Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Top 10 Books of 2014 So Far

I debated a while as to whether I wanted to write this. After all at the end of each year, I try to write a post listing out my favorites of the year. What if my post halfway through the year was the exact same as the end of the year?!?! Would it even be worth writing? Except, I know how silly that sounds since I have a whole year of reading ahead of me. Yes, books on this list will likely be on my end of the year list (and likely in different spots since my thoughts change with time), but it won't be a carbon copy.

But while I have every intention of writing a top 10 post at the end of the year, I'll have a newborn baby then too. Yes, I have every intention of keeping up the blog after baby, but who knows how crazy life may be. So just in case, I wanted to write this that way I can much sure my favorite, up till now, have their time in the spotlight.

1. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
While this review went up in 2014, I technically read it in 2013. Except I read it after my Top 10 of 2014 had already been written. It's too bad because it would have been number 1 of 2013, and is number 1 on this list as well. I can't wait to reread it, so much so that I've suggested it as our book club selection so hopefully they love it too.

2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
As much as I love Clare's books I wasn't expecting this to be here. But I can't help but think this was the perfect way to end this series, and a great way to build excitement for her next two series. As much as I want to hate Clare at times I really can't, especially when she's so good at drawing you in.

3. Three Souls by Janie Chang
This was such a haunting book, but it's definitely one that left an impression. I think the cover is perfect for the story, and I loved getting to explore China in this. I know this is a debut which makes me even more excited for what's to come from Janie Chang.

4. Driving Lessons by Zoe Fishman
I feel like I was so vague in my review of this book because I wasn't quite ready to share what was going on with me. In this book the main character is in her early 30s and not quite sure if she wants to have kids, but then unexpectedly she gets pregnant. Not realizing this story line would be the main point in this, I read this only a week or two pregnant and found it to be such a pleasant surprise. The cliched moment on food tasting weird for so perfect for me since I had my own version only days before. It pained me a little while writing my review that I couldn't reveal just WHY it spoke so much to me, but now that my secret is out I'm so happy to be able to finally share!

5. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
2013 seemed to be the year of Bernadette, but better late than never, right? Especially since there's still a movie on the way. I really loved the way the story was told, through e-mails, documents, and such. And Bernadette came off as so out there and crazy you couldn't help but love her. I do feel quite a bit late with this, but if you haven't read it yet, definitely do it before the movie

6. When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon
I still can't get over some of the food description in this. Yes, there was a love story too, but what I remember most about this one is how easily it transported me to Greece to be part of the culture there.

7. The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
This likely would have been higher without Somewhere in France to compare it to, but it's still a pretty amazing look at WWI. It is a bit heartbreaking, and I'm not sure I'm quite up for rereading it yet. But it's definitely one I'd love to come back to.

8. Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman
I only finished this one yesterday, and have yet to even write my review of it, so it only barely made the list. But it definitely deserves to be here. From the title you'd guess this is a basic chick-lit, and while it does have a romantic story line, that's not the part that spoke to me. Instead it was the parts where the main character researched her mother's life after her death. I think there's definitely someone about one's death that makes you realize all the questions you never asked, and considering my mom's passing it really resonated with me.

9. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
Another book I feel like I was a bit late too. It's hard to describe succinctly, but it really is a beautiful book. There is a lot going on at times, but overall it really managed to work.

10. The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Going into this book I wasn't sure I would enjoy it as much as I did. Especially knowing that it's 6th in a series I've yet to read, but it didn't really matter. I think one reason I enjoyed this so much so because it was the type of book my mom always loved, and reading it as I imagined she may have, made me enjoy it that much more.

Have you had the chance to read any of these books? And which books would you include on your top 10 list of the year, so far?


  1. My top 10 books so far this year would be:

    1. The Husband's Secret -Liane Moriarty
    2. The One & Only -Emily Giffin
    3. How To Love -Katie Cotugno
    4. What Alice Forgot -Liane Moriarty
    5. The Fault In Our Stars -John Green
    6. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? -Maria Semple
    7. Love & Chaos (A Brooklyn Girl Novel) -Gemma Burgess
    8. Graduates In Wonderland -Jessica Pan & Rachel Kapelke-Dale
    9. Brunette Ambition -Lea Michele
    10. The Divorce Papers -Susan Rieger

    Right now, I'm reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

  2. I have read 4 of these books and agree that they were great (Somewhere in France, Where'd You Go Bernadette, Beautiful Ruins and Collector of Dying Breaths). Some of the best books I've read this year are Paris, Vintage, and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment.

  3. Wise to get your top lists out of the way now! Good thinking :)

    I've heard good things about Somewhere in France--it's now on my list. I'm only up to #2 on the Maisie Dobbs series, and I have to read them in order, but your post reminded me how much I liked the first and want to read on.

    When the Cypress Whispers appeals to me too.

  4. I've read a few of these and others are on my list. This is a good list.

  5. Looks like I've got some reading to do!

  6. I have Where Did You Go on my night stand waiting to be read!