In total, I read 46 books this year and I should be able to squeeze in a couple more before midnight strikes on New Year’s Eve. That’s actually the most books I’ve ever read in a year, so I’m quite pleased with myself! In 2015, my goal is going to be 52 books. Surely I can manage one a week!
Back in June, I wrote a Top Ten Tuesday blog post about the best books I’d read in the first half of the year, and some of those books have made it into the overall year’s top ten, but upon reflection I think the order will be slightly different. For example, I put Allegiant as my number one book in the first half of the year, but looking back I think I’d recommend Ketchup Clouds and Little White Lies before recommending Allegiant.
So here it goes: my top ten reads of 2014 in order of awesomeness, with 10 being brilliant and 1 being ABSO-BLOOMIN-LUTELY AMAZING.
The Elite by Kiera Cass
I’ve been going on about how much I love this series for a while now, and telling anyone who’ll listen to read it. In fact, I managed to get my sister back into reading by lending her The Selection earlier this year. She zoomed through it, then read The Elite and has even read the third book, The One, before me. (I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t read it yet, but I will soon, honest!)
As I’ve said before, The Selection trilogy is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, but I love the blend of romance, handsome princes and gorgeous gowns combined with grit, mystery and a dystopian world.
Find out more about The Elite in my The Elite review
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is fantastic through and through. It has a stunning cover, an addictive storyline and a wonderful world that you can’t help but get sucked into. I also read the second book in this trilogy, Siege and Storm, this year, but unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to its predecessor so didn’t make it into my top ten this year.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant was the first book I read in 2014, and was top of my top ten list for the first half of 2014. It’s slipped down to eighth place because, despite being amazing, I haven’t thought much about it since I finished it. I still think it’s a brave book and I am one of the few readers who likes what Veronica Roth did with the ending, but it definitely wasn’t as good as Divergent and Insurgent, which were my reading highlights of 2013.
I’d absolutely recommend reading this trilogy if you haven’t already, though.
Little White Lies by Katie Dale
This book had me hooked from the first page, and I loved it. It’s such a clever story with some completely surprising twists that make it perfect for fans of mysteries, thrillers and whodunits. Plus, it’s by a UKYA author which always makes me happy. If you’ve not read this one, you should definitely add it to your TBR list.
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Just thinking about this book makes me happy and excited to read its successor, Split Second, which is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read right now. It’s like the love child of Harry Potter and Sliding Doors, and I loved it.
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
This book is pure genius. Enough said.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Genius is a word I also use to describe Patrick Ness on a regular basis. I can’t believe I missed out on reading his books for so long. I only recently finished The Knife of Never Letting Go so its brilliance is still fresh in my mind. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before and that’s one of the things that makes it so fantastic.
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Josephine Angelini is becoming one of my favourite authors. Her Starcrossed trilogy oozes charm, and is so believable despite being fantasy-focused. The same can be said for Trial by Fire. Josephine has a way of painting clear pictures in your mind with her words and it makes reading her novels a true pleasure. I can’t wait for the second book in this trilogy.
The Rain by Virginia Bergin
I was lucky enough to meet Virginia Bergin at an event recently and hear her read an extract from The Storm, the sequel to the immensely frightening yet somehow hilarious The Rain. I don’t know how she manages to blend humour with horror so well but wow it’s good.
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
I’ve never found it so easy to pick my number one book of the year before. Between the Lives stood out by a mile for me. I still remember finishing it in the early hours of the morning (and it was a weekday!) sobbing my heart out. Wow. Wow. Wow. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. It’s one of my all-time favourites, that’s for sure.