Top 10 books I read in 2014
10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - This started my obsession with Rainbow Rowell. Her writing is just so... good. I love her characters and how real they seem. I reviewed both this book and Fangirl here, so I won't go on too much. The reason this one made the list over Fangirl was I just personally connected with it better. They are both great, but I connected with Eleanor more than Kath from Fangirl.
9. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford - This may seem like a very strange pick to be on my top ten list, but some of you may know that I work in IT, currently as the Change Manager for my company. I read this book just prior to being promoted into that position and it helped me greatly. If you work in the tech industry, I highly recommend giving this book a try.
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman - Ugh, the feels. I loved this book so much, but man. It was heavy. If you haven't read the book yet or seen the movie, I urge you to get on this. I thought when I heard about it that it would be just like The Fault in Our Stars, it's not. At all. The themes and questions brought up in this book are completely different than TFiOS. Check this out. I also really enjoyed Where She Went, if you want to keep going with the series.
7. The Archived by Victoria Schwab - This is such a fun concept. I flew through this and the companion novel, The Unbound. Victoria Schwab has a way of writing that just makes me want to keep going. I'm never bored. Even though there isn't action going on during every moment of this book, it definitely kept my interest. If you enjoyed Vicious by V.E. Schwab, definitely check out this work by her too.
6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Do I even really need to explain? The only point I will make on this one, since the others are all obvious, is this is ABSOLUTELY the best book I've read by John Green. I'm slowly making my way through most of his collection: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines (currently reading), and TFiOS is absolutely my favorite of the bunch. It transcends the YA genre, whereas the others seem to just sit comfortably in that classification.
5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler - Favorite autobiography I've ever read. Check out my review here. Listen to the audiobook, it is so amazing. I need more Amy Poehler in my life. I already loved her before this book, but this just took it to another level. Even though I have listened to the Audiobook, I will likely pick up the hardcover soon because it apparently has photos and other tidbits.
4. Saga by Brian K Vaughan, Illustrated by Fiona Staples - Has everyone heard enough about this comic book series yet? I know I've posted about this at least once on my blog, and every booktuber I watch has been talking about it. If you like great stories and amazing art, get on this. And don't let me hear you call this a graphic novel.
3. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - This came in at number 3 and has been on my favorites list nearly the entire year. It is easy one of the most imaginative books I've ever read. The plot is great. The setting is amazing. The writing is beautifully descriptive. It sparks your imagination like nothing else. What more can you want from a book? Someone please make this into a movie and actually do it justice.
2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab - This book could have easily been #1 on my list. I was so captivated by it. From page 1, I was hooked. The story is so unique and fast paced. I think I read this in 2 days and that was only because I had to go to work. Otherwise I would have just read it straight through in one sitting. Both this book and Ready Player One will be re-read at some point this year. As soon as I completed them, that was my first thought. I also reviewed this, if you want more gushing about it.
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Choosing the number one spot was incredibly difficult, but when it came down to it, I decided to pick the book that I just had the most fun reading. Or, in this case, listening to. The audiobook of Ready Player One is narrated by Wil Weaton and wow, it was damn good. I loved all the 80's pop culture references, all the video game references, and all the technologies in this futuristic world. The plot kept me interested and excited to find out the conclusion. The ending was incredibly satisfying. Basically, I loved everything about this.
And that is my top 10! What books were your favorites last year?