I’m going to be counting down the books that have made this year so great. I’m looking forward to see what books will make 2014 great. Books, for me, are a reason to keep living. They bring me into their worlds where I can escape the craptastic one I live in everyday. Sometimes life isn’t easy, but books make it bearable. I hope some of these books reciprocate my feelings to you.
#13: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I would be sad when I would have to get dressed for school in the mornings, I enjoyed every second of it. I still have yet to pick up the sequel but that is on my top priority list, I swear it!
This book was fairly good. It’s good enough to be on this list. It took me a while to get used to the writing, but that wasn’t really a problem. I think that for anything sci-fi, I won’t be very into it since I don’t really like that genre. I try to read it, but it’s not my preferred thing to read. I am still a little bit hurt after my favorite character died though.
#12: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
When I read this book, I was looking for a light, funny read, this is not the book for that. It was incredibly deep and made me cry quite often. I feel like I connected to the story more than I’d like to admit, though I never fell on my head and got amnesia.
#11: Paper Towns by John Green
This is my favorite (it technically is tied for ‘favorite’ with Looking For Alaska, but anyway…) John Green book! I really liked the little road trip missions that they had. The mystery about Margo was so thoughtful, it’s like John made his characters really have to analyze the clues– I never guessed where the search for Margo was going, it was very interconnected, every single detail was interconnected and I just couldn’t figure it out. It was a nice mix of comedy, mystery, and romance.
#10: The Elite by Kiera Cass
The thing that made this book so good was the character development. MAN! This book was so intense sometimes. I think that America kind of grew up a little in this book, she now has the proper motivation to win this contest. If she doesn’t win I don’t think my little heart can take it.
The quotes in this book were so memorable as were the events. I don’t think I cried this hard while reading The Selection. But I CRIED reading The Elite, a lot. I’m really looking forward to see how Kiera is going to wrap up all the loose ends in The One coming out on May 6th (8 days before my birthday, by the way.)
#9: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
In this book the character development was also very strong. This was a very important book because it had to set up the big conflict that will be resolved at the end of the series which is, sadly, the next book The Blood of Olympus which comes out Fall 2014. I’m going to be really upset that I can’t read more about Percy Jackson since I first started reading about him as a 9 or 10 year old back in fifth grade. I know that any real adventure for Percy and friends would be really irrelevant, it’s time for Percy Jackson to end, but it will be very heartbreaking for me.
#8: Gone by Michael Grant
I feel bad that I’ve had this book on my tbr for A LONG TIME but after I put the effort into finishing it, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It’s very weird for me since I don’t really like science fiction, but this book is great!
#7: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I don’t know if you’ve seen my review of this book, but I wrote the review as I was reading the book. You can see how my attitude shifts after passing a boring beginning. This book surprised me because I thought that it was going to be terrible. After I did pass the first half or so, I understood the reason behind the characters being boring, the events be boring, it all makes SENSE!! I really cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the sequel.
#6: Fateful by Claudia Gray
So this book is historical fiction (PROBABLY MY FAVORITE GENRE) and it takes place on board the Titanic. I love love love love l o v e LOVE the Titanic, I think it’s very interesting so when I heard about this book, I bought it quickly. It really was a fast paced good read. It’s also a stand alone so if you’re looking for a good book but don’t want to have to continue buying the series and you like sexy werewolves, then this book is for you!
#5: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
MYTHOLOGY. That is what drew me into this book. It’s kind of centered around the myth about Hades and Persephone, though it doesn’t really delve into it that much. The characters are so lovable, I am in love with the villain and it makes my heart hurt but that is what a book should do. It should play with your emotions and make you feel something.
This book made me feel a whole kaleidoscope of emotion.
#4: Legend by Marie Lu
This was suuuuch a fast read for a dystopian book! It took me about a day and a half to read this. It was a really interesting world to read about. The characters were so funny and wonderful. It surprised me a lot, I didn’t expect some certain events but it was very intriguing. It has a very interesting premise and has the elements of both dystopia and science fiction! Much more interesting than most sci-fi.
#3: Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End) by Cecelia Ahern
It seems that I picked most books that made me cry. I’ve never cried so hard at a book (so far) as I did at this one. I was crying at page 46 and the rest was just a rollercoaster of emotions. It would get better then it would get worse, worse, and worse, all I could do was cry. The amount of good things that happened to these characters was small compared to all the bad. The characters were hilarious and just very entertaining to read about.
#2: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
WHAT A DELIGHTFUL WAY TO END THIS TRILOGY. This book tied everything together beautifully. Apart from the amazing writing style and glorious characters. The epilogue of this book was heart wrenching and all I could do was cry. This book was too good for words. The romance was adorable. The action scenes were so good and were describes in detail that it felt like you actually experienced it. I’m in love with this book.
#1: Ruby Red TRILOGY by Kerstin Gier
Yes, the WHOLE trilogy. I couldn’t pick only one as my #1 best book of the year because they were all equally perfection. I feel like all three books should be morphed into one big book because the trilogy takes place in only (I could be wrong…) 2 or 3 weeks.
But it was unbelievably mind-blowing. I’m so in love with these books. They were all quick reads, I think I read them all in less than a month?
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE BOOKS.