I’ve recently realized that I’m not extremely judgmental about books. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll point out any issues I notice or parts I dislike, but I still end up enjoying the book usually. If it’s a bad read and I don’t enjoy it, I don’t finish it.
This led to me wanting to put nearly half of the books I read this year on this list… which would be tedious both to write and to read! So to shorten it up a bit, I decided to narrow it down to my top ten favorite books I rated five stars. I only give five-star ratings for books that really move me and stick with me for a long time after I read them.
So here’s my top ten favorite five-star books from 2014 (what a mouthful):
- Scarlet, Marissa Meyer – this series is fantastic! The characters are ADORABLE together and you’ll fall in love with them and ship those who are meant to be together! The plot is fabulous and complex and I can’t even talk about The Lunar Chronicles without fangirling! Eek!
- Cress, Marissa Meyer – A science fiction retelling of Rapunzel. The world-building is fantastic and the characters are sooo amazing! I need to get my hands on the novellas published, too! Yes, yes, I know two books of the same series are in the same list one after the other… I could have put them together but they were so amazing they needed their own spot! If you’ve read the series you know what I’m talking about!
- The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson – A YA contemporary dealing with PTSD and overcoming the difficulties it can create within a family. This book is sad, moving, and cry-inducing, but it has it’s happy/funny parts!
- Heartbeat, Elizabeth Scott – A YA contemporary dealing with losing a loved one but it has a twist. Emma’s mother is in a coma, her body being kept alive by machines to support the growing fetus in her body, and Emma has a tough time accepting it. A lot of people were infuriated with Emma’s character, but because I overly sympathize with people, I easily got past that and the rest of the book was very emotional and sweet.
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King – This book deals with a lot of social issues, particularly alcoholism, abuse, and so on. A.S. King’s writing is beautiful and conveys the nostalgia of (a somewhat tainted) childhood and growing up. Definitely a book you don’t want to pass up!
- The Fifth Wave, Rick Yancey – Oh boy. This is the second time I’ve added this book to a TTT list and I don’t regret it one bit. It was SO fantastic that I read it one night. A summary in four words: aliens, romance, and adventure. Such a great read! Plus, as Connie mentioned in my last TTT post, there’s a movie being made! 😀
- The Legacy, Melissa Delport – Probably the best dystopian post-nuclear war book I’ve read in forever! A totally kick-ass protagonist who is sleeping with the enemy (literally) to help the resistance defeat a power-hungry leader and save the people dearest to her. Action-packed and addicting. Eek! I need to read the sequel The Legion! (The Legacy is also a book on my last TTT post!)
- A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen – A feminist play that points out the ridiculous double standards that were (and still are in some circumstances) placed on women. I read this for my AP Lit Class over the summer and fell in love. It’s a quick read that you won’t regret!
- The Truth About Alice, Jennifer Mathieu – another book from my last TTT post – sorry for the repeats! they’re just really great books! Highlights the importance of words and the negative impact they can have on someone’s life.
- The Scar Boys, Len Vlahos – This book is about a boy who gets terribly burned after an accident where a tree catches fire because of a lightning strike. After several surgeries and surviving a lot of pain in his short life time, he ends up being taken under the wing of a popular boy named Johnny who helps him embrace life. They start a band and travel the country on tour and it’s an amazing book! If you like music and moving stories, give the book a read! 🙂