Happy new year, 2015 is finally upon us. Today I'll be reviewing my reading year of 2014. I only just reached my goodreads challenge of 80 books last year, I pushed it right to the end reading the last book on new years eve, but I'm glad I made it. For this year I will be challenging myself to read 100 books, which is quite a jump from last time.
The first book I read last year was 'The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath' and the last book I read was 'The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami'. Altogether I read a total of 24,513 pages and the longest book I read was 'A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin' with 835 pages. I read 33 5-star reads and ventured into graphic novels for the first time. Overall 2014 was a great reading year and I can't wait to dive into the books I have lined up for this year.
So now for my Top 10 Books Of 2014, this was definitely a hard decision to make and because of that I have decided not to rate them in order and just list them in no particular order.
A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This was the perfect epic fantasy with amazing world building and detailed characters, this read kept me on my seat the entire time and although its a large book I absolutely flew through it.
Saga by Bryan K Vaughn & Fiona Staples
The saga series was my first graphic novel that I ever read, and since then I have been hooked and can't wait to read more and more graphic novels. This sci-fi read had amazing images with a witty and intriguing story line, with each volume only leaving you wanting more.
Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This young adult novel is the perfect light contemporary romance. I read this in around two sittings and absolutely devoured it, the cute story left me feeling warm and fuzzy the entire way through.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
At first I was quite hesitant to read this after first attempting it when it first came out. Im so glad I gave it a second chance, such an intriguing and unique concept. It has a great female protagonist that continually drives the story forwards.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I only picked up this novel on a whim after not liking her other works but I'm so glad that I did. Such a relatable main character for all us nerdy types out there. This contemporary read was funny and heart wrenching at the same time and I will definitely be re-reading this some time soon.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This has got to be one of the only books that has ever made me cry. The beautiful prose carries the story through laughter and difficulties. The Book Thief is a special piece of literature I will forever hold to my heart.
Being Jade by Kate Belle by Leslye Walton
I was really surprised by this adult contemporary novel, I absolutely loved it despite it being far from my usual reading style. A heart wrenching book about love, loss and family.
It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
I flew through this book, loving the voice of the main character and how relatable he is to the teenage generation. This book deals with some really serious issues in a light hearted and entertaining read everyone will love.
The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender
There are no words for how beautiful this book is, both its words and the cover. This reads like an old fairy tale with gorgeous imagery painting a picture in your head. This absolutely took my breath away.
The Colourless Tsukuru Tzaki & His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
This was my first Murakami novel and I loved it and flew through this adult novel so quickly. I believe its best going into this not knowing too much, but it does detail the doubts and anxieties of being a human making this an intriguing and suspenseful read.
Let me know your favourite books of 2014 in the comments below.