I’ve seen a lot of books come and go this year already – I’ve definitely upped my game in the amount I’m reading which obviously isn’t a bad thing… Until it comes to writing these sorts of posts and I have to narrow it down to my top 10! I had a good, long think and with some help from my bookshelf and my Goodreads account, I finally have my top 10. These are in no particular order (it was hard enough picking 10 out, let alone then battling them against each other for the top spot!) and were all incredible reads for their own individual reasons.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I literally only just finished this book and man alive what a book it was. I started reading this last year but after a few chapters, felt I couldn’t really “get into it”. I then watched the film which I thought was absolutely beautiful so I figured if I love the film that much then the book must be just as good, if not better. The film was incredible but the book – the book was absolutely outstanding. So beautifully told, so eye-opening and so incredibly poignant. A true genius of a novel.
2. 100 Proposals by Holly Martin
Holly Martin really is becoming something of an icon amongst book bloggers for her wonderfully heart-warming and gorgeously written books but she well and truly out-did herself with this one. After reading The Guestbook, I didn’t think she could top it but she absolutely did. I felt everything there is to possibly feel for this book. I didn’t stop smiling, laughing or crying throughout the entire thing. Holly has such a knack for making you fall in love with her characters too – she’s a truly gifted writer and this book is a perfect example.
3. Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged by Sarah J. Pepper
I am a huge fan of Sarah’s, since reading Death of the Mad Hatter last year I fell in love with her writing and her personality and the way she and the characters she creates see the world and when she told me she was working on a novel about Rapunzel?! Well, I was literally left on the edge of my seat for 6 months until I could finally read it and the first few chapters actually brought a tear to my eye (despite it not being at all sad) because it was everything I hoped it’d be and the reality of how good it was totally exceeded my expectations.
Not my usual read and somewhat of an impulse purchase this one but Jesus Christ what a read! I honestly don’t think I will ever stumble across anything like this again and although this definitely won’t be for everyone – it’s dark, twisted and completely disgusting – it really did test my limits and open my mind up to a whole new genre I didn’t think I’d try. It will shock you over and over again until you literally don’t know which way to turn. (Find my review here).
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ah, the age old classic. Believe it or not, I actually only got around to reading this for the first time this year – even after getting it for my birthday the year before. I’d seen the film which I loved and was waiting for the right time to read the book and I genuinely couldn’t believe what I’d been missing for this long! Completely obvious as to why it’s one of the most popular classics of all time. (Find my review here).
6. How To Win a Guy in 10 Dates by Jane Linfoot
I bought this book after a friend reviewed it and little did I know that it was going to be not only one of the fastest books I’ve ever read, but one of the best as well. I fell in love with everything about this book – there wasn’t a single element I didn’t like. It was funny, witty, quirky, sexy, heart-warming – everything you could possibly want in a book! Plus, the author is absolutely lovely and one I have a somewhat, strange link too… (Find my review here).
7. How To Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake
This one gets a solid spot on my list for 2 reasons; 1) I related so much to the main character, it could have been me talking. She is so normal which I loved reading about. She does stupid things and has weird quirks which is so nice to see when everyone’s trying to be as perfect as possible and 2) It was hilarious. I mean, laugh-out-loud, dribbling and snorting type hilarious. I completely “got” Rosie’s sense of humour and we all need a book like this every now and again. (Find my review here).
8. Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Carmel Harrington
Now this was a book who’s name I’d seen flying round the book blogosphere pretty much since I started blogging and after reading it I totally understood all the hype and praise it had been given. One of the most life-affirming, poignant and incredibly moving books I have ever read. Very rarely do books come around which make you value your own life in an entirely different way to how you did before, but this was one of them and I honestly think this story will stay with me forever. I am so incredibly excited about reading Carmel’s new novel too! (You can find my review here).
9. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis
My mum has always been a huge fan of the Narnia books and the collection we have at home are hers from when she was a child. They’d been sitting on my shelf for years but only did I pick the first one up this year. I finished it in a day and absolutely loved it – despite not really being in the age range it’s designed for. However, I don’t think that matters. This book gave me a valuable insight into the mind of a child and it really does help you remember what it’s like to be young, naïve and see all the magic in the world that we sometimes forget as adults.
10. The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman
I absolutely adored the premise of this book because it’s not something you often read about – especially in fiction. I couldn’t believe how emotionally involved I got with this story and these characters and this book completely pulls you in and doesn’t let go. It’s one of those books that’ll make you really really appreciate your life and your health and the people around you. (You can find my review here).
I recently read The Selection trilogy which hooked me I must say. It was a nice change to the usual over-exagerated heroism of some of my more recent reads. Although the feminine lead it strong and fearless, it’s in a much less overdramatic and unrealistic way.
A must read if you like The Hunger Games/Divergent/The mortal instruments type books.
Ooh I’m a Hunger Games fan so I might have to look into this one 🙂 It sounds fab!
Hi! I found you through Carmel Harrington’s blog post! Can’t wait to go through your site! I just HAD to chime in to say you will absolutely love this series!! It is absolutely incredible. It is like Hunger Games meets the Bachelor meets the Divergent series but so much more. I devoured the series and was in mourning for weeks afterwards.
Hiya! I’d better go get myself a copy of this book then, it seems to be VERY popular! 🙂
…and still I get no mention? I’m beginning to feel you don’t want to read my book (sob)
Haha! Very funny!
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Thank you so much Jenny for including me in your Top 10 reads of 2014 (so far), what fab company I have too! X
Thanks for reblogging Carmel! 🙂 xx
1. Elemental Earth by Harmony Kent (will be published in a few days)
2. Living Legends: Robin Hood by Graeme Roberts
3. Gone by Julie Elizabeth Powell
4. Not to be Read at Night by Sandrine Spycher
5. Dead of July by Sandra Thompson
6. 1/1: Jihad-Britain by Jack Everett, David Coles
7. The Wizard in My Window by J. David Clarke
8. I Dream of Zombies (Rose Lee’s Zombie Adventures series, #1) by Charlotte Gerber
9. The Hunted One (End of Days series, #1) by Meg Collett
10. The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper
Interesting choices! I haven’t read any of these myself but just had a little look at what they’re about 🙂
Thanks. I reviewed them on my blog. 😉
I liked your choices as well. I read two of them, there were others for my TBR list.
Ooh which were the two that you’ve read? 🙂
The Great Gatsby and The Magician’s Nephew. 🙂
Ooh both amazing books! I can’t wait to read the rest of the Narnia series! 🙂
You will love it! 🙂
The Fault In Our Stars is my top book of the year so far! I can’t believe I put off reading it for so long! xx
Omg! That book! Fantastic choice. I read it last year and it’s one of my favourites – going to re-read it soon I think! xx