Top 10 Books of 2014

Hello, everyone!

I am here to share with you my favorite books I read in 2014. I read a lot of great books this year and it was impossible to choose which ones were the best so these books are not in any order.

The  Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This book is a fun and magical read that had me hooked from the very first page. Possibly my favorite read of 2014

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I did a full review of this book which you can read here. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of this gothic and creepy book. It is one that kept me reading late into the night.

Roses by G.R. Mannering – This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was a bit skeptical of this book going into it because Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales of all time. However, I absolutely loved it. The ties to the original tale were subtle yet you could tell that it was inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine – This book was a very surprising read for me. I had not read anything from Levine in a long time and had forgotten why I loved her so much. This book was full of magical beings, magical items, dragons, and a ton of adventure. I didn’t want to put it down once I had started it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – This is my first time reading the Harry Potter series and though I have only read the first two books in the series, I think this one will always be a favorite of  mine. It is such a great introduction into the series and made me very excited to continue on in the series.

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon – This is the 7th book in the Outlander series and was just as amazing as the previous novels in this series. I absolutely can’t wait to continue on with the next book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. They are long books but well worth the time invested in them.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo – This is a re-read for me as I first read the book about 8 years ago. It is such a sweet story about a porcelain rabbit who learns to love. I love this book and always want to read it again as soon as I finish it.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – I had watched the movie before I read the book but I loved the book just as much as the movie. This is just a funny  and heartwarming book which made me love Bridget even more.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – This book gave me all the feels. I absolutely adored this book and if you have not read it, I highly recommend it. The writing was beautiful and the story is one that stayed with me long after I finished the book.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – This was my favorite graphic novel that I read in 2014. It is made up of 4 creepy short stories that were a lot of fun. The pictures in the book are absolutely gorgeous and it is one I could see myself reading again and again.

Those were some of the amazing books that I read in 2014. What were some of your favorite books you read this year? Let me know down below.

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Bout of Books Anouncement

Hello, everyone!

I have some exciting news to share with you today. I will be hosting a challenge in the upcoming Bout of Books 12! This is my first time doing anything like this so I am very excited.

I will be hosting a New Year’s Resolutions challenge so make sure that you come back and check it out. I will be hosting the challenge on Monday to help kick off the read-a-thon. Also, make sure that if you have not already signed up for Bout of Books that you do so.

I have already posted my participation announcement which you can check out here if you would like to know more about the read-a-thon. I will be posting a TBR for the read-a-thon soon so keep your eyes open for that as well. Let me know if you will be participating in the read-a-thon. I would love to hear from you!

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Bout of Books 12 Sign-Up

 

Bout of Books

Hello!

This is my official sign-up for Bout of Books 12. If you don’t k now what Bout of Books is, here is a little blurb from their website:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I will probably post a TBR closer to the date of the read-a-thon telling you what I will be reading. I am going to attempt to do daily updates throughout the read-a-thon.

Are you going to join in Bout of Books 12? Let me know down below!

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Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The book that……I can’t believe I waited so long to read!

I am not posting a synopsis on here because I went into this book completely blind and I thought it really added to the story. However, if you wold like to read what it is about, you can read the synopsis here.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I had this book sitting on my shelf for almost 2 years. I think I had had it on my Goodreads TBR even before that. I always looked at it thinking I should read it. I don’t know why but I just kept putting it off. Finally I picked it up and I was hooked about 5 pages in. This quickly has become one of my top 5 reads of 2014. The writing is absolutely beautiful and the story is just so intriguing that you will want to keep reading just one more chapter way past your bedtime. I was not expecting this book to be as creepy as it turned out to be and I loved that eery feel that it kept throughout the book.

I absolutely loved the pacing in this book. It revealed new information relatively slowly but always gave you just enough to keep you reading furiously to find out what would turn up next. There was a little bit of a lull in the middle but I wanted to see hwo it would end so badly that I just kind of flew through that part. I also loved the vibrant characters in this book. There are a lot of characters but I felt that Diane did a great job giving them personality and really got the reader involved in their lives.

The worst part is that Diane Setterfield only has one other book! She also wrote Bellman & Black which sounds just as good as The Thirteenth Tale. I wanted to get it from my library right away but I think I will wait a bit so as to have one of her books to read in a couple months.

I would recommend The Thirteenth Tale to fans of Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier or to anyone who likes gothic mystery novels.

Have you read this book or have you finished a book recently? What did you think about it? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Friday Reads 12/12/14

Hello!

I thought I would share with you what I am currently reading and what I hope to read over the weekend. I am finally done with college for the semester so I hope to get a lot of reading done.

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I am about 1/5 of the way through Anna Karenina and I am loving it so far. I will keep working my way through this one over the weekend.

I am also reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells right now. It is a very small book with only about 95 pages. I only have about 30 pages left so if I don’t finish it tonight, I will definitely be finishing it tomorrow.

I plan on picking up Little Bee by Chris Cleave next. This book has always looked very interesting to me and I am excited to finally be getting around to it.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are you reading this weekend? Let me know down below.

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Happy Reading!

Classics Challenge

Hello, everyone!

I have a new challenge to tell you about today! My sister, my friend, and I have challenged each other to read some of those classics we have always wanted to read. We compiled a list of classic books that we want to read or have read and want the others to read.

We don’t have a time limit for this challenge and this is not technically a race though with my personality, I may turn it into one. This is mainly just a fun way to put these books on priority so that we start working our way through the list.

You can view my progress on the Classics Challenge tab at the top of the page or click here.  I will be updating which books I have read as I go along. You can also check out my December TBR to see which classics I decided to read over my holiday break.

Have you read any of the books on the list? What did you think of them? Let me know which ones I should start with. I would love some suggestions.

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Winter Break 2014 TBR

Hello, everyone!

Today, I am going to tell you what books I am planning on reading over my winter break. December 10th is my last day of the semester and I am so excited! I love winter break because I don’t have work to go to or school so I have tons of time to read. This year, I have a hefty stack of books I would like to read but I think I have a chance of getting through quite a few of them. These are all books I own so they will count towards my Project 50 which is great. I picked out a lot of big books because when I am on break, it is much easier for me to make my way through a big book since I have more time to read. I also have a couple series I would like to read because I have been craving a good series lately.

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy I am currently buddy reading this with my sister and so I will just keep reading a little bit here and there throughout break.

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin  I have been about 600 pages into this book for months now and haven’t picked it back up. I need to finish it and get going with the series because I absolutely loved the start of this one.

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin  – If I finish the first one and feel up to moving on to this one, I would like to start really getting into this series.

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Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead – This is a trilogy that I have been dying to get to for years and I just recently bought the books. It is a trilogy about Robin Hood with some Celtic mythology mixed in. It sounds amazing!

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave – I don’t really know what this book is about but I think it is a lovely book and I would like to try and read it this winter.

Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – This book has a very interesting synopsis and it sounds like a perfect book to read during the winter.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer – This is a book that I have had on my shelves for so long that I just really need to read it.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – This will be my first Brandon Sanderson book I have read and I am excited to see what all the hype is about.

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans – This is a middle grade novel which has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while now and I recently picked it up at a library book sale. I am very excited about this one!

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Intensity by Dean Koontz

The Gunslinger by Stephen King – This is a book I have been reading since the end of summer. I kind of lost interest in it for a while but I would like to finish it over break.

photo 1(3)These books are all books I will be attempting to read for the Classics Challenge over the break.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – This summer, I bought this beautiful book with a bunch of Christmas stories by Charles Dickens. I have never read A Christmas Carol before and I can’t wait to read it from this beautiful book.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G.Wells

The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

So, those are all the books that I am planning on reading during my holiday vacation. It is an enormous stack so we will see how many I actually get to. What are you planning on reading next month? Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I get to first? Let me know down in the comments. I would love to hear from you!

 

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