Top Fourteen Books of 2014

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In 2014 I read a total of 161 books (this includes some rereads). These are my top fourteen books I’ve read this year! You might notice that I cheated a little bit. Any series I read and loved is counting as one because otherwise this would have well and truly been over fourteen books! I also found it difficult to rank the fourteen books, so this post will list the books in order that I read them.

1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafiย 

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This is the third and final book in the Shatter Me trilogy. This has been a trilogy that I equally enjoyed and was annoyed at. The main character Juliette is actually one of the most frustrating characters I’ve stumbled across. I enjoyed her character development though, as in Ignite Me she was not nearly as annoying. I read this book in January, so I can’t remember my exact thoughts on it, but Mafi has such a beautiful writing style, and she is definitely an author I will be looking out for new books from in the coming years.

2. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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This series was so incredibly phenomenal, and it was a rare series that in my opinion got better as the books progressed. This is a young adult fantasy series set in an alternate Russia. I really loved the main character Alina. And I really loved the other characters too (especially the Darkling). This is a book with magic, wars, friendship, love (seriously there is a love square/rhombus/rectangle/four-sided shape), betrayal, loyalty, and it was just everything I needed in a series at the time. I enjoyed this series so much, that I bought the books twice. I originally owned these books in paperback, and now I also own them in hardback (because look at those pretty covers!). This is definitely a series I plan on rereading in the new year, and Bardugo has become an author that I will be looking out for in the future.

3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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I read this book as soon as it came out, and because of that I don’t really remember much about it! I know I really enjoyed it, and I know it was another fantasyish kind of book. It’s sequel The Winner’s Crime is being released in March 2015, and so I plan on doing a reread and a review of this book around that time!

4. Anna and the French Kiss companion series by Stephanie Perkins

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Stephanie Perkins is just a genius. I adored these books. They are everything you need in a contemporary. If you were like me, the titles of these books probably put you off reading them. For the longest time they had been on my TBR list, and every time I considered buying them something else won out. Along with the cheesy titles, the old covers were just not appealing to me, and so I continued to put them off. But these covers, are stunning, and this was what finally made me buy them. Since reading these books, I have successfully recommended these books to seven friends who either don’t normally read, or you don’t normally read contemporary and they al loved them too. My favourite was definitely Anna, followed by Lola, and then Isla, but they are all engaging, addictive, adorable, and entertaining reads.

5. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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This book was so adorable! I remember really enjoying it, and really loving that it was a different kind of contemporary. This is about all I remember though, as I read this a good few months ago. There is a sequel, P.S I Love You, that releases sometime in the new year, so I will be rereading and reviewing this book sometime in 2015.

6. The One by Kiera Cass

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This was the third and supposed to be final book in the Selection series. Since it’s release, Cass has announced another two novels in this series and this makes me so incredibly excited. I would say the Selection series is a guilty pleasure read for me. The books are not the best written, the plot is not the greatest, and America Singer the main character actually makes me want to slam her head into a wall from all her indecisiveness, but these books are a fun, easy, and quick read that can leave me in a good mood for hours. When I thought this was the final book in the series, I thought it was a satisfying ending, but I am looking forward to where this series is going.

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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This was probably one of the most hyped about books in young adult fiction for the year, and I for once, agreed with the hype. Perhaps this is because I read it fairly close to when it was first released so my expectations weren’t too high. This is one of those books that it is best going in blind, so I’m not going to say anything about what it is about. Just read it, and see what you think of it!

8. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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I also read the sequel The Unbound, but this is not out in paperback yet and so I don’t own it yet. I have a review of the Archived here, so to read in detail what I loved about this book, go there.

9. The Starbound Trilogy by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

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I love love love love love this series so far. The third and final book will be released in 2015, and I am looking forward to it immensely! I have a review on the sequel, This Shattered World here, so see that for more of my opinions about that book.

10. The Assassin’s Curse Duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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It’s been awhile since I read these books, but I remember enjoying them immensely. It is another fantasy series, and the fact that it is a two book series only was really fascinating. I didn’t want them to end, but at the same time I felt satisfied with the ending. These books may not be available for purchase in the physical form anymore, as the published closed down this year. I do believe you can still buy them as ebook files though! They really were enjoyable though! I also appreciated that they had pirates in them. I feel like not many young adult books have pirates in them. So yay for that!

11. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Caelena Sardothien is perhaps my favourite character of all time. She is perfection. She is the reason those books are so amazing. Honestly if you haven’t read these books yet, I would suggest that you go and do it immediately! The series is a proposed six book series, and currently the first three books and a bind up of short stories have been released. At the time that I read these, I was so absorbed in the books that I took no notes, no tabs, and so I couldn’t write a review because I didn’t have anything to remember. I am most definitely going to be rereading these in the new year so I will post reviews for them then. Honestly, if you love fantasy and haven’t read these books, go and do it now! I really think you won’t be disappointed.

12. Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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This was a series I enjoyed so much, I binge read all five books in three days. I then immediately reread the series, meaning I read the books twice in a week. I loved this series! I have a review of it here. I currently own Armentrout’s Covenant series and I am looking forward to reading those within January sometime.

13. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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More than just a pretty cover, this book was better than I was expecting. I love time-travel books, and although this is a dimension travel book it still is the same principle. I am looking forward to the other books in this series. I reviewed this book here, so if you want to see my in depth opinions on this book you can.

14. Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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The Ruby Red books were better than I was expecting and I read them so incredibly fast because I could not put the books down. I really want to reread them again, and so I probably will within the next few months. I loved Gwen, she was such a sassy, snarky character. And I loved Gideon. And I shipped Gwen and Gideon. These books were just so incredibly different. I also love that these were originally published in German and then translated into English! I really want to watch the movies but I’m struggling to find an English dubbed/subtitled version. I only read these books the week before Christmas, so expect reviews on these books very shortly! (Also, these covers ♥ )

And that’s it, my fourteen favourite books of 2014. What were your favourite books, and did we share any? I’m looking forward to another year of wonderful books in 2015. Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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