Top 14 books of 2014

It’s the end of the year so obviously I will need to talk about my favourite books of 2014. I’m going to do a top 14 of 2014 because why not? As I am writing this, it is currently 16th December so I may end up reading more books and these could possibly become a favourite book of mine but hey I feel like doing this list now so I am going to. This list will go from 14 to 1 starting with my least favourite of the 14 books and finishing up with my favourite book of the year. Just know that I definitely recommend all these books and you should definitely go read them.

July Book Haul

So today I thought I’d post my July book haul since it is the end of the month! It’s a very small one compared to others because I only got 12 books.This month I bought 5 books on my own, received 4 for review and my mother bought me 3 as well. Let’s just get started.

The first book I got at the start of this month is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I, of course, pre-ordered this book from Amazon expecting it to arrive days after the release but it arrived on the day which I was incredibly happy about! I have of course read this book and have reviewed it, so click here if you are interested in reading it.  If we carry on that trend, the next two books I got were also by Rainbow Rowell and they were the special UK editions of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. My mother bought me these and I was so happy when I got them. The UK special edition of Fangirl is probably the most beautiful book I have ever seen before in my life. I love it so much. I now own two copies of both of these books but I don’t mind because I love them both so dearly.

This month I got two books from the lovely YABirmingham group which I am eternally grateful for. I probably say this so much but I love them so much and I would like to thank them for everything they’ve done for me. Definitely go check them out(they have some amazing events coming soon). This month they gave me a beautiful finished hardcover copy of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I have already read, loved and reviewed so click here to go read my review of it. They also kindly gave me a proof copy of the sequel, In A Handful of Dust which doesn’t come out until September. I haven’t read this one yet because I’ve been quite busy recently, however I shall be picking it up very soon and writing a review.

I only got two books via Bookbridgr this month. I’ve requested 5 this month yet only this two has arrived. Hopefully, the others should be arriving soon. The one I got was The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness, which is the final book in the All Souls trilogy. As soon as I requested this one I regretted it because I haven’t read the first two in the trilogy and while they seemed interesting at first, they have become less interesting over time. However, I have got the other two on my kindle so I shall hopefully be reading this trilogy at one point! I did however feel really bad after requesting it and I wish there was some way that I could have cancelled my request. The other book I got was Conquest by Jennifer Ridyard  and John Connolly. I had never heard of this book before seeing it but after reading the synopsis I got hooked. I shall definitely be reading this soon. This book doesn’t come out until late August so hopefully I shall read it before it’s release.

I got three books from the Works from when I went shopping earlier this week. If you are unaware about what the Works is, it is this UK based store that sells a whole range of things at ridiculously low prices. The books are always 3 for £5 or £1.99 each which is ridiculously cheap. Usually they don’t have a good range, but they get new stock every few weeks and they sometimes have some good books. However, if you see a book in the Works, it is recommended you buy it there and then because once they sell out of that particular book, they don’t restock it. I learnt that the hard way with the Delirium trilogy! However this month I got The 100 by Kass Morgan. The TV series recently started in the UK and there has been a lot of buzz about it recently. I really want to watch the TV series but I feel like reading the book first especially since it is a stand alone and it probably won’t take me that long to read. I also got A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have been wanting to read more classics and the Works have a whole classics section with matching covers so I thought I’d buy one of those. I chose this one particularly because this book is talked about quite often in YA novels and I never know what they are talking about so I wanted to read it. The final book I got that day was a bind up of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Valley of Fear both by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I got this because next year for my English GCSE, we have to read The Hound of the Baskervilles but I thought I’d get a headstart and start reading it this summer.

Yesterday while at Waterstones, I decided to buy two books that I’ve wanted for a while. I finally bought a physical copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This is one of my favourite books so of course I’ve been dying to get a physical copy. I was also planning on buying a physical copy of Anna and the French Kiss but they didn’t have any. Hopefully when I buy Isla, I shall also buy a copy of Anna as well so that I can own the whole series. I then bought the  Clockwork Princess Manga. I own the other two in Manga form and I have read them and loved them so I can’t wait to dive into this one. However I am not looking forward to reading certain scenes and actually seeing them as well.

So that’s all the physical books I got this month. As always, I got many books on my kindle but again that list would be too long to share with you and it would make me feel guilty for getting so many! See you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

July Wrap Up

So another month has come and gone which means it’s wrap up time! I did well this month because I reviewed quite a lot of the books I read! I did however read a few short stories and novellas that are online for everyone to see so I have some I haven’t reviewed. I won’t be saying too much about the books I read this month because most of them have reviews or are short stories but I thought I’d do a reading wrap up anyway. I didn’t read as many books this month as I did in June because I’m feeling slumpish at the moment. However I still thought I’d do one anyway because I feel like blogging.

The first book I finished this month was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This book came out on the third in the UK and of course, I had pre-ordered the book expecting to arrive over the weekend but it came on the day! I finished it 2 days later and of course I absolutely loved it. I did a review on it so click here if you want to read it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend it if you like Rainbow Rowell.

This was basically how I felt throughout the whole book.
This was basically how I felt throughout the whole book.

The next day I read On the Fence by Kasie West in one sitting. I loved this book because it was just a nice simple contemporary. It was fun and light hearted just as I expected. I also did a whole review based on this book so click here if you want to read it. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars  and I recommend it as a fun light hearted read.

Next up I finally finished Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I started this book in June but never finished it because I found it so incredibly boring. I really did not enjoy this book because it was not at all what I expected. Instead of being a fun romance, it turned out to be a self discovery book and I really didn’t enjoy it even though I had expected to. I love If I Stay by Gayle Forman so I’m incredibly disappointed in it. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars unfortunately.

This is basically how I felt throughout the book.
This was me during this. Sorry.

For some reason I decided to read Just One Night by Gayle Forman next which again took days for me to read despite it being a novella. I again found this incredibly boring and didn’t enjoy it at all. This again got a 2 out of 5 stars from me.

I then read Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I got from the lovely people at YABirmingham so thank you very much. I really enjoyed this book because it was a fast paced dystopian read which I loved. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go see it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I recently got my hands on the sequel so I shall be reading that very soon.

The next book I read was A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer which is the third book in the Land of Stories series. I absolutely adored this book. It was definitely my favourite out of the series so far. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I strongly recommend you do. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read this review. I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I then read Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally which was the fifth book in the Hundred Oaks series. I really loved this installment and this book was definitely my favourite of the books so far. I strongly recommend this series as a nice fun contemporary series. I again wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I then went on a short story binge and read all these free short stories online from some of my favourite series. I first read The Meeting by Richelle Mead. I didn’t enjoy this much and that was probably because I don’t particularly like Dimitri. I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. I then read Adrian’s Lost Chapter by Richelle Mead. I loved this book because Adrian is one of my favourite characters so I of course loved reading from his perspective. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I then read Homecoming by Richelle Mead, another short story about Dimitri. This one I enjoyed slightly more but again didn’t like that much. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I then read the two Throne of Glass short stories which I absolutely loved. The first one I read was the Assassin and the Princess which I absolutely adored and then I read The Assassin and the Captain which I also loved. I love these stories and I can’t wait for Heir of Fire. I gave both of these stories 5 out of 5 stars.

The last short story I read was Vulcans Are Hot by Stephanie Perkins. I absolutely loved this one because it was so amazing and funny. I, of course, gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

The last book I read this month wasBiggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols. This was another cute contemporary which I flew through. I read it so quickly that I honestly don’t remember much of it so I won’t be writing a review of it. However I loved the main girl because she was different and unique. Will, the love interest, was alright but I didn’t fall in love with him. I’m excited for the rest of the books in this new series by her because I think they will just be nice and fun. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Monthly wrap up:

Favourite book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Books at each star level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 3 books

3 stars: 1 book

4 stars: 5 books

5 stars: 5 books

 

That’s all the books I read this month. It was an up and down month and I wish I had read more but I don’t mind reading less. I’ve been doing other things this month. Hopefully in August I shall read more.

Sofia

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Hey! So Landline came out in the UK on Thursday and I was told that I’d have to wait until next week for Amazon to deliver it but it came! On the day as well! I, of course, wanted to read it on the day but alas I was busy but I ended up reading most of it yesterday and finishing all of it today and I’m in love with it. If you don’t know what Landline is, it is Rainbow Rowell’s new adult book so of course I was excited because Rainbow Rowell! Here’s the synopsis of it if you haven’t heard of it:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Now if you’re interested in listening to the audiobook rather than reading the book, here is a chapter samplar for you courtesy of Macmillan Audio. Thank you very much for this audio sample.

This book was absolutely fabulous and I, of course, gave it 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. And if you haven’t read a Rainbow Rowell novel, what are you doing with your life? I’m not sure where this goes on my ranking of Rainbow Rowell novels but it’s definitely below Fangirl and Eleanor and Park but I’m not sure if I prefer Landline or Attachments. At the moment, I prefer Landline but I think that’s because I just finished it. Now I’m going to jump into my spoilery review so if you haven’t read it, go read it and then come back.