Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Here's another edition of The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten! This week we're supposed to list the top ten book we read this year. I'm not going to choose any sort of category or anything, just pick straight from the massive pile I read. Some of the times might be more obscure; others you'll recognize right away. They're not really in any particular order, either.
 

Number Ten: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

The fact that I liked this series blew me away. I was never a fan of werewolves, but I was so entranced with Maggie's writing and the biology behind the wolves... But what I loved most of Cole and Isabel. It was great to see that they got a book to themselves. And I loved delving into the secrets Cole kept hidden.






 
Number Nine: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
 
I actually had to go back and check the date I read this. It seems like I've been a fan of her forever, but indeed, I read this at the end of January this year. I really need to get to reading her other work. The possibility that she's writing a Simon & Baz book has me so stoked.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number Eight: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
 
I was late jumping onto the Infernal Devices bandwagon. In fact, I was late getting to the Mortal Instruments bandwagon, too. But I never regret picking them up. Jem was always my favorite, so - naturally - his book left a good impression on me. ;) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number Seven: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
 
This was one of the books I anticipated most this year, as it was a conclusion to a series I'd really gotten invested in. The book was amazing, naturally, despite the fact that the ending felt a little rushed. I'll always love me some Perry. <3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number Six: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
 
This was a surprising read for me. It was the first time I had read O'Brien and I ordered an ARC of it simply because of the premise. It was definitely one of the most engaging and original books I've read all year. Pick it up if you haven't read it already!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number Five: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
 
This had been in my TBR pile for ages but I finally read it in anticipation of the movie. Definitely a roller coaster of a read and one that I won't easily forget. THAT ENDING!!! So fantastic and the movie was astounding, too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Number Four: Storm Front by Jim Butcher
 
I regret not picking this series up sooner. It's so fantastic and the fact that I have over 15 books to read and digest. Just. Yum. A book lover's dream. But seriously, the originality, mystery and humor in this series is fantastic. I plan to pick the next one up as soon as I can. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number Three: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
 
This was another highly anticipated series conclusion. There was just so much this book had to offer to the series as far as character development and action. I absolutely devoured it, despite being scared to turn every page for fear something this happen to my beloved characters. I finished the book bruised, but definitely satisfied.
 
 
 
 
 
Number Two: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
 
I think everyone knows if you want a romantic, fluffy read that you don't need to look any further than Perkins. Isla left an impression on me in Anna, so I really looked forward to seeing her make her own happy ending. I devoured the book, smiling and squeeing all the way. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number One: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
 
You all knew this was going to be number one, right? This book ending just like we all wanted it to and it was pure joy reading every single page. And, considering it was 725 pages, I was a happy girl for several days. Now I have to (im)patiently wait for the next series! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Very Honorable Mentions:
 
Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
 
So, that's my list! Did you share any of the same books? Want to share your favorite reads? Feel free to link me to your TTTs or comment. 


25 comments :

  1. City of Heavenly Fire <3 and Simon. Oh, he is the main reason I love this series so much! I read Gone Girl two years ago and I'm so glad you like it. The ending of that one is so disturbing :/
    Fangirl didn't make it to my list even though I highly enjoyed it but it was so hard to fit 10 books only. I felt bad about all those books left behind LOL

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    1. It was really hard fitting in just ten! That's why I had to put in a few honorable mentions. XD
      And, yes, Heavenly Fire couldn't have ended better. Especially for Simon!
      And while Gone Girl was definitely the most disturbing book I've read all year, it was definitely one of the most memorable!

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  2. There's only 3 (4, if you count Take Me On) that I haven't read: Vault of Dreamers (Which I really want to read!), Gone Girl, and Storm Front. On all the ones I HAVE read, I definitely agree with you! I gave all of them 5 stars! XD

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    1. Ooh, you need to read all of them! Vault of Dreamers was especially good, considering you like YA so much! I can't wait to read the sequel.

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  3. There are so many of these that I still haven't read yet!! I did really love Fangirl, though (read that one this year) - and most of the rest I need to read SOON!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It's always hard to get to all the books you want to read. Already my 2015 TBR pile is going to be a doozy!

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  4. Great list! I've either read all of these or they're on my tbr - like Sinner, Anna and the French Kiss books, The Grisha books, The Vault of Dreamers, and Rossi's series. :)

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    1. You definitely need to get to them whenever you can - and let me know via a review what you think. ;)

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  5. Really great list. I still need to read Fangirl and Sinner too. I have The Vault of Dreamers as well, and hope to get to it in January. :)

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    1. Yeah, there are so many books I didn't get to this year that will have to go on the 2015 list. Guess that is what New Years resolutions are for, lol!

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  6. I hope I won't hurt you if I say we don't usually love the same books. XD
    I really enjoyed Shiver, Linger and Forever, even though I read them a while back. I'm looking forward to Sinner but I never buy it because it annoys me to hell that the cover doesn't fit to the other three. Shallow, shallow me.
    Despite that the other books I read from your list are not my favorites I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

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    1. Not at all! It takes all sorts of readers to make the world go 'round and I enjoy seeing what you review as well. You never know what you might like until you try it. ^_^
      I definitely share in your frustration about the covers of the books. It irritates me that they changed the covers in the Throne of Glass books, especially since I own a signed edition of the first cover. >.>;;

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  7. I really loved Fangirl, Isla, Heavenly Fire and Gone Girl too, Brittany!
    And The Vault of Dreamers is in my TBR. I haven't heard of the other books, I will check them out.
    I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award, see my post for more details.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them as well! And be sure to check out Vault of Dreamers when you can! I love, love, love it!
      Thanks so much! I'll be sure to check it out and answer the questions ASAP. ^-^

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  8. I loved Fangirl and Sinner as well! Still haven't gotten around to Anna and the French Kiss and it's sequels, but hoping to soon!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them as much as I did! Be sure to make time for Perkins soon - they really can't be missed! =)

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  9. Fangirl was amazing as well as Clockwork Prince (though have to admit- I was team Will).
    I didn't love Ruin & Rising that much (except Nikolai that I love to the stars and back).
    I still have yet to pick up anything by Maggie Stiefvater. I'm planning on reading The Raven Boys this Christmas though.
    Lovely List!

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    1. I have love for Will, but Jem will always be my main squeeze. <3
      And I was sooo scared reading Ruin & Rising. I love all of the guys and I was terrified that something was going to happen to them. I finished the book with a few less tears, but I was overall pretty satisfied.
      And I actually never planned on picking up Shiver, it just sort of happened for a challenge. And I actually really liked it, though I think Sinner was the best of them all. =)

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  10. Even though I own half of the books you put in your list, I haven't read any :P STILL, I will try Gone Girl and hope to get to City of Heavenly Fire soon :D Awesome list!!

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    1. I do the same thing! I'll buy the books, either cause I have a coupon at the time or because I think I'll get to it pretty early, but they always end up sitting on my shelf! >.< At least I know they'll be there when I finally get around to them. And definitely get to those two when you get the chance - they can't be missed!

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  11. Wonderful list Brittany! Totally agree with City of Heavenly Fire. I loved the way Miss Clare ended it; I don't think she could have written a more perfect ending. I saw that you have a Maggie Stiefvater book on here; have you read any of her Raven Cycle series yet? It is, hands down, my favorite series ever! It is masterfully written, engaging, exciting, dramatic.. haha.. I could go on and on! Check it out if you have some free time.. it's wonderful (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields.

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    1. I was sooo scared to read Heavenly Fire, simply because I was scared how it was going to end. But I definitely agree - I don't think things could have ended ANY better. ^-^ And I actually haven't read any more from Stiefvater, though I've been meaning too. I've heard mixed reviews of The Raven Boys, but since you praise it so much, I'll have to definitely look into it! Thanks for the suggestion. ^-^

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  12. I read Under The Never Sky a couple of months ago and I really need to finish the trilogy - even more so after seeing the books on a lot of 'Best of 2014' lists! I also just read Shadow and Bone and LOVED it -definitely one of my favourite reads of this year.
    I'm looking forward to reading books my Cassandra Clare and Rainbow Rowell in 2015 :-D
    Hope you discover lots more brilliant books in the new year!

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    1. Ooh, I'm so happy that you liked Shadow and Bone so much! It's one of my all-time favorite series. I hope that you like the ending of the Under the Never Sky trilogy, too! Hopefully it lives up to your expectations!

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  13. Sinner, Fangirl, Into the still blue and ruin and rising are wonderful! Your list is amazing. Happy holidays :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

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