Posts Tagged ‘2014’

2014 Wrap-Up

Before we set out in trying to somehow distil this year into five books, I’m going to say:

  • Each author can only appear once
  • It must be a novel (i.e. fiction, one story, mainly words)
  • One book per place

Now, without further ado, here’s my top five.

1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – I kept going back and forth between this one and The Virgin Suicides, but in the end, this one won out. All I have to say is READ IT.

2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – I didn’t expect the book to tear my heart out, but it did. Multiple times. I love the narrative style, and the concept, and the twist. Oh man, the twist.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I honestly did not know whether this book was going to live up to the hype or not, but it exceeded expectations, and I want a movie. Or a sequel. Or both.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Another one with a lot of hype, and for a good reason. This story combines fairytales and messy, wealthy families and gorgeous prose and it is probably the best young adult fiction I have read this year.

5. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – I could not exclude this amazing, spectacular, wonderful ending to a superb fantasy trilogy. I was so blown away by how well everything was wrapped up, and the bravery of the choices made in this series.

Unlike last year, I have quite a few honorary mentions.

In the non-fiction sphere, I fell in love with Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and I have not ceased to recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

In the graphic novels category, the winners are Blankets by Craig Thompson and The Arrival by Shaun Tan, which are both well worth your time. There were a lot of strong competitors in this round but I did my best to narrow it down to those two which have gorgeous art styles, really interesting themes, and brilliant choices in telling their stories.

Amongst the short story collections, I chose Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, which hit me hard in the heart. So hard, in fact, that I have a hard time rereading that collection because it makes me so damn emotional.

Hope you guys all had great reading years, and we will see you in 2015!

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The Young Elites (Cover) – Marie Lu

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Whoa.

Ooooh, I was hoping it would be badass.

It’s very minimalist, so I don’t see much to talk about. But somehow this simple blend of the storm clouds and the rusting iron letters and ooooh look at that badass sword looks awesome.

Oh I am so so so excited for this book.

The Young Elites is coming out October 7th, this year, and it can’t come soon enough.

2014

I suppose you could call this a yearly reference list. Books that we’re interested in that are scheduled to come out in 2014. This list will probably be altered and changed throughout the year as we add new books or cross off old ones that we’ll never get round to. So here’s what we’re excited for so far:

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Hollow City – Ransom Riggs (14th January)

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Cress – Marissa Meyer (4th February)

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Exposure – Kathy Reichs (1st March)

Half Bad (Half Life, #1)

Half Bad – Sally Green (3rd March)

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Ruins – Dan Wells (11th March)

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Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins (13th March)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton (25th March)

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Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Laini Taylor (8th April)

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Raging Star – Moira Young (13th May)

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare (27th May)

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

The Murder Complex – Lindsay Cummings (10th June)

Untitled (Skulduggery Pleasant, #9)

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light – Derek Landy (28th August)

Aristeia/Mortal Gods – Kendare Blake (1st September)

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Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas (2nd September)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater (4th September – UK)

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey (16th September)

Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3)

Echoes of Us – Kat Zhang (16th September)

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Iron Trial – Cassandra Clare & Holly Black (2nd October)

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The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan (7th October)

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The Young Elites – Marie Lu (7th October)

Undivided (Unwind, #4)

Undivided – Neal Shusterman (14th October)