Top Books So Far in 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Time has come for another Top Ten Tuesday, in which I completely fail at the ten part. I’ve narrowed down from the 131 books I’ve finished so far this year, which was difficult. My list still comes in at 24, but dammit I’m going to run with it.


Contemporary collage

Featured books: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet – Bernie Su & Kate Rorick | The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky | The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion | Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour | Five, Six, Seven, Nate! – Tim Federle | The Art of Lainey – Paula Stokes | Ask Again Later – Liz Czukas | What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick | When I Was the Greatest – Jason Reynolds | Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira | On the Fence – Kasie West

Forgotten: Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson (*smacks self in forehead*)


Historical Fiction Collage

Featured Books: Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman | Scarlet – A.C. Gaughen | Lady Thief – A.C. Gaughen

Science Fiction

Science Fiction Collage

Featured Books: The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey | Heaven’s Queen – Rachel Bach


Fantasy Collage

Featured Books: Written in Red – Anne Bishop | Poison – Bridget Zinn | Days of Blood & Starlight – Laini Taylor | Hollow City – Ransom Riggs | Burn Bright – Bethany Frenette


Manga Collage

Featured Manga: Fruits Basket – Natsuki Takaya | Lovely*Complex – Aya Nakahara | Bonnouji – Eda Aki

So there are my top picks so far. Have you read and loved any of these? Find any new books to try? Let me know!

24 responses to “Top Books So Far in 2014”

  1. Ooh, SCARLET made my list, too (and I really need the third book). I have ON THE FENCE on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet, which is totally shameful, since THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US was ridiculously adorable. And I’ve heard excellent things about THE ART OF LAINEY, so I should really get on that. Also, I didn’t love MISS PEREGRINE, but I’m kind of surprised to see HOLLOW CITY on here, so maybe I should bump that up on my TBR. And also again, holy wow, 131 books so far?!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I actually really liked MISS PEREGRINE, so take my word for what it’s worth with regards to your own taste, but I thought HOLLOW CITY had a much faster pace all the way through, if that was your issue. The tone and everything is pretty consistent, though.

  2. I’m calling you on this: Your contemporary section has 11 books in. So you’ve just cheated a lot a lot a lot. But it’s okay. I forgive you. Mostly because I want to know all of your book thoughts but also a little bit because I like your collages. (I’m superficial like that, as you probably know.) And then there’s the bit that’s like: Gosh, Christina reads so much faster than me, obviously this list is longer than all of the peoples and THAT’S OKAY.

    PS: I clearly have a lot of reading to do.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Okay, so what had happened was I had a middle grade section, but it only had one book in it, which was a contemp, so I moved it belatedly and forgot I’d written about the ten. OF COURSE YOU CATCH ME.

  3. Man – these are amazing choices (and I love the graphics!). I really need to read that Bach series – it is EVERYWHERE lately, taunting me with its awesomeness.

    I was left with mixed feelings on Girl with All the Gifts, but I think it’s because I didn’t know at all what I was getting into and wasn’t prepared. As I reflect on it, I’m liking it more and more if that makes sense??
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    • Christina Franke says:


      I totally know this feel. That’s how I felt about OCD Love Story and This Is Not a Test. I didn’t really enjoy them as I read, but as I reflected I realized how good they were.

  4. Somehow I missed the fact that The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett was at BEA – I’m not sure how that happened, but at least it comes out this month. I’m glad you loved it!
    Prisoner of Night and Fog, Ask Again Later, and What I Thought Was True all made my list as well! I’m dying for Liz Czukas’ next book!
    On the Fence, I’m sure, would have made my list since I love KW, but haven’t read it yet. πŸ™‚
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    • Christina Franke says:

      It was only in one of the Publishers’ Weekly pieces, and apparently they didn’t even end up putting it out when they should have. My friends asked is the only reason they got it. I’m planning to reread on the audio in a couple weeks. Haha.

      I can only hope the next Czukas book is as adorably bantery. Love love love.

  5. Brona says:

    A lot of love out there for The Rosie Project πŸ™‚
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  6. Rachel says:

    131 BOOKS?! I’m in awe right now. I need to make a temple type thing to worship at your alter! HOW?! I’m too impressed to focus to leave a comment. I’m pulling myself together…

    So many good reads on this list, or so I’ve been told, as most of them are still on my TBR… I have read the Rosie Project though and it made my list too.

    Is it just me or are the three Historical covers all the same stock photo just photo-shopped up to look like a different girl???

    R x
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  7. Emily says:

    I want to read What I Thought Was True and On the Fence so bad. I’ve heard so many amazing things about them!

    My Top Ten

  8. All the books. I can’t name a few off your list because there are so many here I want to read! Great list. You see, to have had a good reading year so far.
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  9. Great list – I like how you broke the books out in categories
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  10. Nice list! Sadly, though I have a number of the titles in my TBR, I haven’t read ANY OF THEM! Oh, the plight of a book junkie. Argh. Is it bad that I consider hubs going out of town to essentially be a reading vacation? Got one coming up, going to see how many books I can knock out.
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  11. Angie F. says:

    Of these I have only read Poison and Days of Blood and Starlight, both of which I agree are amazing!!!

    I really, really, really want to read On the Fence and Everything Leads to You! πŸ˜€
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  12. Katrina says:

    Days Of Blood & Starlight made my list too! I love these picks, I really enjoyed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower too!

    Check out my TTT!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination
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  13. Bonnie says:

    The Girl With All the Gifts totally made it on my list too because OMGOSH SO AWESOME. I loved it. Written in Red, man, I so need to make time for you! Really looking forward to The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet!!
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  14. Ashley Norris says:

    Great list! I’m super excited for On the Fence and the Art of Lainey!

    I’m about to read My Life Next Door so I’ll have to keep Huntley Fitzpatrick’s What I Thought was True in mind!

    Thanks for sharing! Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post

    • Christina Franke says:

      Personally, I thought WITWT was a lot stronger narratively than MLND, but a lot of people prefer the first. My point being that even if you’re in the middle or not a huge fan of MLND, I would still recommend WITWT.

  15. On the fence was cute πŸ™‚ I have my eye on The art of Lainey & Everything leads to you (such a pretty cover) Ask again later looks interesting as well.

    Historical is more my thing and I love all three books you picked. Lady thief surprised me by being perhaps even better than Scarlet.

    Poison was just adorable πŸ™‚ I need to read Days of blood and starlight. I can’t wait to finish that series. Miss Peregrine’s looks so creepy, I need to check it out.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeah, I know you’re not a huuuuge contemp reader. I’m impressed how many of these have caught your eye.

      Poison WAS adorable. There is not enough fluffy fantasy in this world. DOBAS was my favorite of the series. Well, that and NIght of Cake & Puppets.

  16. Katy says:

    I just skimmed your The Girl with All the Gifts review because I hadn’t really heard about it and it sounds interesting and creepy and I put it on hold at the library. They have several copies and they’re all loaned out! I reread Days of Blood and Starlight and I liked it so much better than the first time I read it, I really liked the series as a whole, too. I love Scarlet but haven’t read Lady Thief yet. I really want to read The Art of Lainey and I’ve been meaning to read The Rosie Project for a while now. I want to read Everything Leads to You and On the Fence at some point, too. So many great books on your list, I need to look more at some too!
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