Top Ten Books of 2014 So Far
Hey y'all!I’m here today to do Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they choose a different topic and bloggers pick ten reads related to the prompt. This week's prompt? Top ten books we've read this year so far!This year is definitely contemporary so far! With a few exceptions, the best books I've read have been straight contemp, with splashes of history and magical realism. Want to point me towards a few new paranormal reads? Leave me a comment below! I'd love to see the reads that I'm missing. 1. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Goodreads
First up is Since You've Been Gone, a fun read reminiscent of the summer. Between the adorable romance, hilarious adventures, and plenty of heart, it's a soulful read that I never wanted to end. If I could have a summer like the one detailed in Since You've Been Gone, I'd be set.
2. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins | Goodreads
Hands down, the most solid paranormal read of the year for me. The protagonist was a feisty overachiever who stole my heart, the story was spot-on, and the Southern charm imbued every page. Rachel Hawkins brings so much to each and every book she writes, and I adore absolutely all of them.
3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | Goodreads
This book was one that I've tried to read a few times, with varying levels of success. When I finally sat down and read it all the way through, I was stunned. The heartwrenching historical narrative, intensity, and captivating characters ensured that I'll never forget it. I don't even have the words.
4. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour | Goodreads
This book captures a vivid mood with an effortless beauty. With gorgeous details, vulnerable characters, and a sweet romance, it has everything that makes a book perfect for me. It's lovely and quite honestly, my favorite of the year. This is the best.
5. Pointe by Brandy Colbert | Goodreads
A surprisingly gritty novel with a suspenseful twist, Pointe is a book that packs a punch. It's a fast read but powerful, with a strong voice. An extra bonus is the passion for dance Theo has that is so vibrantly conveyed throughout the novel. It'll definitely make you think.
6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer | Goodreads
Despite the young narrator, the maturity and subtle story-telling in this one wove a seamless narrative. Set against the emotional backdrop of 9/11, poetic chapters and thoughtful characters ensured a memorable read. It's dramatic and quirky and sad all at once.
7. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson | Goodreads
Startlingly honest and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Jenny Lawson's signature spirit infused each page. Sprinkled with funny anecdotes and real life advice, Let's Pretend This Never Happened made my day every time I sat down to read it. It's awesome!
8. Inland by Kat Rosenfield | Goodreads
This one's the most successful magical realism plot I've read since Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. The haunting protagonist and sinister motivations kept me captivated, with Kat Rosenfield's stunning prose wove a story that I couldn't escape from even if I wanted to. Wow!
9. Just One Year by Gayle Forman | Goodreads
The moving other half of a story - the companion to Just One Day - contained the thorough characterization and finesse that Gayle Forman so skillfully embodies, with absorbing descriptions of other countries that inspire wanderlust with every sentence. Definitely one to pick up!
10. How to Love by Katie Cotugno | Goodreads
A soft read with a lovable backstory, How to Love was a meditative exploration of love and second chances. Between the lingering tensions of her past and the unsteady certainty of her future, the protag exuded a timeless grace that was a joy to read about.