It’s that time of year again! Picking my favorite books of the year has always been my favorite part of book blogging. I love talking with everyone about the best books they’ve read! For the record – my list is based on everything I read this year, not just what was released in 2014. Make sure and let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my choices!
10. I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre Goodreads
This was an off year for me when it comes to reading romance – I didn’t come across very many titles in the genre that I loved. This one was a clear exception – I became so emotionally invested so quickly! There was laughing and crying and warm fuzzies and all the best things reading a great love story can bring. I might have picked it up because I thought the song lyric inspired title was hilarious, but that definitely isn’t what makes it memorable in the end.
9. Bag of Bones by Stephen King Goodreads
This is definitely one of my favorites of the SK books I’ve read! Ghost stories don’t often hook me in, but this one definitely did. The small town setting and creepy characters kept the pages turning. Also, there was one specific scene that creeped me out more than any other I can remember. I got the shivers and then laughed at myself for being such a wuss…then I turned all the lights on.
This is such a weird and original and wonderful little book! My copy is full of post it flags because of all the passages I marked. If the concept of an absolutely hilarious, swashbuckling adventure story grabs you, then this is a must-read!
7. Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull Goodreads
I listened to a record number (for me) of audiobooks this year, and this is the one I keep coming back to as my favorite of the bunch. I absolutely loved the inside look at Pixar – and Disney – and the way their creative process works. Equally interesting was the history of the founders and the decades of hard work it took them to find success. I know this is most often considered a business book, but I definitely recommend it for anyone that would enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Pixar!
6. Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja Goodreads
This is an out-there weird book in a lot of ways, and not one I’d recommend to everyone. It’s a historical novel involving puppets and brothels (go ahead and imagine all the horrifying ways those two things could be combined) and spies and love triangles and betrayal and war. Basically, if the whole naughty puppets concept didn’t scare you away? Pick this up, because it’s a knock-out.
5. Everybody’s Baby by Lydia Netzer Goodreads
I’m pretty sure this is the world’s most perfect novella. Hilarious and spoofy and ridiculous, while still packing an emotional punch – not an easy feat in less than 150 pages. The thought of a “Kickstarter baby” sounds like a horrifying train wreck of a concept…while at the same time sounding like something we could all be reading about on the news tomorrow. Prepare to laugh, wince and cry in all the right ways! I’m always ready to poke fun at social media, and it’s never been done better.
4. Night Film by Marisha Pessl Goodreads
I don’t have a lot to say about this one, because it’s so creepy and atmospheric! Talking about it beforehand ruins the experience. Just prepare to dive in to the shadier side of horror film-making.
This is the most precious story! I know a lot of people that have read it, and only a couple that didn’t love it (and I no longer associate with them). When the book begins, you meet a miserable, lonely bookseller. By the time you finish, absolutely everything has changed. And you’ve probably gone through an entire box of Kleenex.
I got so wrapped up in this story – it switches between present day and WWII before merging toward the end. Love, war, food, hidden libraries filled with fascinating letters – there is a little of everything and I fell for every bit of it hook, line and sinker.
I don’t think a week has gone by since I read this book in January that I haven’t raved about it to someone. I recommend it to absolutely everyone – it it just so good. Adventure and tension and survival and space and humor…it’s about as close to perfect as you can get, folks.