Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

I can’t believe that we are coming to the end of 2014! But here we are again, summing-up the best books I’ve read this year as part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday meme.

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.

  1. The Elite by Kiera Cass

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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 myΒ The Elite review

Add The Elite to your Amazon wishlistΒ here.

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

Shadow and Bone review

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  1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant review

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.

Allegiant review

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  1. Little White Lies by Katie Dale

Little White Lies

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.

Little White Lies review

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  1. Pivot Point by Kasie West

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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.

Pivot Point review

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  1. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

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This book is pure genius. Enough said.

Ketchup Clouds review

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  1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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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.

The Knife of Never Letting Go review

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  1. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

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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.

Trial by Fire review

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  1. The Rain by Virginia Bergin

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.

The Rain review

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  1. Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

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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.

Between the Lives review

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Notable mentions: The Jewel by Amy Ewing, Glimpse by Kendra Leighton, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher and This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.

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  1. 16th December 2014 / 10:11 am

    Reblogged this on Word Wabbit and commented:
    One of my shortcomings is staying up on what’s current. I have this idea that I have to read all the “classics” and then I miss out on what’s going on right now. Ashleigh’s post looks intriguing. I’ll have to check out some of these.

  2. 16th December 2014 / 2:24 pm

    I also enjoyed Jessica Shirvington’s book (which is called The Revealed in the States). It didn’t make it onto my TTT, but I enjoyed it. You have so many books on the list I want to read: Ketchup Clouds, Shadow and Bone (which I own but haven’t read), Pivot Point…
    Btw, I’m also one of the few who liked the end to Allegiant. I agree that, overall, the book wasn’t as good as the first two.
    My TTT!

    • 18th December 2014 / 9:28 pm

      You must read Ketchup Clouds when you get a chance! It’s so, so great. I’m heading over to check out your TTT (I’ve only just got round to being able to look at everyone’s! I have a feeling my TBR list isn’t going to like it!). Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  3. 16th December 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Wow, we’ve read close to the same number of books! It’s also the most books I’ve ever read. I read the entire Grisha trilogy this year so all 3 made my list!

    • 18th December 2014 / 9:28 pm

      Haha, that’s great! A good year for us then πŸ™‚ I’m going to check out your list in a mo. Thanks for reading!

  4. 16th December 2014 / 8:56 pm

    I still haven’t read the Bardugo books. I’ve had the first one for ages as well!!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • 18th December 2014 / 9:32 pm

      The first one is fab! You should read it soon πŸ™‚ x

  5. 17th December 2014 / 1:44 am

    Allegiant was my first read of 2014! And I am also one of the few who thoroughly enjoyed the ending, to me, you just cannot say anything negative when a novel ends with a martyr. :/

    I’m looking forward to reading The Selection though; I’ve read so many incredible reviews!

    ​​​Sparrow’s Best of 2014​

    • 18th December 2014 / 9:32 pm

      Perhaps more people enjoyed Allegiant than I thought! Glad to hear it πŸ™‚

      The Selection is so so good but it really is a guilty pleasure – something so charming about it that I can’t resist.

      I’m heading over to your TTT soon πŸ™‚

  6. 17th December 2014 / 1:45 am

    I’ve read a lot of books this year but the only one I have read on your list is Allegiant. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Divergent. Thanks for sharing your list though. I hope to check out a few, especially The Rain.

    • 18th December 2014 / 9:31 pm

      I raced through Divergent, it’s one of my all-time favourites, which is why it’s a shame I didn’t enjoy Allegiant so much but I guess it’s to be expected when you have such high hopes! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      • 19th December 2014 / 5:57 pm

        It was my pleasure πŸ™‚

  7. 19th December 2014 / 4:52 pm

    I’ve not had the pleasure to read most of the books in your list. The only one I did read was Allegiant and I’m sadly one of the people who didn’t quite like the book :/ I’m definitely going to give the rest of your list a look though! I’ve been curious about Shadow and Bone for a while now actually πŸ™‚

  8. 20th December 2014 / 3:12 am

    I love Shadow & Bone and the whole series (as Ruin and Rising was on my list). And I enjoyed The Elite, but I have to admit The One was a slight disappointment for me. Doesn’t mean I’m not excited for Cass’ next release though!

  9. fixnfunxn
    22nd December 2014 / 7:45 am

    I have a few of the books on your list!

    Knife of Never Letting Go – I haven’t gotten to it, but it definitely sounds like I should work on my TBR list faster so I can read it sooner!

    Allegiant – I have the book, but I didn’t quite enjoy Divergent so I haven’t bothered to read it. Recently I’ve been thinking about giving it another chance, though!

    The Elite – I got this book when I got The Selection! I had a few issues with the first novel, but I’m seriously considering reading The Elite just to see if I would enjoy it and get more out of it than the first novel!

    Thanks for stopping by, btw!
    Danee @ Fiction Function

  10. 31st December 2014 / 4:49 am

    So many great books on this list! I loved all the books in the Patrick Ness trilogy! Also, Shadow and Bone is so good! I still have the second and third books in the trilogy to read. It’s funny–I’ve had a copy of Ketchup Clouds for awhile, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚

  11. 23rd January 2015 / 6:25 pm

    I haven’t read Pivot Point yet, but I do own it. I’ve heard amazing things about it. Great list!

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