Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish with a different theme every week.
Every year I make a list of the best books I read that year. You can read my lists for 2011, 2012, and 2013. I only put books on these lists that I gave 5 stars and it usually turns out to be exactly ten.
Best New Release
I only rated one new release with 5 stars this year and that honor went to:
Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger. This was just one of those fun, addicting reads that sucks you right in. I loved the world, the characters, and the romance.
Best of the Backlist
Almost all of the books I read and loved weren’t published in 2014. But that’s okay because all of these are awesome and I highly recommend them!
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was a beautiful and haunting story about a boy facing the monsters within himself. I haven’t written an official review for it yet, but you can find it on Goodreads.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I loved the funny writing and the crazy characters. My favorite thing about this book was the mom figuring out who she was. I could relate a lot to her.
Northerner Abbey by Jane Austen. This is probably my favorite Jane Austen. The satire in here was so yummy and I adore the main character and her view of life through a bookish lens.
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. If you are sick of love triangles or love at first sight then you need the romance found in this novel. It’s a great love story but it still keeps the romance very much a sub plot. It’s a refreshing YA fantasy novel even if you’ve read a bunch of them (like me).
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. The main reason I love this book was because I loved reading it to my son. After he heard this story, it inspired him to draw about 20 different pictures based on the plot. It will always have a special place in my heart because of that.
Quiet by Susan Cain. This book changed how I saw myself. It made me realize that not only is it okay to be just the way I am but I also have a lot of built in strength because of it. Being shy and sensitive isn’t a bad thing. In fact, the whole book is about why that’s a good thing.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. Charming, fun romance that fills in that gap Jane Austen left behind when everything else you read is not good enough because it’s just not Jane Austen.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This book taught me how to reprogram my brain and get rid of a bad habit that has plagued me for my whole life. It changed my life. Love this book!
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. I adore retellings and this was a stellar retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernell. It’s a science-fiction/dystopian/romance/retelling that you shouldn’t miss.