Monday, December 29, 2014

The Best Books of 2014

I surpassed my goal of 100 books in 2014! Out of those 100+ a few really stood out. I wanted to share.. duh. I'm not including re-reads like P&P, The Book Thief or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society but I'd still recommend them all. Anyway, these are just the books I enjoyed reading in 2014, you might agree or disagree!



The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenNorth & South by Elizabeth GaskellThe Grand Sophy by Georgette HeyerMe Before You by JoJo MoyesThe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa MeyerAustenland by Shannon Hale, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo MoyesEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Other notable reads:

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
EmmaPersuasion and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

The disappointing reads:

The Night Circus I think my expectations were too high. I listened to it, and it's read by Jim Dale who I discovered I am not a fan of.
The Delirium Trilogy

Wish I hadn't read these:

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
The Queen of Kentucky
Allegiant I didn't mind the first two, but this one was just not good.


How bout you? Favourite or worst book of 2014?

45 comments:

  1. I had no doubt you'd surpass your goal this year!! Great job girl!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. 100% agree with your jojo moyes picks! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. The Fault in Our Stars was such a good read!! I wasn't the biggest fan of Allegiant either. I almost never like the final book in a series though. Congrats on beating your goal!!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. You got a lot of reading done! Me Before You is on my list to read soon. I really liked The Girl You Left Behind and Attachments.

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  5. Congrats on surpassing your goal, that's awesome! I really want to read more new books in 2015, this year I re-read a lot but didn't really try many new books, mainly because I didn't get to the library enough! This must be remedied!

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  6. Great job girl! I need to remember these books for 2015!

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  7. Wow. So many books that's awesome! How did you find North and South. I bought it last winter... but for some reason it seems daunting to me. Though Anna Karenina did not.... ? I really really want to read Stardust. I love the movie, and have heard that it isn't even close to the book. When I first watched it I had no idea it was a movie. Allegiant made me really sad. To make matters worse I got a coworker hooked on the series near when it came out... so she binge read the three over the holiday.... and texted me saying how depressed she was. I was right there with her. The worst. Lots of classics, so awesome. Hope that you had a blast in NY. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  8. I LOVED Austenland, so cute, right?

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  9. Yay! Someone else who didn't like the Night Circus!!! I could not understand the love for that book! I really wanted to finish one more book in 2014 but I'm only 60% done and I don't think I'm going to make it. Boo! I'm a reading failure! But thanks to you exclusively for keeping my motivation alive!!

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  10. Ugh I am still trying to get through Allegiant. I just can't. I've been reading it for nearly a year now...

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  11. 100 books? Dang girl! I wish I had that drive!!! I am so behind on reading right now....

    Several of those books are on my too read list, cant wait to dive in!

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  12. I agree with you on Allegiant- probably my least favorite book I read this year! I'm so impressed you read so many books this year- I keep waiting for the kindle version of The Girl You Left Behind to go on-sale, but I think I need to just buy it now.

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  13. I envy you got read that much!! Reading is one of my top goals for the new year. I'm gonna be referencing this list as I go! :)

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  14. Oh you know which ones I just love. I need to read North & South.

    lol, I liked the end to Allegiant. I thought it was a better book overall than Insurgent.

    Yay for reading 100 books! And I was proud of my 65 ;)

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  15. LOVE this list! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. You're the second person who listened to Night Circus who didn't like it. I read it and loved it even though it was slow in parts. I wonder if it has a lot to do with the reader in the audio.

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  17. I'll have to add this to my list! Love your reviews!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  18. Rainbow Rowell is a favorite of mine...glad you enjoyed her books this year, too!

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  19. Look at you! Way to go on reading. I go in spurts of reading non-stop for weeks and then spurts where I don't read at all. I'll be bookmarking this list for my next spurt for sure. :) I did not realize North and South was a book too!

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  20. I totally love that you read 100 books this year! You rock! I wanted to read more then what I did, but when you're in college, you do a whole lot of text book reading.... Which clearly sucks! lol. I have to agree with The Fault in Our Stars. Seriously one of the best books I've read. Have you read Looking For Alaska by John Green?? It's also another good one. :)

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  21. I love reading book picks like this cause then it gives me a bunch of them to add to my list! :) Way to go with your over 100 books!!

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  22. Sounds like some good books. I wish i was a book person but just don't have the patience for it.

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  23. You know what, I am SO GLAD you wrote this post! One of my "resolutions" for the new year is to read for a half hour before bed so that I sleep better. But I never know where to begin when I step into a Barnes and Noble. I've bookmarked this for when I head there later this week!

    (Also, we're completely addicted to Downton. We binge-watch it nonstop)

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    1. you'll have to keep updating me, i cannot wait for it to come back!

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  24. I just wrote about my favorites from this year on my site: http://51500.blogspot.com/
    We've read a lot of similar things. I loved Eleanor & Park and have been reading others by Rowell too! And Moyes is also a favorite. Need to get to The Girl You Left Behind in 2015. I also listened to The Night Circus and I didn't mind Dale so much, but thought the story got a bit too complicated to follow. And, I've loved the first two books in The Selection series; haven't gotten to the 3rd yet...it's on the list!

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  25. Ooh I'll have to check out Cinder! Great list, lady!

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  26. I think one if my goals for 2015 is to read more! Definitely will have to check out all of these books!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  27. I keep hearing that about Allegient...
    I need to check out that JoJo book

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  28. Love this recap. You are seriously my reading idol. I don't know what that means, but whatever. I think my favorite reads for the year have to go to the Harry Potter series. I'm just so glad I'm not a muggle any longer ;) I'm actually watching the first movie right now as I type this!

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  29. I'm so glad that you liked The Grand Sophy! It was my favorite find of 2014, probably. I am now in love with Georgette Heyer. I'm sad that The Night Circus didn't meet your expectations. I think that I would put "Longbourn" on my list of books that I wish I hadn't read! Haha

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  30. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! P got me a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it! I had early version Nook, so I'm tickled with the upgrade. I really liked The Night Circus, I did the audio version too, on the drive cross-country. I liked the story. I'll have to take a closer look at some of the other ones.

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  31. Rainbow for the win! LOVE everything that woman writes (including her short story!!). I plan to do a year favorites post and secret - Rainbow's Fangirl is on it!
    Also, I love that 3 of the book club's books made it onto your list. Happy that we're choosing books that people enjoy.
    Did you know an extra book has been added to The Lunar Chronicles quartet - Fairest, Queen Levana's story releases end of Jan. Btw, we still need to plan "Operation: get Winter ARC!" :)

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  32. That's so impressive! I really need to get back into reading more. Since 2010 I've had the goal of 50 books a year & not once have I made it...I know I could if I really tried though.

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  33. I havent counted my books and I always forget to update Goodreads ugh. Night circus was such a failure for me ... big UGH ... Im loving most of the books on your list though. I read such a random selection of books. Like currently Im reading Orange is the new black! haha I read everything I am doing a December list and from now on Ill do a monthly list ... because my reads are super random!!!

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  34. This is such a great list, I'm booking marking so I have a reference for my next book to read!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  35. I TOTALLY agree with Allegiant. I did not like that book at all. My goal was only 26 books and I'm going to just miss it - good for you :)

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  36. i only read 2 of these!! yikes! i need to get on it for 2015.

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  37. The only one I read was The Fault In Our Stars (and loved it) so I'm going to check out the rest. I'm so bad at setting aside time to read but my goal for 2015 is to read at least one book a month!

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  38. I loved the Rainbow Rowell I tried this year, so definitely looking to more from her. TFiOS made me sob like a baby but was oh so good. I didn't even attempt Me Before You because I don't think I could handle it. So awesome to see you surpass your goal!! Looking forward to more reading recs from you!

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  39. Cinder is on my to-read list. And North and South, and Georgette Heyer. Ha! Finally, someone else who was not amazed by The Night Circus. I also may have expected too much, and the cover was so sweet and magical, but it did not have enough substance for me. I felt it was very visual and would make an incredible movie.

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  40. I'm glad someone else was disappointed with Night Circus- I keep thinking I need to give it another shot because of all the raving!

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  41. Great list! Add me to the club of people disappointed in The Night Circus. The descriptions of the circus itself are so immersive and fantastic, but the character relationships were bunk. I lol'd at "Wish I hadn't read these." I've only recently started not finishing books I don't like. I always used to feel obligated to. Honestly, I still kind of hold out hope with every turn of the page that a story I don't like will get better somehow.

    Happy New Year, girl!

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  42. You surpassed your goal? wow! That's awesome, girl!

    I included The Fault in Our Stars as my favorites of this year as well. I have Persuasion on my to-read list, and I have been debating whether I should give Delirium a chance for a while, so I'm glad to place that puppy firmly in the NO pile ;-)

    Happy New Year!

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  43. I'm trying to read more books in 2015 so I will definitely take note of the books that you enjoyed! I've been wanting to read Me Before You and Wuthering Heights.

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