*pokes head around corner* I’m baaaaaack!
Okay, I’ll admit it: this time the absence was my fault, not WordPress’. I had such a busy weekend – I didn’t find time to post at all. D: But BookBlogWriMo is almost over (yikes! Only a week left!), so I’m going to power through the rest of the posts and hopefully end on time! Lots of double posting happening in the coming days – if you’re not tired of me yet, you definitely will be soon. ;)
The prompt for BookBlogWriMo Day 20:
#TBT – Best Books of 2014 - Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.
Okay, so I decided to narrow this list down a lot and picked only 7 of my favourites… there have been SO MANY, but these are the ones that really, really made 2014 a great reading year for me. :D
1. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Obvious much? Of course the first book on my list had to be Fangirl, which completely blew my mind in that the protagonist, Cath, is pretty much an older version of me. It was absolutely incredible to see so many aspects of my life projected onto paper, and Rainbow Rowell is awesome with character development and dialogue. Levi is and will forever be my boyfriend. And nobody can convince me otherwise. ;)
When I break out the dramatic Titanic music, you know I’m getting serious.
2. The Diviners, by Libba Bray
Another one I’ve recommended quite a bit, though not nearly as much as Fangirl. The Diviners was my re-introduction to historical fiction, since that’s really not my genre of choice. I’ve found that I like it much better when it’s blended with other genres – fantasy, to be specific, since I devour anything magical.
The Diviners pushed me back into the historical fray. It’s tinged with a delightful amount of horror, the antagonist is probably one of the creepiest I’ve ever met, and I adore Libba Bray’s writing style. I can’t wait for the sequel. :D
3. Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi
Ahhhh, Tahereh Mafi. I actually read Shatter Me because the author was awesome, not the other way around. I’d heard a lot about Tahereh on various book blogs, since Ignite Me had just come out, so just out of curiosity I did a quick Google search. To cut a very, very long story (three hours long, to be exact – that’s the amount of time I spent stalking her social media on the first day) short, I found out that Tahereh is pretty much a princess disguised as an author. When I read Shatter Me, I found that her author-ing is, if possible, even better than her princess-ing. Read this book, you guys.
4. More Than This, by Patrick Ness
I liked the Chaos Walking trilogy, but it didn’t give me fireworks or anything. More Than This, however, totally did. I can’t really say what it’s about, since that would spoil the fun of unraveling the mystery yourself, but let’s just leave it at this: it has awesome characters, a villain that you know nothing about but is all the more scary because of it, and an open-ended yet oddly satisfying ending. Also, two words: PARALLEL. UNIVERSE.
5. The Anna Dressed In Blood Series, by Kendare Blake
When I first picked up Anna Dressed In Blood, I was expecting something similar to Supernatural – the premise sounds largely the same and the main character even shares a nickname with one of the Supernatural characters. What I got, however, was something incredibly unique – I just really, really wanted to wrap Cas up in a blanket and smother him with hugs and maybe give him some dark chocolate, too. (Also: THAT ROMANCE. I CAN’T EVEN.) The second book in the duology, Girl of Monsters, ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it, hard. But… you know… in a good way. ;)
6. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
I’ve talked a lot about Stargirl, but honestly, I can’t say enough good things about it. Jerry Spinelli’s writing is gorgeous, Stargirl’s character is wonderful, and I think this book – as quick of a read as it is – has a lot to say to girls who are growing up and trying to find who there’s supposed to be (if you’ll ignore how ridiculously cheesy that sounded – trust me, Spinelli puts it better!).
7. The Timekeeper, by Mitch Albom
Another one of those oh-haha-this-will-just-be-a-quick-read-I-can-totally-finish-it-and-still-have-time-to-study-for-my-math-test-tomorrow books.
It’s short, true, but there’s so much packed into it. I love the way Mitch Albom tells his story – it’s like a fairytale, but there are some important lessons in it. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever look at the concept of time in the same way. If you’re reading this one, plan at least an afternoon – and don’t let yourself fall into the same trap I did! (Hint: I may or may not have done not so well on that math test. ;))
Okay, that’s my list! It took me awhile to narrow it down, but I do think it really reflects 2014 as a bookish year for me. :D What about you guys – what were your favourite reads this year? Did you love/hate any of the books on my list?
Throw out opinions & recommendations in the comments!