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Top Ten Tuesday / December 31, 2014

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It’s the last day of the year and that means its time for my annual Top Ten books list! This year, I’m sticking with books that I’ve read this year, however I’m not including books that haven’t yet been published in 2014. I managed to exceed my goal of 70 books and I’m pleased about the variety I read. For the full list of books I read, check out my Goodreads challenge page.

I’m really looking forward to 2015. I will set my target conservatively at 75 books (I’ve been upping it by 10 for the last three years). I’m also looking forward to introducing to you to a new blogger to Winged Reviews. I want next year to reignite my love for blogging and thanks for sticking with me throughout this somewhat dry last half of the year. Without further ado, here is my Top Ten of 2014:

Top Ten Books

I Read in 2014

Can’t believe it took me so long to get into this series, but I did a good job of catching up this year! The series better with each book and each awesome character introduced. Cress is my favourite of the three and I have high hopes for Fairest and Winter.

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner deliver a fantastic sequel to last year’s This Broken Stars. War-torn, forbidden love and conspiracy, with a dash of Tarver makes for a great read. (Review)

My last read of the year, which cements my decision to leave this list until today. Totally surprised me, in a good way, and I can only describle it as Camp Half-Blood meets Battle Royale. Can’t wait for Golden Son!

My favourite Rainbow Rowell. Completely enraptured by Beth and Lincoln. I fell in love with them like they fell in love with each other – completely through their words.

Leigh Bardugo delivers one of the best series enders I’ve read in a while. It completely ruined me. I spent the whole book alternating between swooning and crying with every page. Everything that Nikolai said was divine. SO MANY FEELS. Bring on Six of Crows!

My month of fantasy this year was well spent as it got me familiar with this now classic that I can’t believe I haven’t read before. I dare you to read the first page and not be pulled in with the amazing story telling and gorgeous prose. It’s a wonderful, coming of age story of young Kvothe, full of humour, music, revenge, boarding school, name magic and best of all, a present day mystery.

Another winner from my month of fantasy, which is obviously becoming an annual event for me. So good, I almost couldn’t bear its brilliance in the end. The opposite of the last book, it was a slow starter but when you are invested, you never want to leave the streets of Camorr. Revenge, heists, deception and backstory goodness. Can I be a Gentleman Bastard please?

The book that rekindled my love for comics and graphic novels this year. Saga is simply masterful. I previously loved Brian K. Vaughan’s work on Y: The Last Man, but this is something even better. With every page of Fiona Staples’ gorgeous art, this epic space opera comes to life. Alana and Marko are the perfect intergalactic Romeo and Juliet. Recommended even to graphic novel and sci-fi skeptics.

My first book of the year, which set a very high standard. Vicious has incredible pace, plotting and most of all, characters. Cheers Victor and Eli, for your masterfully twisted game. Has a special place in my heart as it’s the book that got my non-reader husband to start picking up books. I’ve had the honour of reading Schwab’s new book, A Darker Shade of Magic, which is out next year and that one is incredible too. (Review)

Ok, so I cheated a little by including both books as The Winner’s Crime is not out until next year. But after reading the sequel, it pipped Vicious to the top spot. Mesmerizing, gorgeously-written, slow-burning goodness. A masterclass in strategic plotting. Just wonderful. (Review)

Link me your top ten list or let me know what your favourite book was this year! Have a happy new year and see you in 2015!

3 Responses to Top Ten of 2014

  1. Caitlin says:

    Glad to see you managed to narrow it down & that Vicious and Attachments made your list! Loved The Winner's Curse as well

  2. prettybooks says:

    I need to read Ruin & Rising and Vicious next year! I bet you're glad you waited until the very end to write your list. I waited too, although most of my top ten books were published 2012/2013.
    My recent post Top Ten / Books I Read in 2014

  3. Saga made my list this year too. Attachments is my favourite Rainbow Rowell too. Lots of other great books, I had better hurry up and read Red Rising.

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