The most difficult post of the year: selecting five fantastic books from the 66, as of December 17th, I read this year!
Goodness. This year was full of discoveries. If last year was deemed The Year of Gothic Literature, this could be called the ARC Frenzy (so. many. ARCs.) or The Year of Contemporary YA. Seriously, why hadn’t I read Gayle Forman sooner? Or Rainbow Rowell? Or Stephanie Perkins? They’re definitely my top YA authors now — I will follow their publishing career to the ends of the earth. This was also the year I stumbled upon Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and Huntley Fitzpatrick. What a fun experience!
In no particular order, here are my Top Five Books of 2014!
For more favorites: Top Five of 2013, Top Five of 2012. To see the full list of books I read in 2014, feel free to see my Goodreads Challenge!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon || Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins ||
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
A time-traveling historical fiction with a dash of romance, now a hit TV series, is totally worth the volume of words and pages. If you haven’t giggled in a while, travel to Paris and relive your first romance! And finally, one magical day abroad can change your life forever.
Clearly there’s a foreign theme going on…
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell || Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Break personal barriers and overcome anxiety your freshman year in college, or shatter your entire belief system to save hundreds of people your uncle despises. These young women are daring in their own way!
Some honorable mentions include Indiana author Sharon Biggs Waller’s A Mad, Wicked Folly, the Buffy-esque series starter Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, and quietly beautiful The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston. There are two great books coming out in January 2015 that I read this year and loved (and will most likely make it into the Top 5 of 2015!), Geek Girl by Holly Smale and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven — reviews to come.
Which books made it to your Top Books of 2014 list?
7 thoughts on “Top Five Books of 2014”
Fangirl was definitely on my list, and I’ll most likely read it next year as well. I also really liked 1984 by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Beloved by Toni Morrison.
I’ve yet to read 1984 *gasp* and Beloved. Happened to skip over those books in school and never got around to picking them up. Handmaid’s Tale is really good! Blew my mind when I was done reading it. Left me in a stunned state.
I loved Fangirl! And Prisoner of Night and Fog looks like a great book. Maybe I will pick it up in the new year.
It’s very good! Set in early 1930s before Hitler was HITLER, when his brainwashing began. A girl under his power meets a Jewish reporter, and watching her realize Hitler’s motives and psychological personality is both frightening and fascinating. History + psychology = ❤
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Fangirl was on my list as well! Yes, it was just so awesome!
I’ve been wanting to check out Prisoner of Night and Fog for awhile now ^_^ I’ll probably save it for 2015 😉 Awesome list!
The paperback should be out soon, since the second book comes out in April, I believe. Perfect timing 😉
Fangirl and anna and the french kiss are some of my best books of 2014! I relate to cath so much. And levi. Just ideal.