Similar to what I did with my “best albums of 2014”, I decided to do a top 14 picks. This was especially hard for books because of the 60+ that I read this year, less than half were 2014 releases. But here they are, in no particular order, with links to any relevant Fiction Friday posts (books that weren’t previously discussed for Fiction Friday have a blurb):
The Whispering Skull – Jonathan Stroud
Holy frack, that cliffhanger! Also, I heart Lockwood.
Made for You – Melissa Marr
If you want spine-tingly YA, pick this one up now!
The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
Who would have thought that a book about a prisoner on death row would have this big an effect?
How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
Funny, sassy, British – is there a better combination of words?
Station Eleven – Emily St.John Mandel
Don’t read this if you were even remotely afraid of being infected with Ebola…
The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
A scandalous, well written historical fiction debut.
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
The sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – excellent for its use of creepy old photography.
Bird Box – Josh Malerman
There were moments when my heart actually started pounding with fear.
The Hangman’s Revolution – Eoin Colfer
Not the best Eoin Colfer book I’ve ever read, but yay time travel!
Shouldn’t You Be in School? – Lemony Snicket
I’ll probably read Lemony Snicket books forever. Quick, mildly complex, and with a hint of nostalgia.
Every Breath – Ellie Marney
Though technically released in 2013 in her native Australia, Marney’s Sherlock Holmes-inspired YA novel came out in Canada in October and I love it. I haven’t felt this way about a fictional character since Lockwood (see The Whispering Skull).
Comfort Food – Jamie Oliver
I don’t usually buy a cookbook and I certainly wasn’t expecting to include a cookbook in my “best books” list, but it’s Jamie Flippin’ Oliver, and this is a gorgeous book (food-wise, but also the actual design).
Edie’s Ensembles – Ashley Spires
Edie might actually be my spirit animal. I’m not super stylish, but I like putting colours together and when my outfit is particularly (in my opinion) stellar, I do feel a little sad if no one notices. Sidenote: Edie’s best friend Andrew’s cuteness kills me.
Chu’s First Day of School – Neil Gaiman/Adam Rex
Chu’s sneezes are so cute, I can barely stand it! Plus my two year old niece loves this book (and the first one, Chu’s Day), which makes them extra adorable.
Speaking of Neil Gaiman: hands down the best book I read this year, however, was Neverwhere. My interest in Gaiman’s work was renewed when I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but Neverwhere was the book that tipped me over into straight-up obsession.