My Favourite Books Published in 2014 (so far)

This is like a third-hand post. The original one was published by Bustle (you can see that here). And then Cait from Notebook Sisters made her own list, which prompted me to write a version.

Convoluted, I know. But basically what it means is that I get to talk about awesome books!

 

Unhinged by A G Howard

In my opiunhinged booknion, at least, Unhinged was even better than the first book, Splintered. I’m not sure if you know how obsessed I am with Alice in Wonderland, but if you don’t, suffice it to say that I’m writing my own retelling and I’ve read the original about five times this year. And you should definitely, definitely, definitely read this book. I can’t wait for Ensnared, the last book in the trilogy, which comes out next year!

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

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So I’m including the red cover of The Intern because a) I want to brag for the millionth time that I OWN a copy, and b) red is a cool colour. This book is fun, hilarious and relatable. I guess you could technically class it as NA, but Josie is such a brilliant character that it didn’t matter to me WHAT age group it fell under. The sequel, Faking It, will be out in late 2014/early 2015, and it has a STUNNING cover, so you should definitely check that out. Plus, Aussie writers rule, right?

Rating: 5 stars

 

Bird by Crystal Chan

I’m stilbird crystal chanl in awe of this book. Seriously. It’s unique, it has amazing characters, beautiful writing, fantastic exploration of different cultures and just a little bit of magic. It’s sad and it’s sweet and it surprised me so much. It’s MG, but like The Intern, I don’t think that prevents it from being on this, because it kind of transcends different age brackets. A stunning book.

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

On the Fence by Kasie West

on the fenceAs of now, I’m basically in love with Kasie West. I’ve read The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point and, of course, On the Fence. I’m a sucker for contemporary, as you may know, and when it’s funny, sweet and with excellent characterisation, I will probably love it. On the Fence also features a host of awesome brothers who inject humour into this book. It also delves into some deeper issues and…I just loved it, okay?

Rating: 5 stars

 

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

the impossible knife of memory

A lot of people cite Ellen Hopkins as the queen of edgy teen fiction. But having now read three books by Laurie Halse Anderson, I have come to adore her writing and how she deals with tough subjects. This one has a look at PTSD, and the more I think back on it, the more I love it. There are flaws, of course, as in any book, but it’s really powerful and I can remember absolutely loving the protagonist. The books that stick with you are pretty successful, I think.

Rating: 4 stars

 

 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

My love for this series grew with each book I read. Marissa Meyer is clearly a masterful writer. Despite the multitucressdes of characters, I was never confused, and despite the length of the book, I was never bored. If you love retellings, this is for you. If you love sci-fi, it’s for you. If you love books jam-packed full of action, amazing characterisation and fantastic plot, it’s for you.

Rating: 5 stars

 

Every Word by Ellie Marney

Can you tellevery word proper I love retellings? Every Word involves elements of Sherlock, but is distinctly its own story, and just as good (if not better than) Every Breath, the first book in the series. It’s set in London. It’s about a pair of teenagers solving crime. It’s about friendship. Loss. Confusion. Fear. And it’s one rollercoaster of a book, that was for sure. There was one part where I had to do something stupid (like go to school – I can’t remember) and I had to put it down and THIS WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. In fact I’m not really sure why I didn’t give it 5 stars.

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

flirty dancingI WILDLY underestimated this book. Sometimes you just need something really fluffy and cute and adorable, right? For me, Flirty Dancing was exactly that book, appearing at exactly the right time. It’s full of dancing (of course!), great characters, hilarious family members and a main characters learning to stick up for herself. There are some bigger issues covered but it was done in a really fun and engaging way. Can’t wait for the sequel/s.

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

The Minnow by Diana Sweeney

Despite howthe minnow confusing this book was at some points, I really, really enjoyed it. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Completely unique and engaging. I loved the incorporation of some speculative elements – the main character talks to ghosts and animals (and they talk back). I loved how that was treated ambiguously, so you didn’t know if it was real or not and had to make your own decisions. I also love the cover 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

 

 

Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

I know this will be my most unpopular choice. I know a lot of bloggers disliked or even hated this book. But I stilbreaking butterfliesl cannot stop thinking about it, even weeks after I’ve read it, and I’m sure I won’t be able to forget about it for a long time. Sometimes books like these – disturbing, dark books – leave you horrified. For me, I was just entranced. Oh gosh, now you guys are going to think I’m a sociopath or something. But I was just REALLY INTERESTED by this story and how it played out.

Rating: 4 stars

 

Honourable mentions: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor, and More Than This by Patrick Ness. I wish I could have included them in here, but alas, could only mention ten awesome books. And there are MANY MORE books that I’ve loved so far this year. It’s only July so I hope to be blown away by even more awesome books.

So those are my favourite books that have been published in 2014 (so far). If you’d like to make your own list, remember they have to have been PUBLISHED this year! Thanks to Cait and Bustle for providing the idea, it was a lot of fun.

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21 thoughts on “My Favourite Books Published in 2014 (so far)

  1. Love this! I enjoyed Dorothy Must Die, Cress, Conversion, The Shadow Throne, Finding Ruby Starling and The Iron Trial (even though it’s not TECHNICALLY out yet)

  2. The only book I’ve read on this list is Cress because I don’t really read many new books. But…I have a literal TBR stack in my room right now, and Bird is right at the top. I’m really glad you liked it, and I can’t wait to read it. I also want to read Every Word and Dorothy Must Die because I absolutely love retellings! Cress was really good too, but I felt like it fell a little short compared to Scarlet.

    • This year I’ve been reading a LOT of new books – my list last year would have probably only included 2, lol. Bird is awesome, same with Every Word and Dorothy Must Die. Well, obviously all of the ones on this list are great, haha.

  3. I just bought Splintered and I can’t wait to read it! My Cinder has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now and maybe it’s time to open it now. I have been hearing mixed opinions on Dorothy Must Die sooo hmm.. Still not sure if I am gonna try that one.

    Ella @ The Filipina Booknote

    • Yay! I LOVE SPLINTERED. And Unhinged, of course. Cinder and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles are great – I cannot wait for Winter!! There are lots of mixed reviews on Dorothy Must Die. Maybe check it out from a library rather than buying it? Or just not reading it at all haha.

  4. Yay for Splintered and Unhinged!!! I’m only partly hyperventilating while I wait for Ensnared. OMG I MUST KNOW HOW IT ENDS OKAY?!! I MUST KNOW. I put Bird on mine, and then took it off because I was trying to strictly be YA but now I wish I’d left it on. It was so freakishly good, and definitely extended out of intended age brackets. I want to read the Intern now. xD But I feel awesome because I’ve read nearly ALL the ones on your list!! Huzzah! I just haven’t read Every Word and The Intern and On the Fence.

    • Only partly hyperventilating. Yes. I understand where you’re coming from. Haha, this is why you shouldn’t worry about labels. YA, MG, NA…they’re all similar enough to me 🙂 OMG READ THE INTERN IT’S EXCELLENT. And hilarious. And Aussie 🙂

  5. Fantastic, fantastic post, Emily! I’m acutally in the midst of conjuring up my own post after reading Cait’s (and now your), post. Unfortunately I haven’t read a lot of these books yet, but I plan to read several. But oh my god, Every Word! I finished it yesterday and I just loved it. I can’t wait for Every Move.

  6. Some awesome books that you picked, I still have to read The Minnow, the Every Breath series and the Intern but I totally agree with some of your other picks, especially Cress and On The Fence and Bird! It’s been a good first half of the year for great books I think 🙂

  7. This is awesome list! I, too, thought that Unhinged was better than Splintered. I don’t even know why, really, but that book was completely awesome. I haven’t yet read Every Word, but it’s sitting atop my TBR pile just begging to be read. Alas, there are many library books that need to be read first! 🙂

    • I don’t know why, either. It’s all much too subjective 🙂 Oh, I know what you mean about library books! I haven’t borrowed anything for a while because I’m trying to get through some review books. But it beckons me, Kara, it really does.

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