Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In 2014

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by Broke and the Bookish, is coming late. I know. But it’s just this one time. Next week’s will be on time. Anyway, this week’s topic is a hard one. Very hard one. After all, it’s never easy to pick one’s favourite books, even if it’s only out of those read in a specific year.

But after some very hard thinking, exclusions of books that deserved to be here, and mind sobbing, I managed to pick ten.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3), Marissa Meyer

Will Meyer ever stop being featured on my lists? No. Mostly thanks to Cress. I read it early this year while walking home after work. Uncaring for freezing fingers, dark streets, and strangers, I’d giggle my way home and refuse to put it down once there.

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

Another feels worthy book, and one that I can’t believe I got for 1.5 pounds (yup, you read that right). If Cress was a “on the move” read, Ocean was a “curl up in bed while the rain pattered outside”. It couldn’t have been any other way.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)The Diviners (The Diviners #1), Libba Bray

Another “on the move” book, read in cold dark evenings, which only made it better. I’m not easily frightened, but reading this atmospheric book in those conditions definitely made me look over my shoulder and hurry my pace home.

Cuckoo SongCuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge

It made me hear music when there was none, and envision things that weren’t really there (or perhaps made me see what had always been hiding). Besides, it’s a book about changelings and has beautiful language. Does it really need anything more?

Gone GirlGone Girl, Gillian Flynn

aka “What is wrong with all of you?!”, aka the book that made me question humanity, aka the book with some of the most twisted characters and thought processes I have ever read. And oh gods, do I want more.

All My Puny SorrowsAll My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews

This book moved me more than any other contemporary setting book. The humour, truthfulness, kindness, and gravity with which it treated mental disease is one I will not forget any time soon. If you can, read this. It’ll change your perspective on depression.

I Capture the CastleI Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

There’s definitely a reason why this one is a classic. From the atmosphere, to the characters, to the writing, to the plot, there’s nothing that hasn’t been perfected to a T. It’s an instant journey to an old England that I recommend to all period drama fans.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5), Rick Riordan

The end of an era. Although not the most perfect end, it’s a truly Riordan-like end, and one that only makes me crave even more of Percy’s world. Fingers crossed Riordan will return to it in the future!

The Last Leaves FallingThe Last Leaves Falling, Sarah Benwell

It may be a 2015 release, but I read it this year and it’s so very good it’d be ridiculous of me not to include it here. This book deserves to be in every “favourite of” list. It’s too good not to be. It was the only book I cried to this year and that’s saying something.

The Last Guardian The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, #8)(Artemis Fowl #8), Eoin Colfer

I might’ve giggled myself silly while listening to these audiobooks, but I didn’t giggle as much here. Not because it wasn’t good, but because the last book in this series made me cover my mouth in horror too often. So many feels, guys. One of the best series endings I’ve ever seen.


How about you?
What were your favourite books this year?


9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In 2014

  1. Brill list! I’ve read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Gone Girl this year too. Both were amazing but didn’t quite make it onto My TTT this week! I’ve got Cuckoo Song on my shelf waiting to be read so I can’t wait for that now! :)


    • According to my brain converter, it should be about 2 euros and 2.50 dollars? Or something of the sort. My converter is not exactly accurate. Still, it is very much a bargain, even if I bought it second hand. I still can’t believe it!
      I wasn’t very interested in the blurb itself either, but I decided to give it a go and I haven’t regretted it one bit. It’s much more than what the blurbs say. I hope you try it out and enjoy it!


  2. I haven’t read any of the books in your top 10, but there are some I’d now like to read. You’re right about how difficult it is to narrow down favourite books for the year. I can’t even remember what I was reading this time last year! On the plus side, now I’ve joined goodreads and started blogging I can keep track of what I’ve read more easily. Plus I’ve picked up some great indie books, which I never had exposure to before!


    • I’m glad I’ve “convinced” you to read some of these! They really are quite wonderful in their own way :)

      Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean. I’m actually very glad I found goodreads early on. Even if I didn’t take as much care as I do now in the rating for example, it’s a lot easier to know what and when I read.

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