It’s that time of year again already! It’s June, which means we’re pretty much half way through 2014, if you can believe it. So, the time has come to round up my top ten reads of the year so far as part of The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday meme.
Here’s my list of the top 10 books I’ve read so far in 2014, with number 10 being my least favourite favourite, and with number one being my favourite favourite. Got it? Click the links to go to my full review of each book. I hope you find something new to add to your TBR list – they’re all amazing!
10. Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
I read Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton back at the beginning of February, but I can still remember it vividly, and that’s saying something (my memory is not good). In my review, I wrote “This enchanting tale captured my imagination and left me wanting more,” so I’m excited to read the next in the series, Witch Hunt, which is currently on my shelf just waiting to be devoured.
Find out more in my Witch Finder review.
9. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
I enjoyed Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick far more than I expected to. It’s something quite different for me, but definitely different in a good way. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s real and eye-opening, and potentially life-changing. This book absolutely deserves a spot in my top 10 reads of the year so far.
8. Wake by Lisa McMann
I didn’t hesitate to give Lisa McMann’s Wake a five star rating when I read it in March this year. It’s short, but somehow manages to pack in a brilliant mix of romance, coming of age and the supernatural. The writing style is genius, and the characters are amazingly well developed for a book with so few pages. Again, I can’t wait to read the sequel to this one.
7. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
I only finished this a week or two ago, but it has definitely made it into my top 10 reads of the year so far. It’s another book that features suicide and depression as a major theme, like Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and another book I’ve read this year called Tease by Amanda Maciel, but this one stood out most among the three. It’s so honest that it took my breath away.
6. Little White Lies by Katie Dale
Another of my March reads that made it into my top 10 books of the year so far is Little White Lies by UKYA author Katie Dale (yay!). It’s a clever, mysterious novel with many twists and turns – it really surprised me. I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything quite like it, actually.
5. Pivot Point by Kasie West
My review of Pivot Point back in February began: “I loved, loved, LOVED this book.” That should give you some idea of how great I think this book is. Not only is it set in a school for people with special powers (kinda like Hogwarts, but totally different…), it also switches between two really cleverly linked alternative story lines, making it a unique and utterly compelling read.
4. The Elite by Kiera Cass
This one is such a guilty pleasure for me, but it’s way up there among my top 10 favourite reads of the year so far. The Elite is the second book in Kiera Cass’s The Selection trilogy, which follows America Singer in a dystopian future as she tries to win the love of Prince Maxon in a televised competition. However you try to explain this book, it sounds cheesy, sickeningly girly and completely over-the-top, so you’ll just have to read it to believe how good it is. Honest.
These next three all deserve the top spot in this list, so take the numbering lightly and go read them all!
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Here’s a high fantasy that will appeal to the masses. Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone is just fantastic, introducing an incredible world with characters that leap from the pages and a storyline that’ll have you hooked from the opening paragraph.
2. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
My opening line for my Ketchup Clouds review was: “This book is pure genius.” It really is. Everything about this book appeals to me – from the illustrations to the letter format, and from the romance to the tragedy. It’s a must-read.
1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Now, Allegiant isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s the third and final book in the amazing Divergent trilogy (did you see the movie? It’s great), and it’s pretty darn controversial. Some will hate it, but I loved it. It’s brave, bold and daring, and to me that seems fitting.
There are many things I disliked about it, and there’s no doubt it’s not as good as the first two in the series, but it deserves the top spot (or at least the tied top spot with my number two and three), mainly because I was so invested in this series that, unless I had written it myself with exactly the outcome I wanted, there was no way it wasn’t going to disappoint me somewhere along the line. I would argue that the Divergent trilogy is as good as The Hunger Games and the Delirium trilogies, both of which I loved.
So there you have it. My top 10 reads of the year so far! Another notable mention that I haven’t actually reviewed is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. And I’m just about to finish Kendra Leighton’s Glimpse, which is bound to make it into my overall top 10 books of the year round-up in December, but I didn’t quite finish in time for this one!
Have you taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Leave a link to your round-ups in the comments section below (I think my TBR list is about to get a lot bigger…).