I love hearing about what books others loved, so I figured a fun way to close out this year would be to share some of the books I loved reading this year. Note that this is not a list of books that came out this year, but a list of books I read this year. As you’ll see, I’m a little late to the party on some of these.
I decided to break my list up by category, because apples and oranges. I read a lot of young adult fantasy this year, and I enjoyed tearing through a few series from beginning to end, which was kind of a new experience for me and a bonus to missing out on some of these books when everyone else first discovered them. I plan to finish out this week with a few Christmas romances before I start thinking about what I want to read next year.
Favorite Reads of 2014
Middle Grade – Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and Doll Bones by Holly Black
I really love Anne’s writing, and I’m always a sucker for retellings and stories inspired by fairy tales and classic stories. Holly Black is always amazing, but I especially loved how Doll Bones had equal amounts of creepiness and heart. My daughter and I both enjoyed this one.
Young Adult – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This was one of those books that made me want to burn all of my own manuscripts, because why bother. Amazing. I cried ugly tears at the end.
YA Fantasy – The Grisha series (Leigh Bardugo), The Queen’s Thief series (Megan Whalen Turner), and The Graceling Realm series (Kristin Cashore)
Yes, I’m cheating. I told you I read a lot of YA fantasy, and I felt it needed its own list. And I’m kind of cheating because this includes ten books. Yes, I’m recommending all ten. Deal with it. Read them all.
New Adult – Anywhere by Jinsey Reese
This was my first experience with new adult books. Anywhere is a sweet romance, filled with heart and promise, and I’m looking forward to reading more like it next year.
Adult – Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Both of these were book club selections, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Pettigrew. It isn’t something I would normally read, but I loved it. And I can’t say enough good things about The Language of Flowers. I love a tortured MC, and this girl’s choices, while completely believable, broke my heart repeatedly. I haven’t pulled so much for a character’s happiness in a long time.
I read a lot of other great books this year, but these were the ones I remembered standing out.
I’d love to hear what your favorite reads were this year! Let me know in the comments if you want to share. 🙂