Favorite reads of 2014

These are my favorite 10 books that I read during 2014. That means that they weren’t necessarily released in 2014, I just happened to read them during 2014.

So I read 119 books this year and I really enjoyed the books that I read. I just chose the 10 that I loved the most out of all the books I read and if you wanna check out the other books I read this year and how I rated them then you can click here https://www.goodreads.com/review/stats/24878102-erin-martin

These books are in not particular order except for the last three on the list and I bundled series together.

10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book was incredible. I don’t know how else to describe it. I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to give anything away and I think that it would be good to go into this book knowing as little as possible. His world building is absolutely amazing and the details that he adds to the story just add so much more. I have yet to read the second one because it is 994 pages but I am hoping to get to it sometime in 2015. The third book in the trilogy is yet to be released.

9. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This book was so cute and the story was amazing. The pictures added so much and it’s just a great book about not taking life too seriously and about staying young forever –  not physically but in mind. Unlike The Name of the Wind, It’s really short and a great book to read to kids too.

8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Another amazing book with fabulous illustrations. Again, I don’t wanna give too much away for this book but it’s so heartwarming and touching. It tugs the heartstrings and deals with very real themes that many people face throughout their lives.

7. The Ring & The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

This fantasy had so many different characters and story lines going on but I loved it. Sometimes it got confusing with who knew who, who was related to who, and who was friends with who, but all of it came together so beautifully at the end. I love endings that I cannot see coming. I just found out a couple weeks ago that a second one will be coming out and I will definitely be pre-ordering it. I can’t wait to see the cover art!!

6. The 100 and Day 21 by Kass Morgan

The CW network has a television series based off of these first two book in The 100 series called, what else, The 100. I don’t know if any of you have seen that show but oh my gosh I am hooked. I love it and I think the idea is so original. It’s a sci-fi dystopian series. So basically, there was a nuclear war on earth and it became uninhabitable due to radiation. Well before the bombs went off many people from earth went to live in space in a series of spaceships, the 100 come into play because the spacships are running out of oxygen and resources. The spaceship government send 100 juvenile delinquents under 18 back down to earth to see if the earth is habitable again. The books follow four main characters and the books are very different from the TV show –  but I really love both… and I REALLY love Bellamy… swoon. If you wanna check out my reviews on goodreads for these books I will link them here. ALSO these books got super low ratings on goodreads which I really don’t understand why.. but I go more into that on my reviews..

The 100 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/944595151?book_show_action=false

Day 21 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/947139948?book_show_action=false

5. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This is yet ANOTHER book where I don’t wanna give too much away. I don’t really even know how to explain it in a way that makes sense… just know that this book is so much more than it seems. I have tears coming to my eyes and chills coming to me just thinking about this book. It is so great.

4. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

This is a historical fiction set at an Australian Lighthouse. There are so many different themes within this book that are so important and practical; Sacrifice, forgiveness, love, young love, loving someone through their faults, parental love, and so much more. It’s really a stunning novel and I’m so glad I picked it up.

3. (re-read) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Of course Tolkien has to be on my list. Every time I read this book I fall more in love. It’s one of Tolkien’s lighter works and One of my all-time favorite books ever. ever. like ever. It’s just so great. It’s adventurous, light, humorous, and has some truly amazing themes such as friendship and self-sacrifice. It’s also Middle Earth so….

2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I’m a little late to the Harry Potter train but I read the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban within 2014 and I am currently reading the Goblet of Fire. I’m late for the train, but I am so glad I hopped on. I absolutely love these books. they are so well thought out and written. I love the twists and plot changes that have happened within each of the books and I can’t wait to hopefully finish the series within 2015, but I don’t wanna rush. I really love these books and I wanna take my time to enjoy them, especially now that I’m starting to read the longer ones.

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

No surprise here. I love Outlander. Favorite book of 2014 hands down. Jamie is perfect. Scotland is perfect. I just love all of it. If you don’t know what Outlander is about, it’s about a girl named Claire Randall and World War II has just ended and she goes on a second honeymoon with her Historian husband Jack Randall to Scotland where her husband is studying his lineage and family tree. While there, she gets transported back in time to 18th century Scotland where she gets swept up within Scottish culture and the rising strife between the Scottish and English nations. It’s extremely historically accurate and well-written. I love every second of Outlander and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books, to read this again, and for the show to come back on. (if you want this review too https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1022331504?book_show_action=false)

There you have it. My favorite books of 2014. Here’s to more great reading in 2015!!

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