I know I am a bit late with this post, but still want to make sure and recap 2014! (Links to my posts included – if they exist)!
Total number of books read: 200 (on the nose – I read 4 novellas to get to the number).
My top dozen, in no particular order:
City of Jasmine: I absolutely love Deanna Raybourn. I read City of Jasmine as well as Night of a Thousand Stars and I struggled with which of the two to include here. City of Jasmine won by a hair, but every time I think about it, I vacillate again. Let me just say that they were both completely delightful. You should read City of Jasmine first, though. They are loosely connected, and it would be worth reading them in order.
The Girl with all the Gifts: I read this at about the midyear point and it has stayed with me. I am ambivalent about zombie books, but there is something about Carey’s world and the way he told his story that makes this one more compelling than your average piece of zombie fic. Reviewed on Booklikes: link.
Station Eleven: Oh, how I loved this book. I devoured it, consumed it, tore it into little tiny bits with my teeth and savored every bite. Emily St. John Mandel’s use of language is heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Briefly reviewed on Booklikes: link.
The Doomsday Book: This was my first book of 2014, and my first Connie Willis. I loved the whole thing, but especially the parts set in the past. Fantastic premise, fabulous execution. Reviewed on Booklikes: link.
Justice Hall: I read the first 8 Mary Russell books during the last part of 2014, and enjoyed them all. Justice Hall, though, was the highlight of the series for me (although Locked Rooms comes really close to matching its impact). It was devastating and amazing and gorgeous. Laurie King is a genius. That’s all. Reviewed on Booklikes: link.
Code Name Verity: Elizabeth Wein was immediately placed on my “I’ll buy anything you write forever” with Code Name Verity. I loved the way that the book was structured, and the ending slew me. Ugly crying is ugly. Mini-review can be found here.
Barchester Towers: This is Anthony Trollope at his most wickedly cynical. And that is saying something. Review can be found here.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post: I read this book because of the Cape Henlopen book banning debacle. It is a thoughtful coming of age tale of a young woman growing up as a lesbian in 1990’s Montana. It is subversive only in the sense that emily danforth treats her main character like she is a fully-realized person – much more than a series of sexual desires and genital tinglings. Which really isn’t subversive at all. Reviewed on Booklikes link.
We Were Liars: E. Lockhart grabbed me with the beginning of this book and never really let go until the end. Review can be found here.
The Haunting of Hill House: Shirley Jackson made my 2013 list with We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and she made the 2014 list with The Haunting of Hill House. Journeys end in lovers meeting. Review can be found here.
Cannery Row: Steinbeck is more than a writer. He’s a time, a place, and a style. Review can be found here.
Sinful Folk: I won this book in a giveaway on Booklikes, and raved about it everywhere I could get someone to listen to me. A piece of historical fiction, set during the middle ages, Sinful Folk is gorgeously written and endlessly entertaining. I’m waiting for Ned Hayes to publish something. Anything. Else. Review can be found here.
There were lots of other books that I liked, a few more that I loved, but these twelve were really the highlight of my year.