It’s been a long time since I joined in on a Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), and I MISSED IT! I love lists (although that’s not common knowledge is it?) and December is full of wrap-up lists.
I am so okay with that.
26 books are on my “best of 2014” shelf on Goodreads. How the heck am I supposed to get that down to 10?! Oh the agonies I go through for you, blogglings.
This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014
1. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, & The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
Yes, I cheated. I cheated magnanimously by listing 4 books for 1, and I’m not even sorry. Sarah J Maas has single-handedly made and ruined my life. Her books are phenomenal. Furious female lead. Epic adventures. Wicked assassin skills. Snarky wit. Fiery magic. Oh, and did I mention her uncanny ability to BREAK MY HEART IN HALF?
I’m really too emotionally involved in this series. Heir of Fire (the third and latest book out) just about murdered me with those last few chapters.
Oh someone get my book four before I hurt myself.
2. Half Bad by Sally Green
Because a) poor little Nathan doesn’t deserve to be abused so horribly, and b) the writing is drop-dead (sometimes literally) beautiful and sharp and sparse. It has lists, too, which obviously makes it my favourite book of the universe.
And it’s also dark and scary. Like really dark. I love it and I cry.
3. Splintered and Unhinged by A.G. Howard
I bet this list isn’t surprising you, is it? I’m way too predictable with my literary obsession. BUT IT’S TRUE LOVE, THESE BOOKS AND I.
If you don’t know the level of incredibly shrieking fangirl I am with these books, just ask anyone I know. Specifically, ask Kelly. She’ll attest. Or detest. I confuse those words sometimes.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I have a confession…I watched the movie first.
But I loved the movie so much I got rather desperate about reading the book. I whined about this to Lydia, who told me to shut up and go read it. (As good friends do.) But I knew pain was coming. INCREDIBLE PAIN. And, even though I knew what would happen because of the movie, I very nearly bawled my eyes out.
The book is incredible. Death is the best narrator. And I hate that ending. Oh, oh, oh I hate it. IT WAS SO UNFAIR.
5. Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
I have trust issues with authors thanks to Dangerous Girls. I did NOT expect that ending. I was taken for the sucker I am and I absolutely gasped like a codfish in shock at the end.
6. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Of course Maggie Stiefvater is on this list. And I read several books by her this year, but I adored going back to The Wolves Of Mercy Falls series and my favourite characters ever: Isabel and Cole.
They are so mean and snarky. The writing is so beautiful and rich. The feels are simultaneously wonderful and horrible. I…I…I…just can’t explain how much I love how Maggie Stiefvater writes.
I started by reading The Spiderwick Chronicles in January. You know the drill: cute kids, cute fairies, cute trolls, cute adventures.
I ended the year with The Curseworkers. You know the other drill: death, destruction, blood everywhere, crime families, manipulation, best humour ever. Oh and cats.
8. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Because apparently I like pain. Now the real question is: which do I like better? And while I love Verity and Maddie’s friendship the most…I loved ALL of Rose Under Fire. (I find the beginning of Code Name Verity rather tedious.) Rose and Roza pretty much broke my soul with how strong they were.
Also the Holocaust absolutely terrifies me. I laugh in the face of paranormal…but Historical Fiction really makes me sob.
9. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
All of ’em. All freakishly large volumes for 400+ pages for hours and hours and pain and pain and tears and fangirling and sinking ships and golden horizons and I LOVE THIS SERIES A LOT. I’m also proud of me for finishing it. I never finish series, but I read 6 books and I did not flag. Huzzah, Cait, huzzah! You deserve a break!
…and a new series infatuation. Oh gosh. Decisions. Rick Riordan, maybe?
10. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nievern
Back to those darn tears. Honestly, I’m not a waterworks. I read 200+ books this year and only a handful actually reduced me to a miserable wreck. (And I actually never shed the tears, but I’m crying on the inside.)
This was the worst though. The worst. I really related and connected to the story to the point where I just forgot about the entire world and DEVOURED page after page. Then I cried a lot. Then a bit more.
But seriously you should go read it. You need this kind of pain in your life. You do.
Because this week 10 was NOT enough.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell || The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey || We Were Liars by E. Lockhart || Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor || A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness || Bird by Crystal Chan || Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant || Cress by Marissa Meyer || The Maze Runner by James Dashner
i know it’s hard to make decisions like this, but be strong. if you can name me your top 3 reads this year, i’ll give you pie. (and also i like bookish recommendations) and have you read/liked any on my list?! also…did my list surprise you at all? (haha. i bet i’m 100% predictable here!)
Cait would like to affirm that there is, in fact, a Supernatural gif for everything. (The aggressive meow wins the post.) Currently, she’s playing with her puppy by throwing a toy mushroom for him to catch. Normal toys are too mainstream for us. #hipsterpuppy