December 16, 2014

Obsessing Over in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!

Top Books I Read in 2014 


Young Adult Fiction

1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
"I closed this book with a huge grin on my face, and I immediately wanted to read it again. I haven't re-read it yet, but I totally will before the end of the year. The Sea of Tranquility is emotional, romantic, heartbreaking, infuriating, hilarious, amazing, intense and just downright wonderful. Adjective overload? Maybe. But it's totally deserving!" | My Thoughts
2. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
"In Open Road Summer, Emery Lord has written a story about loyalty, love and loss... and all the complicated things in between. This book has so much heart, and you don't want to miss it! I was enchanted by the characters and their stories, and I can't wait for more readers to discover this talented author in her incredible debut." | My Thoughts
3. UnspokenUntold and Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan 
"Having finished these books, I can now say that I'm shocked I don't hear more about them. Seriously, why isn't everyone raving about this series?! I don't often book push, but I feel like it's necessary at this point... These books will break you, but in the best way possible. This series will try to steal your heart, your time and your tears. And you'll surrender all of those things willingly and with no regrets." | My Thoughts
4. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
"I almost didn't write a review for The Winner's Curse because it's already gotten so much buzz, and I'm not sure if I can even do it justice. But I do want to put my two cents in and tell you something very important: for me, this book absolutely surpassed all of my expectations for it." | My Thoughts
6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
"I love every single thing about the world Maas has created - it's rich, complex, and feels real to me. There's a depth to it, and I think Heir of Fire is when you really begin to see that come to fruition. Don't get me wrong - every book leading up to this has revealed important things about this world. I just think this book is where you're really seeing all the pieces fall into place. And man, those pieces are just outstanding." | My Thoughts
5. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
"With evocative writing, a richly imagined world and epic characters, there's so much to fall in love with in these pages. Seriously, I can't even do Taylor's writing justice - it's so gorgeous! Be prepared to lose yourself in this world and fall head over heels in love with these characters as the battle between good and evil divides friends and foes." | My Thoughts

Adult Fiction
7. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
"This is going to be one of those books that becomes a staple recommendation for me. It's not often that I read a book and feel so invested in and emotionally attached to the characters and their story. I've written so many words, but have I really said enough about how much I loved this one or even why I did? This book solidified Reid as an auto-buy author for me. I don't care what she writes in the future - I know I want to read it." | My Thoughts
8. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
"I will heartily and happily recommend Station Eleven to anyone looking to try something new. It was smart and moving without being pretentious or too 'literary' for me to fall in love the story and its characters. It paints a gorgeous, evocative picture of people once everything has been stripped away... Quite simply, Station Eleven has stayed with me." | My Thoughts
9. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
"Honestly, these characters absolutely made this book. I was an emotional basketcase the entire time I was reading, and that only happened because I was so invested in these characters. The multiple narrators worked perfectly, and I had no trouble telling them apart. And I loved the way their different voices and perspectives added so much to the story!" | My Thoughts
10. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
"I didn't expect to love this one as much as I did, and it's one of the best bookish surprises when a book totally surpasses your expectations. I cannot wait for the next book in this series, and I just have to note that the finished copy of this book is GORGEOUS. Seriously." My Thoughts
11. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
I am, quite literally, SO OBSESSED WITH this book. Marillier has skyrocketed to the top of my favorite "new-to-me" authors, and I cannot wait to binge her entire backlist... I'll be spending quite a bit of time in Sevenwaters, and I already have no regrets. I've loved the Fall Into Fantasy event for so many reasons, but the biggest one is the discovery of this author and this book. It's gorgeous, moving and just begging to be read again and again. I have no doubt this will be a forever favorite for me! | My Thoughts
12. I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
"Rosetta became one of my all-time favorite characters by the time I closed the book. I could imagine all the real, flesh-and-blood women like her who risked it all. And it's the biggest compliment I can give this book to tell you that it made the past come alive for me. This book is exactly why I love historical fiction. I can't recommend I Shall Be Near to You enough!" | My Thoughts

Bonus: Pre-Order These 2015 Releases
Reviews Coming Soon!

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Before I Go Colleen Oakley

11 comments:

  1. Heir of Fire and The Winner's Curse!!! They made my list too. They were both so freaking amazing. And I just got Queen of the Tearling from my TBTB Santa! I can't wait to read it. I've heard amazing things and also can I just gush for a second over how FREAKING BEAUTIFUL IT IS?? I'm in love with the cover and the adorable ribbon bookmark.

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  2. I haven't read any of the books on your list this week!! I'll have to check them out. Here's my TTT for this this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-read-in.html

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  3. Open Road Summer. I fell in love with that novel. It was a great debut novel and I can't wait to read more by Emery Lorde.

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  4. One Plus One made my top picks because ALL THE LOVE!! The characters really did make that book. <3 And I Shall Be Near To You is going to have to be a priority read in 2015. It has to!

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  5. I'm pretty sure THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY was published adult (though I agree it reads very YA). It won an Alex award from the ALA, which is for adult books with teen appeal. Your list is beautifully presented, as usual!

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    1. The Alex Award is my FAVORITE, and sometimes when I can't figure out what I want to read next, I'll scan the Alex winners and honorees to choose from those titles (: I think more people ought to know about it and I'm happy to see you mention it here, Beth! xo

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  6. I'm happy to see The Winner's Crime and I'll Meet You There on your list, H! So happy you loved them! (: One Plus One made my list and you have a few that are on my nightstand (two in fact that came from your own nightstand, ha).

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  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my number one read this year and I can't wait to read the next book. So excited to see its on your list!

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  8. I don't usually read adult fiction, but this is the second time I've seen After I do. I might just have to check that out.

    My TTT
    LisaILJ @ I’ll Tumble for YA

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  9. I have only read three of these books (the Winner's Curse, Queen of the Tearling & One Plus One & I totally agree with you, they're on my list, too) but there are several that I actually own and haven't read yet (Heir of Fire, I'll Meet You There, Open Road Summer, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Sea of Tranquility). I trust your judgment & I know I need to get these soon.

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  10. I've only read ONE book off this list but I am definitely using it as a guideline for my 2015 reading plans! You have the best taste, and these all sound amazing (and have been on my radar as this isn't the first time you recommended most of them. Shame on me!).

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