2014 has already come and gone and I have yet to share with you my favorite reads of the year. For those who don’t follow me on social media, the answer as to why is simple: I was dying of the plague.
Okay, not really. I REALLY had the flu. And not just one. I had TWO different strands. So for my Christmas vacation, I spent 16 days in bed. Sleeping. Barely moving. Barely reading—which is the real tragedy.
But now that we have enjoyed a full two weeks of 2015, let me share with you my favorite reads of 2014.
First, I met my Goodreads goal of 115 books. As a matter of fact, I didn’t meet it—I spanked it. By year’s end I read 144 books (mostly YA and mysteries). I really like rounded up numbers, so I am bummed I didn’t reach 145, but hey, since I spanked my original goal, I will take it.
Of those 144 boys, below I am sharing with you 15 of my favorite tween/YA reads in no particular order.
‘The Impossible Knife of Memory’ – Laurie Halse Anderson
I did not speak to a single person who read and did not LOVE this book. I am no
‘The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar’ – Leslye Walton
I have to say that I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this. It was a bit different, but I thought the
storytelling was beautiful.
‘The Selection Series’ – Kiera Cass
This series was described to me as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games. That is a
great description. I read all three via audiobook and really loved it.
‘We Were Liars’ – E. Lockhart
Seriously one of the best YA novels I have ever read. The love I have for this book in
my heart is great.
‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ – Stephanie Perkins
It is so hard to not love a Perkins novel, and this one is no exception. A solid end to the
cycle Perkins created with ‘Anna’ and ‘Lola.’ You will feel good about life by novel’s
‘This Star Won’t Go Out’ – Esther Earl
I definitely needed tissues with this one. This non-fiction read is not just for lovers of
TFIOS. It is for all readers. I won’t be surprised if I see this on future school reading
‘Rain Reign’ – Ann M. Martin
This book. The feels. I loved it. One of my favorite reads ever.
‘Counting by 7s’ – Holly Goldberg Sloan
See above. This book gave me so many feels. It is fabulous. It is heartbreaking. It
needs to be read by you.
‘Love Letters to the Dead’ – Ava Dellaira
Such an interesting idea for a novel, and the execution was wonderful. I found myself
deep in the story and could not put this down.
‘Liv, Forever’ – Amy Talkington
Definitely in my top 100 YA books of all time. I loved the story. And that cover. But
really, the story is so interesting and well executed.
‘Cruel Beauty’ – Rosamund Hodge
I borrowed this book from a student who said I HAD to make it a part of my life. She
was right. If you enjoy mythology, you will enjoy this. If you enjoy a love story, you
will enjoy this. Such an interesting plot.
‘Belzhar’ – Meg Wolitzer
I cannot say enough about my love for this book. It is right up there with ‘We Were
Liars’ for fave reads of 2014. I have told everyone to read this—and you should too. I
read it because of the Plath element, but it was such a small part of such a wonderful
‘Nest’ – Esther Ehrlich
This book. Needs to be in your TBR pile. Oh my, I am getting teary eyed thinking
about it. Make sure to have tissues too.
‘Rebel Belle’ – Rachel Hawkins
And once you need a break from all the sadness in the books above, grab this. Hawkins
does not disappoint in this novel. There is snark. There is action. There is a girl kicking
butt. No tissues…except to wipe away the tears of laughter at the clever dialogue.
‘Better of Friends’ – Elizabeth Eulberg
My list would not be completed without a Eulberg book. She is one of my fave YA
authors, and this book deserves a spot in your TBR pile as well.
What did you read in 2014 that you loved?
Share below and let’s talk about books.
- The Hodgenator