Hmm... Long time, no blog. I need to get better with this! Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my ten top picks for books I read in 2014:
1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This book had me so panicked while I was reading it - I was up to about the 75% mark, still thinking that this book was the last book in a trilogy! I am so glad there will be more.
2. The Professional by Kresley Cole
(Jo waves self) - I had no idea Russian mobsters with Daddy issues were so much my type...
3. The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
This book blew me away with how the author wove Hawaiian history and mythology together. It also made me think that Hawaii is not where I want to be when something bad happens!
4. Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan
For a steamy New Adult romance, this book was also very sweet, and the heroine reminded me a lot of me when I was younger.
5. Wallbanger (Cocktail Series #1) by Alice Clayton
This book was not what I had expected! I remember seeing it on so many people's blogs and wondering why they were so excited about it. Well, I have read it, and gifted the book to a handul of friends - trust me, it's worth it. If you like laughter and snark with your romance, you will love this book.
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is a book that Willow and I read together, and I think it was good for us. She is years away from going away to college, but I think it was good for her to see how different people react when at college.
7. Opposition (Lux Series #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Daemon, Daemon... sigh. I was really sad to see this series come to an end, but it did so in such a spectacular smash bang fashion. My only regret is that I had pre-ordered the book thinking I would be able to get it while on vacation in Canada - but it wouldn't download from there! I had to wait until we were in the Seattle airport before I could start to read it - almost a week after it came out.
8. The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #2) by Jillian Stone
Phaeton Black is another book boyfriend I always look forward to. I loved the twist in this book that had Phaeton sort of seeing what modern-day London was like. For a womanizing cad, he was in for a bit of a surprise!
9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I got sucked into this one! Willow wanted to see this in the movie theater - but my deal with her that for any movie based on on a book, she has to read the book first. Which meant I had to read the book. I loved Hazel's narrative - and the movie was a rare instance where the movie didn't ruin things for me. I haven't read anything else by John Green yet, but I definitely plan to.
And I am going to cheat on this last one, since I read this entire series in 2014:
10. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I read this book for two reasons - first, it fell in the same bucket as The Fault In Our Stars - Willow wanted to watch the movie (which, having read the book - I don't think the movie deserved a lot of the criticism it received - if the reviewers had read the book (and clearly many of them hadn't) they would have understood a lot of the jokes). Secondly, I had independently started reading the sequel series to this series, Bloodlines. I was getting far enough in the Bloodlines series where I figured out there was some important information I had missed by not reading the entire Vampire Academy series. So, I put Bloodlines aside (and 2 more books have come out since then!), and started working my way through the Vampire Academy series. I love Rose - she is so kickass and heartfelt.
There you go! My Goodreads reading goal for 2014 was 130 books, and I didn't quite make it that far. I finished #120 this morning, and I don't think I will be able to finish another one by midnight! For 2015, I plan to do something a little different - not only am I going to track the books I read (for myself), but I also want to start tracking how many books I read to Piper.
Happy New Year!