fangirl1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Not only did I love this one so much that I ended up spending the entire day listening to the audio, but I went back and re-listened to it again nine months later.

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.

dreams6. 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.


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10 Responses to Top Ten Books of 2014

  1. Jeanne says:

    I liked Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Landline enough that I went back and read her first novel, Attachments, this week.


    • Amanda says:

      I still don’t think I would like E&P. I tried reading a couple chapters in a Half Price Books one time and didn’t particularly enjoy it. But I’ve either really liked to loved the others.


  2. Trish says:

    Trisha also said all three Raven Cycle books. I’m not a big series fan–ESPECIALLY YA (I know, I know), but I might have to jump on these. I had a chance at Raven Boys audio for SyncYA last year but totally forgot about the download deadline. Boo!


  3. Two of the Laini Taylor books made my list, too. I love that series!


  4. barefootmegz says:

    I’ve only read DoGaM on your list. I thought it was good although it didn’t make my Top Ten. I have The Raven Boys on audio and I’ve been meaning to read it!


  5. Irene McKenna says:

    You have really piqued my interest in Fangirl. 🙂


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