My Favorite Reads of 2014

I’m doing this post a week early because I’ll be traveling for Christmas (attention crazies: my house will not be empty!) and I’m sure I’ll be playing catch-up when I return. As of today, I’ve read 104 books. I’ll probably squeeze in a couple more before the end of the year, but we’ll go ahead and call it for the purpose of listing my favorites for 2014 :). So here are my top middle grade and young adult reads, not necessarily published in 2014:

Middle Grade

5. Real Mermaids series by Helene Boudreau – I started reading this series a couple of years ago and finally got back to it. I’m so glad I did! The magic and mystery and teen friendship and first love all blends together so well. I wish there were more!

4. STILL LIFE by Jacqueline West – This was the conclusion to another series I love, The Books of Elsewhere. If you haven’t read it, start with the first book, THE SHADOWS, and read all five.

3. ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman – I had been looking forward to this book for two years, and it certainly delivered. Now I can’t wait to read it to my daughter in a few years. She’s only four, but she’s already decided she wants to be a chef thanks to Master Chef Jr. I have a feeling this book will be a favorite!

2. EVERBLAZE by Shannon Messenger – Anyone surprised? No, I didn’t think so. An excellent third installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, and the best part is: it’s not the end of the series!

1. AT YOUR SERVICE by Jen Malone – I met Jen Malone when I won a critique from her, and then I ended up winning an annotated e-arc of her book on another blog. It was so fun to read a behind-the-scenes version of the story. But even without that, I would have loved AT YOUR SERVICE. Really, check this one out!

Young Adult

So, I’m cheating in more than one way. First of all, I couldn’t quite narrow it down to just five, so I’m giving two honorable mentions. And then, most of these are series anyway, so it’s really like twenty books. Hey, I read more than 100 books this year!

First Honorable Mention: THE LIAR SOCIETY series by Lisa and Laura Roecker – So, the main reason I’m putting this as an honorable mention instead of in the actual list is because I only read the last book in 2014. It was split over the end of the year, but I’ve been using this series as a comp title all year, so it deserves another mention.

Second Honorable Mention: The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare – I had The Mortal Instruments series listed as my top YA read last year, and I did finish that series this year, too, but I loved this one even more. It had one of the best love triangles I’ve ever read in a series with a resolution that just … well, I’m not spoiling anything.

Ok, on to my real top five (or thirteen because I only read five of the Gallagher Girl books this year) YA reads.

5. HEX HALL series by Rachel Hawkins – I loved this series! It was one of those where I was laughing on the first page, and I couldn’t read through the books fast enough. I also started the spin-off series and am anxiously awaiting future installments.

4. THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK and THE OPAL CROWN by Jenny Lundquist – Secret twins who switch places! Princesses! An arranged marriage! Intrigue! Ok, I just love all of these things, so of course I was going to love these books.

3. CRESS by Marissa Meyer – I can’t get enough of this series. A book from The Lunar Chronicles has been in my top five for the last three years. I was privileged to see Marissa in person a second time this fall, so I now have all three books signed. I can’t wait for the last two books in the series, both of which are coming out in 2015.

2. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter – I don’t know how I was so far behind the curve on this series. I’d read The Heist Society series and loved it and picked up a few of these books at the Scholastic Warehouse Sale last year. Once I finally started reading them, I couldn’t stop. I mean, a secret spy school for girls? Who wouldn’t love that?!

1. THE BURNING SKY and THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas – I love it when a beta reader recommends a book to me and it ends up being a favorite. I would never have picked THE BURNING SKY up otherwise, and I’m so glad I did because it, along with the second book in the series, were my favorite YA reads of the year. The blend of romance and tension and magic and a mysterious villain and, well, I could go on, but you should just read them yourself.

What were your favorite reads in 2014? Did any of my favorites make your list?

Responses to “My Favorite Reads of 2014”

  1. Andrea Mack

    I like your list! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday! I recently read All Four Stars and enjoyed it too. And I’m hoping to read At Your Service soon. I’ve heard lots of great things about it!


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