So I am a little late with this, I usually do this post towards the end of December but I didn’t get chance! I wanted to share with you my top books of last year, in no order at all and the books I read last year, not just those that were published! I usually do 10 books but I have found that because I fell short of my targets for 2014 I have also fallen short of my favourite books. I think there will only be about 6 but these are the very best and there are a number of books that came up close to these!
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
First of all very early in the year I read a fantastic book called The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. This was a very strange book as its title suggests but I loved it all the same. I read it a year ago now and its still playing on my mind, I still love it and I am still struggling to put into words how much this book means to me.
It was a sad book that doesn’t actually fit perfectly into the YA genre. It was more a crossover and I think will appeal to a number of people. Its about a girl who was born with wings and who really wants to see the world but who encounters horrible people when she tries to do so. I can’t put into words how much I loved this book but I tried in my garbled review which you can read here.
Find out more about The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender on Goodreads.
Far From You – Tess Sharpe
This was also a sad book for completely different reasons. It was about a girl, Sophie, who has been addicted to drugs but is trying to stay clean. She nearly dies when her and her best friend are attacked by a masked man, her best friend is not so lucky and is a fatal victim of the event. Everyone is quick to pin the blame on Sophie but she knows that what they are saying is not the truth. She becomes dectective in a thrilling and terrifying tale showed in crime and mystery.
The use of the past and present in alternating chapters really made me fall in love with this book and I couldn’t put it down at the time of reading. I was hoping 2015 would bring more from this author but nothing has been announced yet. I really hope there will be more from her soon though!
The Year of the Rat – Clare Furness
This one surprised me. I expected to hate it and see the main character as a selfish and awful person, but that wasn’t the case at all. I think this book reminded me that not everyone puts themselves before others and especially not all teenagers. There were so parts of the book which made me think that the main character was selfish but they were soon rectified with the actions of Pearl.
If I could write any book this is one I would want to have written, I think it appeals to a wide audience and honestly should be read by all. It was eye-opening and has a lot of alternative views within it that are not found often in books for younger people, or such a wide audience. Read my review of The Year of the Rat here and find out more on Goodreads.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Book Thief had been on my wish list for years before I finally got round to reading it in 2014. I have the film to thank for finally making me read the book and absolutely loving it. I won’t go into much detail but it focuses on the main character Liesil and her part in hiding a Jew from the Nazis in the second world war.
It was a hard book to read and honestly probably was the longest I read all year but it was worth it for what it offered in the way of reward. It was a beautiful and horrible rolled into one and it made me cry and hate the things I already knew about the state of the war even more. It is well worth a read for anyone who hasn’t. My review can be read here and you can find out more on Goodreads.
Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
This was the final book in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and in all honesty I think it was a brilliant ending. I loved this book and the trilogy fast became one of my favourite trilogies of all time. I even have art from the books waiting to be hung onto a wall in my library/office room and I am sad that there won’t be another Leigh birddog book coming in 2015.
I usually have issue with fantasy and this series is quite a high fantasy. I’ve heard people say that if you like Game of Thrones (the books) then you will enjoy this series and I can kinda see where they are coming from even without having read the GoT books. Its one of those series I will thrust into the hands of anyone who is unwilling to give YA a chance but likes fantasy because I think it is brilliant, even with the love story that runs throughout. Find out more about this book via my review or on Goodreads.
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson
A last minute addition to my best books of 2014 is The Art of Being Normal. I read this book just last week, finishing it on the 28th December so it just snuck into 2014! I adored it and my full review will be on the blog next week but I had to make sure it was on this list because it deserves to be on everyones best of list!
For now check out Goodreads to find out more about this title and see just how many 5 star reviews its got!