Friday, July 18, 2014

The best books of 2014 to date

So last night, the lovely Cait from The Notebook Sisters wrote a post about her best books that have been published in 2014 to date. I contemplated writing a thesis length comment in response, but ultimately decided that it was easier just to write a blog post of my own!

So here you have my published-so-far-in-2014 top ten!

1. Fairwil - Alysia Gray Painter

Okay, this one is kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind of cheating because it hasn't officially been published yet. But I beta-read it for Alysia, and OH MY GOD IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD THAT I HAVE NO WORDS. It was the cutest, most squee-worthy thing ever, and I actually reached the point where my comments on the manuscript stopped being creative or helpful and were just links to gifs of Jeremy Renner bouncing excitedly in his chair.
Yup. That's the one.

2. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet - Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Okay, as a fan of the Youtube series, I was always going to love this book. And I think that it works very much as a companion to the videos, rather than as a stand-alone thing. But oh my God, I just loved it so much. There were so many little moments that we didn't get to see on camera that we got in the book, and so many characters - particularly Mr and Mrs Bennet - came into their own on the page.

3. The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J. Maas

I was honestly surprised that I loved a collection of short stories/novellas as much as I loved this. The stories all flowed together really wonderfully, and Celaena's backstory was incredible even when the reader knows exactly how things are going to end from the very first page.

4. Pointe - Brandy Colbert

This book was so dark and so creepy in a totally realistic way. It was really hard to read because of all the ick-tastic implications of the story, but it was so brilliantly written and Theo is such a wonderfully flawed character that despite how difficult it was to read, I couldn't put it down.

5. Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Admittedly, this one will leave you singing that irritating Kelly Clarkson song on an endless loop every single time you look at the cover, but it's totally worth it. The lists and the playlists and the best friend feels and the general adorableness of it all made it the perfect summer read. Even though I read it in the middle of winter. WHATEVER, I DO WHAT I WANT.

6. Cop Town - Karin Slaughter

I talked in depth about this one earlier in the week, so I won't go into too much detail here. It's hard to read at times because of the incredible amounts of prejudice shown towards pretty much EVERYONE EVER. But it's such a compelling story and features two awesome protagonists. Totally worth the read.

7. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

I guessed the big plot twist in this story really early on in the piece, because I'm just that good. (I'm kidding. Mostly...) But it was still an incredible story. It's a really quick read, and the writing is quite choppy which I know has turned a lot of people off. But even if you guess the big twist, you don't know the how or the when or the why. Plus, how often do you get a book where the protagonist is totally unreliable and you know it from the get go??

8. The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson

2014 seems to be my year for Reading Books About Real Life Problems. I read this one back in January, and it's stuck with me pretty well to date. It's such a heart-wrenching story and you can't help but have All The Feels for Hayley and her deeply problematic homelife. Definitely not one to read if you're in the mood for light and fluffy happy things, but still well worth reading.

9. Cress - Marissa Meyer

I love The Lunar Chronicles so much, I really do. The way Meyer ties the three stories together is really fantastic, and the relationship between Cress and Thorne is possibly my favourite to date. I read this in February, and I'm STILL not okay with how long I have to wait for the final installment of the series. I JUST WANT IT NOW, DAMMIT!!

10. The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris

How can you not love a retelling of the Norse legends from the perspective of a sassy yet massively unreliable narrator?? Loki is a fabulous character, and I loved everything about him in this delightful series of tales. The writing was gorgeous, and despite the fact that I'm totally not the type to highlight passages to go back to, I found myself doing so time and time again in this book (on my Kindle, it's okay).

What are the best books you've read that have been published this year?

K xx


  1. Wilhelmina UptonJuly 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I'm not sure why Since You've Been Gone look so familiar but it does. I loved We Were Liars too, a really neat book, most other books I haven't heard about yet so I don't know.

  2. I agree with so many books you've put on this list! I absolutely LOVED We Were Liars (that ending though! *sobs*) and Cress (Marissa Meyer is brilliant, right?!). I love the the Throne of Glass series and had no idea there was a novella, so I'll definitely have to check that out! ;)

    Thanks for sharing and GREAT post! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  3. It was so hard to write a review for Fairwill, because I just wanted to make sounds and hand motions and smile a lot.

    I know you loved the Lizzie Bennet book, but I can't decide if I want to read it or not.

    I'm glad you enjoyed We Were Liars! I loved it SO much.

    I swear someday I'm going to start reading the Lunar Chronicles.

  4. My books of the year are more like 'books of the past 12 months' because some were published in 2013 buttt... Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch was my fave from late last year. It took me two weeks to get through it, but that was mostly because I didn't skim or speed read a single paragraph. Well deserving of the pulitzer.
    Other than that, A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman, which is based off a blog, was wonderful. Also a super quick read, and along with The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrelle Zevin, is my solution to anyone wanting something for a rainy weekend time filler.
    Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim was also pretty fantastic, and considering he's a screenwriter, and it's his first novel, is a real surprise. Great for anyone who enjoys John Le Carre's older stuff, but wants something a bit more contemporary.


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