Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 Books of 2014

Back in July I posted my Top 10 Books of the Year So Far since I hated the idea of of not having time at the end of the year to write out a favorites post. But thankfully I have been able to find the time, especially since it quite interesting to see how the posts differ. There are a lot more books on this list from the second half of the year than the first, which makes me wonder if it's because they're fresher in my mind or because I just happened to read better books the second half. There are also books that I'm listing ahead of others this go round, which I think is due in part to how well they stayed with me, but also by how relevant they are to what's happening in my life right now. But without anymore rambling, these are my favorite books from 2014.

To see my favorite books from years' past go here:

1. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
Technically I read this book in 2013, but after I had already posted my top 10 list of the year, and it would be a crime to not have it on any top 10 of the year list. I absolutely adored this book and I'm happy to say I've lead a number of other people to it this year. It's one I've been dying to reread, which I'm hopefully able to do before the author's follow-up comes out next month.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I've been meaning to read this one for years, and now can't believe I was able to wait so long. This book is beautiful and magical. Reading it is a bit like being transported into another world. It's interesting because while part of my would like to reread it, I'm afraid in doing so it may loose a bit of its magic now that I know what to expect.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
No surprise that this one it here. I have a feeling every time I read something from Stephanie Perkins it's going to make my top 10 list. I've loved all her books so far, and can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Especially knowing her next book seems to be with a completely new set of characters and I think a horror story which is a big change of pace.

4. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
I have such a love/hate relationship with Cassandra Clare. Whenever I'm not reading her books I'm not a huge fan, but still... her books manage to capture your attention. I do think this was such a fitting end to the Mortal Instruments series. While I think I'd be quite satisfied if this were the last shadowhunter book, I know I won't be able to stay away from anything else she writes.

5. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
I read several books on natural childbirth, and while this one my not have been the most enjoyable to read, it's the one I found to be the most helpful. This is book I credit the most to have the childbirth experience I wanted. While I know a lot of it is due to myself what I wanted to accomplish, I'm not sure how I would have been able to get there without some of the advice I found in its pages.

6. Three Souls by Janie Chang
There's just something about this book. I think part of it is due to the fact it takes place in an area and time period that's new to me. But I think a lot of it is also due to the way the story itself is told, from a soul looking back on her life seeing the mistakes she's made. It's a really interesting way of telling a story and I can't wait to see what comes next from this author.

7. This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Another book where I can't quite articulate why I loved it so much. But there's just something darkly beautiful about the books Wiley Cash writes, and the more I read from him the more he's becoming one of my auto-buy authors.

8. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
I love historical fiction and I love YA books, and yet there aren't many historical YA books I seem to enjoy or even be able to find. Which is a lot of the reason I enjoyed this one so much. While it does tell a slightly familiar tale, I still found myself wrapped up within it's pages. Once again this is an author I can't wait to see more from.

9. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
I feel like I'm a little late to be discovering this one, but at least I'm reading it before the movie comes out. It's definitely a book unlike anything out there, both in the plot and the way the story is told.

10. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig (Review to Come)
These books a definitely a bit of a guilty pleasure. Historical fiction meets chick lit, there's not a lot of ways this could go wrong. Plus there's still a ton of books left in this series, so I know I'll be enjoying myself for quite a while longer.

What books would make up your top 10 reads of 2014? And have you read any of the books on my list?


  1. I'm hoping to finish a couple more books before the end of 2014 so I'll have my top ten up next week. Great list. Where did you go Bernadette was terrific.

  2. I have actually only read 3 of these books so I will have to check the others out! I am doing my top 10 post tomorrow. My favorite book of 2014 was The Storied Life of AJ Fikry - you should check that out if you haven't read it! It's such a charming, fun read!

  3. I have read two books on your list. Isla and Where'd You Go Bernadette? I loved Isla!!!
    I will be posting my top 10 list soon!!

  4. Thanks for all your book recommendations. You have definitely improved my reading life this past year.

    This list also reminds me that I am still waiting for my next Lauren Willig book to come in at the library... I can't wait!!!

  5. I read and loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. It was definitely one of my favorite books of the year. I had borrowed it from the library but I just purchased my own copy because it's definitely one I want to have in my book collection.

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  6. I have been awful at reading this year! I've got three of these books on my night stand and haven't read them!