Top Ten 2014 Favourites (So Far)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten favourite books you’ve read so far this year.”

1. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (review)
A journey of self discovery + historical fiction + art + dreamy police constables + feminism = the perfect read for me. I read this in one sitting and was so incredibly disappointed that there wasn’t a sequel.

2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (review)
The Titanic in space, but with less instalove and more slow-burn romance combined with lots and lots of character development. I absolutely cannot wait for This Shattered World!

3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)
Unpredictable, character-driven, and oh so engrossing. I quickly fell in love with the quirky characters in Sorry-in-the-Vale, so the final book’s release date needs to come sooner!

4. The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton & Brenna Yovanoff (review)
This collection of short stories, most of which were dark and enthralling, is one of the most unique anthologies that I’ve ever read, in that the authors included notes about their writing/editing process within its pages. Maggie was already one of my favourite authors, and this has successfully cemented her place on my auto-buy list.

5. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (review)
I’m a huge fan of historical fiction set in the Roaring Twenties. There’s just something about magic, seances and prohibition that is incredibly exciting – and Born of Illusion captured it perfectly.

6. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (review)
A character-driven, coming of age tale, Out of the Easy shows just how dangerous the French Quarter in New Orleans could be in the 1950s. I definitely need to get my hands on Between Shades of Grey in the near future.

7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman (review)
I went in expecting a cute romance culminating in heartbreak, but Just One Day is so much more than that: it’s a journey of self-discovery that will leave even the most seasoned traveler feeling a sense of wanderlust.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’ve read this book at least five times, and it still manages to reduce me to a sobbing mess at the end. Easily one of my all-time favourites.

9. Pivot Point by Kasie West (review)
Pivot Point was very character and relationship-driven, and the interconnecting point of views kept me in suspense throughout the entire story.

10. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (review)
This was such a cute, light, fun read that made me smile throughout the entire book – exactly what I needed in the midst of exam stress.

What are some of your favourite reads of 2014? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below. 3

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