Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 1

Best Books I've Read in 2014


For the sake of variety, I added a few different books to my Top Ten Books of 2014 since this post would have been identical to my Top Ten Tuesday Best books of 2014.



I was so excited for Red Queen when I first came across it in May. I read the book in early December and absolutely loved it. It's basically X-Men meets gladiator in a fantasy-infused dystopia. It was epic! After all the praise I'd heard surrounding Unearthly I decided to see what all the hype was about. This book far surpassed my expectations, and I'm proud to call it a favorite. Sentinel, Into the Still Blue, and In The Afterlight were memorable series enders. Cress and The Book of Ivy both were unexpectedly amazing! Cress is my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles series and The Book of Ivy is the best dystopian I've read all year. Fantasy novels were strong this year with three absolute favorites: The Assassin's Blade, Heir of Fire, and Snow Like Ashes.

What were your favorite books of 2014?

20 comments:

  1. This list pretty much mirrors my TBR list. Literally. I've wanted to read the Throne of Glass series for so long and I finally got the first book today. I'm also really anxious to read Red Queen, once it comes out, The Book of Ivy, and Snow Like Ashes. I also loved Cinder, and I have yet to read Cress, but I've heard good things about it. Some of my favorites for this year include Cinder, The Traitor's Wife, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Burn for Burn (off of my TTT, at least). Nice compilation, and I hope you encounter more favorites in 2015!:D

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

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  2. I still have to read the Throne of Glass series books, I know I will get to them next year. After I started hearing buzz about In The After Light I happily realized that I had the first book on my Kindle from an ebook sale, and I had won the second, so I will definitely be reading that trilogy. :)

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  3. Awesome list! I actually just got The Book of Ivy in the mail today and I'm excited to get started on it! I really need to get caught up with the Lunar Chronicles and Throne of Glass books, I've heard they just keep getting better and better :)

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  4. Yay Sarah J. Maas books!! The Book of Ivy and Snow Like Ashes are ones I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on! Oh and Red Queen sounds so SO good!!

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  5. I must read The Book of Ivy, I went to buy it the other day and my dad refused and made me pick something else so I have high hopes I will be getting that for Christmas. I stil have to read Cress, it is such a thick book and with all the ARCs to read...bleh. I finally read Throne of Glass so I keep grinning when I see those books on people's list. It was so good. Great list Rachel!

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  6. Yes to Red Queen and Snow LIke Ashes!!!! I loved them soooo much, let us fangirl together. HAHAH *Dances happily*

    I'm going to buy the hardbound when I see it, it's going to be my christmas gift to myself hehehe

    www.lite-rate-ture.com

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  7. Unearthly is a really good book! I had it on my shelf for the longest time and I had finally decided to pick it up on a whim and it was really enjoyable. I read the sequel as well, I just have to read Boundless. I'm so glad to see you enjoyed Red Queen! I can't wait for that one to be released; it sounds so amazing! Plus, I love the cover. Thanks for sharing your top ten! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  8. Most of these are series enders, aye! I feel terrible for not finishing some of the series where these books belong like Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass and Under the Never Sky. I have mixed feelings for Sentinel though I read it last year, I still couldn't rate it yet. I'm an indecisive reader sometimes lol. IN THE AFTERLIGHT!!!! Liam Stewart, mi luv :'D I'm really excited for Snows Like Ashes. Heard so many good things about it.

    Yay for 2014 reads! Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

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  9. I'm definitely enjoying Red Queen right now! I have to agree that it's pretty epic. I love the blend of fantasy and dystopia. It's so cool!

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  10. YOU'VE READ THE COVENANT SERIES!! Alright, calm down... and here I thought I didn't know anyone who read it! I loved Sentinel although I was sad to see all the characters go... especially Aiden :)

    Unearthly, Cress, Heir of Fire, The Assassin's Blade, and In The Afterlight were all so good too! I'm glad you liked them!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  11. Cress and Heir of Fire are also in my list! Ivy is in my wish list and so is Red Queen!
    Snow Like Ashes will be in my top 10 debuts list! ;)

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  12. Wow, GREAT list, Rachel! The SJM books, Unearthly, and Cress all make it into my favourites. I'm not familiar with some of the titles like Sentinel but I shall keep in mind to check them out!

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  13. I love how simple and effective Red Queen is, especially if you've read the book.
    Sarah Maas her books have stunning covers, with The assassin's blade as my favorite one so far.
    Snow like ashes is so prrrrretty!

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  14. I LOVED Snow Like Ashes, Heir of Fire, Into the Still Blue! I have In the Afterlight but still need to read it. Fabulous list!

    Happy holidays!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  15. So happy to see the Book of Ivy on here Rachel! I NEED book two!
    And Unearthly is awesome, please tell me you're on Team Tucker :)

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  16. Excellent choices, lady! I am in love with Cress (all the ships!) and Into the Still Blue (my heart), and I really enjoyed The Book of Ivy (waiting for book 2 is going to be hell). Thanks for sharing! <3

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  17. I just finished reading Red Queen the other day and man, that was amazing! The wait for book 2 is going to be painful. I also adored The Book of Ivy. It was a surprisingly good book for me.
    I've got to read the Unearthly series! Everyone raves about it.

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  18. A lot of great choices up there! Even though I've only technically read one of them...hope to read a lot more of these in 2015!

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  19. Red Queen is one I really want to read in 2015. I also got the complete Lunar Chronicles series for Christmas so I look forward to reading those. I have been hearing a lot of good things about Unearthly so I might have to check that one out as well.

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  20. I was glad to see Unearthly since I just bought it and was having second thoughts. I so want to read Red Queen! Cress was great! It was my favorite of the series too! What a good list! I've read/want to read all of these!

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