The Top 10 Books / Series I Read in 2014

Posted on: 2nd Jan 2015  /   Categorized: Book Love

Yesterday I posted my complete reading list from last year. Of all 100 titles, here are the books and series that stand out the most in my memory as truly exceptional reads.





In alphabetical order by author.



The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Books read in 2014: Ruin and Rising

Could there possibly have been a more satisfying end to one of my most beloved fantasy series of all time?? Leigh Bardugo NAILED this series conclusion. It is epic, resonant, heartwrenching, fulfilling, exciting… everything you could possibly want in a finale! Plus, you know, we got to see more Sturmhond. Any book with Sturmhond has my heart. I cannot wait to read what Leigh comes up with next!!



The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore has become one of my top favorite authors, so I spent 2014 catching up on all of her backlist titles that I hadn’t yet read—and The Splendor Falls did not disappoint! This book has a wonderful southern gothic atmospheric quality, with plenty of haunts and spooks, and a little bit of romance to round it out.



Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

This was the first book that I read last year, and the second I finished it I had an inkling that it would end up on this list. Twelve whole months later and this one still clings to me—the world-building, the drama, the star-crossed romance . . .  though I would have loved to follow the characters on a series-long adventure, this one makes for a wonderfully epic stand-alone.



Firebug, by Lish McBride

First of a two-book series, Firebug introduced us to one of my favorite heroines of the year and two of my favorite male leads (though in this example, two hot guys does not a love triangle make). Firebug may be packed full of Lish McBride’s signature wit and hilarity, but it’s never lacking in thrills and suspense. I’m super excited to get Part 2 in my greedy little hands!



Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

The swooooooonnnnnss in Stephanie’s third contemporary romance absolutely equal (or in my opinion, surpass) those in Lola and Anna. Though I’ve loved each book in the collection, Isla was my favorite, with a quirky, adorable protagonist and a surprisingly realistic portrayal of young love.



The Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi

Books read in 2014: All three of them!

This is one of those series that I’d been hearing buzz about for three years (Veronica Rossi and I shared a release date back in 2012!), but for whatever reason I never got around to picking it up. Well, when I finally cracked open Under the Never Sky, it was all over—I marathoned the entire trilogy in under a week. Great romance, great adventure, great world-building, and I think very fitting for Lunar Chronicles fans.



The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Books read in 2014: The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime

I just think about these books and I start to hyperventilate all over again! This is easily the series I recommended the most this year—I have forced it into the hands of every fantasy / romance / adventure / YA fan I know. Seriously, just go read them. Well, read the first one, and then wait breathlessly with the rest of us for the rest of the series to come out! (Lucky me, I got an advance copy of Book 2. Yay job perks!)



Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Though I at first thought this was a stand-alone title (and it certainly works as one), I was so happy to hear that Victoria Schwab is working on a follow-up. The characters are phenomenal and the entire concept revolving around superheroes, villainy, and right v. wrong was seamless. I’m fairly certain that Victoria is an evil genius.



The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

Books read in 2014: Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters

One of the smartest decisions I’ve made in the last couple of years was waiting for both of these books to come out before reading them, because this is definitely a series that you’ll want to lose yourself in and not come out of until you’re finished. Laini Taylor has such a powerful imagination and these books are full of stunning imagery and emotions that tear at you—in the best possible way!



Storm Siren by Mary Weber

The first book in a new trilogy, Storm Siren pulls together some of my most beloved fantasy tropes (a female protagonist unearthing her own magical power; an oppressive society on the brink of revolution, and a breathless romance that has every possible odd stacked against it). But Mary Weber manages to put her own unique spin on this classic genre, with beautiful imagery, feisty dialogue, and ohmygod the worst cliffhanger ending in the whole entire world. (Seriously, you guys thought Cinder was bad?!) I am so looking forward to the next installment!





A few of the above titles have follow-ups coming out in 2015 that I will be eagerly snatching up, but for this list I’m focusing on books that are already out. Some are 2014 releases that I was sad I couldn’t get to, and others have been on my TBR list for ages. Some are YA classics, and some are recent popular titles for which I’m curious what all the buzz is about!


In no particular order, the Top 10 books I want to prioritize in 2015 are:

1. The Curse Workers Series by Holly Black
2. Alanna by Tamora Pierce
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
4. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
5. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
6. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
7. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
8. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
9. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
10. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers


  1. Courtney commented on:

    Nice list :). Only one I have read on this list is Isla and happily ever after and did enjoy :). There are few on here that are on my list to read this year because last year didn’t read much and I hope to read a lot more this year.

    P.s few months back in my local magazine there was a article on book recommendations and the Lunar chronicles was one of them.

  2. Aimee commented on:

    I read a lot of great books this year, so it’s really difficult for me to pick favorites. My absolute favorite read was Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, which ranks among my Top 3 books ever. I also really liked Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende and The Flowers of War by Geling Yan.

  3. Your name commented on:

    Wow. Lots of great books this year. Also, congratulations on your foster baby!! I just noticed that you haven’t been on twitter for a while, is it because of the baby?

  4. Briana B. commented on:

    I remember Alanna being the first YA book I ever read (4th/5th grade, I think). And, well, that was it for me!

  5. Katie =^..^= commented on:

    OMG! I definitely need to read /These Broken Stars/ and then its follow up /This Shattered World/!! I picked them up for when I finished /Cress/ and they are adorable and gorgeous and wonderful story telling. I’m REALLY happy with how the second one followed up with the first!

    (Also – yay for lots of reading! I’m going over to check out your full list now!)

    Katie =^..^=

  6. Whitney commented on:

    Prepare yourself for the Tiger’s Curse series. It’s deliciously wonderful.

  7. Andrea commented on:

    I highly recommend reading the short stories (ebooks) that go with Under the Never Sky. They focus on secondary characters and really add depth to the series.

  8. Emily commented on:

    You should read Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen! It was one of my favorites from 2014 🙂

  9. m(0.0)b commented on:

    Marissa, or anyone else ;),
    You should read Robin Lady of Legend. It tells the story of Robin Hood, but Robin is a girl. It’s written in slightly old english, but it’s not bad at all. I read it when I was twelve, and I got through it in less than a day. It really is the perfect book. I think you would love it. Backstabbing, disguises, love, hurt, and a little bit of death (which makes it interesting!)
    Love to everyone!!!!

  10. Tessa commented on:

    You should read Rick Riordan’s books. I love them, full of cliffhangers and they are super funny.

  11. Tamara commented on:

    I love the Grisha Trilogy, it’s my second favorite series after the Lunar Chronicles! You should read the Darkest Minds Trilogy, I’m almost finished with it and I love it! If you plan on reading something by Holly Black I recommend The Coldest Girl In Coldtown, it’s thing only book I’ve read by her and I loved it! I plan on reading more of her work. I’m also glad you liked Daughter of Smoke And Bone because, I plan on reading those book after I finish the Darkest Minds. I also would like to recommend An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (I think I spelled her name right) this book has been hyped for a while before it was released. The book was really good with an amazing storyline and awesome setting. I also enjoyed Sabaa’s writing style.
    Sorry for all the recommendations. Happy reading!

  12. Paige Winsor commented on:

    I’ve heard of the body finder (I think) and I’m going to read it at some point in time.



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