Best of 2014

Here are my Top 10 books from 2014.
Updated as of July 2014. Will be updated again at the end of 2014!

  1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    Any book that makes me stay up late thinking about is a good book in my mind. I finished this book in two sittings because I needed to know what happened next. A popular teenager is killed in a car accident. She continues to relive the day she died over and over; she alters her decisions every day and slowly learns her purpose. This book made me think about life and death far more than I usually do.
  2. Aspen by Rebekah Crane
    I’m not sure why I loved this book so much. The characters were amazing and fully developed, the plot was interesting even though it wasn’t what I expected, and the ending was great. It was a unique book that made me wish it were longer. I wanted to jump in and be friends with all of the characters.
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    There’s not much I can say about this one that hasn’t already been said! What a great read. Quick, addicting, twisty and turny, shocking, suspenseful – you name it. I don’t normally like suspense books but this is definitely a book ANYONE would like.
  4. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
    A woman finds a letter written by her husband that she was not supposed to find until he died. The novel develops how her family, and a couple of others, will cope with her husband’s secret. I’m a sucker for a book where multiple peoples’ lives intertwine.
  5. ToxicPretty Little Liars #15 by Sara Shepard
    This is the second to last book in the Pretty Little Liars series, and it did not disappoint. I devour these books within the first few days after they are released, and then am hungry for the next one immediately. I’ve been with this series since the year it came out and am anxiously awaiting the final book after the cliffhanger ending from Toxic!
  6. Shadowlands trilogy (Shadowlands, Hereafter, Endless) by Kate Brian
    Yeah I’m going to put all three books in one spot because I read them all within 48 hours. For the most part, they were all equally fascinating and addicting. The third book felt sort of dragged out, and then the ending was rushed, but I was happy with how the whole series turned out. I think this will go down as one of my favorite book series because I was constantly whispering “holy shit” to myself and literally could not stop reading it for days.
  7. Class of ’98 by A.L. Player
    At their high school reunion, two people from different circles get zapped back into their senior year of high school. They try to keep everything the same to avoid changing the outcome, but it’s not as easy as they think.
  8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    This was a YA shining star this year. It was a cute book about two misfits who fall in love. There’s more to it than that – but I don’t want to give anything away.
  9. Mr. Penubra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    I was intrigued by the title, plot, and cover of this book at B&N one day, but didn’t pick it up until I joined a Book Club and had to read it. This was a cool book with a unique premise. Still not sure how I feel about the ending, but this is certainly a book where the journey is more important than the destination.
  10. Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin
    I’m famous for reading fluffy YA books involving the typical “girl goes on a summer vacation to a beach town and falls in love” premise. This was a great one to fill that need for me. The second book was just released, too! I love books like these in the summertime.
  11. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill
    This was definitely out of character for me to read, but I was very happy I read it! This was a choice for my Book Club. I’ve always been fascinated by Scientology and cult-like religions; this book explained the whole religion and how Jenna was able to escape and lead a normal life. For a nonfiction book, it was certainly a pageturner.

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