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Top Reads of 2014

Top Reads 2014

As the title suggests, it’s time to share my top reads of 2014! I read so many good books this year that it’s not a top ten, but a top fifteen… And now, in no particular order:

Lexicon by Max Barry Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levene Jane Eyre

Lexicon by Max Barry was a wonderful surprise. Sent to me by Hodder, it took a little while for me to pick it up, but I’m so glad I did. It is insanely clever and unique and DEFINITELY worth a read. Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene was another surprise from Hodder (who spoil me!), a fantastic new start to a fantasy series, with a truly gorgeous cover. And Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontรซ… oh this book. I am so SO glad I re-read it!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was one of those books that I’d heard such good things about, bought a copy of and still hadn’t read. Then I finally got to it at the beginning of the year, and was blown away. I even met Laini in April, when the third book in the series was released, but I still have yet to read that one. Perfect for my Borgia fascination, Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that I just devoured. It’s got everything you could ever want in historical fiction – backstabbing, court gossip, murder – and everything you would expect from a book about the Borgias. And The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, why did I take so long to get to you?? I have the second book in Leiden, and I’m looking forward to reading it in January.

Brideshead Revisited Insignia by S.J. Kincaid 2495562

Another classic I’m glad I tried, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh is truly wonderful, and completely satisfied my taste for books set in Oxford (yes this is a thing). Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, on the other hand, completely satisfied my thirst for another book similar to Ready Player One. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss is a fantastic, if rather long, follow up to The Name of the Wind. It is one epic fantasy series I will not forget.

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathan Stroud Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud was one of those books that took me completely by surprise; I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did and now I recommend the series to everyone. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes was another wonderful library find, the first in a Young Adult fantasy series that I can’t wait to continue. And when it comes to autobiographies, I’m not sure if you can beat Cash by Johnny Cash. One of my favourite singers, his life was absolutely fascinating to read about and I loved the way it was written too – as if the reader is just sat having a drink with Johnny.

Seraphina Fangirl Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

A very recent addition to my list, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is another one that caught me by surprise. At first I wasn’t sure, but as I read more of the book I was utterly enchanted by her take on dragons. And once again showing that I really need to branch out and maybe not always judge books based on genre, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was an ABSOLUTE treat. I loved Cath and instantly identified with her. And finally, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding pretty much satisfied my post-Firefly needs. SO GOOD.

What were your top reads this year?


20 thoughts on “Top Reads of 2014”

  1. I just ordered Lexicon with some christmas money after hearign some good things about the book on Oh The Books! I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it made my favourites list one or two years ago I think, can’t remember exactly when I read it.

  2. I’ve only read two of the books on your list (Jane Eyre and Retribution Falls – hated the first, was meh about the second). There are a few I’ve been meaning to read though, so hopefully I’ll have more luck with those ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Yay for Fangirl and The Final Empire! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really need to get around to The Wise Man’s Fear but I need to re-read The Name of the Wind first because it’s been so long since I’ve read it and I barely remember details from the story -_-;

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Extra yay for Fangirl, thanks for that one! โค

      Mmm there were definite gaps in my knowledge when I read The Wise Man's Fear, but it all came back to me whilst reading.

      I did, hope you did too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Seraphina! I was surprised by how much I loved the characters in that one! I’m definitely reading Insignia and Mistborn this next year so I’m excited knowing you loved them!

  5. It is time for me to read Mistborn. It’s going to happen in 2015. I want to reread Seraphina. I didn’t like it the first time, but I think I will appreciate it more now. I liked Fangirl more than I thought I would.

  6. I’ve got to get to Chris Woodrings’ trilogy. I have the first two books sitting here on my shelf right in front of me.

    You read some great books. It is always fun to read these lists and discover books I’ve neither seen nor read about.

  7. Yay some books I know! I read Mistborn this year and LOVED IT TOO. And I’m also glad that you loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I hope you continue on with the series, since it just ended. I AM READING SERAPHINA NOW! Other than the confusing bits (I’m listening to audiobook so it is to be expected), I LOVE IT ๐Ÿ™‚

    Awesome list Rinn! I hope you read a ton more amazing books in 2015!

    1. Have you read any more of the Mistborn books? ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a bit confused, because it’s a trilogy but there are actually 4 – I don’t know if he wrote the trilogy then decided to add another? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      1. Mistborn is actually slated to be a series of trilogies, with each trilogy taking place at different times in history. Occasionally there will be stand alone books in between, which is what the 4th book was.

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