Top 14 Books of 2014

Thursday, 1 January 2015
Hello everyone! Today I've got an absolutely massive blog post to share with you all. My top 14 books of 2014! These aren't necessarily books that were published in 2014, just books that I read this year. They also aren't in any particular order but I have mentioned my favourite and second favourite. Hope this post gives you some reading inspiration for 2015!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - Unfortunately I don't have a photo for this one as its one I read on my Kindle but it was my second favourite book of the year. Its about a posh girl who goes to an island with her family every summer and about how everything changes one year. Really gripping and there is a massive plot twist!

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - This book was leant to me by my good friend Sarah and I read 75 pages of it when my bus home was delayed by half an hour. It is such an addictive book! This is about a woman in Canada who finds a diary that she believes has been washed up from the Japanese tsunami. Its split between the woman's narrative and the writing in the diary. So interesting and addictive, could not put down.

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - This sounds like a really morbid book because its about two guys that befriend a girl with terminal cancer. Its actually one of the funniest books I've ever read, I even laughed out loud. It just makes you appreciate the little things in life.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - This is a book about teenage girls with eating disorders and its really interesting. It is a pretty heavy book to read and I imagine it could be quite triggering to people with/recovering from eating disorders. That being said, I think it puts across a good message and really gives you a goof perspective on the matter.

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak - In this book a boy is just sort of floating through his life, working as an underage taxi driver and not getting the girl he wants. Then he starts to receive messages with addresses etc of people who need helped. Its a really interesting book and I found it to be a really addictive read.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - This is probably one of my favourite books of the year. Its about sexual abuse and speaking out about it. Its written from the perspective of a girl in highschool who stops speaking all together after she is sexually assaulted at a party. I think this is a really important read.

Ask The Passengers by A. S. King - A. S. King is one of my new favourite authors. This book is probably my favourite out of all the ones she's written. Its about a girl who is struggling with coming out because of her family and because of the 'small town attitude' of the place she lives. I read it really quickly because King just has such a nice writing style.

Half Bad by Sally Green - This is a book set in a world where there are good witches and bad witches. The main character is 'half bad' ie half good witch half bad witch. Its all about the prejudices that he faces because of this. I found this to be really easy to read, I read it in a day. I enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next one!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Oh my god. This is just the most adorable, cheesy romance story and I LOVED IT. Spent the whole time with a grin on my face and it just made me so happy. I'm not normally someone who reads a lot of books that are specifically about romance but I really enjoyed it and would recommend.

Entry Island by Peter May - This is a signed copy as I had the pleasure of going to see and meeting Peter May at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year. This is a book set in Canada but has flashbacks to the Scottish Islands at the time of the highland clearances. This book was so addictive and may be my favourite Peter May book yet.

More Than This by Patrick Ness - This was my favourite book of the whole year, without a doubt. Its about a boy who dies and then wakes up in his old house in what seems to be a deserted world. He is completely alone. Or so he thinks. This book was so addictive and so bloody scary. I have never been so terrified whilst reading a book before. I read it whilst sleeping over at my granny's house and I was convinced something was going to jump out the wardrobe and attack me.

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider - Moving on to a squishier book. This is about a guy in high school who is really popular until he is in a car accident that leaves him unable to walk without crutches. His popular, sporty friends kind of abandon him and he has to learn to survive on his own. Also some romance because you know, YA.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix - This is one that I read really recently but I still loved it. The book is set like an IKEA catalogue and is set in an IKEA like store(they couldn't really say it actually was IKEA due to copyright I think). Every morning the staff find that things have been broken but they can't see anything on the CCTV cameras. So a few members of staff go on a night shift to try and work out what is going on. 

How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown - This is a book written by the guy who discovered Eris which led to Pluto being denounced from a planet to a dwarf planet. This book was so informative but so hilarious at the same time. I enjoyed it so much and it was unlike nothing else I read this year.

Have you read any of these books? What were your favourite books of the year?

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